Clancy Brown, 2008
|Born||Clarence J. Brown III
January 5, 1959
Urbana, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Known for||Mr Krabs (voice)
Lex Luthor (voice)
|Spouse(s)||Jeanne Johnson (m. 1993)|
Clarence J. "Clancy" Brown III (born January 5, 1959) is an American actor and voice actor. He is known for his roles in live action as The Kurgan in the cult classic film Highlander, Byron Hadley in the award-winning The Shawshank Redemption, Brother Justin Crowe in HBO's critically acclaimed Carnivàle, Career Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers and the killer Steve in Shoot to Kill. Brown also works extensively as a voice actor in animated films and TV series, notably portraying Mr. Eugene H. Krabs in the hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants and having portrayed Lex Luthor for longer and in more appearances than any other actor, voicing him throughout the DC animated universe and the film Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. He also voiced 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, 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 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. He was inspired to become an actor by a neighbor who showed him Shakespeare's works.
Due to his height, deep voice, and large frame, Brown is often cast in roles of villains or authority figures. Despite this, his friends and co-stars describe him as having a very pleasant, easy-going personality. His career has tended to alternate between mainstream TV/cable; major-studio and independent-studio movies; and a large repertoire of voicework 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 1983 hit drama movie Bad Boys, 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), Pet Sematary Two as Gus, Career Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers, (a role he would reprise in the animated television 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 Blue Steel.
Brown has three times played senior prison officers in movies dealing with miscarriages of justice: in The Shawshank Redemption, the tyrannical Capt. Byron Hadley; in The Hurricane, the sympathetic Lt. Williams; and in Last Light as Lt. McMannis. 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 also voiced Mr. Krabs in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
He starred in several independent films in 2008: The Burrowers, screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008, and released in the US on DVD in April 2009, and The Twenty, which is currently awaiting screening. 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 alongside Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde. He voices the astral supervillain Parallax in the film Green Lantern. 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 John Dies at the End, 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 show 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 shows including Star Trek: Enterprise as Zobral in the episode "Desert Crossing", ER, 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 home town. Brown most recently[when?] 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 in the episode "The Gone Fishin Job". . He also guest starred on The Dukes of Hazzard, as Kelly, in the sixth season episode Too Many Roscos.
Notable voice roles
As well as his work in the DC animated universe (see below), he has 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 until Crash Twinsanity (in which he was replaced by Lex Lang and Alex Fernandez/John DiMaggio), Montross in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter and Gorrath in the animated series Megas XLR. Brown was also the voice of Thrall in the cancelled video game Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. He also played Hakon, Tomas Brod, and Wolf in the TV series Gargoyles. In 1994 he voiced the fictional tanuki, Gonta, in the English language dub of "Pom Poko". Brown voice-played Raiden on the animated series, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm; coincidentally, in the live-action Mortal Kombat film Raiden was portrayed by Christopher Lambert, who played Brown's titular heroic arch-nemesis in Highlander. In 1999 Brown voiced a Hessian trooper in The Night of the Headless Horseman. Brown also played the conniving Alderman Richard Hughes in the Xbox 360game, Saints Row. He made a guest appearance in Godzilla: The Series as the voice of billionaire Maxmilian Speil. Brown portrayed 5 of the 6 members of Legion Ex Machina in the animated series Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot.
From 1999 to the present, he has played the role of Mr. Krabs of SpongeBob SquarePants. From 2000 to 2005, he regularly played the roles of Captain Black and Ratso on Jackie Chan Adventures and occasionally took on the role of the talisman-animated moose doll known as "Super Moose". He has also voice-played Vice-Principal Pangborn in All Grown Up and Barkmeat in Catscratch. In Disney programs, he's played roles such as Otto in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, and the Dark Dragon in American Dragon: Jake Long, as well as the Ugly Bald Guy in the movie Recess: School's Out. Brown voiced the corrupt leader of the Dai Li, Long Feng in Avatar: The Last Airbender in 2006 and returned to the Avatar franchise in 2012 with his role as the top gangster, Yakone, in The Legend of Korra. He also voiced Undertow, Cloak and Dagger in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea and a guest appearance in the Kim Possible episode Oh, No! Yono where he played the titular character. He guest starred in The Penguins of Madagascar as the Rockhopper Penguin, Buck Rockgut, in "The Red Squirrel". He also guest starred in the TV series Duck Dodgers, playing the voice of Archduke Zag. He also makes a few guest appearances in the Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb, most notably, 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 Ocean of Fear. He has also performed in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, providing the voice for the character Savage Oppress, who appeared in the second half of the third season, the fourth season, and the fifth season. In season 5, Darth Maul and Savage Oppress team up with Pre Visla, played by Jon Favreau, who directed Brown in Cowboys & Aliens. Brown is also the voice of character Destro in G.I. Joe: Renegades. Brown lent his voice in the ThunderCats remake as Grune the Destroyer. He also has a recurring role as Agent Silas in Transformers: Prime. In a 2007 episode of American Dad!, Clancy Brown voiced Jeff's biological father, Henry Fischer. In 2012, he was cast as Chris Bradford/Dogpound, Shredder's top henchman in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.
DC universe roles
Brown is well known for his voice work as villains from various DC animated shows, movies, and video games. He played Mr. Freeze in The Batman, as well a few appearances as the voice of Trident on Teen Titans. Brown's best known role in the DC animated universe is that of the villainous Lex Luthor, a role that he played for over 12 years. He first appeared as Lex vocally in Bruce Timm's Superman: The Animated Series; he had originally auditioned for the role of Superman, but the part ultimately went to actor Tim Daly. He has reprised his role as Luthor in various other animated shows: Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and in the non DCAU show The Batman. He played Luthor in the video game Superman: Shadow of Apokolips. Brown was absent from the movie Superman: Brainiac Attacks; the role of Lex was 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 episode "The Super-Batman of Planet X!" of the TV Series Batman: Brave and the Bold. From all these vocal appearances, Brown has played Lex Luthor longer than any other actor in history, including Gene Hackman who played Luthor in the first Superman film saga, and Justice League co-star Michael Rosenbaum, who played Luthor in Smallville. Brown also voiced 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".
Brown once again voiced Lex Luthor in the video game, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
Marvel Universe roles
He played police captain George Stacy in The Spectacular Spider-Man, as well as supervillain The Rhino. Recently, he also appeared on Wolverine and the X-Men as the villainous Mr. Sinister. He voices Odin in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Brown made a guest appearance in The Incredible Hulk as The Sasquatch, and Taskmaster in Ultimate Spider-Man.
Brown has appeared in several video games, usually playing an antagonistic character. He played Dr. Neo Cortex in the Crash Bandicoot series, from Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back to Crash Nitro Kart, and also the evil mask Uka Uka in the same games. In 2002, he played Montress, a Mandalorian rival of Jango Fett in the game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. He also played Baron Praxis in Naughty Dog's Jak II, the secondary antagonist after Metal Kor. He also did the voice of Hades, a supporting antagonist in God of War III. He voiced Thrall for the cancelled game Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans by Blizzard Entertainment. He also voiced Scourgelord Tyrannus from the Pit of Saron instance in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, an expansion of the popular MMORPG also made by Blizzard Entertainment.
Brown has been married to Jeanne Johnson since 1993; they have two children.
|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||Pom Poko||Gonta||English Dub|
|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|
|Red Skies||Edgar Sterling||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|
|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
|Nothing to Fear||TBA||post-production|
|2014||When the Game Stands Tall||TBA||Filming|
|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 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|
Episode: "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 Duck||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
Episode: "General Winter"
"More Than Zero"
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
Episode: "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||Episode: "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
Episode: "Haunted Moon"
"Revenge of the Raenoks"
|2000||Batman Beyond||Big Time||Voice
|2001-2003||Justice League||Lex Luthor||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"
Episode: "Jack and the Farting Dragon"
|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
Episode: "Dragon Summit"
"Hong Kong Knights"
"Hong Kong Longs"
|2005-2007||Kim Possible||Commander Kane
Yono the Destroyer
Episode: "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||Episode: "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
Episode: "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
Episode: "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
Epiode: "Shadows of Lemuria"
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Per Degaton
Episode: "The Golden Age of Justice!"
"The Super-Batman of Planet X!"
|2010||The Deep End||Hart Sterling||Main Cast
|2010||Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil||Magnus||Voice
Episode: "Battle for the 'Snax"
"Father from the Truth
|2010-2011||The Penguins of Madagascar||Buck Rockgut||Voice
Episode: "The Red Squirrel"
"The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole"
Episode: "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
|2010||Pound Puppies||Additional Voices||Voice
Episode: "King of the Heap"
"My Fair Rebound"
|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
Episode: "Lost Planet"
Episode: "Why I Hate the Gym"
|2012||The Legend of Korra||Yakone||Voice
Episode: "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||Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk||Voice
- Clancy Brown Biography
- Full Synopsis and Details for New Line's 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'
- Interview from Voices From Krypton
- Voisin, Scott, Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art and Business of Acting BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5
- Official website
- Clancy Brown at the Internet Movie Database
- Clancy Brown at AllRovi
- Clancy Brown at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)