Ronald Francis Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American actor and voice actor. He played the role of Vincent on the television series Beauty and the Beast (1987–1990), for which he won a Golden Globe Award, the comic book character Hellboy in both Hellboy (2004) and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and Clay Morrow on the television series Sons of Anarchy (2008–2013).
Perlman in December 2016
Ronald Francis Perlman
April 13, 1950
|Education||City University of New York, Lehman (BA)|
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MFA)
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
(m. 1981; div. 2019)
Perlman is also known as a collaborator of Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro, having roles in the del Toro films Cronos (1993), Blade II (2002), and Pacific Rim (2013). He is also known for his voice-over work as the narrator of the post-apocalyptic game series Fallout, Clayface in the DC Animated Universe, Slade on the animated series Teen Titans, The Lich on Adventure Time, and the Stabbington brothers in Disney's animated film Tangled (2010).
Ronald Perlman was born in Washington Heights, New York. His mother, Dorothy (née Rosen; 1921–2018), was a municipal employee, and his father, Bertram "Bert" Perlman, (1919–1969) was a jazz drummer and television repairman. Perlman said in 1988, "It was not a bad life 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." He cited this experience as one thing that attracts him to roles where he portrays "these sorts of deformed people who are very endearing". His parents were Jewish (their families were from Hungary and Poland). Perlman had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
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 him he "had to" pursue a career as an actor. Perlman later said that his father essentially "gave [him] permission to be an actor". He graduated from George Washington High School in 1967 and Lehman College in 1971. He later attended the University of Minnesota where he graduated with a master's degree in theater arts in 1973.
Film and television
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). Annaud later revealed that when he contacted Perlman to ask him about playing Salvatore in The Name of the Rose (1986), Perlman 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 on the television series Beauty and the Beast, opposite Linda Hamilton from 1987 to 1990. This earned him a Golden Globe Award 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 adaptations, Sleepwalkers and Desperation. His appearances on television series include Highlander: The Series, The Outer Limits, The Magnificent Seven, and the Amazon series Hand of God.
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 television series Sons of Anarchy on FX playing Clay Morrow, the national president of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. He would also play Wes Chandler in the second and third seasons of StartUp in 2017–18.
Perlman also has a successful career as a voice actor. He has portrayed characters in numerous video games and animated series, and done voice-over work for television commercials. 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 in addition he served as the narrator for 1000 Ways To Die.
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. He also made an appearance in Payday 2 as "Rust", part of the "Biker Pack" DLC.
Perlman married his wife, jewelry designer Opal, on February 14, 1981. They have two children: daughter Blake Amanda Perlman (born 1984) and son Brandon Avery Perlman (born 1990). His son produces electronic music under the stage name Delroy Edwards. They separated in May 2019 and Perlman later filed for divorce.
Perlman has been a vocal critic of U.S. President Donald Trump. On October 29, 2016 Perlman tweeted "Ya hear that donnie? Crooked as a muthafucka!" in reference to another tweet about the Hillary Clinton email controversy. Subsequently, on June 25, 2018 Perlman tweeted claiming that he urinated on his hand prior to shaking Harvey Weinstein's hand followed by the message "I think about that every time lil donnie opens up his KFC." These tweets have inspired the "Lil Donnie" meme wherein internet users photoshop fictitious tweets of Perlman doing disgusting and absurd acts in order to get back at "Lil Donnie."
|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|
|1993||Cronos||Angel De La Guardia|
|Romeo Is Bleeding||Jack's attorney|
|When the Bough Breaks||Dr. Douglas Eben|
|The Adventures of Huck Finn||Pap Finn|
|1994||Double Exposure||John McClure|
|Police Academy: Mission to Moscow||Konstantine Konali|
|1995||The City of Lost Children||One|
|The Last Supper||Norman Arbuthnot|
|1996||The Island of Dr. Moreau||Sayer of the Law|
|1998||I Woke Up Early the Day I Died||Cemetery Caretaker|
|Frogs for Snakes||Gascone|
|The Protector||Dr. Ramsey Krago|
|An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island||Mr. Grasping (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1999||Happy, Texas||Marshal Nalhober|
|Primal Force||Frank Brodie|
|2000||The Trial of Old Drum||Charles Burden Sr.|
|Titan A.E.||Sam Tucker (voice)|
|Operation Sandman||Dr. Harlan Jessup|
|The King's Guard||Lord Morton|
|Price of Glory||Nick Everson|
|Bread and Roses||Himself||Uncredited cameo|
|Enemy at the Gates||Koulikov|
|2002||Blade II||Dieter Reinhardt|
|Crime and Punishment||Dusharo|
|Star Trek: Nemesis||Reman Viceroy|
|Shakedown||Christopher 'St. Joy' Bellows||Direct-to-DVD|
|L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!||Narrator|
|2003||Boys on the Run||Captain|
|Rats||Dr. William Winslow|
|Hoodlum & Son||'Ugly' Jim McCrae|
|Two Soldiers||Colonel McKellog||Short film|
|Looney Tunes: Back in Action||Acme VP, Never Learning|
|2004||Comic Book: The Movie||Himself||Cameo|
|Quiet Kill||Detective Sergeant Perry|
|2005||The Second Front||General von Binding|
|Missing in America||Red|
|Tarzan II||Kago (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?||Hotep (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2006||Local Color||Curtis Sunday|
|How to Go Out on a Date in Queens||Vito|
|The Last Winter||Ed Pollack||Nominated—Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
|Five Girls||Father Drake|
|Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!||Captain Skunkbeard / Biff Wellington (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|Hellboy: Sword of Storms||Hellboy (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2007||In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale||Norick|
|Hellboy: Blood and Iron||Hellboy (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|Battle for Terra||Elder Vorin (voice)|
|2008||The Spiderwick Chronicles||Redcap (voice)||Uncredited cameo|
|Uncross the Stars||Bobby Walden|
|Hellboy II: The Golden Army||Hellboy||Nominated—Scream Award for Best Fantasy Actor|
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Superhero
|Spirit of the Forest||Oak (voice)|
|Mutant Chronicles||Brother Samuel|
|2009||The Devil's Tomb||Wesley|
|Dark Country||Deputy Thompson||Direct-to-DVD|
|I Sell The Dead||Father Duffy|
|2010||Killer by Nature||Dr. Julian|
|Acts of Violence||Priest Bill|
|Tangled||The Stabbington Brothers (voices)|
|The Legend of Secret Pass||Parker (voice)|
|Season of the Witch||Felson|
|2011||The Littlest Angel||God (voice)|
|Conan the Barbarian||Corin|
|Elwood||Louie the Jaw||Short film; also executive producer|
|2012||The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption||Horus||Direct-to-DVD|
|Bad Ass||Mayor Williams|
|The Punisher: Dirty Laundry||Big Mike||Short film|
|3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom||Phil|
|The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America||Gene Krupa (voice)||Documentary|
|2013||Pacific Rim||Hannibal Chau|
|Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||Slade Wilson / Deathstroke (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Polyphemus (voice)|
|2014||The Virginian||Judge Henry||Direct-to-DVD|
|Tbilisi, I Love You||American motorcyclist|
|Before I Disappear||Bill|
|Kid Cannabis||Barry Lerner|
|The Book of Life||Xibalba (voice)|
|Skin Trade||Viktor Dragovic||Direct-to-DVD|
|Bone in the Throat||N/A||Executive producer|
|All I See Is You||N/A||Executive producer|
|Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom||Shoggoth (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||Gnarlack|
|2017||All Nighter||N/A||Executive producer|
|Sergio and Sergei||Peter||Also executive producer|
|Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom||Shoggoth (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|Pottersville||Sheriff Jack||Also producer|
|The Escape of Prisoner 614||The Sheriff||Also executive producer|
|The Steam Engines of Oz||Magnus (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2019||The Great War||General Pershing|
|Run with the Hunted||Birdie||Also executive producer|
|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 (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)
Nominated—Q Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1990)
|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 / Mo / Lar / Cur / Carol Singer / 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|
|1996||Iron Man||Dr. Bruce Banner / The Hulk (voice)||Episode - 24: "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/Ship Captain (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||Drekk / 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 / Dr. Koenig (voice)||Episode: "The Parent Trap"|
|2003||Justice League||Clayface / Orion (voices)||4 episodes|
|2003–2006||Teen Titans||Slade (voice)||17 episodes|
|2004–2007||Danny Phantom||Vice Principal Lancer (voice)||23 episodes|
|2005||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Russian Inspector / Joe / Frozen Fiend (voices)||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 / Lab Supervisor (voice)||Episode: "Flash and Substance"|
|2007||Afro Samurai||Justice (voice)||English dub;|
|2007||Kim Possible||Warhawk (voice)||2 episodes|
|2007||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Firelord Sozin, Additional voices (voice)||Episode: "The Avatar and the Firelord"|
|2008–2013||Sons of Anarchy||Clay Morrow||75 episodes|
|2008–2010||Chowder||Arbor / Man (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|
|2011–2017||Adventure Time||The Lich / Lich King / Snail (voices)||10 episodes|
|2012||DC Nation Shorts||Slade / Alfred Pennyworth (voices)||3 episodes|
|2013||Green Lantern: The Animated Series||Sinestro (voice)||Episode: "Prisoner of Sinestro"|
|2014–2017||Hand of God||Judge Pernell Harris||20 episodes; also executive producer|
|2015||The Blacklist||Luther Braxton||2 episodes|
|2015||SuperMansion||Blazar (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015–2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Armaggon (voice)||3 episodes|
|2016||Turbo FAST||Darryl (voice)||Episode: "Keep on Truckin'"|
|2016–2017||Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia||Bular (voice)||12 episodes|
|2017, 2019||Tangled: The Series||The Stabbington Brothers (voices)||3 episodes|
|2017–2018||StartUp||Wes Chandler||20 episodes|
|2018–present||Final Space||John Goodspeed (voice)||6 episodes|
|2018||Transformers: Power of the Primes||Optimus Primal (voice)||7 episodes|
|2019||Splitting Up Together||Brock||Episode: "Welcome Home"|
|2019||The Capture||Frank Napier||5 episodes|
|2019||Reprisal (TV series)||Detroit gangster (not credit)||10 episodes|
|1975||A Country Scandal||Vengerovich||Knickerbocker Theatre|
|1975–1976||Measure for Measure||Lucio||Knickerbocker Theatre|
|1976–1977||The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria||The Emperor||National & European tours|
|1979–1980||Teibele and Her Demon||Beadle Treitel||Brooks Atkinson Theatre|
|1984||La Tragedie de Carmen||Lincoln Center|
|1990–1991||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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- Know Your Meme
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