George Newbern

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George Newbern
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George Newbern at the 2019 WonderCon
George Young Newbern

(1964-12-30) December 30, 1964 (age 58)
Years active1982–present
(m. 1990)

George Young Newbern (born December 30, 1964) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Charlie in the ABC show Scandal and Bryan MacKenzie in Father of the Bride (1991) and its sequels Father of the Bride Part II and Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish), as well as Danny (The Yeti) in Friends and his recurring role as Julia's son Payne in Designing Women. He is also known for providing the voice of Superman in many pieces of DC Comics media, and Sephiroth in the Final Fantasy series and the Kingdom Hearts series.

Early life[edit]

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Newbern is the son of Betty, a Spanish teacher and David Newbern, a radiologist. George has two brothers (Gordon and John) and one sister (Murry).[1]


Film and television[edit]

He began his acting career at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, in the role of the younger brother in Life with Father, based on Clarence S. Day Jr.'s autobiographical novels. This first acting role spurred him on to other acting roles and eventually on to movie roles. Newbern's first lead role was in 1987's Double Switch, a retelling of The Prince and the Pauper that aired as a part of the Wonderful World of Disney television series.

From 1986 to 1992, Newbern had a recurring role as Payne McIlroy, the son of designer Julia Sugarbaker (played by Dixie Carter), on the series Designing Women. He has since guest-starred on television in such series as Providence, Chicago Hope, Friends, Bull, CSI, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Touched by an Angel, Criminal Minds, and Private Practice. He had a recurring role for several seasons as a former CIA operative in Scandal.

He starred as Neal Morris, father of Melissa Morris (Emily Osment), in the 2009 Disney Channel movie Dadnapped, and portrayed Apollo 14 astronaut Stu Roosa in the HBO mini-series From The Earth To The Moon. Film credits include Adventures in Babysitting (1987) with Elisabeth Shue; Double Switch (1987); Switching Channels (1988) with Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds and Christopher Reeve; and Father of the Bride (1991) and its sequel Father of the Bride Part II. In 2009 he appeared in Locker 13.

Newbern at the Muppets Most Wanted premiere on March 11, 2014

Voice acting[edit]

As a voice actor, Newbern is notable for his role as Clark Kent/Superman on the Cartoon Network series Justice League, Static Shock and Justice League Unlimited (as a replacement for Tim Daly due to his contractual obligations elsewhere). He also reprised his role as Superman in The Batman fifth season two-part opener "The Batman/Superman Story" and the series finale episode "Lost Heroes" even though that series was described as existing in a different continuity. He reprised his role as Superman in the DC Showcase short Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam and as well as Superman vs. The Elite. On February 26, 2016, the DC Universe Online Facebook page reported that Newbern would be taking over the role of Superman from Adam Baldwin. He also provides the voice of Superman in the game Injustice: Gods Among Us and its sequel.

Newbern also lent his voice in the cartoon series The Pirates of Dark Water, and he has also done voiceovers on a number of video games and game-related productions. He has also voiced in the infamous Theodore Rex as the character of the same name. In 2003, Newbern provided the voice of Mevyn Nooj in Final Fantasy X-2.

His performance as Nooj reportedly impressed the developers at Square Enix enough for them to cast him as Sephiroth in the English version of Kingdom Hearts II (replacing Lance Bass) and he would also go on to reprise the role in the English-language releases of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. He later appeared in the second season of Jericho as the President of the Allied States of America. Newbern also narrated Toyota's commercials for the 2010 model year of the Prius, one of the car company's younger automotive models, and portrayed Harold in Saw VI.

Personal life[edit]

Newbern met actress Marietta DePrima in the mid-1980s. They graduated together at Northwestern University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.[2] The couple married in 1990.[1] Together they have three children.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 My Little Girl Woody
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Dan Lynch
Double Switch Bart / Matt TV movie
1988 Paramedics Uptown
Switching Channels Siegenthaler
It Takes Two Travis Rogers
1991 Father of the Bride Bryan MacKenzie
1992 Little Sister Mike
1993 Doorways Dr. Thomas Mason TV movie
Doppelganger Patrick Highsmith TV movie
Torch Song Wedge TV movie
1994 Power Play Justin Avery
I Spy Returns Bennett Robinson TV movie
Witness to the Execution Phillip Tyler TV movie
1995 Father of the Bride Part II Bryan MacKenzie
Theodore Rex Theodore Rex (voice)
1996 Far Harbor Jordan
The Evening Star Tommy Horton
1998 Twice Upon a Time Joe TV movie
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Christian Nelson TV movie
1999 Friends and Lovers Ian Wickam
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Tom TV movie
2001 The Sons of Mistletoe Jimmy Adams TV movie
2003 Kids' Ten Commandments: Stolen Gearts Matthew (voice) Direct-to-DVD animated short film
2005 Buffalo Dreams Dr. Nick Townsend TV movie
2006 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Sephiroth (voice) Computer animated movie
2007 A Dennis the Menace Christmas Henry Mitchell
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Jimmy
Batman: Gotham Knight Man in Black, Clark Kent, Guido, Man, Youth 3 (voices)
2009 The Patient George
Dadnapped Neal Morris TV movie
Locker 13 Robert Diener Segment: "Midnight Blues"
Saw VI Harold Abbott
2010 Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Clark Kent/Superman (voice) Direct-to-DVD animated short film
2011 The Heart of Christmas Dr. Sandler TV movie
2012 3 Day Test Martin Taylor Direct-to-DVD film
Monster High: Escape from Skull Shores Andy Beast (voice) TV animated film
Superman vs. The Elite Clark Kent/Superman (voice) Direct-to-DVD animated film
2014 Justice League: War Steve Trevor (voice) Direct-to-DVD animated film
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Steve Trevor (voice) Direct-to-DVD animated film
2016 Pup Star Bark (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2017 Pup Star: Better 2Gether Bark (voice) Direct-to-DVD
I Am Elizabeth Smart Ed Smart TV film
2018 Brimming With Love Addison Rickford TV film
2019 Justice League vs. the Fatal Five Clark Kent/Superman (voice)[3] Direct-to-DVD animated film
2020 Father of the Bride, Part 3(ish) Bryan MacKenzie Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Blue and the Gray Pvt Lawrence Jones (Union deserter at Bull Run) TV miniseries
1986 Family Ties Eric Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
1986–1992 Designing Women Payne McIlroy 4 episodes
1990 Poochinski Det. Robert McKay TV pilot
Working Girl Everett Rutledge 12 episodes
1991–1993 The Pirates of Dark Water Ren (voice)
1995 Courthouse Sean 5 episodes
1997 Gold Fever Will Patterson Documentary
Touched by an Angel Michael Burns Episode: "Amazing Grace: Part 1"
Promised Land Michael Burns Episode: "Amazing Grace: Part 2"
The Outer Limits Ryan Unger Episode: "Stream of Consciousness"
Adventures from the Book of Virtues Damon (voice) Episode: "Friendship"
Perversions of Science Walter Episode: "Planely Possible"
1997–1998 Chicago Hope Dr. Scott Frank 6 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Stu Roosa TV miniseries
Friends Danny 3 episodes
2000 Bull Robert "Ditto" Roberts III 20 episodes
2001–2004 Justice League Clark Kent / Superman (voice)
2002 Providence Owen Frank 21 episodes
2003 Static Shock Clark Kent / Superman (voice) Episode: "Toys in the Hood"
2004 Boston Legal Dr. Allen Konigsberg Episode: "Loose Lips"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Todd Coombs Episode: "Bloodlines"
Johnny Bravo Man, Waiter, Moustache Man (voices) Episode: "Get Shovelized/T Is for Trouble"
2005 Las Vegas Matt Monroe Episode: "For Sail by Owner"
2004–2006 Justice League Unlimited Clark Kent / Superman, Bizarro, Evil Star (voices) 20 episodes
2006 Cold Case Bill Huxley (1979) Episode: "The Key"
2006–2008 The Batman Clark Kent / Superman (voice) 23 episodes
2008 CSI: Miami Kevin Weaver Episode: "To Kill a Predator"
Ben 10: Alien Force Frank Tennyson (voice) Episode: "What Are Little Girls Made Of"
Grey's Anatomy Stan Mercer Episode: "There's No 'I' in Team"
Ghost Whisperer Roger Gardner Episode: "Ball & Chain"
Jericho President John Tomarchio Episode: "Condor"
2009 Criminal Minds Steven Baleman Episode: "Soul Mates"
CSI: NY Alex Sheridan Episode: "Rush to Judgement"
Castle Howard Peterson Episode: "Nanny McDead"
The Cleaner Perry Episode: "Path of Least Resistance"
Private Practice Brian Reynolds Episode: "Slip Slidin' Away"
2010 Nip/Tuck Dr. Curtis Ryerson 4 episodes
The Mentalist Dr. Cliff Edmunds Episode: "Code Red"
Miami Medical Frank Episode: "All Fall Down"
NCIS Arthur Haskell Episode: "Dead Air"
Suite 7 Gil Episode: “Supermen”
2010–2011 Hot in Cleveland Jordan 2 episodes
2012–2018 Scandal Charlie TV Series; Recurring S1-S6 - Main S7 - 66 Episodes
2015 Granite Flats Scottie Andrews 8 episodes
2017 Grimm Julian Levy Episode: "The Son Also Rise"
2018–present Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Al Pollack Recurring role
2022 Reboot Anders Episode: "Step Right Up"
2022 Close Enough Sam Snood the Science Dude (voice) Episode: "Bridgette the Brain"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Nooj
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Sephiroth
2007 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
2008 Dissidia Final Fantasy
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Commander Naughlen Uncredited
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman
2016 DC Universe Online
2017 Injustice 2 [4]
2018 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Sephiroth
Mobius Final Fantasy
2022 MultiVersus Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman [5]


  1. ^ a b c Lipton, Michael A. (January 8, 1996). "Adventure in Babysitting". People. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Notable Thetas". Kappa Alpha Theta. Archived from the original on 2018-12-15. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  3. ^ Couch, Aaron (January 7, 2019). "'Justice League vs. The Fatal Five' Sets Voice Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  4. ^ "San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Injustice 2". Comic-Con 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2016-07-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Villei, Matt (November 18, 2021). "'MultiVersus' Trailer Shows Warner Bros. Characters Getting Their Own 'Smash Bros.'". Collider. Retrieved November 19, 2021.

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