The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) awarded the 2007 ACTRA Award for Best Voice Performance to the late Len Carlson for his work on the hit cratoon series Atomic Betty. Before suffering a fatal heart attack in 2006 at the age of 69, Carlson had voiced more that 2,000 animated episodes, contributing to such shows as Beetlejuice, Carebears, Racoons,Roboroach,Beyblade and Berenstain Bears.
No doubt a sentimental favorite, Carlson won the ACTRA award over fellow Atomic Betty cast member Tajja Isen, as well as Ellen-Ray Hennessy from Di-Gata Defenders, Ron Rubin from Erky Perky and Adrian Truss from Jane and the Dragon.
Calrson provided voices for many characters, including Minimus PU, in Atomic Betty, a show that follows the adventures of a young girl who leads a double life as ‘Galactic Guardian and Defender of the Cosmos.’ A co-production between Atomic Cartoons, Breakthrough Animation Inc. and TeleImages Kids, the series has been licensed worldwide to major broadcasters in more than 130 territories and has a third season going into production.
‘We are extremely proud that Len Carlson won this prestigious ACTRA Award,’ says Kevin Gillis, exec producer and managing partner of Breakthrough Animation Inc. ‘It is a fitting legacy to his iconic talent that Len be honoured posthumously and recognized for his wonderful work in Atomic Betty. It is a tribute to the amazing depth of his talent as he created more than 18 voices for this series alone! We all miss him.’
Carlson began his long acting career in Seattle, Washington and landed principal roles in such productions as The Verdict, Race For The Bomb, The Henry Ford Story and The Deejay, for which he received an Emmy nomination. He also directed and voiced episodes of CBS’s Captain Kangaroo and The Undersea Adventures of Captain Nemo, as well as Disney Channel’s The Raccoons.