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Beauty and the Beast, The Magnificent Seven, Hellboy
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Ronald Francis "Ron" Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American television, film and voice over actor best known for his portrayal of the titular character in the Hellboy films.
Perlman 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 1989. This earned him a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series in 1989 and a large fanbase.
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), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Enemy at the Gates (2001) and Blade II (2002). 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 the gargantuan oaf "One" in Jean-Pierre Jeunet`s The City of Lost Children. He finally got another leading film role in 2004 when he played the title role in the comic book adaptation Hellboy. The director Guillermo del Toro, who worked with him previously on Cronos and Blade II, had to fight to secure the role, as the studio wanted someone more well-known such as Vin Diesel. Perlman reprised his role as Hellboy in Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, released on July 11, 2008.
In 2008, Perlman joined the cast of the TV show Sons of Anarchy on FX. He plays Clay, the president of the motorcycle gang and step-father of the main character.
Perlman took part in an award-winning commercial for Stella Artois beer. This commercial, which was called "Devil`s Island", won a Gold Award at the British Advertising Awards.
Roles that required make-up
He is known for playing roles which require make-up, some to the point where his entire body is covered or his face requires full facial prosthetics, such as The Beauty and The Beast, where he plays a man with the face of a lion, The Island of Dr. Moreau where he plays a half man/half animal and the Hellboy films where he plays a demon. He even gave his Beauty and The Beast co-star Armin Shimerman advice when the latter was going to be in full-facial prosthetics for Star Trek. He also might play the role of the character "Larson" for Guillermo del Toro`s film adaptation of the H. P. Lovecraft story At the Mountains of Madness. del Toro, in a chat session discussing his plans for the Hobbit movies, has indicated that Perlman will have some role in the films.
Voice over work
As well as onscreen acting, Perlman has lent his voice to numerous video games and animated series. These include Vice Principal Lancer in Danny Phantom and various characters in DC Comics based series such as Slade in the Teen Titans, Clayface in Batman: The Animated Series, Jax-Ur in Superman: The Animated Series, Justice in Afro Samurai, Orion in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, Killer Croc, Rumor, and at one point even Bane in The Batman.
His video game credits include Lord Terrence Hood, Fleet Admiral in command of 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, Justice League Heroes as Batman, and most recently, Hellboy: Blood and Iron. 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 voices Slade in the 2008 Turok game.
Perlman is soon to be the voice of Conan the Barbarian in the upcoming animated film of Robert E. Howard`s Red Nails. He provides the voice to the same character in the video game Conan.
Perlman was born in Washington Heights, New York. His mother, Dorothy, is a municipal employee, and his father is a jazz drummer and repairman. He has been married to Opal Perlman since February 14, 1981, and he has two children, Blake Amanda (born 1984), and Brandon Avery (born 1990).
He attended George Washington High School and later Lehman College in New York City in 1971, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. He also attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a master`s degree in theater arts. Perlman has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program.
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George Washington High School, New York City, NY
BFA Theater, Lehman College (1971), MFA Theater, University of Minnesota (1973)
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Ronald Francis Perlman
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Ronald N. "Ron" Perlman (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, 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, Slade in the animated series Teen Titans, The Stabbington Brothers in Disney's animated film Tangled and as the narrator of the television series 1000 Ways to Die.
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