Jeffrey Combs

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Jeffrey Combs
Jeffrey Combs Star Trek Convention Las Vegas 20100804.jpg
Combs in 2010
Born Jeffrey Alan Combs
(1954-09-09) September 9, 1954 (age 59)
Oxnard, California, U.S.
Education Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
Alma mater University of Washington
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present
Home town Lompoc, California

Jeffrey Alan Combs (born September 9, 1954) is an American actor[1] known for his horror film roles such as Re-Animator[1] and appearances playing a number of characters in the Star Trek[1] and the DC Animated Universe television franchises.[1]

Early life[edit]

Combs was born in Oxnard, California, and raised in Lompoc. He attended Santa Maria's Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and later developed his acting skills in the Professional Actor's Training Program at the University of Washington.

After spending several years performing in playhouses on the West Coast, Combs moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and landed his first role in the 1981 film Honky Tonk Freeway, in which he played an unnamed drive-in teller. His first horror film role came two years later, in the Frightmare (1983).

Career[edit]

Combs's best known horror role was as Herbert West, the main character in the movie Re-Animator,[2] which he has reprised in the film's two sequels.[1] He also portrayed the part of author H. P. Lovecraft (creator of the Herbert West character) in 1993's film Necronomicon: Book of the Dead. Combs has starred in eight H.P. Lovecraft adaptations. Other film credits include FeardotCom (2002), House on Haunted Hill (1999), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) and The Frighteners. (1996)

On television, Combs enjoyed critical and popular success playing alien characters on the various modern Star Trek incarnations, beginning in 1994 with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in 2000 with Star Trek: Voyager, and in 2001 with Star Trek: Enterprise. Combs has played nine different onscreen roles in the Star Trek universe. His largest science-fiction role to date has been his regular guest role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Vorta clone Weyoun. Combs has said that Weyoun was his favorite Star Trek role, and he had a great deal of input in developing the character.[3]

On the same series, Combs had a recurring role as the Ferengi character Brunt. During the DS9 episode "The Dogs of War", Combs appeared as both Weyoun and Brunt, making Trek history as the first actor to play two unrelated recurring roles on screen in the same episode.

On Star Trek: Enterprise, Combs had a recurring role as Shran, an Andorian military officer. Enterprise producer Manny Coto once mentioned in an interview that he hoped to make Combs a regular on the show, had the series been renewed for a fifth season.[citation needed]

In addition to his recurring Star Trek roles, Combs had non-recurring roles as a human police officer Kevin Mulkahey,[4] and as the alien Tiron on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; as the alien Penk on Star Trek: Voyager; and as the Ferengi pirate Krem on Star Trek: Enterprise. Along with many other actors, writers, and creators of the show, Combs also had a cameo appearance as a holographic patron in Vic's Lounge in the final episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Combs also voices the character of Romulan Commander Suldok for the "Star Trek: Elite Force II" video game.

Beyond the Star Trek franchise, Combs has had roles in many other science fiction series. He starred as the telepath Harriman Gray, in "Eyes" (1994), a first season episode of Babylon 5. In August 2005, he appeared for the first time on the science fiction series The 4400 as Dr. Kevin Burkhoff; by 2006, this became a recurring role. In early 2007, he played a highly fictionalized Edgar Allan Poe in "The Black Cat", an episode of Masters of Horror.[5]

Combs has done extensive voice work, including The Scarecrow in 1997's The New Batman Adventures. Combs continued his work in the DCAU several years later, with a recurring role as The Question in Justice League Unlimited. Combs provides the voice of Ratchet on the new animated series, Transformers: Prime. He also narrated the 25th Anniversary of Re-Animator on the 2010 FanTasia.[6]

In July 2009, Combs returned to his stage roots and reprised his role as Edgar Allan Poe in a one-man theatrical show entitled Nevermore...an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at The Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA.[7] Although only supposed to run for a month, the show enjoyed much success and sold-out crowds, and was extended four times. Nevermore as it is now simply known, closed its run in Los Angeles on December 19, 2009. The show had its East Coast debut on January 23 and 24 2010 at Westminster Hall in Baltimore, MD, Poe's final resting place.[8] A tour of the Saturn Award nominated[9] Nevermore is now in the works, with stops possibly including Chicago, New York, and Seattle, and a confirmed two-date run in San Diego in February.[10]

Combs stars with Andrew Divoff in the 2012 Screen Media Films release Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation, a prequel to the 2006 cult hit Night of the Living Dead 3D directed by Jeff Broadstreet.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Drive-in teller
Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1st-year intern
1983 Frightmare Stu
The Skin of Our Teeth Henry Antrobus
The Man with Two Brains Dr. Jones
1985 Re-Animator Herbert West
1986 From Beyond Crawford Tillinghast
1987 Cyclone Rick Davenport
1988 Dead Man Walking Chaz
Cellar Dweller Colin Childress
Pulse Pounders The Evil Clergyman
1989 Bride of Re-Animator Dr. Herbert West
1990 The Pit and the Pendulum Francisco the Inquisitor
Robot Jox Spectator/Prole
1991 The Guyver Doctor East
Death Falls Lonnie Hawks
Trancers II Dr. Pyle
1992 Doctor Mordrid - Master of the Unknown Dr. Mordrid
1993 Fortress D-Day
Necronomicon H. P. Lovecraft
1994 Love and a .45 Dinosaur Bob
The Lurking Fear Dr. Haggis
1995 Castle Freak John Reilly
Felony Bill Knight
Cyberstalker aka The Digital Prophet Andy Coberman
Dillinger and Capone Gilroy
1996 The Frighteners Special Agent Milton Dammers
Norma Jean & Marilyn Montgomery Clift
1997 Time Tracers Dr. Carrington
Snide and Prejudice Therapist Meissner
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Mr. Brooks
Caught Up Security Guard
Spoiler Captain
1999 House on Haunted Hill Dr. Richard Benjamin Vannacutt
Poseidon's Fury: Escape From the Lost City Lord Darkennon Short film
2001 Faust: Love of the Damned Lt. Dan Margolies
The Attic Expeditions Dr. Ek
Contagion Brown
2002 FeardotCom Detective Sykes
2003 Beyond Re-Animator Dr. Herbert West
2005 Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy Dr. Preston King
All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos Thomas White
Edmond Desk Clerk
Voodoo Moon Frank Taggert
2006 Satanic Detective Joyner
Abominable Buddy, the Clerk
Blackwater Valley Exorcism Sheriff Jimmy Fleck
2007 Return to House on Haunted Hill Dr. Richard Benjamin Vannacutt
The Wizard of Gore The Geek
Brutal Sheriff Jimmy Fleck
The Attackmen Mr. Simms
Stuck 911 Operator
2008 Parasomnia Detective Garrett
2009 The Dunwich Horror Wilbur Whateley
Dark House Walston Rey
2012 Elf-Man Mickey
Would You Rather Shepard Lambrick
2013 Motivational Growth The Mold voice
Favor Tad Harrison

Television works[edit]

Year Title Role Episode(s)
1983 The Mississippi Military cadet We Remember, We Revere
Houston Nights Frank Stark Lady Smoke
1987 Beauty and the Beast Python No Way Down
1988 Jake and the Fatman Alan Shuba What is This Thing Called Love
Incredibly Strange Film Show Himself Tsui Hark and Stuart Gordon
1989 Freddy's Nightmares Ralph Love Stinks
Life Goes On Burk Clifton Invasion of the Thatcher Snatchers
Hunter James Wilkins Fatal Obsession, Part 2
1991 The Flash Jimmy Swain Captain Cold
Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero Roger "Sheck" Shector A Quartet Of Creatures
Sisters Derek Cotts Protective Measures
1994 Babylon 5 Harriman Gray Eyes
1994-1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Brunt/Weyoun/Tiron 33 Episodes
1995 The Single Guy Klein The Virgin
1996 Perversions of Science Prisoner #50557 The Exile
1997 The New Batman Adventures Scarecrow Never Fear
1998 The Net Max Copernicus Lunatic Fringe
1999 FreakyLinks Coroner Subject: Live Fast, Die Young
2000 Martial Law Antoine Trembel In the Dark
Star Trek: Voyager Penk Tsunkatse
2001-2005 Star Trek: Enterprise Shran 11 Episodes
2002 The Twilight Zone Harry Radditch The Placebo Effect
She Spies Indigo The Replacement
Spider-Man Professor Head Over Heels
Spider-Man Dr. Zellner Flash Memory
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Dale Sterling Jackpot
2004 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Gyrus Krinkle A Man Called Krinkle
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Gyrus Krinkle Incident on Ranger 7
Justice League Unlimited The Question Fearful Symmetry
2005 Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy Dr. Preston King
Justice League Unlimited The Question Double Date; Question Authority; Flashpoint
2005-2007 The 4400 Dr. Kevin Burkoff 15 Episodes
2006 Justice League Unlimited The Question Grudge Match
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Gyrus Krinkle Incident on Ranger 7
Masters of Horror Edgar Allan Poe The Black Cat
2008 Cold Case Sly Borden Spiders
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Kite Man Long Arm of the Law
2010-2013 Transformers: Prime Ratchet 56 Episodes
2010 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes The Leader Breakout, Part 1; Thor the Mighty; Gamma World Parts 1 & 2
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Professor Hatecraft The Shrieking Madness
2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Professor Hatecraft Pawn of Shadow
2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes The Leader Assault on 42
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Rat King / Dr. Falco Monkey Brains; I, Monster; Of Rats and Men
Thundercats Soul Sever The Soul Sever
2013 Castle Gary Moore Death Gone Crazy
DC Nation - Doom Patrol Chief/Mr. Morden Chapters 1, 6 & 10
2014 Criminal Minds John Nichols The Black Queen
Ben 10: Omniverse Kuphulu Rad Monster Party; The Vampire Strikes Back

Video game work[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dominion Wars Weyoun
2003 Star Trek: Elite Force II Commander Suldok
Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu The Scarecrow / Dr. Jonathan Crane
2012 The Secret World Hayden Montag, Charles Zurn
Transformers: Prime – The Game Ratchet
2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes Leader

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Voisin, Scott, "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting." BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5.

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