Clancy Brown, 2008
|Born||Clarence J. Brown III
January 5, 1959
Urbana, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
|Known for||Mr. Krabs (voice)
Lex Luthor (voice)
|Spouse(s)||Jeanne Johnson (m. 1993)|
|Parents||Clarence J. "Bud" Brown, Jr (Father) and Joyce Brown (Mother)|
Clarence J. "Clancy" Brown III (born January 5, 1959) is an American actor, who also works extensively in the voice-over field.
He is known for his roles in live action as: Byron Hadley in the award-winning The Shawshank Redemption; The Kurgan in the film Highlander; Brother Justin Crowe in HBO's critically acclaimed Carnivàle and Career Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers.
Brown is known for his work in animated films and television series: as Mr. Eugene H. Krabs in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants; Lex Luthor throughout various DC projects; Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm; Gorrath in Megas XLR; Captain Black and Ratso in Jackie Chan Adventures; Vice-Principal Pangborn in All Grown Up; Otto in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!; Silas in Transformers: Prime; Alexander Paine in A.T.O.M.; Destro in G.I. Joe: Renegades; and Savage Opress in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Brown was born in Urbana, Ohio. His mother, Joyce (née Eldridge), was a conductor, composer, and concert pianist, while his father, Clarence J. "Bud" Brown, Jr., was an Ohio Congressman and chairman of the board of the Brown Publishing Company, the past family-owned newspaper business started by Clancy's grandfather, Congressman Clarence J. Brown. He graduated from St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and earned a scholarship to Northwestern University, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Brown is often cast in roles of villains or authority figures. His career has tended to alternate among mainstream TV/cable; major-studio and independent-studio movies; and a large repertoire of voice work for animated and video game roles.
Brown's role as the Kurgan in Highlander helped give him fame. Other well-known roles include Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption; Viking Lofgren in the drama movie Bad Boys (1983); Rawhide in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984); Frankenstein's monster in The Bride (1985); Army mercenary Larry McRose in Extreme Prejudice (1987); vicious killer Steve in Shoot to Kill (1988); the police officer in Michael Jackson's short movie Speed Demon (1988); Dead Man Walking (cameo only); Sheriff Gus Gilbert in Pet Sematary Two; Career Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers (a role he would reprise in the animated series Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles); and Captain William Hadley in The Guardian. He also played a role in Flubber as one of the evil henchmen that get harmed by uncontrollably bouncing sports equipment. In 1989, he appeared in the action thriller Blue Steel.
Brown has three times played senior prison officers in movies dealing with miscarriages of justice: the tyrannical Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption; the sympathetic Lt. Williams in The Hurricane; and Lt. McMannis in Last Light. In 2001, he played the wisher man in the Hallmark version of Snow White. In 2007, he played the Viking leader opposite Karl Urban in Pathfinder.
He starred in several independent films in 2008: The Burrowers, screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008, and released in the United States on DVD in April 2009, and The Twenty. He appeared in Steven Soderbergh's 2009 film The Informant! opposite Matt Damon in which he played an attorney. He also portrayed Alan Smith in Samuel Bayer's 2010 remake of the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street. In 2011, he starred in Cowboys & Aliens (directed by Jon Favreau) alongside Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde. He is cast as the voice of The Goon in the upcoming animated feature film. He also stars as Albert Marconi in the film adaptation of the David Wong novel directed by Don Coscarelli.
Brown was a series regular on the science fiction series Earth 2 from 1994 to 1995, playing the role of John Danziger. Brown was notable as the sinister preacher Brother Justin Crowe in the HBO series Carnivàle. Though the series only ran for two seasons, Carnivàle has attained a cult popularity and his pivotal performance was applauded by critics for showcasing a new side to his acting talents. He also starred in the Showtime production In the Company of Spies.
He has also made many guest appearances on various television series including ER, the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Desert Crossing" as Zobral, Lost as Kelvin Joe Inman, and former baseball player (and investment scam mark) Rudy Blue on The Riches. "A Walk with Simon Kenton", a 2000 Kentucky Educational Television production on the frontiersman figure key to America's westward expansion who resembles Brown in stature and is buried in his hometown. Brown most recently appeared as Hart Sterling, founding partner of fictional law firm Sterling, Huddle, Oppenheim & Craft in ABC's The Deep End. He also guest starred on the series Leverage episode "The Gone Fishin Job" and on The Dukes of Hazzard sixth season episode "Too Many Roscos".
As a voice-over actor, Brown has appeared in several video games, usually playing an antagonistic character. He voiced the corrupt Baron Praxis in the PlayStation 2 video game Jak II; Doctor Neo Cortex and Uka Uka in a number of the Crash Bandicoot video games from Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back to Crash Nitro Kart; Montross (a Mandalorian rival of Jango Fett) in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter; Baron Praxis in Naughty Dog's Jak II; Hades in God of War III; Thrall in the cancelled video game Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans; Scourgelord Tyrannus in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King; and the conniving Alderman Richard Hughes in the Xbox 360 game Saints Row.
For animated television series, he voiced Hakon, Tomas Brod, and Wolf in the series Gargoyles; Tanuki Gonta in the English language dub of Pom Poko (1994); Raiden on the animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm; a Hessian trooper in The Night of the Headless Horseman (1999); billionaire Maxmilian Speil in Godzilla: The Series; and five of the six members of Legion Ex Machina in Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot.
Since 1999, he has played the role of Mr. Krabs of SpongeBob SquarePants (as well as The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie). From 2000 to 2005, he played the roles of Captain Black, Ratso and (occasionally) the talisman-animated moose doll known as "Super Moose" on Jackie Chan Adventures. He also voiced Vice-Principal Pangborn in All Grown Up, Barkmeat in Catscratch, Otto in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, and Gorrath in the animated series Megas XLR.
For Disney series, he has played roles such as the Dark Dragon in American Dragon: Jake Long, the Ugly Bald Guy in the movie Recess: School's Out, as well as Undertow in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, and he also made a guest appearance in the Kim Possible episode "Oh, No! Yono", where he played the titular character. In the Avatar franchise, Brown voiced corrupt Dai Li leader Long Feng in Avatar: The Last Airbender in 2006 and top gangster Yakone in The Legend of Korra in 2012.
He guest starred in The Penguins of Madagascar episodes "The Red Squirrel" and "Our Man in Grrfurjiclestan" as the Rockhopper Penguin (Buck Rockgut). He also guest starred in Duck Dodgers as the voice of Archduke Zag. He makes a few guest appearances in the Disney Channel series Phineas and Ferb, most notably as Santa Claus, the Regurgitator, and the Warden at Smile Away Reformatory School. In 2010, he played various characters on Adventure Time including the Demon Cat in "Dungeon" and the narrator for the opening and closing quotes in the episode "Ocean of Fear".
Brown also voices Destro in G.I. Joe: Renegades; (Jeff Fischer's biological father Henry Fischer in a 2007 episode of American Dad!; Grune the Destroyer in the ThunderCats remake; and the recurring role of Agent Silas in Transformers: Prime.
DC universe roles
Brown is well known for his voice work as villains from various DC animated series, movies and video games. He played Mr. Freeze in The Batman, and Trident on Teen Titans; Parallax in the 2011 live-action film Green Lantern; King Faraday in the Young Justice episode "Performance"; and General Zartok in the Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode "Lost Planet".
However, his best known role was in the DCAU as the villainous Lex Luthor, a role that he played for over twelve years. He first appeared as Lex vocally in Bruce Timm's Superman: The Animated Series (where he had originally auditioned for the role of Superman). He has reprised his role as Luthor in subsequent animated series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited as well as the video game Superman: Shadow of Apokolips and the non DCAU show The Batman. Although he was absent from the movie Superman: Brainiac Attacks with Lex played by Brown's Justice League Unlimited co-star Powers Booth, Brown again played Luthor in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. He also reprised the role under the name Rohtul (Luthor spelled backwards) in the television series Batman: Brave and the Bold episode "The Super-Batman of Planet X!". Brown once again voiced Lex in the video game Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. From all these vocal appearances, Brown has played Lex Luthor longer than any other actor in history, including Gene Hackman (Luthor in the first Superman film saga) and Justice League co-star Michael Rosenbaum (Luthor in Smallville).
Marvel Universe roles
Brown has also played characters from Marvel Comics. He played Sasquatch in The Incredible Hulk; Police Captain George Stacy and Supervillain Rhino in The Spectacular Spider-Man; villainous Mr. Sinister on Wolverine and the X-Men; Odin in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes; Taskmaster in Ultimate Spider-Man; and Red Hulk in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..
Brown has been married to Jeanne Johnson since 1993; they have a son and daughter.
|1983||Bad Boys||Viking Lofgren|
|1984||The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension||Rawhide|
|1986||Highlander||Victor Kruger/The Kurgan|
|1987||Corridos: Tales of Passion & Revolution||John Reed||TV movie|
|The Room Upstairs||Kevin||TV movie|
|Extreme Prejudice||MSgt. Larry McRose|
|The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains||Flagg||TV movie|
|1988||Shoot to Kill||Steve|
|Moonwalker||Police Officer||Segment: "Speed Demon"|
|1989||Fair Game||Earl Dunning||TV movie|
|Season of Fear||Ward St. Clair|
|Blue Steel||Nick Mann|
|1990||Waiting for the Light||Joe|
|Johnny Ryan||Johnny Ryan||TV movie|
|1991||Love, Lies and Murder||David Brown||TV movie|
|Cast a Deadly Spell||Harry Bordon||TV movie|
|Past Midnight||Steve Lundy|
|1992||Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation||Clarence||TV movie|
|Pet Sematary Two||Sheriff Gus Gilbert|
|1993||Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Malone Story||Dave Chattelier||TV movie|
|Bloodlines: Murder in the Family||Ben Guardino||TV movie|
|Last Light||Lt. Lionel McMannis||TV movie|
|1994||The Shawshank Redemption||Captain Hadley|
|1995||Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken||Hakon||Voice
|Donor Unknown||Nash Creed||TV movie|
|Dead Man Walking||State Trooper|
|1996||Desert Breeze||TV movie|
|Radiant City||Al Goodman||TV movie|
|Starship Troopers||Sgt. Zim|
|1998||The Patron Saint of Liars||Son||TV movie|
|The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story||Akela the Wolf||Voice
|1999||The Caseys||Pete Casey||TV movie|
|Claire Makes It Big||Frank||Short film|
|Vendetta||Chief Hennessey||TV movie|
|The Hurricane||Lt. Jimmy Williams|
|In the Company of Spies||Dale Beckham||TV movie|
|The Night of the Headless Horseman||Hessian Trooper||Voice
|2000||Chump Change||The Man|
|The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea||Undertow||Voice
|Yesterday's Children||Doug Cole||TV movie|
|2001||Recess: School's Out||Bald Guy||Voice|
|Boss of Bosses||Andris Kurins||TV movie|
|Snow White: The Fairest of Them All||The Granter of Wishes||TV movie|
|2002||The Laramie Project||Rob Debree||TV movie|
|The Making of Daniel Boone||Allan Kenton|
|Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast||Mr. Krabs||Voice
|Atlantis: Milo's Return||Volgud||Voice
|2004||Finding Neo||Capt. Hadme||Short film|
|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Mr. Krabs||Voice|
|2005||Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth||Dogg|
|Pom Poko||Gonta||English dub|
|2006||The Guardian||Capt. William Hadley|
|Parker||Max Crenna||Short film|
|2008||Blank Slate||Agent Miles McAvoy||TV movie|
|The Burrowers||John Clay|
|The Express||Roy Simmons|
|NASA Seals||Stone||Short film|
|2009||The Twenty||John Simmonds|
|The Informant!||Aubrey Daniel|
|Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||Lex Luthor||Voice
|2010||A Nightmare on Elm Street||Alan Smith|
|Cowboys & Aliens||Meacham|
|2012||John Dies at the End||Dr. Albert Marconi|
|At Any Price||Jim Johnson|
|2013||Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite||Lex Luthor||Voice
|Water & Power||Turnvil|
|Nothing Left to Fear||Kingsman|
|Homefront||Sheriff Keith Rodrigue|
|The Trials of Cate McCall||Brinkeroff|
|2014||When the Game Stands Tall||TBA||Post-production|
|The Trip to Bountiful||Sheriff||TV movie
|2015||SpongeBob SquarePants 2||Mr. Krabs||Voice
|1983||The Dukes of Hazzard||Kelly||Episode: "Too Many Roscos"|
|1990||China Beach||Joey||Episode: "Strange Brew"|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Roger Lassen||Episode: "Half-Way Horrible"|
|1994||The Little Mermaid||Octopin Leader||Voice
|1994–1995||Earth 2||John Danziger||Series regular|
Episodes: "Goin' Clammando"
"Road Rage: Part 1"
|1995||The Outer Limits||Sergeant Linden Styles||Episode: "Afterlife"|
|1996–2000||Superman: The Animated Series||Lex Luthor||Voice
|1996||The Mighty Ducks||Siege||Voice
|1996||Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm||Raiden||Voice
|1996||The Incredible Hulk||Sasquatch||Voice
Episode: "Man to Man, Beast to Beast"
|1997||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Col. Nikolai
Episodes: "General Winter"
"More Than Zero"
|1997||The Legend of Calamity Jane||Wild Bill Hickok||Voice
Episode: "Ghost Apocalyptic Future"
|1997||Men in Black: The Series||Additional Voices||Voice
Episode: "The Long Goodbye Syndrome"
|1997–1998||ER||Dr. Ellis West||7 episodes|
Episode: "Freeze Frame"
Episode: "Hercules and the Techno Greeks"
|1998–2000||Voltron: The Third Dimension||IGOR
Episodes: "Escape from Bastille-12"
"Pidge Gets Iced"
"The Voltron Force Strikes Back"
"Raid on Galaxy Garrison"
"Castle Doom Dead Ahead"
|1998||The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs||Baron Bone||Voice
|1998||The Lionhearts||Additional Voices||Voice
Episode: "But Some of My Best Friends are Clowns"
|1999||Timon & Pumbaa||Additional Voices||Voice
Episode: "Boo Hoo Bouquet"
|1999||The Angry Beavers||Harrington||Voice
Episode: "In Search of Big Byoo-Tox"
|1999–present||SpongeBob SquarePants||Mr. Krabs
|1999–2001||Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot||Legion Ex Machina||Voice
|1999||Godzilla: The Series||Maxmillian Spiel||Voice
Episode: "Cash of the Titans"
|2000||The Practice||District Attorney Fox||Episodes: "New Evidence"
|2000||Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles||Sgt. Charlie Zim||Voice
"Spirits of the Departed"
|2000–2005||Jackie Chan Adventures||Captain Black
Episode: "The Army Navy Game"
Episode: "North America"
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Tough
Episodes: "Haunted Moon"
"Revenge of the Raenoks"
|2000||Batman Beyond||Big Time||Voice
|2001–2003||Justice League||Lex Luthor||Voice
|2001–2004||Lloyd in Space||Officer Frank Horton||Voice
|2001||The Zeta Project||Sheriff Morgan||Voice
|2002||Star Trek: Enterprise||Zobral||Episode: "Desert Crossing"|
|2002||The Powerpuff Girls||Mascumax||Voice
Episode: "Members Only"
|2002||Red Skies||Edgar Sterling||Pilot|
Episode: "Jack and the Farting Dragon"
|2002||Breaking News||Peter Kozyck||Pilot|
|2003||Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Raymond||Voice
Episode: "Sword of Shikata"
Episode: "Deep Six"
|2003–2005||Carnivàle||Brother Justin Crowe||Series regular|
|2003–2007||All Grown Up!||Vice-Principal Estes Pangborn||Voice
|2004||Duck Dodgers||Archduke Zag||Voice
Episode: "Pig Planet"
|2004–2006||Justice League Unlimited||Lex Luthor||Voice
|2004–2006||Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!||Otto||Voice
|2004–2007||The Batman||Mr. Freeze
|2005–2007||American Dragon: Jake Long||Dark Dragon||Voice
Episodes: "Dragon Summit"
"Hong Kong Knights"
"Hong Kong Longs"
|2005–2007||Kim Possible||Commander Kane
Yono the Destroyer
Episodes: "Dimension Twist"
"Oh No! Yono"
Episode: "Off the Leash"
|2005||The Life and Times of Juniper Lee||Lex Luthor
Episode: "Monster Con"
|2006||Lost||Kelvin Inman||Episodes: "One of Them"
"Live Together, Die Alone"
|2006||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Ego leader||Voice
|2006–2007||Biker Mice from Mars||Cataclysm||Voice
|2006||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Long Feng||Voice
Episodes: "City of Walls and Secrets"
"The Earth King"
"The Crossroads of Destiny"
Episode: "Game Over"
|2007||The Riches||Rudy Blue||Episode: "X Spots the Mark"|
|2007–2010||American Dad||Henry Fischer
Liquor Store Manager
Episodes: "Joint Custody"
"Brains, Brains and Automobiles"
"For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls"
|2008–2009||The Spectacular Spider-Man||George Stacy
|2008||Ben 10: Alien Force||Dragon||Voice
|2008–2009||Wolverine and the X-Men||Mister Sinister||Voice
Episodes: "eXcessive Force"
"Shades of Grey"
|2008||Law & Order||Sheriff John Burkhart||Episode: "Knock Off"|
|2009||Phineas and Ferb||Sergeant
Episodes: "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted"
"Day of the Living Gelatin!"
"At The Car Wash"
"Oh, There You Are, Perry"
"Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation"
|2009||The Secret Saturdays||Dr.Bara||Voice
Episode: "Shadows of Lemuria"
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Per Degaton
Episodes: "The Golden Age of Justice!"
"The Super-Batman of Planet X!"
|2010||The Deep End||Hart Sterling||Series regular|
|2010||Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil||Magnus||Voice
Episodes: "Battle for the 'Snax"
"Father from the Truth
|2010–2011||The Penguins of Madagascar||Buck Rockgut||Voice
Episodes: "The Red Squirrel"
"The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole"
Episodes: "Ocean of Fear"
|2010||Leverage||Hugh Whitman||Episode: "The Gone Fishin' Job"|
|2010–2012||The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes||Odin||Voice
Episodes: "Thor the Mighty"
"A Day Unlike Any Other"
"The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill"
|2010||Medium||Rob Walcott||Episode: "Where Were You When...?"|
|2010–2011||G.I. Joe: Renegades||Destro
|2011–2013||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Savage Opress||Voice
|2012||Young Justice||King Faraday||Voice
|2012||Green Lantern: The Animated Series||General Zartok||Voice
Episodes: "Lost Planet"
|2012||The Frontier||Jack Ramsay/Lamazee||Pilot|
Episodes: "Why I Hate the Gym"
|2012||The Legend of Korra||Yakone||Voice
Episodes: "Out of the Past"
"Skeletons in the Closet"
|2012–2013||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Hebediah Grim
Nibiru - Evil Entity
Episodes: "Grim Judgment"
"Through the Closet"
|2012–present||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Chris Bradford/Dogpound||Voice
|2013||The Surgeon General||Becker||Pilot|
|2013||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Pei Mei||Voice
Episode: "Five is Enough"
|2013||Sofia the First||Constable Myles||Voice
Episode: "The Amulet of Avalor"
|2013–present||Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk
|2013||DC Nation Shorts||Negative Man
Episode: "Chapter One: Challenge of the Timeless Commander"
|2013||Sleepy Hollow||Sheriff August Corbin||Episodes: "Pilot"
|2013||Wander Over Yonder||Badlands Dan||Voice
Episode: "The Bad Guy"
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- Gallagher, Brian (11 July 2013). "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2 Sets Up Shop in Savannah, Georgia - MovieWeb.com". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- Voisin, Scott, Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art and Business of Acting BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5
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