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Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman's creative collaboration with Guillermo del Toro began with the director's first film, Cronos, in 1993. The actor and director reunited nine years later for Blade II. In 2004, del Toro achieved a long-standing goal and cast Perlman as the title character in Hellboy.

The award-winning actor has built an intriguing body of work in film, television and theater over nearly three decades. With a master of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota, he began his professional stage career in his native New York, delving into the works of contemporaries like Pinter and Beckett as well as the classics of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Ibsen and Chekov. He made two recent trips back to Broadway in A Few Good Men and Bus Stop.

His film career began in 1981 with a lead role in French director Jean-Jacques Annaud's award-winning Quest for Fire. Perlman received a nomination for Canada's Genie Award for his portrayal of the caveman Amoukar. Five years later, Annaud cast him in the role of the hunchback Salvatore in the screen adaptation of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.

Perlman's work with French directors continued with a starring role in Jean- Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's award-winning The City of Lost Children, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1995 and for Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, along with a return collaboration with Annaud in Enemy at the Gates, opposite Jude Law and Rachel Weisz. Jeunet also cast him as Johner, opposite Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder, in his 1997 Alien: Resurrection.

Other film work includes roles in studio ventures such as The Island of Dr. Moreau; Romeo Is Bleeding; Fluke; The Adventures of Huck Finn; Sleepwalkers; Happy, Texas; and Star Trek: Nemesis. His independent film credits include The Last Supper and the Oscar-winning short Two Soldiers.

Perlman's three-year run on the critically acclaimed television series Beauty and the Beast brought him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, along with two Emmy nominations and three Viewers for Quality Television Awards. Other television work includes HBO's The Second Civil War, Mr. Stitch, The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, the Rob Nilsson adaptation of the Rod Serling classic A Town Has Turned to Dust and The Magnificent Seven.

His most recent film and television credits include the Stephen King miniseries Desperation; Larry Fessenden's critically acclaimed indie The Last Winter; the still-to-be- released The Mutant Chronicles, with Thomas Jane and John Malkovich; I Sell the Dead, with Dominic Monaghan; Outlander, with Jim Caviezel and John Hurt; The Dark Country, which will mark Thomas Jane's directorial debut; and Bunraku, with Demi Moore, Josh Hartnett and Woody Harrelson.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Ron Perlman Facts

Birth Name Ronald Francis Perlman
BirthdayApril 13, 1950 (73)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Ron Perlman compared to you?
Awards1989 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama (for Beauty and the Beast)

Selected Filmography

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