Ron Perlman

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Ron Perlman
Ron Perlman by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Perlman at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.
Born Ronald N. Perlman
(1950-04-13) April 13, 1950 (age 64)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Comedian, voice actor
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Opal Stone Perlman (m. 1981)
Children 2

Ronald N. "Ron" Perlman[1] (born April 13, 1950) is an American television, film and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as Vincent in the television series Beauty and the Beast (for which he won a Golden Globe), as the comic book character Hellboy in both 2004's Hellboy and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army and as Clarence "Clay" Morrow in television series Sons of Anarchy. Perlman is a frequent collaborator of Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro, having roles in his films Cronos, Blade II and Pacific Rim. He is also known for his voice-over work as the narrator of the post-apocalyptic game series Fallout, Clayface in Batman: The Animated Series, Slade in the animated series Teen Titans, The Stabbington Brothers in Disney's animated film Tangled and as the narrator of the television series 1000 Ways to Die.[2]

Early life[edit]

Perlman was born in Washington Heights, New York, to a Jewish family.[3][4] His mother, Dorothy, was a municipal employee, and his father was a jazz drummer and repairman.[5] Perlman stated in a 1988 interview that "It was not a bad childhood but...I had a perception of myself that was, I was terribly overweight as a young kid, and it was sort of a low self image."[6] Perlman continued to say that this experience is one thing that attracts him to "playing these sorts of deformed people who are very endearing". Perlman was also made fun of for looking like a monkey, which also significantly lowered his self-esteem.[7]

He attended George Washington High School and later Lehman College in New York City in 1971, which did not have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre at that time. He has said that he and his father were "very close", and that it was his father, after seeing Perlman in a college production of Guys and Dolls, who told Perlman, "You have to do this... You understand this? You gotta do this." Perlman says, "So, he gave me permission to be an actor...wow."[7] Perlman attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a master's degree in theater arts in 1973.[1]

Career[edit]

Perlman started his career as a stage actor appearing in various productions and made his feature film debut in Jean-Jacques Annaud's film Quest for Fire (1981). After various minor and supporting roles in films and television series, his breakthrough role came when he played Vincent in the TV series Beauty and the Beast, opposite Linda Hamilton from 1987 to 1990. This earned him a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series in 1989.[8]

He went on to play roles in many films and television series throughout the 1980s and 1990s as well as the 2000s. His most notable film appearances were in films such as The Name of the Rose (1986), Romeo is Bleeding (1993), The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994), The Last Supper (1995), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), Alien Resurrection (1997), Enemy at the Gates (2001), Blade II and Star Trek Nemesis (both 2002) and two Stephen King story-to-movie adaptations, Sleepwalkers and Desperation. His appearances in television series include Highlander: The Series, The Outer Limits and The Magnificent Seven.

He played his first leading film role in 1995, when he played "One" in Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's French-language The City of Lost Children. In 2003, Perlman starred in a commercial for Stella Artois beer. This commercial, which was called "Devil's Island,"[9] won a Silver Award at the 2003 British Advertising Awards.[10][11] He got another leading film role in 2004 when he played the title role in the comic book adaptation Hellboy. Perlman reprised his role as Hellboy in the straight to DVD animated features Hellboy: Sword of Storms (2006) and Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007) as well as Hellboy II: The Golden Army, released on July 11, 2008.

In 2008, Perlman joined the cast of the TV show Sons of Anarchy on FX playing Clay Morrow, the president of the motorcycle club and the protagonist's stepfather.

Roles that required make-up[edit]

Perlman as Hellboy

Perlman is known for playing roles which require extensive make-up, some to the point where his entire body is covered or his face requires full facial prosthetics. Some examples include his first film role in Quest for Fire, where he played a Neanderthal; The Name of the Rose where he plays a disfigured hunchback; Beauty and The Beast, where he played Vincent, a man with the face of a half-man half-lion-like beast; The Island of Dr. Moreau where he also plays a half man/half animal; Star Trek: Nemesis in which he is the Reman viceroy; and the Hellboy films where he plays the titular demon. He even gave his Beauty and The Beast co-star Armin Shimerman advice when Shimerman was going to be in full-facial prosthetics as Quark for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.[12]

Voice-over work[edit]

Perlman also has a successful career as a voice actor in addition to his onscreen acting, having portrayed characters in numerous video games and animated series. These include Casper High teacher Mr. Lancer in Danny Phantom, Kurtis Stryker in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, Justice in Afro Samurai and various characters in DC Comics based series such as the villainous Slade, a version of DC character Deathstroke the Terminator, in the Teen Titans animated series, Clayface in Batman: The Animated Series, Jax-Ur in Superman: The Animated Series, Sozin in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Orion in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, Killer Croc, Rumor, Bane in The Batman, Doctor Double X in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Sinestro in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

His video game credits include Fleet Admiral Lord Terrence Hood, who commands Earth's space defenses against the Covenant in the games Halo 2 and Halo 3, Jagger Valance in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, and Batman in Justice League Heroes. He is well known by Fallout fans for narrating the introductory movies in the series, including uttering the famous phrase "War. War never changes." He also voices "Slade" in the 2008 Turok game, and Emil Blonsky/Abomination in Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Conan for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and voices the fast-talking Mayor Hoodoo Brown in the Neversoft game Gun.

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Opal Stone Perlman since February 14, 1981; they have two children, a daughter, Blake Amanda (born 1984), and a son, Brandon Avery (born 1990). Perlman has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program. On July 9, 2012 he supported the Make-A-Wish foundation by fulfilling a boy's dream to meet him dressed in full, film-ready makeup as Hellboy.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Quest for Fire Amoukar Nominated - Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
1984 The Ice Pirates Zeno
1986 The Name of the Rose Salvatore
1992 Sleepwalkers Captain Soames
1993 Cronos Angel De La Guardia
1993 Romeo Is Bleeding Jack's attorney
1993 When the Bough Breaks Dr. Douglas Eben
1993 The Adventures of Huck Finn Pap Finn
1994 Double Exposure John McClure
1994 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Konstantine Konali
1995 The City of Lost Children One
1995 The Last Supper Norman Arbuthnot
1995 Fluke Sylvester
1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau Sayer of the Law
1997 Prince Valiant Boltar
1997 Tinseltown Cliff
1997 Alien Resurrection Johner
1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Cemetery Caretaker
1998 Frogs for Snakes Gascone
1998 The Protector Dr. Ramsey Krago
1998 An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Mr. Grasping (voice)
1999 Happy, Texas Marshal Nalhober
1999 Primal Force Frank Brodie
2000 The Trial of Old Drum Charles Burden Sr.
2000 Titan A.E. Sam Tucker (voice)
2000 Operation Sandman Dr. Harlan Jessup
2000 The King's Guard Lord Morton
2000 Price of Glory Nick Everson
2000 Stroke Schumaker
2001 Down Mitchell
2001 Enemy at the Gates Koulikov
2002 Blade II Dieter Reinhardt
2002 Night Class Morgan
2002 Crime and Punishment Dusharo
2002 Star Trek Nemesis Reman Viceroy
2002 Shakedown Christopher 'St. Joy' Bellows
2003 Boys on the Run Captain
2003 Rats Dr. William Winslow
2003 Hoodlum & Son 'Ugly' Jim McCrae
2003 Absolon Murchison
2003 Two Soldiers Colonel McKellog Short film
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action VP for Never Learning
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Himself Cameo
2004 Hellboy Hellboy Nominated - Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actor
2004 Quiet Kill Detective Sergeant Perry
2005 The Second Front General von Binding
2005 Missing in America Red
2005 Tarzan II Kago (voice)
2005 Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? Hotep (voice)
2006 Local Color Curtis Sunday
2006 How to Go Out on a Date in Queens Vito
2006 The Last Winter Ed Pollack Nominated - Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2006 5ive Girls Father Drake
2006 Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! Captain Skunkbeard/Biff Wellington (voice)
2006 Hellboy: Sword of Storms Hellboy (voice)
2007 In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Norick
2007 Hellboy: Blood and Iron Hellboy (voice)
2007 Battle for Terra Elder Vorin (voice)
2008 Uncross the Stars Bobby Walden
2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army Hellboy Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actor
Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
2008 Outlander Gunnar
2008 Spirit of the Forest Oak (voice)
2008 Mutant Chronicles Brother Samuel
2009 The Devil's Tomb Wesley
2009 Dark Country Deputy Thompson
2009 I Sell The Dead Father Duffy
2009 The Job Jim
2010 Killer by Nature Dr. Julian
2010 Acts of Violence Priest Bill
2010 Tangled Stabbington Brothers (voices)
2010 Bunraku Nicola
2010 The Legend of Secret Pass Parker (voice)
2011 Season of the Witch Felson
2011 The Littlest Angel God (voice)
2011 Conan the Barbarian Corin
2011 Drive Nino
2011 Elwood Louie the Jaw Short film
2012 The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption Horus
2012 Bad Ass Mayor Williams
2012 The Punisher: Dirty Laundry Big Mike Short film
2012 Crave Pete
2012 3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom Phil
2013 Pacific Rim Hannibal Chau
2013 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (voice)
2014 The Virginian Judge Henry
2014 Tbilisi, I Love You TBA
2014 13 Sins Chilcoat
2014 Before I Disappear Bill
2014 Kid Cannabis Barry Lerner
2014 Book of Life TBA Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Ryan's Hope Dr. Bernie Marx 2 episodes
1985 Our Family Honor Bausch Episode: "Pilot"
1985 MacGruder and Loud Attorney Episode: "The Very Scary Man"
1985 Our Family Honor Bausch Episode: "Split Image"
1986 Miami Vice John Ruger Episode: "Walk-Alone"
1987–1990 Beauty and the Beast Vincent 55 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1989)
Q Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1988, 1989)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1988, 1989)
1988 A Stoning in Fulham County Jacob Shuller TV movie
1992 Blind Man's Bluff Frank Cerrillo TV movie
1992–1993 Batman: The Animated Series Clayface / Driller (voices) 4 episodes
1993 Arly Hanks Jim-Bob Buchanan TV movie
1993 The Untouchables Snake Episode: "Railroaded"
1993 Bonkers Sergeant Francis Q. Grating (voice) 17 episodes
1993 Animaniacs Satan / Sgt. Sweete (voices) 2 episodes
1994 The Cisco Kid Lt. Col. Delacroix TV movie
1994 Aladdin Arbutus (voice) Episode: "Garden of Evil"
1994 Mighty Max Goar (voice) Episode: "Tar Wars"
1994 The Little Mermaid Apollo (voice) Episode: "Heroes"
1995 Original Sins Chas Bradley TV movie
1995 Tiny Toon Adventures Mr. Scratch (voice) Episode: "Night Ghoulery"
1995 The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space Lord Vox of Vestron TV movie
1995 Mr. Stitch Doctor Frederick Texarian TV movie
1995 Fantastic Four Wizard / Hulk (voices) 2 episodes
1995 Iron Man Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk (voice) Episode: "Hulk Buster"
1996 Phantom 2040 Graft (voice) 22 episodes
1996 Wing Commander Academy Daimon Karnes (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Duckman Roland Thompson (voice) Episode: "They Craved Duckman's Brain!"
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Kurtis Stryker (voice) 13 episodes
1996–1998 Hey Arnold! Mickey Kaline (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Highlander: The Series The Messenger Episode: "The Messenger"
1997 Tracey Takes On... Stuart Episode: "Secrets"
1997 Perversions of Science 40132 Episode: "The Exile"
1997–1999 Superman: The Animated Series Jax-Ur (voice) 3 episodes
1997–1998 The New Batman Adventures Clayface (voice) 4 episodes
1997 The Second Civil War Alan Manieski TV movie
1998–2000 The Magnificent Seven Josiah Sanchez 22 episodes
1998 A Town Has Turned to Dust Jerry Paul TV movie
1998 Godzilla Leviathan Alien (voice) Episode: "Leviathan"
1998 Houdini Booking Agent TV Movie
1998 The Outer Limits Lt. Col. Brandon Grace Episode: "Black Box"
1999 Supreme Sanction The Director TV movie
1999 Primal Force Frank Brodie TV movie
1999 Family Law Roy Episode: "The List"
2000 Operation Sandman Dr. Harlan Jessup TV movie
2000 The Trial of Old Drum Charles Burden Sr. TV movie
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Wild Horse (voice) Episode: "Horse Sense"
2000 Jackie Chan Adventures Karl (voice) Episode: "Shell Game"
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Leader (voice) Episode: "Haunted Moon"
2001 Charmed Mr Kelleman Episode: "Wrestling with Demons"
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Colonel Nikolas Rokoff (voice) Episode: "Tarzan and the Lost Treasure"
2001 The Tick Fiery Blaze Episode: "Couples"
2003 Static Shock Heavyman (voice) Episode: "The Parent Trap"
2003 Justice League Clayface / Orion (voices) 4 episodes
2003–2006 Teen Titans Slade (voice) 14 episodes
2004–2007 Danny Phantom Mr. Lancer (voice) 19 episodes
2005 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Joe/Frozen Fiend (voice) Episode: "Diamonds Are a Ghouls Best Friend"
2005–2008 The Batman Killer Croc / Bane / Rumor (voices) 4 episodes
2006 Masters of Horror Dwayne Burcell Episode: "Pro-Life"
2006 Justice League Unlimited Orion (voice) Episode: "Flash and Substance"
2006 Desperation Collie Entragian TV movie
2007 Afro Samurai Justice (voice) English dub
TV miniseries
2007 Kim Possible Warhawk (voice) 2 episodes
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender Firelord Sozin (voice) Episode: "The Avatar and the Firelord"
2008–2013 Sons of Anarchy Clay Morrow 77 episodes
2008–2010 Chowder Arbor (voice) 3 episodes
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Gha Nachkt (voice) 2 episodes
2009 Robot Chicken Tony Stark / Handy Ball (voices) Episode: "Tell My Mom"
2009–2012 1000 Ways to Die Narrator 45 episodes
2010, 2014 Archer Ramon Limon (voice) 2 episodes
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Doctor Double X (voice) Episode: "A Bat Divided"
2011–2012 American Dad Monster Hunter / Colonel (voices) 2 episodes
2011–2014 Adventure Time The Lich (voice) 8 episodes
2012 DC Nation Shorts Slade / Alfred Pennyworth (voices) 3 episode
2013 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Sinestro (voice) Episode: "Prisoner of Sinestro"
2014 Hand of God[13] Judge Pernell Amazon Studios pilot

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Adventures of Batman & Robin Clayface
1995 Chronomaster Rene Korda
1997 Fallout Narrator
1998 Fallout 2 Narrator
2001 Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter Wylfdene
2001 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel Narrator
2003 Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu Clayface
2003 True Crime: Streets of LA Misha
2003 Lords of EverQuest Lord Skass
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Jagger Valance
2004 Halo 2 Fleet Admiral Lord Terrence Hood
2005 NARC Captain Joe Kowalski
2005 Gun Mayor Hoodoo Brown
2005 The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction Emil Blonsky/The Abomination
2005 Teen Titans Slade
2005 The Outfit Tommy Mac
2006 Justice League Heroes Bruce Wayne/Batman
2007 Halo 3 Fleet Admiral Lord Terrence Hood
2007 Conan Conan of Cimmeria
2008 Turok Slade
2008 Hellboy: The Science of Evil Hellboy
2008 Fallout 3 Narrator
2009 Afro Samurai Justice English dub
2009 Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 Dagger
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Narrator

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