Ron Perlman

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Ron Perlman
Ron Perlman by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Perlman at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
BornRonald N. Perlman
(1950-04-13) April 13, 1950 (age 64)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Opal Stone Perlman (m. 1981)
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Ron Perlman
Ron Perlman by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Perlman at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
BornRonald N. Perlman
(1950-04-13) April 13, 1950 (age 64)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Opal Stone Perlman (m. 1981)

Ronald N. "Ron" Perlman[1] (born April 13, 1950) is an American television, film, and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as Vincent in the television series Beauty and the Beast (for which he won a Golden Globe), as the comic book character Hellboy in both 2004's Hellboy and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and as Clarence "Clay" Morrow in television series Sons of Anarchy. Perlman is a frequent collaborator of Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro, also having roles in his films Cronos, Blade II, and Pacific Rim. He is also known for his voice-over work as the narrator of the post-apocalyptic game series Fallout, Clayface in Batman: The Animated Series, Slade in the animated series Teen Titans, The Lich in Adventure Time, The Stabbington Brothers in Disney's animated film Tangled, and as the narrator of the television series 1000 Ways to Die.[2]

Early life[edit]

Perlman was born in Washington Heights, New York. His mother, Dorothy, was a municipal employee, and his father, Bert Perlman, was a jazz drummer and repairman.[3] Perlman stated in a 1988 interview that "It was not a bad childhood but...I had a perception of myself that was, I was terribly overweight as a young kid, and it was sort of a low self image."[4] His family was Jewish, and Perlman had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.[5][6][7] Perlman continued to say that this experience is one thing that attracts him to "playing these sorts of deformed people who are very endearing".[8]

He attended George Washington High School and later Lehman College in New York City in 1971, which did not have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre at that time. He has said that he and his father were "very close", and that it was his father, after seeing Perlman in a college production of Guys and Dolls, who told Perlman, "You have to do this... You understand this? You gotta do this." Perlman says, "So, he gave me permission to be an"[8] Perlman attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a master's degree in theater arts in 1973.[1]


Perlman started his career as a stage actor appearing in various productions and made his feature film debut in Jean-Jacques Annaud's film Quest for Fire (1981). After various minor and supporting roles in films and television series, his breakthrough role came when he played Vincent in the TV series Beauty and the Beast, opposite Linda Hamilton from 1987 to 1990. This earned him a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series in 1989.[9]

He went on to play roles in many films and television series throughout the 1980s and 1990s as well as the 2000s. His most notable film appearances were in films such as The Name of the Rose (1986), Romeo is Bleeding (1993), The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994), The Last Supper (1995), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), Alien Resurrection (1997), Enemy at the Gates (2001), Blade II and Star Trek Nemesis (both 2002) and two Stephen King story-to-movie adaptations, Sleepwalkers and Desperation. His appearances in television series include Highlander: The Series, The Outer Limits and The Magnificent Seven.

He played his first leading film role in 1995, when he played "One" in Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's French-language The City of Lost Children. In 2003, Perlman starred in a commercial for Stella Artois beer. This commercial, which was called "Devil's Island,"[10] won a Silver Award at the 2003 British Advertising Awards.[11][12] He got another leading film role in 2004 when he played the title role in the comic book adaptation Hellboy. Perlman reprised his role as Hellboy in the straight to DVD animated features Hellboy: Sword of Storms (2006) and Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007) as well as Hellboy II: The Golden Army, released on July 11, 2008.

In 2008, Perlman joined the cast of the TV show Sons of Anarchy on FX playing Clay Morrow, the president of the motorcycle club.

Roles that required make-up[edit]

Perlman as Hellboy

Perlman is known for playing roles which require extensive make-up, some to the point where his entire body is covered or his face requires full facial prosthetics. Some examples include his first film role in Quest for Fire, where he played a Neanderthal; The Name of the Rose where he plays a disfigured hunchback; Beauty and The Beast, where he played Vincent, a man with the face of a half-man half-lion-like beast; The Island of Dr. Moreau where he also plays a half man/half animal; Star Trek: Nemesis in which he is the Reman viceroy; and the Hellboy films where he plays the titular demon. He even gave his Beauty and The Beast co-star Armin Shimerman advice when Shimerman was going to be in full-facial prosthetics guest-starring as a Ferengi on Star Trek: The Next Generation.[13]

Voice-over work[edit]

Perlman also has a successful career as a voice actor in addition to his onscreen acting, having portrayed characters in numerous video games and animated series. These include Casper High teacher Mr. Lancer in Danny Phantom, The Lich in Adventure Time, Kurtis Stryker in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, Justice in Afro Samurai and various characters in DC Comics based series such as the villainous Slade, a version of DC character Deathstroke the Terminator, in the Teen Titans animated series, Clayface in Batman: The Animated Series, Jax-Ur in Superman: The Animated Series, Sozin in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Orion in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, Killer Croc, Rumor, Bane in The Batman, Doctor Double X in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Sinestro in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

His video game credits include Fleet Admiral Lord Terrence Hood, who commands Earth's space defenses against the Covenant in the games Halo 2 and Halo 3, Jagger Valance in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, and Batman in Justice League Heroes. He is well known by Fallout fans for narrating the introductory movies in the series, including uttering the famous phrase "War. War never changes." He also voices "Slade" in the 2008 Turok game, and Emil Blonsky/Abomination in Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Conan for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and voices the fast-talking Mayor Hoodoo Brown in the Neversoft game Gun.

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Opal Stone Perlman since February 14, 1981; they have two children, a daughter, Blake Amanda (born 1984), and a son, Brandon Avery (born 1990). Perlman has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program. On July 9, 2012 he supported the Make-A-Wish foundation by fulfilling a boy's dream to meet him dressed in full, film-ready makeup as Hellboy.



1981Quest for FireAmoukarNominated - Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
1984The Ice PiratesZeno
1986The Name of the RoseSalvatore
1988A Stoning in Fulham CountyJacob ShullerTelevision film
1992Blind Man's BluffFrank CerrilloTelevision film
1992SleepwalkersCaptain Soames
1993CronosAngel De La Guardia
1993Romeo Is BleedingJack's attorney
1993When the Bough BreaksDr. Douglas Eben
1993The Adventures of Huck FinnPap Finn
1993Arly HanksJim-Bob BuchananTelevision film
1994The Cisco KidLt. Col. DelacroixTelevision film
1994Double ExposureJohn McClure
1994Police Academy: Mission to MoscowKonstantine Konali
1994SensationDetective Pantella
1995Original SinsChas BradleyTelevision film
1995The City of Lost ChildrenOne
1995The Last SupperNorman Arbuthnot
1995Mr. StitchDoctor Frederick TexarianTelevision film
1995The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer SpaceLord Vox of VestronTelevision film
1996The Island of Dr. MoreauSayer of the Law
1997The Second Civil WarAlan ManieskiTelevision film
1997Prince ValiantBoltar
1997Alien ResurrectionJohner
1998I Woke Up Early the Day I DiedCemetery Caretaker
1998Frogs for SnakesGascone
1998The ProtectorDr. Ramsey Krago
1998A Town Has Turned to DustJerry PaulTelevision film
1998HoudiniBooking AgentTelevision film
1998An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan IslandMr. Grasping (voice)Direct-to-video
1999Happy, TexasMarshal Nalhober
1999Supreme SanctionThe DirectorTelevision film
1999Primal ForceFrank BrodieTelevision film
2000The Trial of Old DrumCharles Burden Sr.
2000Titan A.E.Sam Tucker (voice)
2000Operation SandmanDr. Harlan Jessup
2000The King's GuardLord Morton
2000Operation SandmanDr. Harlan JessupTelevision film
2000Price of GloryNick Everson
2000The Trial of Old DrumCharles Burden Sr.Television film
2000Bread and RosesHimselfUncredited cameo
2001Enemy at the GatesKoulikov
2002Blade IIDieter Reinhardt
2002Night ClassMorgan
2002Crime and PunishmentDusharo
2002Star Trek NemesisReman Viceroy
2002ShakedownChristopher 'St. Joy' BellowsDirect-to-video
2003Boys on the RunCaptain
2003RatsDr. William Winslow
2003Hoodlum & Son'Ugly' Jim McCrae
2003Two SoldiersColonel McKellogShort film
2003Looney Tunes: Back in ActionVP for Never Learning
2004Comic Book: The MovieHimselfCameo
2004HellboyHellboyNominated - Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actor
2004Quiet KillDetective Sergeant Perry
2005The Second FrontGeneral von Binding
2005Missing in AmericaRed
2005Tarzan IIKago (voice)Direct-to-video
2005Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?Hotep (voice)Direct-to-video
2006Local ColorCurtis Sunday
2006DesperationCollie EntragianTelevision film
2006How to Go Out on a Date in QueensVito
2006The Last WinterEd PollackNominated - Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
20065ive GirlsFather Drake
2006Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!Captain Skunkbeard/Biff Wellington (voice)Direct-to-video
2006Hellboy: Sword of StormsHellboy (voice)Direct-to-video
2007In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege TaleNorick
2007Hellboy: Blood and IronHellboy (voice)Direct-to-video
2007Battle for TerraElder Vorin (voice)
2008Uncross the StarsBobby Walden
2008Hellboy II: The Golden ArmyHellboyFangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actor
Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
2008Spirit of the ForestOak (voice)
2008Mutant ChroniclesBrother Samuel
2009The Devil's TombWesley
2009Dark CountryDeputy ThompsonDirect-to-video
2009I Sell The DeadFather Duffy
2009The JobJim
2010Killer by NatureDr. Julian
2010Acts of ViolencePriest Bill
2010TangledStabbington Brothers (voices)
2010The Legend of Secret PassParker (voice)
2011Season of the WitchFelson
2011The Littlest AngelGod (voice)
2011Conan the BarbarianCorin
2011ElwoodLouie the JawShort film
2012The Scorpion King 3: Battle for RedemptionHorusDirect-to-video
2012Bad AssMayor Williams
2012The Punisher: Dirty LaundryBig MikeShort film
20123,2,1... Frankie Go BoomPhil
2013Pacific RimHannibal Chau
2013Justice League: The Flashpoint ParadoxSlade Wilson/Deathstroke (voice)Direct-to-video
2014The VirginianJudge HenryDirect-to-video
2014Tbilisi, I Love YouAmerican motorcyclist
201413 SinsChilcoat
2014Before I DisappearBill
2014Kid CannabisBarry Lerner
2014The Book of LifeXibalba (voice)
2014Skin TradeViktor Dragovic
2015Poker NightCalabresePost-production
2015RobodogMarshall (voice)Post-production


1979Ryan's HopeDr. Bernie Marx2 episodes
1985The Fall GuyThugEpisode: "Split Image"
1985Our Family HonorBauschEpisode: "Pilot"
1985MacGruder and LoudAttorneyEpisode: "The Very Scary Man"
1985Our Family HonorBauschEpisode: "Split Image"
1986The InsidersEpisode: "Den of Thieves"
1986Miami ViceJohn RugerEpisode: "Walk-Alone"
1987–1990Beauty and the BeastVincent55 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1989)
Q Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1988, 1989)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1988, 1989)
1992–1993Batman: The Animated SeriesClayface / Driller (voices)4 episodes
1993The UntouchablesSnakeEpisode: "Railroaded"
1993BonkersSergeant Francis Q. Grating (voice)17 episodes
1993AnimaniacsSatan / Sgt. Sweete (voices)2 episodes
1994AladdinArbutus (voice)Episode: "Garden of Evil"
1994Mighty MaxGoar (voice)Episode: "Tar Wars"
1994The Little MermaidApollo (voice)Episode: "Heroes"
1995Tiny Toon AdventuresMr. Scratch (voice)Episode: "Night Ghoulery"
1995Fantastic FourWizard / Hulk (voices)2 episodes
1995Iron ManDr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk (voice)Episode: "Hulk Buster"
1996Phantom 2040Graft (voice)22 episodes
1996Wing Commander AcademyDaimon Karnes (voice)2 episodes
1996DuckmanRoland Thompson (voice)Episode: "They Craved Duckman's Brain!"
1996Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the RealmKurtis Stryker (voice)13 episodes
1996–1998Hey Arnold!Mickey Kaline (voice)2 episodes
1996Highlander: The SeriesThe MessengerEpisode: "The Messenger"
1997Tracey Takes On...StuartEpisode: "Secrets"
1997Perversions of Science40132Episode: "The Exile"
1997–1999Superman: The Animated SeriesJax-Ur (voice)3 episodes
1997–1998The New Batman AdventuresClayface (voice)4 episodes
1998–2000The Magnificent SevenJosiah Sanchez22 episodes
1998GodzillaLeviathan Alien (voice)Episode: "Leviathan"
1998The Outer LimitsLt. Col. Brandon GraceEpisode: "Black Box"
1999Family LawRoyEpisode: "The List"
1999Men in Black: The SeriesJavkor (voice)Episode: "The Puppy Love Syndrome"
2000The Wild ThornberrysWild Horse (voice)Episode: "Horse Sense"
2000Jackie Chan AdventuresKarl (voice)Episode: "Shell Game"
2000Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandLeader (voice)Episode: "Haunted Moon"
2001CharmedMr KellemanEpisode: "Wrestling with Demons"
2001The Legend of TarzanColonel Nikolas Rokoff (voice)Episode: "Tarzan and the Lost Treasure"
2001The TickFiery BlazeEpisode: "Couples"
2003Static ShockHeavyman (voice)Episode: "The Parent Trap"
2003Justice LeagueClayface / Orion (voices)4 episodes
2003–2006Teen TitansSlade (voice)14 episodes
2004–2007Danny PhantomMr. Lancer (voice)19 episodes
2005What's New, Scooby-Doo?Joe/Frozen Fiend (voice)Episode: "Diamonds Are a Ghouls Best Friend"
2005–2008The BatmanKiller Croc / Bane / Rumor (voices)4 episodes
2006Masters of HorrorDwayne BurcellEpisode: "Pro-Life"
2006Justice League UnlimitedOrion (voice)Episode: "Flash and Substance"
2007Afro SamuraiJustice (voice)English dub
2 episodes
2007Kim PossibleWarhawk (voice)2 episodes
2007Avatar: The Last AirbenderFirelord Sozin (voice)Episode: "The Avatar and the Firelord"
2008–2013Sons of AnarchyClay Morrow75 episodes
2008–2010ChowderArbor (voice)3 episodes
2009Star Wars: The Clone WarsGha Nachkt (voice)2 episodes
2009Robot ChickenTony Stark / Handy Ball (voices)Episode: "Tell My Mom"
2009–20121000 Ways to DieNarrator45 episodes
2010, 2014ArcherRamon Limon (voice)2 episodes
2010Batman: The Brave and the BoldDoctor Double X (voice)Episode: "A Bat Divided"
2011–2012American DadMonster Hunter / Colonel (voices)2 episodes
2011–2014Adventure TimeThe Lich (voice)8 episodes
2012DC Nation ShortsSlade / Alfred Pennyworth (voices)3 episode
2013Green Lantern: The Animated SeriesSinestro (voice)Episode: "Prisoner of Sinestro"
2014Hand of God[14]Judge Pernell
2015The BlacklistLuther BraxtonAnnounced [15]

Video games[edit]

1994The Adventures of Batman & RobinClayface
1995ChronomasterRene Korda
1998Fallout 2Narrator
2001Icewind Dale: Heart of WinterWylfdene
2001Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of SteelNarrator
2003Batman: Rise of Sin TzuClayface
2003True Crime: Streets of LAMisha
2003Lords of EverQuestLord Skass
2004The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher BayJagger Valance
2004Halo 2Fleet Admiral Lord Terrence Hood
2005NARCCaptain Joe Kowalski
2005GunMayor Hoodoo Brown
2005The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate DestructionEmil Blonsky/The Abomination
2005Teen TitansSlade
2005The OutfitTommy Mac
2006Justice League HeroesBruce Wayne/Batman
2007Halo 3Fleet Admiral Lord Terrence Hood
2007ConanConan of Cimmeria
2008Hellboy: The Science of EvilHellboy
2008Fallout 3Narrator
2009Afro SamuraiJusticeEnglish dub
2009Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2Dagger
2010Fallout: New VegasNarrator
2014Family Guy: The Quest for StuffHimself


1979–1980Teibele and Her DemonBeadle TreitelBrooks Atkinson Theatre
1989–1991A Few Good MenLt. Col. Nathan JessepMusic Box Theatre
1996Bus StopDr. Gerald LymanCircle in the Square Theatre


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