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Height 6' (1.83 m)

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Jesse Merlin plays Elric in Jackson Stewart's "Beyond the Gates," which won the Nightfall Jury Prize at the LA Film Festival (2016) among numerous other awards, and is available on Netflix, blu-ray and VOD. He attended its European premiere at Fright Fest in London.

He voices F.A.N.G in the video game "Street Fighter V," and in Ross Patterson films plays 2LT Chandler in "Range 15," William Keller in "Helen Keller vs Nightwolves," and Werewolf Hitler in "FDR: American Badass!" He played the homicidal cult-leader Sugarplum in two episodes of "12 Deadly Days" for Blumhouse & YouTube RED. He appears in various episodes of "Dream Corp LLC" on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and voiced Makube in the anime "Hellsing Ultimate X." Other appearances include as Dr. Jesse Merlin in Jackass 3D/3.5, Spencer in "All The Creatures Were Stirring," alongside several upcoming genre features and voice roles in TV and video games.

He has performed as Dr. Hill in Stuart Gordon's award-winning "Re-Animator: The Musical" 200 times in Las Vegas, Edinburgh, New York and Los Angeles as well as on the forthcoming original cast soundtrack. The role earned him an Ovation Award nomination (2011) and a rave review in the New York Times (2012).

Theater work includes Salo in Stuart Gordon's adaptation of Vonnegut's "The Sirens of Titan," directed by Ben Rock at Sacred Fools Theater. Merlin created the role of The President of the USA in the long-running popular operetta "The Beastly Bombing," performing at the Steve Allen Theater, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and Opera aan het Ij (Amsterdam), in addition to singing musical roles like Hannibal Lecter in "Silence! The Musical" (2012) and the Old Priest in "Exorcistic" (2013). His comedy work includes Matty Simmons' "Sketches From The National Lampoon" (2013). As principal bass and patter-baritone with touring repertory Opera A La Carte for 7 seasons, he sang a variety of roles in The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, and The Gondoliers.

Merlin was profiled by NPR on Weekend Edition in a nationally aired, award-winning story about his niche career as "Mr. Horror Musicals" (2013). He played the Troll King in a concert version of Peer Gynt with the San Francisco Symphony with Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas (2013). He sings Professor Upham on the "Dreams in the Witch House" heavy metal Lovecraft double album (2012).

As a younger performer, he had a regional opera career career spanning 11 years and 45 roles such as Mephistopheles in "Faust," Leporello in "Don Giovanni" and the title role in "Don Pasquale." Discovered by retired Metropolitan Opera star and General Director Irene Dalis (1925-2014), Merlin was a Principal Artist-in-Residence with Opera San Jose (2002-2006), singing 17 roles. He made his international debut in the electronic opera "Le Terrain Vague" at the Théâtre du Rond Point & Théâtre Lucernaire (2005).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jesse Merlin

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