‘X-Men: The Animated Series’ Star David Hemblen Dies Aged 79

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Beloved star and voice actor, David Hemblen has sadly died.

Here’s what we know so far…

Hundreds of fans have already shared their fond memories of the star…

Best known for X-Men: The Animated Series, Hemblen also played Resistance leader Jonathan Doors.

In the Scifi series Earth: Final Conflict, based on Star Trek’s Gene Roddenberry.

He received an M.A. in English and was trying for a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies when he ventured into acting.

He performed with the likes of  Barbara Hamilton, Terry Tweed, and the late, great John Colicos.

In 1975, Hemblen got his first TV gig, in The Adventures of Timothy Pilgrim

Where he played Zachariah, an elixir salesman who befriends a boy with a magical time-traveling trunk.

As Lord Dread in the series, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future.

And likely resulted in him being cast as the voice of Shere Khan on The Jungle Book: The Adventures of Mowgli in 1989.

Although his most famous role will always be Magneto on X-Men: The Animated Series. Gene Kendall once said, “He isn’t a ranting lunatic or a mustache-twirling Hanna-Barbara villain; Hemblen brings integrity to the role and knows just how ‘dramatic’ these lines should sound. It’s very easy to imagine Hemblen’s voice when reading the dialogue Chris Claremont gave the character.”  

He was that good, Bryan Singer even considered casting him in the live-action X-Men film…

Although he was filming Earth: Final Conflict at the same time.

What a colorful career. And one that will be remembered through the ages. Rest in Peace. Read on for more tragedies that have happened this year…