Clancy Brown

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Clancy Brown
Clancy Brown.jpg
Clancy Brown, 2008
Born Clarence J. Brown III
(1959-01-05) January 5, 1959 (age 55)
Urbana, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Northwestern University
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1983–present
Agent Imperium 7
Known for Mr. Krabs (voice)
Lex Luthor (voice)
Byron Hadley
The Kurgan
Spouse(s) Jeanne Johnson (m. 1993)
Children James Ransom Johnson-Brown and Rose Beth Johnson-Brown
Parents Clarence J. "Bud" Brown, Jr (Father) and Joyce Brown (Mother)

Clarence J. "Clancy" Brown III (born January 5, 1959) is an American film, television and voice actor. He is known for his live-action roles as Captain Byron Hadley in the The Shawshank Redemption; The Kurgan in Highlander; Brother Justin Crowe in Carnivàle and Career Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers. Brown is most famous for providing the voices of animated characters such as Mr. Eugene H. Krabs in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants; Lex Luthor throughout various DC projects; Captain Black and Ratso in Jackie Chan Adventures; Otto in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!; Dr. Neo Cortex in the original Crash Bandicoot video games and Savage Opress in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Early life[edit]

Brown was born in Urbana, Ohio in 1959[1] and had an older sister Beth (c.1957-1964).[2] Their mother Joyce (née Eldridge) was a conductor, composer, and concert pianist.[1] Their father Clarence J. "Bud" Brown, Jr. helped manage the Brown Publishing Company, the family-owned newspaper business started by Clancy's grandfather, Congressman Clarence J. Brown. From 1965 to 1983 Bud Brown also served as a US Congressman, and later as chairman of the board of Brown Publishing.[3] The family operated the business until 2010.

Brown graduated from St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., as his family lived there much of the time when his father served in Congress. He earned a scholarship to Northwestern University, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.


Early career[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Voice roles[edit]

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.

From 2011 to 2013, Brown played the role of Savage Opress, Count Dooku's new apprentice and Darth Maul's brother in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

He starred as Chris "Dogpound" Bradford, Shredder's top henchman, in the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series, and as The Red Hulk in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

DC animation roles[edit]

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.[6] 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 roles[edit]

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..

Personal life[edit]

Brown has been married to Jeanne Johnson since 1993; they have a son and daughter.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Bad Boys Viking Lofgren
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Rawhide
1985 Thunder Alley Weasel
The Bride Viktor
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
Ambition Albert Merrick
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 Myron Hadley
1995 Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken Hakon Voice
Donor Unknown Nash Creed TV movie
Dead Man Walking State Trooper
1996 Female Perversions John
Radiant City Al Goodman TV movie
Annabelle's Wish Lawyer
Starship Troopers Sgt. Zim
Flubber Smith
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
TV movie
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
2003 Normal Frank TV movie
The Making of Daniel Boone Allan Kenton
Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast Mr. Krabs Voice
short film
Atlantis: Milo's Return Volgud Voice
2004 Finding Neo Capt. Hadme Short film
Gambling The Reverend
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
2007 Pathfinder Gunnar
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
Slap Joe Short film
The Informant! Aubrey Daniel
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Lex Luthor Voice
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street Alan Smith
2011 Green Lantern Parallax Voice
Cowboys & Aliens Meacham
2012 John Dies at the End Dr. Albert Marconi
At Any Price Jim Johnson
Hellbenders Father Angus
2013 Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite Lex Luthor Voice
Sparks Archer
Water & Power Turnvil
Nothing Left to Fear Kingsman
Homefront Sheriff Keith Rodrigue
The Trials of Cate McCall Brinkeroff
2014 The Trip to Bountiful Sheriff TV movie
When the Game Stands Tall Mickey Ryan Post-production
2015 SpongeBob SquarePants 2[8] Mr. Krabs Voice
In Development
2016 Warcraft TBA Filming
TBA The Goon[9] Goon Voice
In Development


Year Title Role Notes
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
Episode: "Heroes"
1994–1996 Gargoyles Hakkon
Tomas Brod
12 episodes
1994–1995 Earth 2 John Danziger 21 episodes
1995 Street Sharks Clammando Voice
2 episodes
1995 The Outer Limits Sergeant Linden Styles Episode: "Afterlife"
1996–2000 Superman: The Animated Series Lex Luthor Voice
19 episodes
1996–1997 The Mighty Ducks Siege Voice
23 episodes
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Raiden Voice
13 episodes
1996 Desert Breeze Pilot
1996 The Incredible Hulk Sasquatch Voice
Episode: "Man to Man, Beast to Beast"
1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Col. Nikolai
The Entity
Professor Francois
2 episodes
1997 The Legend of Calamity Jane Wild Bill Hickok Voice
13 episodes
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Tempus 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
1997 Hey Arnold! Porkpie Voice
Episode: "Freeze Frame"
1998 Hercules Blotox Voice
Episode: "Hercules and the Techno Greeks"
1998–2000 Voltron: The Third Dimension IGOR
Robot Maximus
5 episodes
1998 The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs Baron Bone Voice
Episode: "Bone"
1998 The Lionhearts Additional Voices Voice
Episode: "But Some of My Best Friends are Clowns"
1999 Timon & Pumbaa Angry Man Voice
Episode: "Boo Hoo Bouquet"
1999 The Angry Beavers Harrington Voice
Episode: "In Search of Big Byoo-Tox"
1999–present SpongeBob SquarePants Mr. Krabs
Additional Voices
185 episodes
1999–2001 Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot Legion Ex Machina Voice
26 episodes
1999 Godzilla: The Series Maxmillian Spiel Voice
2 episodes
2000 The Practice District Attorney Fox 2 episodes
2000 Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles Sgt. Charlie Zim Voice
3 episodes
2000–2005 Jackie Chan Adventures Captain Black
Super Moose
67 episodes
2000 Recess Admiral LaMaise Voice
Episode: "The Army Navy Game"
2000 Histeria! Additional Voices Voice
Episode: "North America"
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Tough
2 episodes
2000 Batman Beyond Big Time Voice
Episode: "Betrayal"
2001–2003 Justice League Lex Luthor Voice
8 episodes
2001–2004 Lloyd in Space Officer Frank Horton Voice
12 episodes
2001 The Zeta Project Sheriff Morgan Voice
2 episodes
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Zobral Episode: "Desert Crossing"
2002 The Powerpuff Girls Mascumax Voice
Episode: "Members Only"
2002 Red Skies Edgar Sterling Pilot
2002 Samurai Jack Dragon Voice
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"
2003 Teen Titans Trident Voice
Episode: "Deep Six"
2003–2005 Carnivàle Brother Justin Crowe 24 episodes
2003–2007 All Grown Up! Vice-Principal Estes Pangborn Voice
10 episodes
2004–2005 Megas XLR Gorrath Voice
10 episodes
2004 Duck Dodgers Archduke Zag Voice
Episode: "Pig Planet"
2004–2006 Justice League Unlimited Lex Luthor Voice
13 episodes
2004–2006 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Otto Voice
52 episodes
2004–2007 The Batman Mr. Freeze
Lex Luthor
6 episodes
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Dark Dragon Voice
3 episodes
2005–2007 Kim Possible Commander Kane
Yono The Destroyer
2 episodes
2005 Catscratch Barkmeat Voice
Episode: "Off the Leash"
2005 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Lex Luthor
Episode: "Monster Con"
2005–2006 A.T.O.M. Alexander Paine Voice
12 episodes
2006 Lost Kelvin Inman 2 episodes
2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Ego leader Voice
Episode: "Ace"
2006–2007 Biker Mice from Mars Cataclysm Voice
12 episodes
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Long Feng Voice
5 episodes
2007 Ben 10 Kenko Voice
Episode: "Game Over"
2007 The Riches Rudy Blue Episode: "X Spots the Mark"
2007–2010 American Dad Henry Fischer
Clyde Templeton
Liquor Store Manager
3 episodes
2008–2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man George Stacy
16 episodes
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Dragon Voice
Episode: "Be-Knighted"
2008–2009 Wolverine and the X-Men Mister Sinister Voice
3 episodes
2008 Law & Order Sheriff John Burkhart Episode: "Knock Off"
2009 Phineas and Ferb Sergeant
The Regurgitator
Santa Claus
additional voices
5 episodes
2009 The Secret Saturdays Dr.Bara Voice
Episode: "Shadows of Lemuria"
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Per Degaton
2 episodes
2010 The Deep End Hart Sterling 6 episodes
2010 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Magnus Voice
2 episodes
2010–2011 The Penguins of Madagascar Buck Rockgut Voice
3 episodes
2010 Adventure Time Narrator
Demon Cat
2 episodes
2010 Leverage Hugh Whitman Episode: "The Gone Fishin' Job"
2010–2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Odin Voice
3 episodes
2010 Medium Rob Walcott Episode: "Where Were You When...?"
2010–2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Destro
6 episodes
2010–2013 Pound Puppies Salty
Additional Voices
8 episodes
2011–2013 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Savage Opress Voice
8 episodes
2011–2013 Transformers Prime Silas Voice
8 episodes
2011 Thundercats Grune Voice
6 episodes
2012 Young Justice King Faraday Voice
Episode: "Performance"
2012 Green Lantern: The Animated Series General Zartok Voice
2 episodes
2012 The Frontier Jack Ramsay/Lamazee Pilot
2012–2013 Ultimate Spider-Man Taskmaster Voice
2 episodes
2012 The Legend of Korra Yakone Voice
2 episodes
2012–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Hebediah Grim
Nibiru - Evil Entity
3 episodes
2012–present Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Chris Bradford/Dogpound/Rahzar Voice
12 episodes
2013 Dark Minions Drebnor 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
2 episodes
2013–2014 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk
Additional voices
26 episodes
2013 DC Nation Shorts Negative Man
General Immortus
3 episodes
2013–2014 Sleepy Hollow Sheriff August Corbin 4 episodes
2014 Archer Ricky Voice
Episode: "Archer Vice: Baby Shower"
2014 Gravity Falls TBA TBA

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1997 Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny The Draracle
Large Imp
1997 Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Dr. Neo Cortex
1997 Fallout Rhombus
1998 Crash Bandicoot: Warped Dr. Neo Cortex
Uka Uka
1998 Spyro the Dragon Obsai
Additional Voices
1999 Crash Team Racing Dr. Neo Cortex
Uka Uka
1999 Lands of Lore III Draracle
2000 Crash Bash Dr. Neo Cortex
Uka Uka
2001 Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex Dr. Neo Cortex
Uka Uka
2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month Mr. Krabs
2002 Superman: Shadow of Apokolips Lex Luthor
2002 Run Like Hell: Hunt or Be Hunted Dag'rek
2002 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter Montross
2002 Minority Report: Everybody Runs John Anderton
2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman Mr. Krabs
2003 Jak II Baron Praxis
2003 Nickelodeon Toon Twister 3D Mr. Krabs
2003 Crash Nitro Kart Dr. Neo Cortex
Uka Uka
2004 Jak 3 Baron Praxis
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Mr. Krabs
2005 SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Mr. Krabs
2006 Saints Row Alderman Hughes
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth Long Feng
2010 God of War III Hades
2012 Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Lex Luthor
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Strike Force Soldier
2012 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Baron Praxis


Further reading[edit]

  • 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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