Perlman at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.
|Born||Ronald N. Perlman
April 13, 1950
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, voice actor|
|Spouse(s)||Opal Stone Perlman (m. 1981)|
Ronald N. "Ron" Perlman (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, 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.
Perlman was born in Washington Heights, New York, to a Jewish family. His mother, Dorothy, was a municipal employee, and his father was a jazz drummer and repairman. 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." 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.
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." Perlman attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a master's degree in theater arts in 1973.
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.
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," won a Silver Award at the 2003 British Advertising Awards. 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.
Roles that required make-up
Perlman is known for playing roles which require 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 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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|1996||The Island of Dr. Moreau||Sayer of the Law|
|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|
|2001||Enemy at the Gates||Koulikov|
|2002||Blade II||Dieter Reinhardt|
|2002||Crime and Punishment||Dusharo|
|2002||Star Trek Nemesis||Reman Viceroy|
|2002||Shakedown||Christopher 'St. Joy' Bellows||Direct-to-video|
|2003||Boys on the Run||Captain|
|2003||Rats||Dr. William Winslow|
|2003||Hoodlum & Son||'Ugly' Jim McCrae|
|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||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||Spirit of the Forest||Oak||Voice|
|2008||Mutant Chronicles||Brother Samuel|
|2009||The Devil's Tomb||Wesley||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Dark Country||Deputy Thompson||Direct-to-video|
|2009||I Sell The Dead||Father Duffy|
|2010||Killer by Nature||Dr. Julian|
|2010||Acts of Violence||Priest Bill|
|2010||Tangled||the Stabbington Brothers||Voice|
|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||Elwood||Louie the Jaw||Short film|
|2012||The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption||Horus||Direct-to-video|
|2012||Bad Ass||Mayor Williams|
|2012||The Punisher: Dirty Laundry||Big Mike||Short film|
|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||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Book of Life||TBA||Voice|
|2014||Tbilisi, I Love You||TBA|
|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
|1993||Arly Hanks||Jim-Bob Buchanan||TV movie|
|1993||The Untouchables||Snake||Episode: "Railroaded"|
|1993||Bonkers||Sergeant Francis Q. Grating||Voice
|1994||The Cisco Kid||Lt. Col. Delacroix||TV movie|
Episode: "Garden of Evil"
Episode: "Tar Wars"
|1994||The Little Mermaid||Apollo||Voice
|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||Iron Man||Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk||Voice
Episode: "Hulk Buster"
|1996||Wing Commander Academy||Daimon Karnes||Voice
Episode: "They Craved Duckman's Brain!"
|1996||Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm||Kurtis Stryker||Voice
|1996–1998||Hey Arnold!||Mickey Kaline||Voice
|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
|1997–1998||The New Batman Adventures||Clayface||Voice
|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||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"|
Episode: "The Parent Trap"
|2004–2007||Danny Phantom||Mr. Lancer||Voice
|2005||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Joe/Frozen Fiend||Voice
Episode: "Diamonds Are a Ghouls Best Friend"
|2005–2008||The Batman||Killer Croc
|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||English dub
|2007||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Firelord Sozin||Voice
Episode: "The Avatar and the Firelord"
|2008–2013||Sons of Anarchy||Clay Morrow||74 episodes|
|2009||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Gha Nachkt||Voice
|2009||Robot Chicken||Tony Stark
Episode: "Tell My Mom"
|2009–2012||1000 Ways to Die||Narrator||Voice
|2010, 2014||Archer||Ramon Limon||Voice
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Doctor Double X||Voice
Episode: "A Bat Divided"
|2011–2012||American Dad||Monster Hunter
|2011–2012||Adventure Time||The Lich||Voice
|2012||DC Nation Shorts||Slade
|2013||Green Lantern: The Animated Series||Sinestro||Voice
Episode: "Prisoner of Sinestro"
|1994||The Adventures of Batman & Robin||Clayface|
|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||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||Hellboy: The Science of Evil||Hellboy|
|2009||Afro Samurai||Justice||English dub|
|2009||Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2||Dagger|
|2010||Fallout: New Vegas||Narrator|
- "Alumni of Notable Achievement: College of Liberal Arts: University of Minnesota". University of Minnesota. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- "IMDB credits for 1000 ways to Die".
- Ron Perlman Film Reference biography
- Gary Collins (1988). "Hour Magazine – on Ron Perlman's success on the series Beauty & The Beast". YouTube.
- Larry Fessenden (2008). "Ron Perlman on Becoming an Actor". Glass Eye Pix.
- Golden Globe Awards official website, last accessed October 22, 2007.
- "Stella Artois beer commercial entitled Devil's Island". YouTube. 2008.
- "British Advertising Awards – Silver Honours 2003". 2003.
- "Ron Perlman stars in a British Advertising Award winning Stella Artois beer commercial". 2003.[dead link]
- Kusaivy (2011-07-19). "DelToroFilms.com". Retrieved 2012-04-05.
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