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Combs in 2013
Jeffrey Alan Combs
September 9, 1954
|Education||Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts|
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
|Home town||Lompoc, California, U.S.|
Jeffrey Alan Combs (born September 9, 1954) is an American actor known for starring in horror films, such as Re-Animator, and appearances playing a number of characters in the Star Trek and the DC animated universe television franchises.
Combs was born in Oxnard, California, to Jean (née Sullins) Owens (1921–1986) and Eugene "Gene" Combs (1922–1999), and raised in Lompoc. A graduate of Lompoc High School, as a senior Combs played the lead role of Captain Fisby in a stage production of The Teahouse of the August Moon. Combs then 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.
In 1980, after spending several years performing in playhouses on the West Coast, Combs moved to Los Angeles. He landed his first role in the film Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), in which he played an unnamed drive-in teller. His first horror film role came two years later in Frightmare (1983).[self-published source?]
Combs's best-known horror role is Herbert West, the main character in the film Re-Animator (1985), and its two sequels. He portrayed author H. P. Lovecraft (creator of the Herbert West character) in the film Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993) and has starred in eight H.P. Lovecraft adaptations. Other film credits include The Attic Expeditions (2001), FeardotCom (2002), House on Haunted Hill (1999), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), and The Frighteners (1996).
Combs has had roles in many science fiction television series. He starred as the telepath Harriman Gray in first-season episode "Eyes" (1994) of Babylon 5. In 2001, he played the sinister Dr. Ek in The Attic Expeditions. In August 2005, he appeared for the first time on the science fiction series The 4400 as Dr. Kevin Burkhoff which had become a recurring role by 2006. In early 2007, he played a highly fictionalized Edgar Allan Poe in "The Black Cat" episode of Masters of Horror.
Combs has worked extensively as a voiceover artist. His voiceover roles include the Scarecrow in The New Batman Adventures, the Question in Justice League Unlimited, Ratchet in Transformers: Prime, the Leader in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Rat King in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Brainiac in Injustice 2. He also narrated the 25th Anniversary of Re-Animator at the 2010 FanTasia.
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. 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. A tour of the Saturn Award nominated 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.
Combs starred 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. In 2012, he also played Dr. Lambrick in Would You Rather.
On television, Combs enjoyed popular success playing a number of alien characters on the various modern Star Trek incarnations, beginning with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1994, and continuing to Star Trek: Voyager in 2000 and Star Trek: Enterprise in 2001. Combs has played nine different onscreen roles in the Star Trek universe. His largest science-fiction role to date was his regular guest role on 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.
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, becoming the first Star Trek actor to play two unrelated recurring roles on screen in the same episode; Combs wanted the characters to appear in the same scene together, but the logistics and expense worked against it.
On Enterprise, Combs had a recurring role as Shran, an Andorian military officer. Enterprise producer Manny Coto once mentioned in an interview hoping to make Combs a regular on Enterprise had the series been renewed for a fifth season.
In addition to his recurring Star Trek roles, Combs had non-recurring roles as a human police officer Kevin Mulkahey, as the alien Tiron on Deep Space Nine; as the alien Penk on Voyager; and as the Ferengi pirate Krem on 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 Deep Space Nine. Combs also voices the character of Romulan Commander Suldok for the Star Trek: Elite Force II video game.
|1981||Honky Tonk Freeway||Drive-in teller|
|Whose Life Is It Anyway?||1st-year intern|
|The Skin of Our Teeth||Henry Antrobus|
|The Man with Two Brains||Dr. Jones|
|1986||From Beyond||Crawford Tillinghast|
|1988||Cellar Dweller||Colin Childress|
|Dead Man Walking||Chaz|
|The Phantom Empire||Andrew Paris||Direct-to-video film|
|Pulse Pounders||The Evil Clergyman|
|1989||Bride of Re-Animator||Dr. Herbert West|
|1990||The Pit and the Pendulum||Francisco the Inquisitor|
|1991||The Guyver||Doctor East|
|Death Falls||Lonnie Hawks|
|Trancers II||Dr. Pyle|
|1992||Doctor Mordrid||Dr. Mordrid|
|Necronomicon||H. P. Lovecraft|
|1994||Love and a .45||Dinosaur Bob|
|The Lurking Fear||Dr. Haggis|
|1995||Castle Freak||John Reilly|
|Cyberstalker aka The Digital Prophet||Andy Coberman|
|Dillinger and Capone||Gilroy||Direct-to-video film|
|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|
|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|
|2003||Beyond Re-Animator||Dr. Herbert West|
|2005||Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy||Dr. Preston King|
|All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos||Thomas White|
|Voodoo Moon||Frank Taggert||Television film|
|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||Direct-to-video film|
|The Attackmen||Mr. Simms|
|Stuck||911 Operator||Voice role|
|2009||The Dunwich Horror||Wilbur Whateley||Television film|
|Dark House||Walston Rey|
|Would You Rather||Shepard Lambrick|
|Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation||Harold Tovar|
|2013||Motivational Growth||The Mold||Voice role|
|Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising||Ratchet||Voice role; television film|
|2014||Suburban Gothic||Dr. Carpenter|
|Beethoven's Treasure Tail||Fritz Bruchschnauser / Howard Belch|
|2017||Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom||King Abdul||Voice role; direct-to-video film|
|2018||Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Question||Voice role; direct-to-video film|
|Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness||Uncle Randolph / H. P. Lovecraft||Voice role; direct-to-video film|
|2019||In Search of Darkness||Himself||Documentary film|||
|1983||The Mississippi||Military cadet||Episode: "We Remember, We Revere"|
|Houston Nights||Frank Stark||Episode: "Lady Smoke"|
|1987||Beauty and the Beast||Python||Episode: "No Way Down"|
|1988||Jake and the Fatman||Alan Shuba||Episode: "What is This Thing Called Love"|
|Incredibly Strange Film Show||Himself||Episode: "Tsui Hark and Stuart Gordon"|
|1989||Freddy's Nightmares||Ralph||Episode: "Love Stinks"|
|Life Goes On||Burk Clifton||Episode: "Invasion of the Thatcher Snatchers"|
|Hunter||James Wilkins||Episode: "Fatal Obsession, Part 2"|
|1991||The Flash||Jimmy Swain||Episode: "Captain Cold"|
|Sisters||Derek Cotts||Episode: "Protective Measures"|
|1994||Babylon 5||Harriman Gray||Episode: "Eyes"|
|1994–1999||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Brunt/Weyoun/Tiron||33 episodes|
|1995||The Single Guy||Klein||Episode: "The Virgin"|
|Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero||Roger "Sheck" Shector||Episode: "A Quartet Of Creatures"|
|1996||Perversions of Science||Prisoner #50557||Episode: "The Exile"|
|1997||The New Batman Adventures||Scarecrow / Dr. Jonathan Crane (voice)||Episode: "Never Fear"|
|1998||The Net||Max Copernicus||Episode: "Lunatic Fringe"|
|1999||FreakyLinks||Coroner||Episode: "Subject: Live Fast, Die Young"|
|2000||Martial Law||Antoine Trembel||Episode: "In the Dark"|
|Star Trek: Voyager||Penk||Episode: "Tsunkatse"|
|2001–2005||Star Trek: Enterprise||Shran / Krem||11 episodes|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Harry Radditch||Episode: "The Placebo Effect"|
|She Spies||Indigo||Episode: "The Replacement"|
|2003||Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Dr. Zellner / Professor (voice)||2 episodes|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dr. Dale Sterling||Episode: "Jackpot"|
|2004–2006||Justice League Unlimited||Question / Charles Szasz (voice)||5 episodes|
|Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!||Gyrus Krinkle (voice)||2 episodes|
|2005||Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy||Dr. Preston King|
|2005–2007||The 4400||Dr. Kevin Burkoff||15 episodes|
|2006||Masters of Horror||Edgar Allan Poe||Episode: "The Black Cat"|
|2008||Cold Case||Sly Borden||Episode: "Spiders"|
|2009||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Kite Man (voice)||Episode: "Long Arm of the Law"|
|2010–2011||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Professor Hatecraft (voice)||2 episodes|
|2010–2012||The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes||Leader (voice)||5 episodes|
|2010–2013||Transformers: Prime||Ratchet (voice)||56 episodes|
|2012||Thundercats||Soul Sever (voice)||Episode: "The Soul Sever"|
|2012–2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Rat King / Dr. Victor Falco (voice)||4 episodes|
|2013||DC Nation - Doom Patrol||Chief / Mr. Morden (voice)||3 episodes; chapters 1, 6 & 10|
|2014||Criminal Minds||John Nichols||Episode: "The Black Queen"|
|Ben 10: Omniverse||Kuphulu (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||Gotham||Office Manager||2 episodes|
|Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||Mainframe (voice)||Episode: "Wheels of Fury"|
|2016||Transformers: Robots in Disguise||Ratchet (voice)||2 episodes|
|2017||Stan Against Evil||Impish Man||Episode: "Girls' Night"|
|2019||Tigtone||Prince Lavender (voice)||2 episodes|
|2019||Pandora||Berman Livingston||Episode: Hurricane|
|2001||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dominion Wars||Weyoun|
|2003||Star Trek: Elite Force II||Commander Suldok|
|Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu||Scarecrow|
|2012||The Secret World||Hayden Montag, Charles Zurn|
|Transformers: Prime – The Game||Ratchet|
|2013||Imperium Galactic War||Novus Ordo, Narrator|
|Lego Marvel Super Heroes||Leader|
|2018||Star Trek Online: Victory Is Life||Weyoun, Brunt|
|Lego DC Super-Villains||Scarecrow, Kite Man|
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- Stebe Allen Theater - Nevermore
- Baltimore Poe Bicentennial Celebration Archived December 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
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- "Nevermore Heading to San Diego for Two Performances".
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