Ron Perlman


Ronald Francis Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American actor. He made his feature film debut in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Quest for Fire (1981), with Everett McGill, Nameer El-Kadi, and Rae Dawn Chong. Other films in the 1980s include The Ice Pirates (1984), with Robert Urich, Mary Crosby, Michael D. Roberts, Anjelica Huston, Bruce Vilanch, John Carradine, and John Matuszak; and The Name of the Rose (1986), with Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., William Hickey, Michael Lonsdale, Christian Slater, and Valentina Vargas.

After various minor and supporting roles in films and television series, Perlman’s breakthrough role came when he played Vincent on the television series Beauty and the Beast, opposite Linda Hamilton from 1987 to 1990. This earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama 1989. He was also nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama in 1988 and 1989. He would later play the role of motorcycle gang leader Clarence “Clay” Morrow on the television series Sons of Anarchy (2008–2013), with Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Johnny Lewis, and Maggie Siff.

He has collaborated with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro on various films: Cronos (1993), with with Federico Luppi, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel, and Tamara Shanath; Blade II (2002), with Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Luke Goss, Hellboy (2004), with, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans, and John Hurt; and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), with much of the previous cast, along with Gross and Anna Walton; Pacific Rim (2013), with Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Mana Ashida; and Nightmare Alley (2021), with Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, and David Strathairn.

Other notable films in the 1990s include Romeo Is Bleeding (1993), with Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Annabella Sciorra, Juliette Lewis, and Roy Scheider; The Adventures of Hick Finn (1993), with Elijah Wood, Courtney B. Vance, Jason Robards and Robbie Coltrane; When the Bough Breaks (1994), with Ally Walker, Martin Sheen and Tara Subkoff; Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet‘s The City of Lost Children (1995), with Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Geneviève Brunet, Odile Mallet, Mireille Mossé, Serge Merlin, François Hadji-Lazaro, Rufus, Ticky Holgado, and Jean-Louis Trintignant; and The Last Supper (1995), with Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, Jonathan Penner, Vance, Jason Alexander, Nora Dunn, Charles Durning, Ron Eldard, Mark Harmon, and Bill Paxton.

Films in the late 1990s include The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), with Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, and Fairuza Balk; Alien Resurrection (1997), with Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Pinon, Gary Dourdan, Dan Hedaya, J.E. Freeman, Brad Dourif, and Michael Wincott; I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998), with Billy Zane, Tippi Hedren, Andrew McCarthy, Will Patton, Carel Struycken, John Ritter, Karen Black, Sandra Bernhard, Eartha Kitt, and Christina Ricci; Frogs for Snakes (1998), with Barbara Hershey, Coltrane, Harry Hamlin, Ian Hart, John Leguizamo, Lisa Marie, Debi Mazar, Clarence Williams III; and Happy, Texas (1999), with Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn, Ally Walker, Illeana Douglas, and William H. Macy.

Films in the early 2000s include Price of Glory (2000), with Jimmy Smits, Maria del Mar, Jon Seda, Clifton Collins Jr., Ernesto Hernandez, and Louis Mandylor; The Shaft (2001), with James Marshall, Naomi Watts, Eric Thal, Michael Ironside, and Edward Herrmann; Enemy at the Gates (2001), with Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins, Eva Mattes, Gabriel Marshall Thomson, and Matthias Habich; Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), with Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, and Tom Hardy; Hoodlum & Son (2003), with Mia Sara, Ted King, and Robert Vaughn; Absolon (2003), with Christopher Lambert, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Kelly Brook; and Quiet Kill (2004), with Corbin Bernsen and Claudia Christian.

Films in the mid to late 2000s include Missing in America (2005), with Danny Glover, Hamilton, and Strathairn; Local Color (2006), with Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ray Liotta and Trevor Morgan; In the Name of the King (2007), with Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys-Davies, Claire Forlani, Matthew Lillard, Kristanna Loken, Will Sanderson, Tania Saulnier, Brian J. White, Liotta, Burt Reynolds; Uncross the Stars (2008), with Daniel Gillies, Hershey, and Irma P. Hall; Outlander (2008), with Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Huston, and Hurt; Mutant Chronicles (2008), with Thomas Jane and John Malkovich; The Devil’s Tomb (2009), with Cuba Gooding Jr., Taryn Manning, Henry Rollins, Valerie Cruz, Bill Moseley, and Ray Winstone; I Sell the Dead (2009), with Dominic Monaghan, Larry Fessenden, and Angus Scrimm; and The Job with Patrick Flueger, Taryn Manning, and Joe Pantoliano.

Films in the 2010s include Killer by Nature (2010), with Armand Assante; Bunraku (2010), with Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Gackt, Kevin McKidd, and Demi Moore; Season of the Witch (2011), with Nicolas Cage, Stephen Campbell Moore. Claire Foy, Stephen Graham, Ulrich Thomsen, Robert Sheehan, and Christopher Lee; Conan the Barbarian (2011), with Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, and Bob Sapp; Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (2011), with Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac, and Albert Brooks.

More films in the early 2010s include The Scorpion King 3 (2012), with Victor Webster, Bostin Christopher, Temuera Morrison, Krystal Vee, Selina Lo, Kimbo Slice, Dave Bautista, and Zane; Bad Ass (2012), with Danny Trejo and Charles S. Dutton; 3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom (2012), with Hunnam, Chris O’Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Nora Dunn, Whitney Cummings, and Chris Noth; Before I Disappear (2014), with Shawn Christensen (who also directed), Fátima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, and Paul Wesley; Skin Trade (2014), with Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, and Michael Jai White; and Poker Night (2014), with Ron Eldard, Beau Mirchoff, and Giancarlo Esposito.

Films in the mid to late 2010s include Moonwalkers (2015), with Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan; Chuck (2016), with Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, Watts, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport, Pooch Hall, Morgan Spector, Jason Jones, and Catherine Corcoran; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), with Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Colin Farrell; Pottersville (2017), with Michael Shannon, Judy Greer, Thomas Lennon, Hendricks, and Ian McShane; The Escape of Prisoner 614 (2018), with Martin Starr, Jake McDorman, and George Sample III; Asher (2018), with Famke Janssen, Peter Facinelli, Marta Milans, Richard Dreyfuss, and Jacqueline Bisset; and Run with the Hunted (2019), with Michael Pitt, Sam Quartin, Mark Boone Junior, William Forsythe, and Dree Hemingway.

Films in the early 2020s include Clover (2020), with Mark Webber, Nicole Elizabeth Berger, Ron Perlman, Chazz Palminteri and John Abrahams (who also directed); The Big Ugly (2020), with Vinnie Jones, Malcolm McDowell, Nicholas Braun, Leven Rambin, Lenora Crichlow, Brandon Sklenar, Elyse Levesque, and Bruce McGill; Paul W.S. Anderson’s Monster Hunter (2020), with Milla Jovovich, Jaa, Tip Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung.

Perlman is also known for his voice-over work as the narrator of the post-apocalyptic game series Fallout (1997–present), Clayface in the DC Animated Universe, Sam Tucker in Titan A.E. (2000), with Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, Drew Barrymore, Leguizamo, Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, and Tone Loc; Slade in Teen Titans (2003–2006), Lord Hood in the video games Halo 2 (2004) and Halo 3 (2007), Elder Vorin in Battle for Terra (2009), with Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox, James Garner, Chris Evans, Glover, Amanda Peet, David Cross, Justin Long, Dennis Quaid, and Luke Wilson; the Stabbington brothers in Tangled (2010), with Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Donna Murphy; The Lich in Adventure Time (2011–2017) and Xibalba in The Book of Life (2014), with Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, and Kate del Castillo; Mangiafuoco in Pinocchio (2021), with Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, Finn Wolfhard, Gorman, and John Turturro.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Quest for Fire (1981) – directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • The Ice Pirates (1984) – directed by Stewart Raffill
  • The Name of the Rose (1986) – directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • A Stoning in Fulham (1988) – directed by Larry Elikann – TV movie
  • Blind Man’s Bluff (1992) – directed by James Quinn – TV movie
  • Sleepwalkers (1992) – directed by Mick Garris
  • The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993) – directed by Stephen Sommers
  • Cronos (1993) – directed by Guillermo del Toro
  • Romeo Is Bleeding (1993) – directed by Peter Medak
  • Arly Hanks (1993) – directed by Arlene Stanford – TV movie/pilot
  • The Cisco Kid (1994) – directed by Luis Valdez – TV movie
  • Double Exposure (1994) – directed by Claudia Hoover
  • When the Bough Breaks (1994) – directed by Michael Cohn
  • Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994) – directed by Alan Metter
  • Sensation (1994) – directed by Brian Grant
  • Original Sins (1995) – directed by Jan Egleson – TV movie
  • The City of Lost Children (1995) – directed by Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Fluke (1995) – directed by Carlo Carlei
  • The Last Supper (1995) – directed by Stacy Title
  • Mr. Stitch (1995) – directed by Roger Avery – TV movie
  • The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space (1995) – directed by Max Tash – TV movie
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) – directed by John Frankenheimer (replacing Richard Stanley)
  • Tinseltown (1997) – directed by Tony Spiridakis
  • The Second Civil War (1997) – directed by Joe Dante – TV movie
  • Prince Valiant (1997) – directed by Anthony Hickox
  • Alien Resurrection (1997) – directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • The Protector (1997) – directed by Jack Gill
  • Betty (1998) – directed by Richard Murphy
  • Frogs for Snakes (1998) – directed by Amos Poe
  • A Town Has Turned to Dust (1998) – directed by Rob Nilsson – TV movie
  • I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) – directed by Aris Iliopulos
  • Houdini (1998) – directed by Pen Densham – TV movie
  • An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island (1998) – directed by Larry Latham – straight to video
  • Happy, Texas (1999) – directed by Mark Illsley
  • Supreme Sanction (1999) – directed by John Terlesky – TV movie
  • Primal Force (1999) – directed by Nelson McCormick – TV movie
  • Operation Sandman (2000) – directed by Nelson McCormick – TV movie
  • Price of Glory (2000) – directed by Carlos Avila
  • The Trial of Old Drum (2000) – directed by Sean McNamara – TV movie
  • Titan A.E. (2000)* – directed by Don Bluth & Gary Goldman
  • The King’s Guard (2000) – directed by Jonathan Tydor
  • Stroke (2000) – directed by Rob Nilsson
  • Bread and Roses (2000) – directed by Ken Loach – uncredited cameo as himself
  • Enemy at the Gates (2001) – directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • The Shaft (2001) – directed by Dick Maas
  • Night Class (2001) – directed by Sheldon Wilson
  • Blade II (2002) – directed by Guillermo del Toro
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)* – directed by Stuart Baird
  • Shakedown (2002) – directed by Brian Katkin – straight to video
  • Killer Rats (2003) – directed by Tibor Takács
  • Absolon (2003) – directed by David Barto
  • Boys on the Run (2003) – directed by Pol Cruchten
  • Two Soldiers (2003) – directed by Aaron Schneider – short
  • Hoodlum & Son (2003) – directed by Ashley Way
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) – directed by Joe Dante
  • Comic Book: The Movie (2004) – directed by Mark Hamill – cameo as himself – direct to video
  • Hellboy (2004)* – directed by Guillermo del Toro
  • Quiet Kill (2004) – directed by Mark Jones
  • The Second Front (2005) – directed by Dimitry Fiks
  • Scooby-Doo in Where’s My Mummy (2005) – directed by Joe Sichta – straight to video
  • Missing in America (2005) – directed by Gabrielle Savage Dockterman
  • Tarzan II (2005) – directed by Brian Smith
  • Local Color (2006) – directed by George Gallo
  • Desperation (2006) – directed by Mick Garris – TV movie
  • How to Go Out on a Date in Queens (2006) – directed by Michelle Danner
  • Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (2006) – directed by Chuck Sheetz – direct to video
  • The Last Winter (2006) – directed by Larry Fessenden
  • Five Girls (2006) – directed by Warren P. Sonoda
  • Pro-Life (2006) – directed by John Carpenter – TV movie/episode of Masters of Horror
  • Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006) – directed by Phil Weinstein & Tad Stones – straight to video
  • No. 6 (2006) – directed by Robin Larsen – short
  • Welcome to Wackamo (2006) – directed by John McIntyre – TV short
  • Afro Samurai (2007) – directed by Fuminori Kizaki – miniseries
  • Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (2007) – directed by Victor Cook & Tad Stones – straight to video
  • In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) – directed by Uwe Boll
  • Hellboy Animated: Iron Shoes (2007) – directed by Victor Cook – short
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) – directed by Mark Waters – uncredited voice
  • Uncross the Stars (2008) – directed by Kenny Golde
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)* – directed by Guillermo del Toro
  • Outlander (2008) – directed by Howard McCain
  • Mutant Chronicles (2008) – directed by Simon Hunter
  • Spirit of the Forest (2008) – directed by David Rubin
  • I Sell the Dead (2009) – directed by Glenn McQuaid
  • The Devil’s Tomb (2009) – directed by Jason Connery
  • Battle for Terra (2009) – directed by Aristomenis Tsirbas
  • Dark Country (2009) – directed by Thomas Jane – straight to video
  • The Job (2009) – directed by Shem Bitterman
  • Acts of Violence (2010) – directed by Il Lim
  • Bunraku (2010) – directed by Guy Moshe
  • The Legend of Secret Pass (2010) – directed by Steve Trenbirth
  • Tangled (2010)* – directed by Nathan Greno & Byron Howard
  • Killer by Nature (2010) – directed by Douglas S. Younglove
  • Season of the Witch (2011) – directed by Dominic Sena
  • Drive (2011)* – directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Conan the Barbarian (2011) – directed by Marcus Nispel
  • The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (2012) – directed by Roel Reine – straight to video
  • 3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom (2012) – directed by Jordan Roberts
  • The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (2012) – directed by Phil Joanou – short
  • Crave (2012) – directed by Charles de Lauzirika
  • Pacific Rim (2013)* – directed by Guillermo del Toro
  • Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) – directed by Jay Olivia – straight to video
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) – directed by Thor Frudenthal
  • The Virginian (2014) – directed by Thomas Makowski – straight to video
  • Tbilisi, I Love You (2014) – directed by Nika Agiashvili, Irakli Chkhikvadze, Levan Glonti, Alexander Kviria, Tako Shavgulidze, Kote Takaishvili, & Levan Tutberidze – anthology
  • 13 Sins (2014) – directed by Daniel Stamm
  • Before I Disappear (2014) – directed by Shawn Christensen
  • Kid Cannabis (2014) – directed by John Stockwell
  • Elwood (2014) – directed by Louis Mandylor – short
  • Desiree (2014) – directed by Ross Clarke
  • The Book of Life (2014)* – directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez
  • Skin Trade (2014) – directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham – straight to video
  • Poker Night (2014) – directed by Greg Francis
  • Moonwalkers (2015) – directed by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet
  • Bone in the Throat (2015) – directed by Graham Henman – executive producer only
  • Stonewall (2015) – directed by Roland Emmerich
  • Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom (2016) – directed by Sean Patrick O’Reilly – straight to video
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)* – directed by David Yates
  • All Nighter (2017) – directed by Gavin Wiesen – executive producer only
  • Sergio & Sergei (2017) – directed by Ernesto Daranas – also executive producer
  • Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom (2017) – directed by Sean Patrick O’Reilly – straight to video
  • Pottersville (2017) – directed by Seth Henrikson – also producer
  • Jay-Z: Legacy (2017) – directed by Jaymes Samuel – short
  • To Dust (2018) – directed by Shawn Snyder – producer only
  • The Escape of Prisoner 614 (2018) – directed by Zach Golden – also executive producer
  • The Steam Engines of Oz (2018) – directed by Sean Patrick O’Reilly – straight to video
  • Asher (2018) – directed by Michael Caton-Jones – also producer
  • The Great War (2019) – directed by Steven Luke
  • Run with the Hunted (2019) – directed by John Swab – also executive producer
  • Go Fish (2019) – directed by Sean Patrick O’Reilly – straight to video
  • Hell on the Border (2019) – directed by Wes Miller
  • Havana Kyrie (2020) – directed by Paolo Consorti
  • Clover (2020) – directed by Jon Abrahams
  • The Big Ugly (2020) – directed by Scott Wiper – also executive producer
  • A Place Among the Dead (2020) – directed by Juliet Landau
  • Monster Hunter (2020) – by Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (2021) – directed by Thomas Hamilton – himself – documentary
  • Caddy (2021) – directed by Gabriel Beristain – short
  • This Game’s Called Murder (2021) – directed by Adam Sherman
  • The Last Victim (2021) – directed by Naveen A. Chathapuram
  • Nightmare Alley (2021)* – directed by Guillermo del Toro
  • Don’t Look Uo (2021) – directed by Adam McKay
  • Pinnochio (2022) – directed by Guillermo del Toro & Mark Gustafson