Paul Soles, Actor Who Voiced Hermey in ‘Rudolph,’ Dies at 90

by Emily Morgan

Paul Soles, the actor who lent his voice to the classic Christmas movie Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, has passed away. On Friday, His manager, Angela Wright, confirmed the tragic news via Facebook. 

In addition to the holiday classic, he also appeared in the 1960s version of Spider-Man. However, he’s best remembered for voicing Hermey, the character who wants to become a dentist in Rudolph. The film debuted in 1964.

On Friday, Wright took to Facebook to release a short statement about his passing. According to the post, Soles, a Toronto native, died at 90. 

She also added, alongside a photo of the late actor, “Paul Soles was truly a Canadian treasure. He lived a long life with so many adventures along the way. RIP.” 

Throughout his life, many knew Soles for playing various roles. In addition to Hermey, Soles also voiced acted for the character of Spider-Man in the 1960s series. 

From 1967 to 1970, the actor voiced the iconic superhero in addition to his alter ego, Peter Parker. In addition, to his voiceover work, he also saw success as an actor. He appeared in the Canadian web comedy My 90-Year-Old Roommate from 2016 to 2018. His last role came in 2020 when he had a cameo in an episode of the show “Nurses.”

Paul Soles on His Long Career: ‘I’m Very Grateful’

In 2020, he also spoke about his career and revealed that he was aware that breaking into the entertainment industry is challenging. Yet, he added that he was grateful for all of the opportunities that he had been given. 

Soles discussed how he got his start in entertainment, saying, “No, it really started in radio. My summer jobs at university were almost always on radio stations.”

“At the lowest level. You sign on in the mornings and closed the station at night,” he continued. “But, you get to do everything and learn the business. So, it’s like getting paid to go to college or to trade school. As the years have gone one, there were many dry years where I looked at my resume and said, ‘Is this as big as it’s ever going to be?'”

Soles added, “Now, I wonder. That’s amazing, I got to do so many nice things. But, that was really more good luck than good management. I have to say. Others gave me the chance, that I wish I had anything to do with. That gift made it all possible. I’m very grateful.”