Today We Salute You, Ron Perlman

1 Aug

There is someone who has done a tremendous amount for comics and the sci-fi/adventure genres that doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his hard work – Ron Perlman. You know the name, but do you realize how much he’s done for comics? The TV shows, movies, as well as voice work man has done abound and today he is finally getting the recognition he so rightly deserves.

Perlman’s first big starring role was as Vincent on CBS’ Beauty and the Beast (1987) in which he co-starred with Linda Hamilton. Yes THAT Linda Hamilton from the Terminator movies. It was a modern (for its time) re-telling of the classic Beauty and the Beast story. The beast is half-lion and half-man and has psychic abilities, living underground in the Big Apple. While the beauty is a New York City prosecutor.

It was from there that Perlman got his first gig related to comics. He was the voice of Clayface on Batman: The Animated Series (1992). That deep gruff voice was perfect for the cruel, obsessive villain with a cursed flair for disguise. Perlman would reprise his Clayface role in The New Batman Adventures (1997) and the Justice League (2003) animated series.

 In fact Perlman has done a lot of voice work for various animated series. He played Bruce Banner and the Hulk in the series of both Iron Man (1996) and Fantastic Four (1995). In Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1996) he was the voice of Kurtis Stryker. On Superman (1997) he voiced Jax-Ur. Perlman is also the voice of the ultimate hunter and destroyer Slade on Teen Titans (2003). In the ghostly superhero series Danny Phantom (2004), thought up by the creators of The Fairly Odd Parents, Perlman voices Vice Principal Lancer. He even did a voice on Avatar: The Last Airbender (2007) as Firelord Sozin. When The Batman (2005) series came out Perlman came back to do voice work, but not Clayface. No, this time he lent his voice to Killer Croc and Bane. He also has a part in the Star Wars legacy – Perlman is the voice of Gha Nachkt in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) series on Cartoon Network.
So perhaps you know the name and have heard his voice because you have seen one or more of these series. Chances are though, you have seen Perlman himself in one of his live action roles. He has been in bit parts on TV and has been in a few notable comic and sci-fi movies.

The role that Ron Perlman is best known for these days is the red demon with a surly attitude known as Hellboy. Perlman has played the character in both movies and reprised the role for the animated movies Sword of Storms (2006) and Blood and Iron (2007). Hellboy is a character that Perlman admits is fun to play. Perlman was also in Blade II (2002) as Reinhardt the bald vampire with a grudge against Blade. He will also be Corin in the new Conan the Barbarian set to be released August 19 of this year.

Perlman also has some sci-fi credits under his belt. Granted this was mentioned before, but now we’re going to tell you what he’s been in. He played Sayer of the Law in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) opposite the legendary Marlon Brando. 
In Alien Resurrection (1997) he was Johner. Perlman was also in Star Trek Nemesis (2002) playing Reman Viceroy Vkruk.
So as you can see, Ron Perlman has brought to life many memorable characters. Right about now we’re sure you’re doing a face palm saying, “Oh that guy!” Perlman has also done voice work for several video games, which we’re not going to really get into. Just as a hint though he was Batman in Justice League Heroes (2006). There are also several horror film credits under his belt as well.
It’s amazing how someone who is so rarely actually seen can have had his hand in so much having to do with comics and sci-fi. Lets face it, the man has made his living either wearing prosthetics and make-up or lending his voice to a character. Still, we here at Comic Addicts say, “Thank you Ron Perlman for all of your hard work! Keep it up!”

Tell us what you’ve seen Ron Perlman in and what is your favorite role he’s played. For more information on Perlman’s work visit his page at the IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base).

One Response to “Today We Salute You, Ron Perlman”

  1. September 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

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