Ron Perlman, a classically trained actor, has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions. He was born Ronald Francis Perlman on April 13, 1950 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 repairman 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, Dominique Pinon, Brad Dourif, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jude Law, Christina Ricci, Federico Luppi, 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 Quest for Fire (1981), for which he got a Genie nomination. Perlman teamed up with Annaud again, this time as a hunchback named Salvatore in The Name of the Rose (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 underground fan following. Sadly, the series got cancelled in its third season shortly after Hamilton's character's death.
After that, he spent time doing supporting work on television and independent films such as Guillermo del Toro's debut Cronos (1993) (where a lifelong friendship and collaboration between the director and Perlman would blossom) as Angel and his first lead role as One in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's surreal The City of Lost Children (1995). His first real big role in a mainstream film came when Jeunet wanted him for the brutish Johner in his first Hollywood outing Alien: Resurrection (1997). Perlman has also used his distinctive voice to his advantage, appearing in many animated films/series, commercials and he is a video game fan favorite because of his work on such games as the Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997) (VG) series.
It was not until much later, he got worldwide fame when his good friend Guillermo del Toro helped him land the title role in the big-budget comic book movie Hellboy (2004). del Toro fought the studio for 4 years, because they wanted a more secure name, but he stood his ground and in 2004, after almost 25 years in and out of obscurity, Perlman became and household name and a sought out actor. Perlman has had one of the most off-beat careers in film, playing everything from a prehistoric ape-man to an aging transsexual, and will always be a rarity in Hollywood.
Other notable roles include the cunning Norman Arbuthnot in The Last Supper (1995/I), sniper expert Koulikov in Enemy at the Gates (2001), vampire leader Reinhardt in Blade II (2002), his reprisal of Hellboy in Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) and biker chief Clarence Morrow in the popular series "Sons of Anarchy" (2008).
He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Opal, and their two children, Blake and Brandon.
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Deep, rolling voice
Frequently appears as characters who are deformed or not human, starting with his role as Amoukar in Quest for Fire (1981). These roles include Salvatore in The Name of the Rose (1986), Vincent in "Beauty and the Beast" (1987), Sayer of the Law in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), Reinhardt (a vampire) in Blade II (2002), the Reman Viceroy in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), and Hellboy in Hellboy (2004).
Frequently has a role in the films of his friend Guillermo del Toro
Strong jawline and bold blue eyes
His children, with Opal Perlman, are Blake Perlman (b. 1984) and Brandon Avery Perlman (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 20, 1973, he graduated with his then new degree of Master of Fine Arts.
Attended George Washington High School.
Attended the Lehman College in New York City in 1971, where he got the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre.
His wife, Opal Perlman, was a fashion designer, but now works as a jewelry 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.
Does not speak French and was the only American on set of the French film The City of Lost Children (1995). But he learned all of his lines, and delivered them flawlessly.
His favorite movie is Nobody's Fool (1994).
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.
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). 
His favorite episode of "Beauty and the Beast" (1987) is "Happy Life".
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, and pool.
With the creation of Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), at age 58, 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), Halo 3 (2007) (VG). Animated series: "Aladdin" (1994), "Fantastic Four" (1994), "Justice League" (2001), "Teen Titans" (2003). And they have both had a guest appearance on the television series "The Outer Limits" (1995).
Was presented with the Acting Award of Excellence at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival [September 18th, 2004].
Was offered promotional advertisements as Vincent, his character from the television series "Beauty and the Beast" (1987), but he refused, stating that the character was not there to be exploited.
Is well known for his extensive body of work with acting under prosthetic and has given many actors, like Armin Shimerman ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)) and Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four (2005/I)), advice on how to emote effectively under full-head prosthetic appliances.
Said in his audio commentary for The City of Lost Children (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/I), Happy, Texas (1999), Price of Glory (2000), Night Class (2001), Hellboy (2004), et cetera). Perlman is an avid cigar smoker in real life.
Early in his career, he tried doing stand-up comedy.
Wrote a script some years ago entitled Wooden Lake which he was also going to direct, but as of this date, it has not gone into production (2011).
Started his own film production company called "Wing and a Prayer" (2010).
In 2012, Ron Perlman once again endured the 4-hour makeup routine required to transform him into Hellboy--not for a sequel or other acting job but to fulfill the Make-A-Wish request of a six-year-old boy named Zachary who has leukemia. Creature effects house Spectral Motion applied Perlman's Hellboy makeup (and later, also made up Zachary as Hellboy as well), and then Zachary got to spend the day hanging out with "Hellboy.".
I've always felt there were aspects of me that were monstrous, and you can either hide from it or confront it, embrace it and understand that those are aspects that make you unique and define you and motivate you. You can either overwhelm or overcompensate for them -- but they truly define you as a human being...So that life became a question of either dealing with this monstrousness in one way or another...One finds a way to understand and make friends with that monster and understand that that's the very thing that makes you who you are. That's your emotional and spiritual fingerprint.
I've done millions of mediocre movies. I've done way more than my fair share. You do what you gotta do. This is not heart surgery. I'm not curing cancer. I'm just trying to put my kids through school.
[on being a director]: "I don't like working with me. I would punch myself in the mouth if I had to take my direction."
[When asked what his idea of Hell is]: "Working at a job that you hate. Having a career and a life that you have no passion for. That's hell."
[on Guillermo del Toro]: "It seems as though we are like brothers. After knowing the guy for five minutes, it was one of these instances, where you felt, that you've known him for twenty-five years. This instantaneous friendship and recognition. Very very similar way of viewing the world. And then we found, that working with each other, there was a real simpatico. And I think you could even say, that we are alter egos for one another. Like if he was an actor he would be me and if I was a filmmaker I would be him. We seem to be trying to make the same statement in the world."
I'd be dead without my sense of humor. I can't imagine processing the shit we are slogging our way through in life without it. In a twenty-four-hour space, you get an acute sense of how all of this injustice and out-rage is absurd. There are things that are truly serious, like when one loses his health or gets into a life- threatening accident. But the rest of it.... If you can't laugh your way through life, then you are fucked. Humor was the first form of armor I ever wore to counteract my self-image. The first girl I ever asked out on a date laughed at me, because she thought I was kidding. While I didn't cry on the surface, inside I was weeping. But outwardly I made a joke out of the situation. So humor has always been my shield against the slings and arrows. I turn them into something satiric.
: "People are doing sitcoms on stage rather than theater. You go to the theater, and it's as if you were watching a sitcom at 8:30 on Channel 4."
[When asked if he is afraid to be type-cast as a tough guy after Alien: Resurrection (1997)]: I don't bear any label. I perform very extreme characters, but at the same time men with an enormous goodness. Take for example the Hercules from The City of Lost Children (1995), One, he is a child in an adult body; One is pure, simple and innocent. My character in "Beauty and the Beast" (1987) had an enormous generosity, far from this world; the Beast was too good to be real. It's true that I hardly play ordinary people due to my appearance, anyway I am not a captive of any register, I don't systematically play tough and not very bright people. I congratulate myself for my varied filmography and for being able to do all roles.
I lost 90 pounds and my blood pressure went down to a normal level and the salt in my urine disappeared. And that was when I had to make the transition from fat character actor to thin character actor.
[on acting]: "It's nice to get paid for therapy rather than having to pay $240 an hour for it."
I just think that there are those people that their resolve is strengthened by what it is that's keeping them down, and there are some people that will buckle under it. You never know which one is which until you get into the eighth or ninth round of the fight.
I will not do a role that I don't think I can do, that I'm not interested in, where there's no humanity, that doesn't have any kind of handle for me at all because I know I'll just stink the joint up.
I think there are a lot of technocrats in the business who would much rather work with just wheels and gears and machinery. Those things interest them more than humanity and I wish them the best of luck.
I don't think anything is ever going to replace the human heart and what that generates in terms of performance.
"I was not dealt the best physical hand in the world. My nose didn't fit my mouth. My forehead didn't fit my cheeks. And those are traditionally the years when a boy is judged primarily on his looks. So, consequently, I suffered from very low self- esteem. In a sense, I had a beast inside me. That beast was fear and insecurity." (on his childhood days)
[on his love for the Turner Classic Movies channel]: My antidote to a cold, hard, really cruel world is to go back and watch old black and white movies and go, "Oh, Oh...Oh, Humphrey! Oh, Cary! Oh, Burt!" That's it, man. I mean, you know it's just another time and place. It seems like there was a little order to the universe back then.
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(2004) Now lives in Los Angeles, California, but also keeps a home in New York City.
(July 2005) Currently filming In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2006) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
(June 2004) Was Guest of Honor at the multi-genre Dreamcon, in Jacksonville, Florida.
(May 2001) 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.
(January 2009) Budapest, Hungary - filming Season of the Witch (2011).
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