- ° 13 april 1950
- ∧ New York, New York, USA
Ron Perlman, a classically trained actor, has appeared in countless stage plays. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Opal, and his two children, Blake and Brandon. He was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York. His mother Dorothy still lives there and is retired from City Clerk's Office. His father, now deceased, was a repair man and 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, Cameron Diaz, Brad Dourif, 'Ed Harris' , John Hurt, Jude Law, Christina Ricci, Wesley Snipes, 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 Guerre du feu, La (1981), for which he got a Genie nomination. Perlman teamed up with Annaud again in '86, this time as a hunchback named Salvatore in Name der Rose, Der (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 huge fan following.
After that, he spent time working on independent films such as Sleepwalkers (1992), The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), Cronos (1993), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's surreal _Cit des enfants perdus, La (1995)_ . He returned to mainstream films in Alien: Resurrection (1997), again with Jeunet, and in 2004, his good friend Guillermo del Toro helped him land the title role in the big-budget comic book movie Hellboy (2004).