Brad Kesten moved with his family from the New York metropolitan area to southern California when he was just 8 years old. Soon after arriving in southern California, he was “discovered” and signed by one of the leading children’s theatrical and commercial agencies where he began doing television commercials, print work, and voice-over work. Brad is best known for providing the personality and the voice for one of the world’s most beloved and iconic cartoon characters — Charlie Brown.
He’s recorded several Emmy/Peabody nominated CBS Prime Time Specials, including “Is This Goodbye Charlie Brown”, “What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?”, “It’s An Adventure, Charlie Brown” and the classic Saturday morning cartoon series, “The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show” as well as the animated musicals, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown!”. Brad also was involved with the tribute/anniversary specials, “It’s Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown”, “Good Grief, Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Charles Schulz” and “Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years.”
Brad worked closely with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, soon after it was formed. There he provided additional key character voices for numerous feature films, including “The Natural”, “Gremlins”, “Uncommon Valor” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”
Brad was also featured in a number of films, including “Monster in the Closet”, “Summer Camp Nightmare”, and “She’s Out Of Control.” He was also regularly seen on several network television dramas and sitcoms, including “Trapper John, M.D.”, “Diff’rent Strokes”, “Silver Spoons”, and “Taxi”, to name a few.
Brad still works as an actor and appears regularly at comic and pop culture conventions, speaking with veteran and “up and coming” animators, fans, and fellow voice-over artists, answering questions and sharing fuzzy memories about his over 40 years in the entertainment business. His fondest times are those when he worked closely with animation legends, Bill Melendez, Lee Mendelson, and of course, Charles “Sparky” Schulz.
Brad is also a Desert Storm era U.S. Army Veteran (19d) and proud torch carrier of the Peanuts legacy. He is extremely fortunate that his iconic character, Charlie Brown and the amazing cast of characters that support him are still so loved throughout the world by generations of children and adults alike.