Original Spider-Man Voice Actor Paul Soles Passes Away At 90
Soles’ manager, Angela Wright, confirmed the news of his passing in a Facebook post earlier today. She wrote, “Paul Soles was truly a Canadian treasure. He lived a long life with so many adventures along the way. RIP.”
Soles became the first actor to play Spider-Man in any medium when the original animated series premiered in 1967. The show aired 52 episodes over three seasons and instantly became a hit thanks to its catchy opening theme song. However, this wasn’t Soles’ first brush with the Marvel Universe. Throughout 1966, he voiced several characters in The Marvel Super Heroes, including Bruce Banner and Rick Jones. Soles would later return to the Jade Giant’s orbit in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, where he made a cameo appearance as the pizza shop owner, Stanley.
Two years before he brought Peter Parker to life, Soles provided the voice of Hermey the elf in Rankin/Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stop-motion animated special, which has since become a major staple of every holiday season. In 1978, he tried his hand at hosting his own late-night talk show with CBC’s Canada After Dark. Unfortunately, the series only lasted four months. Soles’ final acting credit was on an episode of the Canadian medical drama Nurses, which aired last year.
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Photo Credits: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images/Disney/Marvel
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