George Newbern

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George Newbern
George Newbern Muppets Most Wanted Premiere (cropped).jpg
Newbern at the Muppets Most Wanted premiere on March 11, 2014
Born George Young Newbern
(1964-12-30) December 30, 1964 (age 49)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Marietta DePrima
(1990–present)
Children 3

George Young Newbern (born December 30, 1964) is an American television and film actor best known for his roles as Bryan MacKenzie in Father of the Bride (1991) and its sequel Father of the Bride Part II as well as Danny (The Yeti) in Friends. He is also well known for providing the voices of Superman from the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series, as well as Nooj and Sephiroth from the Final Fantasy series and the Kingdom Hearts series. He is also known for having appeared in Saw VI.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Betty, a teacher of Spanish, and David Newbern, a radiologist,[1] 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. Newbern had a recurring role as the son of designer Julia Sugarbaker (played by Dixie Carter) on the 1990s 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 is also currently guest starring in a recurring role 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.

His movie acting 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 with Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, and Martin Short. In 2009 he appeared in Locker 13.

Superman[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 recently 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. He also provides the voice of Superman in the game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Other roles[edit]

Newbern's voice acting career began in 1991 with 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 and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. He later appeared in the second season of Jericho as the President of the Allied States of America. In 2009, he sent a DNA sample into space to preserve the Newbern genome. 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]

He married actress Marietta DePrima in 1990, and together have three children - Emma (b. 26 June 1995), Mae (b. 19th September 1998) and Ben (b. 25 November 2002).

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Blue and the Gray Deserting Union Soldier TV Miniseries
1986 My Little Girl Woody
1986 Family Ties Eric 1 episode
1986–1992 Designing Women Payne McIlroy 4 episodes
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Dan Lynch
1987 Paramedics Uptown
1987 Double Switch Bart Holton and Matt TV Movie
1988 Switching Channels Siegenthaler
1988 It Takes Two Travis Rogers
1990 The Designing Women Special: Their Finest Hour TV Special
1990 Poochinski Det. Robert McKay TV Pilot
1990 Working Girl Everett Rutledge TV Series
1991 Father of the Bride Bryan MacKenzie
1991–1993 The Pirates of Darkwater Ren Animated Series
1992 Little Sister Mike
1993 Doorways Dr. Thomas Mason TV Movie
1993 Doppelganger Patrick Highsmith TV Movie
1993 Torch Song Wedge TV Movie
1994 I Spy Returns Bennett TV Movie
1994 A Part of the Family Marc TV Movie
1994 Witness to the Execution Phillip Tyler TV Movie
1994 The All-American Thanksgiving Parade the Host
1994–1995 The Boys are Back TV Series
1995 Father of the Bride Part II Bryan MacKenzie
1995 Theodore Rex Theodore Rex
1995 Courthouse Sean TV Series
1996 Far Harbor Jordan
1996 The Evening Star Tommy Horton
1997 Gold Fever Will Patterson Documentary
1997 Promised Land Michael Burns 1 episode
1997 Touched by an Angel Michael Burns 2 episodes
1997 The Outer Limits Ryan Unger 1 episode
1997 Perversions of Science Walter 1 episode
1997–1998 Chicago Hope Dr. Scott Frank TV Series
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Astronaut Stu Roosa TV Miniseries
1998 Twice Upon a Time Joe TV Movie
1998 Friends Danny 3 episodes
1998 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Christian Nelson TV Movie
1999 Friends and Lovers Ian Wickam
2000 If These Walls Could Talk Tom TV movie
2000 Bull Robert "Ditto" Roberts III TV series
2001 The Sons of Mistletoe Jimmy Adams TV movie
2001-2004 Justice League Clark Kent/Superman Animated Series
2002 Providence Owen Frank (2002, Series) TV series
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Nooj (voice: English version) Video Game
2003 Static Shock Clark Kent/Superman Animated series
2004 Boston Legal Dr. Allen Konigsberg 1 episode
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Todd Coombs 1 episode
2004-2006 Justice League Unlimited Clark Kent/Superman, Bizarro, Evil Star Animated Series
2005 Buffalo Dreams Dr.Nick Townsend TV Movie
2006 Cold Case Bill Huxley (1979) 1 episode
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Sephiroth (voice: English version) Video game
2006 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Sephiroth (voice: English version) Computer Animated Movie
2007 Dennis The Menace Christmas Henry Mitchell
2007–2008 The Batman Clark Kent/Superman 4 episodes
2007 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Sephiroth (voice: English version) Video Game
2008 CSI: Miami Kevin Weaver 1 episode
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Frank Tennyson 1 episode
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Voices: Man in Black / Guido / Man / Youth 3
2008 Grey's Anatomy Stan Mercer 1 episode
2008 Dissidia Final Fantasy Sephiroth (voice: English version) Video Game
2008 Ghost Whisperer Roger Gardner 1 episode
2008 Jericho President Glen Tomarchio 1 episode
2009 The Patient George
2009 Criminal Minds Steven Baleman 1 episode
2009 CSI: NY Alex Sheridan 1 episode
2009 Dadnapped Neal Morris TV movie
2009 Castle Howard Peterson 1 episode
2009 Locker 13 Robert Diener (segment "Midnight Blues")
2009 The Cleaner Perry 1 episode
2009 Saw VI Harold Abbott
2009 Private Practice Brian Reynolds 1 episode
2010 Nip/Tuck Dr. Curtis Ryerson 4 episodes
2010 The Mentalist Dr. Cliff Edmunds 1 episode
2010 Miami Medical Frank 1 episode
2010 NCIS Arthur Haskell 1 episode
2010–2011 Hot in Cleveland Jordan 2 episodes
2010 The Assignment John Baird
2010 Transformers: Prime Animated series
2010 Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Clark Kent/Superman Direct-to-DVD animated short film
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Sephiroth (voice: English version) Video Game
2011 The Heart of Christmas Dr. Sandler TV movie
2012-current Scandal Charlie TV series
2012 Superman vs. The Elite Clark Kent/Superman Direct-to-DVD animated film
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Clark Kent/Superman Video Game
2014 Justice League: War Steve Trevor Direct-to-DVD animated film

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