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
BornGeorge Young Newbern
(1964-12-30) December 30, 1964 (age 49)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Marietta DePrima
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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
BornGeorge Young Newbern
(1964-12-30) December 30, 1964 (age 49)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Marietta DePrima

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.


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).


1982The Blue and the GrayDeserting Union SoldierTV Miniseries
1986My Little GirlWoody
1986Family TiesEric1 episode
1986–1992Designing WomenPayne McIlroy4 episodes
1987Adventures in BabysittingDan Lynch
1987Double SwitchBart Holton and MattTV Movie
1988Switching ChannelsSiegenthaler
1988It Takes TwoTravis Rogers
1990The Designing Women Special: Their Finest HourTV Special
1990PoochinskiDet. Robert McKayTV Pilot
1990Working GirlEverett RutledgeTV Series
1991Father of the BrideBryan MacKenzie
1991–1993The Pirates of Dark WaterRenAnimated Series
1992Little SisterMike
1993DoorwaysDr. Thomas MasonTV Movie
1993DoppelgangerPatrick HighsmithTV Movie
1993Torch SongWedgeTV Movie
1994I Spy ReturnsBennettTV Movie
1994A Part of the FamilyMarcTV Movie
1994Witness to the ExecutionPhillip TylerTV Movie
1994The All-American Thanksgiving Paradethe Host
1994–1995The Boys are BackTV Series
1995Father of the Bride Part IIBryan MacKenzie
1995Theodore RexTheodore Rex
1995CourthouseSeanTV Series
1996Far HarborJordan
1996The Evening StarTommy Horton
1997Gold FeverWill PattersonDocumentary
1997Promised LandMichael Burns1 episode
1997Touched by an AngelMichael Burns2 episodes
1997The Outer LimitsRyan Unger1 episode
1997Perversions of ScienceWalter1 episode
1997–1998Chicago HopeDr. Scott FrankTV Series
1998From the Earth to the MoonAstronaut Stu RoosaTV Miniseries
1998Twice Upon a TimeJoeTV Movie
1998FriendsDanny3 episodes
1998The Simple Life of Noah DearbornChristian NelsonTV Movie
1999Friends and LoversIan Wickam
2000If These Walls Could TalkTomTV movie
2000BullRobert "Ditto" Roberts IIITV series
2001The Sons of MistletoeJimmy AdamsTV movie
2001-2004Justice LeagueClark Kent/SupermanAnimated Series
2002ProvidenceOwen Frank (2002, Series)TV series
2003Final Fantasy X-2Nooj (voice: English version)Video Game
2003Static ShockClark Kent/SupermanAnimated series
2004Boston LegalDr. Allen Konigsberg1 episode
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDr. Todd Coombs1 episode
2004-2006Justice League UnlimitedClark Kent/Superman, Bizarro, Evil StarAnimated Series
2005Buffalo DreamsDr.Nick TownsendTV Movie
2006Cold CaseBill Huxley (1979)1 episode
2006Kingdom Hearts IISephiroth (voice: English version)Video game
2006Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenSephiroth (voice: English version)Computer Animated Movie
2007A Dennis the Menace ChristmasHenry Mitchell
2007–2008The BatmanClark Kent/Superman4 episodes
2007Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VIISephiroth (voice: English version)Video Game
2008CSI: MiamiKevin Weaver1 episode
2008Ben 10: Alien ForceFrank Tennyson1 episode
2008Batman: Gotham KnightVoices: Man in Black / Guido / Man / Youth 3
2008Grey's AnatomyStan Mercer1 episode
2008Dissidia Final FantasySephiroth (voice: English version)Video Game
2008Ghost WhispererRoger Gardner1 episode
2008JerichoPresident John Tomarchio1 episode
2009The PatientGeorge
2009Criminal MindsSteven Baleman1 episode
2009CSI: NYAlex Sheridan1 episode
2009DadnappedNeal MorrisTV movie
2009CastleHoward Peterson1 episode
2009Locker 13Robert Diener (segment "Midnight Blues")
2009The CleanerPerry1 episode
2009Saw VIHarold Abbott
2009Private PracticeBrian Reynolds1 episode
2010Nip/TuckDr. Curtis Ryerson4 episodes
2010The MentalistDr. Cliff Edmunds1 episode
2010Miami MedicalFrank1 episode
2010NCISArthur Haskell1 episode
2010–2011Hot in ClevelandJordan2 episodes
2010Transformers: PrimeAnimated series
2010Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black AdamClark Kent/SupermanDirect-to-DVD animated short film
2011Dissidia 012 Final FantasySephiroth (voice: English version)Video Game
2011The Heart of ChristmasDr. SandlerTV movie
20123 Day TestMartin TaylorDirect-to-DVD film
2012-currentScandalCharlieTV series
2012Superman vs. The EliteClark Kent/SupermanDirect-to-DVD animated film
2013Injustice: Gods Among UsClark Kent/SupermanVideo Game
2014Justice League: WarSteve TrevorDirect-to-DVD animated film


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