Danny Goldman Who Voiced Brainy Smurf on 'The Smurfs' & Acted in 'Young Frankenstein' Dies at 80

Lois Oladejo
Apr 14, 2020
09:49 A.M.
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Danny Goldman, the famous actor who played a significant role in "Young Frankenstein" and lent his voice in the making of "The Smurfs," dies at 80.


Danny Goldman, the voice actor, popularly known for voicing "Brainy Smurf" on the animated series "The Smurfs" and playing the role of a persistent medical student in the movie, "Young Frankenstein" died on Sunday in Los Angeles.

He was aged 80, and his death was confirmed by his agent and friend, Doug Ely, via a Facebook post, "It's with great sadness that I must tell you that Danny Goldman has passed away."

Danny Goldman appearing in the Walt Disney Television movie 'Tribes' (aka 'The Tribe), November 10, 1970 | Photo: Getty Images

Danny Goldman appearing in the Walt Disney Television movie 'Tribes' (aka 'The Tribe), November 10, 1970 | Photo: Getty Images


Doug added that the actor had passed away surrounded by family and friends after suffering a series of strokes around the beginning of the New year.

He went on to list Goldman's desirable qualities stating that he was "one of a kind." He added that while alive, the actor had been incredibly funny and had been blessed with a huge heart.


Goldman, who was a native of New York, got his start as an actor in the 70s. His first role had been in the NBC comedy show, "The Good Life."

Afterward, he went on to star as a guest in several popular series including, "Room 222," "Columbo," "Chico," and "The Man."

In 1974, he appeared in Mel Brooks' horror-comedy "Young Frankenstein," where he played a medical student who questions Gene Wilder's title character in the movie's first scene.

Years later, Goldman featured in the popular animated series titled "The Smurfs," where he lent his voice as Brainy Smurf until the show's end in 1989.

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