Birth Name: Ronald Francis Perlman
Age: 63, born 13 April 1950
Country of origin: United States
Height: 6' 1"
Relationship Status: Married
Partner: Opal Stone
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About: Ron Perlman, a classically trained actor, has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and TV productions. 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 Ron Perlman, a classically trained actor, has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and TV productions. 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, 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 in '86, 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 show got cancelled in its third season shortly after Hamilton's character's death.
After that, he spent time during supporting work on TV 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 wasn't 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 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 a aging transsexual, and will always be a rarity in Hollywood.
Other notable roles include the cunning 'Norman Arbuthnot' in The Last Supper (1995), 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).
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 Jean-Jacques Annaud and Guillermo del Toro.
Children, with Opal Perlman, 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 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, 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.
Doesn't 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'.
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, and pool.
With the creation of Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), at 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 TV series "The Outer Limits" (1995).
Good friends with former "Beauty and the Beast" (1987) co-star Linda Hamilton. They reunited in the theatre play Lover Letters (1991) and in the post-Vietnam War drama Missing in America (2005).
Was presented with the Acting Award of Excellence at the 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.
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)), 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), 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.
Producers Lawrence Gordon and Lloyd Levin tried hard for Perlman to get cast as Edward Blake aka The Comedian in Watchmen (2009).
Was offered the role of Piccolo in Dragonball: Evolution (2009), but turned it down to work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) instead.
Was considered for the role of Uncle Dave in Postal (2007), before Dave Foley was cast.
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).
Was up for a role in The Hobbit: Part 1 (2012) when Guillermo del Toro was at the helm, but as pre-production was prolonged again and again, del Toro left and so did Perlman.
Started his own film production company called "Wing and a Prayer" (2010).
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