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  • Name: Ron Perlman
  • Date of Birth: April 13, 1950
  • Place of Birth: Washington Heights, New York
Mini-bio: Ron Perlman grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City, where his father was a radio/TV repairman and his mother an employee with the city's Department of Health. A profoundly unhandso... read moreme youth, Perlman was nonetheless very active in high school theater by virtue of his height (6-foot-2) and his deep, rolling voice. He continued studying drama at Lehman College and later at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a master's degree in theater arts. He went to work with New York's Classic Stage Company, an organization specializing in Elizabethan and Restoration plays. Perlman starred in several Manhattan and touring productions staged by Tom O'Horgan of Hair fame before accepting his first film role as a Neanderthal man in 1981's Quest for Fire. Emotionally drained, Perlman backed off from acting after finishing the movie, but was soon back in the groove, essaying such attention-getting roles as the hunchbacked Salvatore in The Name of the Rose (1986). Most often cast as brooding, inarticulate, villainous characters in films (such as Pap in 1993's The Adventures of Huck Finn), Perlman became best known for his performance as the beneficent, albeit hideously ugly, sewer-dwelling Vincent in the late-'80s TV series Beauty and the Beast. Though this remained the actor's defining role for years after the show's run had drawn to a close, he was busier than ever through the '90s. Appearing in everything from obscure arthouse hits (Cronos [1993] and The City of Lost Children [1995]) to voice-over work for television (Aladdin) and video games (Fallout, A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game) to overblown Hollywood blockbusters (Alien Resurrection), Perlman left few stones unturned in terms of flexibility and experimentation in new media. He continued this trend into the early 2000s, alternating between various arenas with remarkable ease and refusing to be pigeonholed, appearing in such high-profile releases as Titan A.E. (2000), Enemy at the Gates (2001), and Blade II (2002). Though his recognition factor seemed higher than ever, few could foresee the opportunity just ahead when Blade II and Cronos director Guillermo del Toro announced that Perlman would star in the film adaptation of Mike Mignola's popular comic book Hellboy, although it seemed highly unlikely that studios would invest the millions of dollars needed to bring the comic to life with an actor of such minimal "marquee value." They wanted Vin Diesel for the role, but del Toro, with the blessing and encouragement of character originator Mignola, eventually won out to have Perlman play the Nazi-creation-turned-superhero in the 2004 fantasy-action film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Facts

  • Ron Perlman's characters are frequently seen smoking cigars:
    The Last Supper (1995)
    Happy, Texas (1999)
    Price of Glory (2000)
    Night Class (2001)
    Hellboy (2004)
    Perlman is a cigar smoker in real life.
  • Ron Perlman broke a rib while filming the subway scenes in Hellboy (2004). Perlman jumped onto a train that was coming towards him.
  • Ron Perlman doesn't speak French. He was the only American on set of the French film 'La cité des enfants perdus' (1995). He learned all of his lines, and delivered them flawlessly.
  • Ron Perlman is left-handed, but was forced to use his right as a child. Today he is relatively comfortable using his right hand.

Ron Perlman Trivia

  • Ron Perlman doesn't speak French and was the only American on set. But he learned all of his lines, and delivered them without error. During filming, Ron Perlman was also bitten by the dog with the pulley. Name the movie.  Answer »
  • Ron Perlman accepted his role in The Island Of Dr. Moreau so he could star with his idol Marlon Brando ?  Answer »
  • Ron Perlman had almost drowned while filming the underwater scene in Alien Reserrection as he hit his head and was unconcious . A crew member saved him?  Answer »
  • Who is the actor who Played the lead in Hellboy?  Answer »

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