Jeffrey Combs

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Jeffrey Combs
Jeffrey Combs Star Trek Convention Las Vegas 20100804.jpg
Combs in 2010
BornJeffrey Alan Combs
(1954-09-09) September 9, 1954 (age 59)
Oxnard, California, U.S.
EducationPacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
Alma materUniversity of Washington
OccupationActor
Years active1971–present
Home townLompoc, California
 
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Jeffrey Combs
Jeffrey Combs Star Trek Convention Las Vegas 20100804.jpg
Combs in 2010
BornJeffrey Alan Combs
(1954-09-09) September 9, 1954 (age 59)
Oxnard, California, U.S.
EducationPacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
Alma materUniversity of Washington
OccupationActor
Years active1971–present
Home townLompoc, California

Jeffrey Alan Combs (born September 9, 1954) is an American actor[1] known for his horror film roles such as Re-Animator[1] and appearances playing a number of characters in the Star Trek[1] and the DC Animated Universe television franchises.[1]

Early life[edit]

Combs was born in Oxnard, California and raised in Lompoc. He 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.

After spending several years performing in playhouses on the West Coast, Combs moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and landed his first role in the 1981 film Honky Tonk Freeway, in which he played an unnamed drive-in teller. His first horror film role came two years later, in the Frightmare (1983).

Career[edit]

Combs' best known horror role was as Herbert West, the main character in the movie Re-Animator,[2] which he has reprised in the film's two sequels.[1] He also portrayed the part of author H. P. Lovecraft (creator of the Herbert West character) in 1993's film Necronomicon: Book of the Dead. Combs has starred in eight H.P. Lovecraft adaptations. Other film credits include FeardotCom (2002), House on Haunted Hill (1999), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) and The Frighteners. (1996)

On television, Combs enjoyed critical and popular success playing alien characters on the various modern Star Trek incarnations, beginning in 1994 with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in 2000 with Star Trek: Voyager, and in 2001 with Star Trek: Enterprise. Combs has played nine different onscreen roles in the Star Trek universe. His largest science-fiction role to date has been his regular guest role on Star Trek: 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.[3]

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, making Trek history as the first actor to play two unrelated recurring roles on screen in the same episode.

On Star Trek: Enterprise, Combs had a recurring role as Shran, an Andorian military officer. Enterprise producer Manny Coto once mentioned in an interview that he hoped to make Combs a regular on the show, had the series been renewed for a fifth season.[citation needed]

In addition to his recurring Star Trek roles, Combs had non-recurring roles as a human police officer Kevin Mulkahey,[4] and as the alien Tiron on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; as the alien Penk on Star Trek: Voyager; and as the Ferengi pirate Krem on Star Trek: 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 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Combs also voices the character of Romulan Commander Suldok for the "Star Trek: Elite Force II" video game.

Beyond the Star Trek franchise, Combs has had roles in many other science fiction series. He starred as the telepath Harriman Gray, in "Eyes" (1994), a first season episode of Babylon 5. In August 2005, he appeared for the first time on the science fiction series The 4400 as Dr. Kevin Burkhoff; by 2006, this became a recurring role. In early 2007, he played a highly-fictionalized Edgar Allan Poe in "The Black Cat", an episode of Masters of Horror.[5]

Combs has done extensive voice work, including The Scarecrow in 1997's The New Batman Adventures. Combs continued his work in the DCAU several years later, with a recurring role as The Question in Justice League Unlimited. Combs provides the voice of Ratchet on the new animated series, Transformers: Prime. He also narrated the 25th Anniversary of Re-Animator on the 2010 FanTasia.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] A tour of the Saturn Award nominated[9] 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.[10]

Combs stars 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.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1981Honky Tonk FreewayDrive-in teller
Whose Life Is It Anyway?1st-year intern
1983FrightmareStu
The Skin of Our TeethHenry Antrobus
The Man with Two BrainsDr. Jones
1985Re-AnimatorHerbert West
1986From BeyondCrawford Tillinghast
1987CycloneRick Davenport
1988Dead Man WalkingChaz
Cellar DwellerColin Childress
Pulse PoundersThe Evil Clergyman
1989Bride of Re-AnimatorDr. Herbert West
1990The Pit and the PendulumFrancisco the Inquisitor
Robot JoxSpectator/Prole
1991The GuyverDoctor East
Death FallsLonnie Hawks
Trancers IIDr. Pyle
1992Doctor Mordrid - Master of the UnknownDr. Mordrid
1993FortressD-Day
NecronomiconH. P. Lovecraft
1994Love and a .45Dinosaur Bob
The Lurking FearDr. Haggis
1995Castle FreakJohn Reilly
FelonyBill Knight
Cyberstalker aka The Digital ProphetAndy Coberman
Dillinger and CaponeGilroy
1996The FrightenersSpecial Agent Milton Dammers
Norma Jean & MarilynMontgomery Clift
1997Time TracersDr. Carrington
Snide and PrejudiceTherapist Meissner
1998I Still Know What You Did Last SummerMr. Brooks
Caught UpSecurity Guard
SpoilerCaptain
1999House on Haunted HillDr. Richard Benjamin Vannacutt
Poseidon's Fury: Escape From the Lost CityLord DarkennonShort film
2001Faust: Love of the DamnedLt. Dan Margolies
The Attic ExpeditionsDr. Ek
ContagionBrown
2002FeardotComDetective Sykes
2003Beyond Re-AnimatorDr. Herbert West
2005Hammerhead: Shark FrenzyDr. Preston King
All Souls Day: Dia de los MuertosThomas White
EdmondDesk Clerk
Voodoo MoonFrank Taggert
2006SatanicDetective Joyner
AbominableBuddy, the Clerk
Blackwater Valley ExorcismSheriff Jimmy Fleck
2007Return to House on Haunted HillDr. Richard Benjamin Vannacutt
The Wizard of GoreThe Geek
BrutalSheriff Jimmy Fleck
The AttackmenMr. Simms
Stuck911 Operator
2008ParasomniaDetective Garrett
2009The Dunwich HorrorWilbur Whateley
Dark HouseWalston Rey
2012Elf-ManMickey
Would You RatherShepard Lambrick
2013Motivational GrowthThe Moldvoice
FavorTad Harrison

Television works[edit]

YearTitleRoleEpisode(s)
1983The MississippiMilitary cadetWe Remember, We Revere
Houston NightsFrank StarkLady Smoke
1987Beauty and the BeastPythonNo Way Down
1988Jake and the FatmanAlan ShubaWhat is This Thing Called Love
Incredibly Strange Film ShowHimselfTsui Hark and Stuart Gordon
1989Freddy's NightmaresRalphLove Stinks
Life Goes OnBurk CliftonInvasion of the Thatcher Snatchers
HunterJames WilkinsFatal Obsession, Part 2
1991The FlashJimmy SwainCaptain Cold
Ultraman: The Ultimate HeroRoger "Sheck" ShectorA Quartet Of Creatures
SistersDerek CottsProtective Measures
1994Babylon 5Harriman GrayEyes
1994-1999Star Trek: Deep Space NineBrunt/Weyoun32 Episodes
1995The Single GuyKleinThe Virgin
1996Perversions of SciencePrisoner #50557The Exile
1997The New Batman AdventuresScarecrowNever Fear
1998The NetMax CopernicusLunatic Fringe
1999FreakyLinksCoronerSubject: Live Fast, Die Young
2000Martial LawAntoine TrembelIn the Dark
Star Trek: VoyagerPenkTsunkatse
2001-2005Star Trek: EnterpriseShran11 Episodes
2002The Twilight ZoneHarry RadditchThe Placebo Effect
She SpiesIndigoThe Replacement
Spider-ManProfessorHead Over Heels
Spider-ManDr. ZellnerFlash Memory
2003CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDr. Dale SterlingJackpot
2004Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!Gyrus KrinkleA Man Called Krinkle
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!Gyrus KrinkleIncident on Ranger 7
Justice League UnlimitedThe QuestionFearful Symmetry
2005Hammerhead: Shark FrenzyDr. Preston King
Justice League UnlimitedThe QuestionDouble Date
Justice League UnlimitedThe QuestionQuestion Authority
Justice League UnlimitedThe QuestionFlashpoint
2005-2007The 4400Dr. Kevin Burkoff15 Episodes
2006Justice League UnlimitedThe QuestionGrudge Match
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!Gyrus KrinkleIncident on Ranger 7
Masters of HorrorEdgar Allan PoeThe Black Cat
2008Cold CaseSly BordenSpiders
2009Batman: The Brave and the BoldKite ManLong Arm of the Law
2010Transformers: PrimeRatchet[11]
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesThe LeaderBreakout, Part 1, Thor the Mighty, Assault on 42
Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedProfessor Hatecraft
2012Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe Rat King / Dr. FalcoMonkey Brains; I, Monster
ThundercatsSoul SeverThe Soul Sever
2013CastleGary MooreDeath Gone Crazy
2014Criminal MindsJohn NicholsThe Black Queen

Video game work[edit]

YearTitleRole
2001Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dominion WarsWeyoun
2003Star Trek: Elite Force IICommander Suldok
Batman: Rise of Sin TzuThe Scarecrow / Dr. Jonathan Crane
2012The Secret WorldHayden Montag, Charles Zurn
Transformers: Prime – The GameRatchet
2013Lego Marvel Super HeroesLeader

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