Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman

Born: April 13, 1950
Age: 74
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
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Ronald N. "Ron" Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American actor 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 Clay Morrow in television series Sons of Anarchy.

Perlman is also well known as 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, Killer Croc in The Batman, 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.


Early life

Perlman was born in Washington Heights, New York. His mother, Dorothy (Rosen), was a municipal employee, and his father, Bertram "Bert" Perlman, was a jazz drummer and repairman. 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." Perlman continued to say that this experience is one thing that attracts him to "playing these sorts of deformed people who are very endearing."

Perlman's family was Jewish (from Hungary on his father's side and from Poland on his mother's). Perlman had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. 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" Perlman attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a master's degree in theater arts in 1973.


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). Ron's start in cinema was quite difficult. Jean-Jacques Annaud said that when he contacted Ron for playing Salvatore in The Name of the Rose (1986), Ron was thinking of abandoning his career. 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.

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," won a Silver Award at the 2003 British Advertising Awards. 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 national president of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club.

Roles that required make-up

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.

Voice-over work

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 English teacher and vice-principal 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 in the Teen Titans animated series and again in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Clayface in Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, Jax-Ur in Superman: The Animated Series, Orion in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, Sozin in Avatar: The Last Airbender, several villains (Killer Croc, Rumor and 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 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.

Perlman also provided the narration for the introduction to UFC on FOX 13.

Personal life

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Quest for Fire Amoukar Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
1984 The Ice Pirates Zeno
1986 The Name of the Rose Salvatore
1992 Sleepwalkers Captain Soames
1993 Cronos Angel De La Guardia
1993 Romeo Is Bleeding Jack's attorney
1993 When the Bough Breaks Dr. Douglas Eben
1993 The Adventures of Huck Finn Pap Finn
1994 Double Exposure John McClure
1994 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Konstantine Konali
1994 Sensation Detective Pantella
1995 The City of Lost Children One
1995 The Last Supper Norman Arbuthnot
1995 Fluke Sylvester
1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau Sayer of the Law
1997 Prince Valiant Boltar
1997 Tinseltown Cliff
1997 Alien: Resurrection Johner
1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Cemetery Caretaker
1998 Frogs for Snakes Gascone
1998 The Protector Dr. Ramsey Krago
1998 An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Mr. Grasping (voice) Direct-to-video
1999 Happy, Texas Marshal Nalhober
2000 The Trial of Old Drum Charles Burden Sr.
2000 Titan A.E. Sam Tucker (voice)
2000 Operation Sandman Dr. Harlan Jessup
2000 The King's Guard Lord Morton
2000 Price of Glory Nick Everson
2000 Bread and Roses Himself Uncredited cameo
2000 Stroke Schumaker
2001 Down Mitchell
2001 Enemy at the Gates Koulikov
2002 Blade II Dieter Reinhardt
2002 Night Class Morgan
2002 Crime and Punishment Dusharo
2002 Star Trek: Nemesis Reman Viceroy
2002 Shakedown Christopher 'St. Joy' Bellows Direct-to-video
2003 Boys on the Run Captain
2003 Rats Dr. William Winslow
2003 Hoodlum & Son 'Ugly' Jim McCrae
2003 Absolon Murchison
2003 Two Soldiers Colonel McKellog Short film
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action VP for Never Learning
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Himself Cameo
2004 Hellboy Hellboy
2004 Quiet Kill Detective Sergeant Perry
2005 The Second Front General von Binding
2005 Missing in America Red
2005 Tarzan II Kago (voice) Direct-to-video
2005 Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? Hotep (voice) Direct-to-video
2006 Local Color Curtis Sunday
2006 How to Go Out on a Date in Queens Vito
2006 The Last Winter Ed Pollack Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2006 5ive Girls Father Drake
2006 Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! Captain Skunkbeard/Biff Wellington (voice) Direct-to-video
2006 Hellboy: Sword of Storms Hellboy (voice) Direct-to-video
2007 In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Norick
2007 Hellboy: Blood and Iron Hellboy (voice) Direct-to-video
2007 Battle for Terra Elder Vorin (voice)
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Redcap (voice) Uncredited
2008 Uncross the Stars Bobby Walden
2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army Hellboy Nominated—Scream Award for Best Fantasy Actor
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Superhero
2008 Outlander Gunnar
2008 Spirit of the Forest Oak (voice)
2008 Mutant Chronicles Brother Samuel
2009 The Devil's Tomb Wesley
2009 Dark Country Deputy Thompson Direct-to-video
2009 I Sell The Dead Father Duffy
2009 The Job Jim
2010 Killer by Nature Dr. Julian
2010 Acts of Violence Priest Bill
2010 Tangled Stabbington Brothers (voices)
2010 Bunraku Nicola
2010 The Legend of Secret Pass Parker (voice)
2010 Season of the Witch Felson
2011 The Littlest Angel God (voice)
2011 Conan the Barbarian Corin
2011 Drive Nino
2011 Elwood Louie the Jaw Short film; also executive producer
2012 The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption Horus Direct-to-video
2012 Bad Ass Mayor Williams
2012 The Punisher: Dirty Laundry Big Mike Short film
2012 Crave Pete
2012 3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom Phil
2013 Pacific Rim Hannibal Chau
2013 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (voice) Direct-to-video
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Polyphemus (voice)
2014 The Virginian Judge Henry Direct-to-video
2014 Tbilisi, I Love You American motorcyclist
2014 13 Sins Chilcoat
2014 Before I Disappear Bill
2014 Kid Cannabis Barry Lerner
2014 Dermaphoria Anslinger
2014 The Book of Life Xibalba (voice)
2014 Skin Trade Viktor Dragovic
2014 Poker Night Calabrese
2015 Moonwalkers Kidman
2015 Stonewall Ed Murphy
2016 Robodog Marshall (voice) Post-production
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Gnarlack Post-production
2016 The Bleeder Al Braverman Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Ryan's Hope Dr. Bernie Marx 2 episodes
1985 The Fall Guy Thug Episode: "Split Image"
1985 Our Family Honor Bausch Episode: "Pilot"
1985 MacGruder and Loud Attorney Episode: "The Very Scary Man"
1985 Our Family Honor Bausch Episode: "Split Image"
1986 The Insiders Episode: "Den of Thieves"
1986 Miami Vice John Ruger Episode: "Walk-Alone"
1987-1990 Beauty and the Beast Vincent 55 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama
Q Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Q Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1988 A Stoning in Fulham County Jacob Shuler Television film
1992 Blind Man's Bluff Frank Cerrillo Television film
1992-1993 Batman: The Animated Series Clayface / Driller (voices) 4 episodes
1993 The Untouchables Snake Episode: "Railroaded"
1993 Bonkers Sergeant Francis Q. Grating (voice) 17 episodes
1993 Animaniacs Satan / Sgt. Sweete (voices) 2 episodes
1993 Arly Hanks Jim-Bob Buchanan Television film
1994 The Cisco Kid Lt. Col. Delacroix Television film
1994 Aladdin Arbutus (voice) Episode: "Garden of Evil"
1994 Mighty Max Goar (voice) Episode: "Tar Wars"
1994 The Little Mermaid Apollo (voice) Episode: "Heroes"
1995 Tiny Toon Adventures Mr. Scratch (voice) Episode: "Night Ghoulery"
1995 Fantastic Four Wizard / Hulk (voices) 2 episodes
1995 Iron Man Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk (voice) Episode: "Hulk Buster"
1995 Original Sins Chas Bradley Television film
1995 Mr. Stitch Doctor Frederick Texarian Television film
1995 The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space Lord Vox of Vestron Television film
1996 Phantom 2040 Graft (voice) 22 episodes
1996 Wing Commander Academy Daimon Karnes (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Duckman Roland Thompson (voice) Episode: "They Craved Duckman's Brain!"
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Kurtis Stryker / Scorpion (voice) 13 episodes
1996-1998 Hey Arnold! Mickey Kaline (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Highlander: The Series The Messenger Episode: "The Messenger"
1997 Tracey Takes On... Stuart Episode: "Secrets"
1997 Perversions of Science 40132 Episode: "The Exile"
1997 The Second Civil War Alan Manieski Television film
1997-1999 Superman: The Animated Series Jax-Ur (voice) 3 episodes
1997-1998 The New Batman Adventures Clayface (voice) 4 episodes
1998-2000 The Magnificent Seven Josiah Sanchez 22 episodes
1998 Godzilla Leviathan Alien (voice) Episode: "Leviathan"
1998 The Outer Limits Lt. Col. Brandon Grace Episode: "Black Box"
1998 A Town Has Turned to Dust Jerry Paul Television film
1998 Houdini Booking Agent Television film
1999 Family Law Roy Episode: "The List"
1999 Men in Black: The Series Javkor (voice) Episode: "The Puppy Love Syndrome"
1999 Supreme Sanction The Director Television film
1999 Primal Force Frank Brodie Television film
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Wild Horse (voice) Episode: "Horse Sense"
2000 Jackie Chan Adventures Karl (voice) Episode: "Shell Game"
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Leader (voice) Episode: "Haunted Moon"
2000 Operation Sandman Dr. Harlan Jessup Television film
2000 The Trial of Old Drum Charles Burden Sr. Television film
2001 Charmed Mr Kelleman Episode: "Wrestling with Demons"
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Colonel Nikolas Rokoff (voice) Episode: "Tarzan and the Lost Treasure"
2001 The Tick Fiery Blaze Episode: "Couples"
2003 Static Shock Heavyman (voice) Episode: "The Parent Trap"
2003 Justice League Clayface / Orion (voices) 4 episodes
2003-2006 Teen Titans Slade (voice) 14 episodes
2004-2007 Danny Phantom Mr. Lancer (voice) 19 episodes
2005 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Joe/Frozen Fiend (voice) Episode: "Diamonds Are a Ghouls Best Friend"
2005-2008 The Batman Killer Croc / Bane / Rumor (voices) 4 episodes
2006 Masters of Horror Dwayne Burcell Episode: "Pro-Life"
2006 Desperation Collie Entragian Television film
2006 Justice League Unlimited Orion (voice) Episode: "Flash and Substance"
2007 Afro Samurai Justice (voice) English dub
2 episodes
2007 Kim Possible Warhawk (voice) 2 episodes
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender Firelord Sozin (voice) Episode: "The Avatar and the Firelord"
2008-2013 Sons of Anarchy Clay Morrow 75 episodes
2008-2010 Chowder Arbor (voice) 3 episodes
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Gha Nachkt (voice) 2 episodes
2009 Robot Chicken Tony Stark / Handy Ball (voices) Episode: "Tell My Mom"
2009-2012 1000 Ways to Die Narrator 45 episodes
2010, 2014 Archer Ramon Limon (voice) 2 episodes
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Doctor Double X (voice) Episode: "A Bat Divided"
2011-2012 American Dad! Monster Hunter / Colonel (voices) 2 episodes
2011-present Adventure Time The Lich (voice) 9 episodes
2012 DC Nation Shorts Slade / Alfred Pennyworth (voices) 3 episode
2013 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Sinestro (voice) Episode: "Prisoner of Sinestro"
2014-present Hand of God Judge Pernell Harris 10 episodes; also executive producer
2015 The Blacklist Luther Braxton 2 episodes
2015 SuperMansion Blazar (voice) Episode: "Lets Talk About Rex"
2015-2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Armaggon (voice) 3 Episodes
2016 Turbo FAST Darryl (voice) Episode: "Keep on Truckin'"

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
1994 The Adventures of Batman & Robin Clayface
1995 Chronomaster Rene Korda
1997 Fallout Narrator / Butch Harris
1998 Fallout 2 Narrator
2001 Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter Wylfdene
2001 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel Narrator
2003 Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu Clayface
2003 True Crime: Streets of LA Misha
2003 Lords of EverQuest Lord Skass
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Jagger Valance
2004 Halo 2 Fleet Admiral Lord Terrence Hood
2005 NARC Captain Joe Kowalski
2005 Gun Mayor Hoodoo Brown
2005 The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction Emil Blonsky/The Abomination
2005 Teen Titans Slade
2005 The Outfit Tommy Mac
2006 Justice League Heroes Bruce Wayne/Batman
2007 Halo 3 Fleet Admiral Lord Terrence Hood
2007 Conan Conan the Barbarian
2008 Turok Slade
2008 Hellboy: The Science of Evil Hellboy
2008 Fallout 3 Narrator
2009 Afro Samurai Justice English dub
2009 Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 Dagger
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Narrator
2014 Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Himself
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Campbell
2015 Fallout 4 Anchorman


Year Title Role Notes
1979-1980 Teibele and Her Demon Beadle Treitel Brooks Atkinson Theatre
1989-1991 A Few Good Men Lt. Col. Nathan Jessep Music Box Theatre
1996 Bus Stop Dr. Gerald Lyman Circle in the Square Theatre

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