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Ron Perlman
New York, New York
Deep, rolling voice.Frequently appears as characters who are deformed or not human, starting with his role as Amoukar in Guerre du feu, La (1981). These roles include Salvatore in Name der Rose, Der (1986), Vincent in _"Beauty and the Beast" (1987)_

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Ron Perlman Biography

Ron Perlman, a classically trained actor, has appeared in countless stage plays. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Opal, and their two children, Blake and Brandon. He was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York. His mother, Dorothy, still lives there and is retired from the City Clerk's Office. His father, now deceased, was a repair man and a drummer with Artie Shaw's Band.

With a career spanning over three decades, Perlman has worked alongside such diverse actors as Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Cameron Diaz, Brad Dourif, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jude Law, Christina Ricci, Wesley Snipes, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Wincott, and Elijah Wood to name a few.

While he has never been a bankable star, Perlman has always had a large fan-base. He started out strong as Amoukar, one of the tribesmen in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Academy Award-winning film Guerre du feu, La (1981), for which he got a Genie nomination. Perlman teamed up with Annaud again in '86, this time as a hunchback named Salvatore in Name der Rose, Der (1986).

His first real breakthrough came later, when he landed the role of Vincent, the lion-man, opposite Linda Hamilton in the cult-series "Beauty and the Beast" (1987). His work in this role earned him not only a Golden Globe Award, but a huge fan following.

After that, he spent time working on independent films such as Sleepwalkers (1992), The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), Cronos (1993), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's surreal Cité des enfants perdus, La (1995). He returned to mainstream films in Alien: Resurrection (1997), again with Jeunet, and, in 2004, his good friend Guillermo del Toro helped him land the title role in the big-budget comic book movie Hellboy (2004).

Perlman has played everything from a prehistoric tribesman to a good-hearted Colonel, and will always be a rarity in Hollywood.

His other films include The Last Supper (1995), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), Enemy at the Gates (2001), Blade II (2002) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

Ron Perlman Trivia

Children, with Opal Perlman, Blake Amanda (b. 1984) and Brandon Avery (b. 1990).

He is left-handed, but was forced to use his right as a child - therefore he is relatively comfortable using his right hand.

Attended the University of Minnesota from fall 1971 to spring 1973. On July 20th 1973 he graduated with his then new degree of Master of Fine Arts.

Attended George Washington High School.

Attended the Lehman College in NYC in 1971, where he got the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre.

His wife, Opal Perlman, is a fashion designer.

Upon meeting to discuss Hellboy (2004), creator Mike Mignola and director Guillermo del Toro decided to reveal to each other their choice for the lead role. They both said at the same time, Ron Perlman. Revolutions studio wanted a bigger name like Vin Diesel to play the title role, but del Toro fought for Perlman to get the role, and in the end, he did.

Doesn't speak French and was the only American on set of the French film Cité des enfants perdus, La (1995). But he learned all of his lines, and delivered them flawlessly.

His favorite movie is Nobody's Fool (1994).

Frequently has a role in the films of Jean-Jacques Annaud, George Gallo and Guillermo del Toro.

Is a New York Yankees fan.

Broke a rib while filming the subway scenes in Hellboy (2004). He jumped onto a train that was coming towards him.

Was Guest of Honor at the multi-genre Dreamcon, in Jacksonville, Florida [June 12 & 13, 2004].

Attended the A Diamond is Forever - Cinema Against Aids 2001 gala at the Moulin de Mougins restaurant, to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research [17th of May].

To prepare for his role in Hellboy (2004), he read all the Hellboy comics and worked out three hours a day, five to seven days a week. He also worked out while shooting, every day he had off from filming, he would work out.

Is the godfather to Nicholas Kadi's daughter.

Was ranked in Star Magazine's Reader's Poll - Best Dramatic Actor as Vincent in "Beauty and the Beast" (1987).

Was ranked in US Magazine's "20 Who Turned us on" list. [December 26, 1988]

Was ranked in US Magazine's First Annual Reader's Poll - Third runner-up for Best Dramatic Actor as Vincent in "Beauty and the Beast" (1987). [1988]

His favorite episode of "Beauty and the Beast" (1987) is 'Happy Life'.

Was friends with Sammy Davis Jr.. They met at the Golden Globe Awards in the late 80s, apparently Davis was a huge "Beauty and the Beast" (1987) fan and had seen every single episode.

Voiced the mutant villain Clayface on "Batman" (1992), a character who, ironically, was a disfigured actor, then voiced the villain Slade on "Teen Titans" (2003), and also did the voice of the Hulk/Bruce Banner twice in two separate series, one for a guest spot on "Fantastic Four" (1994) and one for a guest spot on "Iron Man" (1994), in addition to providing the voice of Orion for "Justice League" (2001). He then played the comic book character Hellboy in Hellboy (2004). He went to portray Batman in Justice League Heroes (2006) (VG).

Has a dog (terrier) named Nigel.

Hobbies include golf, jazz, pool and stand-up comedy.

With the creation of Hellboy (2004), at 53 he became the oldest actor ever to play a main superhero.

Frequent voice collaborator with fellow voice-actor Keith David. Computer games: Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997) (VG), Lords of Everquest (2003) (VG), Halo 2 (2004) (VG). Animated series: "Aladdin" (1994), "Fantastic Four" (1994), "Justice League" (2001), "Teen Titans" (2003). And they have both had a quest appearance on the TV series "The Outer Limits" (1995).

Good friends with former "Beauty and the Beast" (1987) co-star Linda Hamilton. They reunited in the post-Vietnam war drama Missing in America (2005).

Was presented with the Acting Award of Excellence at the upcoming Big Bear Lake International Film Festival [September 18th, 2004].

Worked on the Acadamy Award winning short film Two Soldiers (2003) for free as a favor to writer/director Aaron Schneider.

Was offered promotional advertisements as Vincent, his character from the "Beauty and the Beast" (1987) series, but he refused, stating that the character was not there to be exploited.

Gave former "Beauty and the Beast" (1987) co-star Armin Shimerman advice on how to emote effectively under full-head prosthetic appliances when Shimerman landed the role of Quark on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993).

Said in his audio commentary for Cité des enfants perdus, La (1995), that of all the things his characters have done in films, his most hated action was when his character, One, attacked Miette under the influence of the evil Octopus Sisters' drug.

His characters are frequently seen smoking cigars (The Last Supper (1995), Happy, Texas (1999), Price of Glory (2000), Night Class (2001), Hellboy (2004), et cetera). Perlman is an avid cigar smoker in real life.

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