Trace Beaulieu (born November 6, 1958) is a puppeteer, writer, art director and actor who is best known for his roles on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
For the first seven seasons of MST3K, Beaulieu operated and voiced the Crow T. Robot puppet. He also played the role of Dr. Clayton Forrester, who was the head mad scientist, or "mad", for the first seven seasons. Initially Dr. Forrester was assisted by Dr. Laurence Erhardt. His second assistant was TV's Frank. Following the departure of Frank at the end of the sixth season, Mary Jo Pehl joined the cast in his place, playing Forrester's mother Pearl. At the end of the seventh season, Trace left the series.
Pehl's Pearl Forrester character replaced him as the head "mad" and Bill Corbett took over the voicing and operation of Crow.
According to a 1999 Satellite News interview, Trace's least favorite movie he had to endure on the show was The Incredible Melting Man. In a 2014 interview with Spreaker.com, Trace later confirmed that The Unearthly was also one of his least favorite movies to experience during the show's run and also commented on the fact that the the most painful films ended up being the funniest due to the crew having to actually suffer through them.
Trace appeared as a semi-regular in Freaks and Geeks as the school's biology teacher, Mr. Lacovara. He also appeared in The West Wing episode "Bad Moon Rising". For the last few years, Trace has been a writer for America's Funniest Home Videos and in 2002 he was the head writer, producer and host of the pilot episode of the Animal Planet show People Traps. Outside of acting, Trace also wrote the script for the One shot comic book "Here Come The Big People" published by Event Comics.
Trace has recently released a illustrated book entitled Silly Rhymes For Belliberent Children, which features off-color poetry among other things.
- TV's Madam (voice) - Cave Dwellers
- Jackie Mason jar (voice) - The Unearthly
- Winston Churchill (voice) - The Dead Talk Back