The voice of Speed Racer, Peter Fernandez died yesterday of lung cancer, he was in his 80s when he died. Not only was he the voice of Speed, he was also the voice of Rex Racer and did so many other voices on so many other shows. He was part of the reason why so many Japanese shows were brought over and made watchable by American children.
It was all due to Peter Fernandez.
Recently, Fernandez was doing voice over work for Speed Racer the Next Generation as an adult Spritle, originally voiced by Corinne Orr, who ran a racing academy where Speed Jr and his older brother X attended.
He also did the voice of Ultraman, a live action show.
You can still get these shows on DVD for kids to enjoy. Mine, fell in love with Speed Racer because of the fast action and great colorful imagery. Later when we was older, he would watch Ultraman for a live action version of awesomeness.