Clancy Brown

A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation.Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a conce...

Born on January 05, 1959

Urbana, Ohio, USA

Height 1.89m / 6' 2"

Biography

A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation.Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a concert pianist, conductor, and composer, and Republican congressman Clarence J. "Bud" Brown, Jr., who helped manage the Brown Publishing Company, the family-owned newspaper started by Clancy's grandfather, Congressman Clarence J. Brown. Clancy spent much of his youth in close proximity to Washington, D.C. He plied his dramatic talents in the Chicago theater scene before moving onto feature film with a sinister debut performance bullying Sean Penn inside a youth reformatory in Bad Boys (1983). He portrayed Viktor the Monster in the unusual spin on the classic Frankenstein story in The Bride (1985), before scoring one of his best roles to date as the evil Kurgan hunting fellow immortals Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery across four centuries of time in Highlander (1986).Brown played a corrupt American soldier in the Walter Hill-directed hyper-violent action film Extreme Prejudice (1987), another deranged killer in Shoot to Kill (1988) and a brutal prison guard, who eventually somewhat "befriends" wrongfully convicted banker Tim Robbins, in the moving The Shawshank Redemption (1994). His superb vocal talents were in demand, and he contributed voices to animated series, including Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1995), Street Sharks (1994), Gargoyles (1994) and Superman (1996). Brown then landed two more plum roles, one as a "tough-as-nails" drill sergeant in the science fiction thriller Starship Troopers (1997), and the other alongside Robin Williams in the Disney comedy Flubber (1997).The video gaming industry took notice of Clancy's vocal abilities, too, and he has contributed voices to several top selling video games, including Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001), Lands of Lore III (1999), Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002) and Crash Nitro Kart (2003). His voice is also the character of cranky crustacean Mr. Eugene H. Krabs in the highly successful SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) animated series and films, and he contributed voices to The Batman (2004), Jackie Chan Adventures (2000) and Justice League (2001) animated series. A popular and friendly personality, Clancy Brown continues to remain busy both through his vocal and acting talents in Hollywood.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Deep commanding voice.

The Voice of Lex Luthor in DC's Superman: The Animated Series.

Square jaw and bold blue eyes.

The voice of Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants.

Often plays menacing, sinister villains and military characters.

Trivia

Attended Northwestern University, where he was in the theater program.

Has three times played senior prison officers in movies dealing with miscarriages of justice: in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), the tyrannical Captain Hadley; in The Hurricane (1999), the sympathetic Lt. Williams; and in Last Light (1993) as Lt. McMannis.

Due to his role of Kurgan in Highlander (1986), his voice was featured on the Queen song "Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme)". An alternate version appeared in the film itself, but samples of his voice are included on the 1986 studio album "A Kind of Magic".

Although his character Rawhide dies in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), he is still under contract to appear in a sequel to the film.

Describes himself as an avid reader who particularly enjoys the works of Frank Herbert.

Collects animation art.

Claims to have been introduced to acting by a neighbor who got him into William Shakespeare at a young age.

Was hospitalized after becoming sick from the prosthetic make up he wore as Viktor in The Bride (1985). He was reluctant to don prosthetics for his role in Highlander (1986).

On August 20, 2002, he was named chairman of the board of the Ohio-based Brown Publishing Company, a newspaper company owned by his family and founded by his grandfather. The company went out of business in 2010.

For Highlander (1986), he said that he made lifelong friends with Bob Anderson, the swordmaster for that film as well as the original Star Wars trilogy. He said if he had not been an actor, he would have been (in order) a fireman, an aristocrat, an archaeologist/anthropologist, a scuba diver and a circus acrobat.

Quotes

[on the making of Highlander (1986)] For the scene we did in the church there could have been a wonderful dialogue - "God, this doesn't compare to the Greek Orthodox Church", or "I liked it better when they did it in Latin", or any type of thing. There's all sorts of twists that could have been done. I like the little twists like that because they make the audience think. "Highlander" still has its action and everything, but that's really all we went for here, the good guy/bad guy, cops-and-robbers type of thing.

Atrocities are human nature - they don't have political beliefs, color, creed or anything like that. They just happen, it's human.

Whatever comes next for this generation, that's going to be the greatest voice.

When you see something that's so excellent it can be intimidating to walk into it no matter how many people you know.

Why should we change on stage? We're not trying to be something big and fancy, it's just us, doing what we do, we'd like to keep it that way.

If it's something that reaches out and grabs me, I want to do it. I have a lot of trouble doing things that don't grab me. So, I'm not a very good actor in that way. I can't fake it.

It used to be that a son could look at the father, and pretty much know what life was gonna be like as an adult. There was confidence in that, and comfort in that, and frustration also.

I have a big voice so I do all the little boy cartoons.

All the movies where I play nice guys don't seem to do very well.

[on The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)] I think it could have done well, but it got mixed up in one of those Hollywood studio game things, where they all change places. Buckaroo Banzai was just so strange that nobody really knew how to approach it. It really is way ahead of its time.

Spouses

Jeanne Johnson Jeanne Johnson - present (2 children)

Filmography

The Dukes of Hazzard The Dukes of Hazzard Kelly(1episode,1983)
Thunder Alley  Thunder Alley  Weasel
Highlander  Highlander  VictorKruger/TheKurgan
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains  The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains  Flagg
China Beach China Beach Joey(1episode,1990)
Shoot to Kill  Shoot to Kill  Steve
Tales from the Crypt Tales from the Crypt RogerLassen(1episode,1993)
Law & Order Law & Order SheriffJohnBurkhart(1episode,2008)
Love, Lies and Murder Love, Lies and Murder DavidBrown(2episodes,1991)
Cast a Deadly Spell  Cast a Deadly Spell  HarryBordon
The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid OctopinLeader(1episode,1994)
Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone Story  Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone Story  DaveChattelier
Past Midnight  Past Midnight  SteveLundy
Pet Sematary II  Pet Sematary II  GusGilbert
Bloodlines: Murder in the Family  Bloodlines: Murder in the Family  BenGuardino
Last Light  Last Light  Lt.LionelMcMannis
ER ER Dr.EllisWest(7episodes,1997-1998)
Earth 2 Earth 2 JohnDanziger(21episodes,1994-1995)
Gargoyles Gargoyles Hakon/...(12episodes,1994-1996)
Pom Poko  Pom Poko  Gonta(voice)
The Shawshank Redemption  The Shawshank Redemption  CaptainHadley
The Outer Limits The Outer Limits SergeantLindenStyles(2episodes,1996-1997)
Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles Bully(1episode,1996)
Hey Arnold! Hey Arnold! Porkpie(1episode,1997)
The Incredible Hulk The Incredible Hulk Sasquatch(1episode,1996)
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Col.Nikolai/...(2episodes,1997)
Mighty Ducks Mighty Ducks Seige(23episodes,1996-1997)
Superman Superman LexLuthor(20episodes,1996-2000)
Female Perversions  Female Perversions  John
The Practice The Practice DistrictAttorneyFox(2episodes,2000)
The Patron Saint of Liars  The Patron Saint of Liars  Son
Starship Troopers  Starship Troopers  Sgt.Zim
Extreme Ghostbusters Extreme Ghostbusters Tempus(1episode,1997)
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Raiden/...(13episodes,1996)
The Legend of Calamity Jane The Legend of Calamity Jane WildBillHickok(13episodes,1997)
Recess Recess AdmiralLaMaise(1episode,2000)
Men in Black: The Series Men in Black: The Series (4episodes,1997-2000)
Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game  Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game  Rhombus(voice)
Hercules Hercules Blotox(1episode,1998)
Batman Beyond Batman Beyond BigTime(1episode,2000)
Vendetta  Vendetta  ChiefHennessy
The Lionhearts The Lionhearts (1episode,1998)
Voltron: The Third Dimension Voltron: The Third Dimension IGOR/...(5episodes,1998-2000)
The Powerpuff Girls The Powerpuff Girls Mascumax(1episode,2001)
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton  Superman: The Last Son of Krypton  LexLuthor(voice)
Godzilla: The Series Godzilla: The Series MaxmillianSpiel(2episodes,1999)
Family Guy Family Guy ToiletAnnouncer(uncredited)(1episode,2015)
The Secret Files of the SpyDogs The Secret Files of the SpyDogs BaronBone(1episode,1998)
Boss of Bosses  Boss of Bosses  AndrisKurins
SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants Mr.Krabs/...(189episodes,1999-2016)
Corridos: Tales of Passion & Revolution  Corridos: Tales of Passion & Revolution  JohnReed
Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot LegionExMachina1-5(unknownepisodes)
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea  The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea  Undertow(voice)
Star Trek: Enterprise Star Trek: Enterprise Zobral(1episode,2002)
Breaking News Breaking News PeterKozyck(unknownepisodes)
Jackie Chan Adventures Jackie Chan Adventures Ratso/...(67episodes,2000-2005)
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Kleev/...(2episodes,2000)
Heavy Gear: The Animated Series Heavy Gear: The Animated Series Zerve(unknownepisodes)
Justice League Justice League LexLuthor(9episodes,2002-2003)
Lloyd in Space Lloyd in Space OfficerFrankHorton(12episodes,2001-2004)
Samurai Jack Samurai Jack Dragon(1episode,2002)
Kim Possible Kim Possible CommanderKane/...(2episodes,2005-2007)
Superman  Superman  LexLuthor(voice)
Spider-Man Spider-Man Policeman/...(2episodes,2003)
Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature  Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature  Himself
Carnivàle Carnivàle BrotherJustinCrowe(24episodes,2003-2005)
Battle Force: Andromeda Battle Force: Andromeda Gen.Darkin(2003)(voice)(rumored)
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter  Star Wars: Bounty Hunter  Montross(voice)
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex  Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex  Dr.NeoCortex/UkaUka(voice)
Teen Titans Teen Titans Trident(1episode,2003)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month  SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month  Mr.EugeneH.Krabs(voice)
Megas XLR Megas XLR Gorrath/...(10episodes,2004-2005)
Lilo & Stitch: The Series Lilo & Stitch: The Series EGOleader(1episode,2006)
Duck Dodgers Duck Dodgers ArchdukeZag(1episode,2004)
Jak II  Jak II  BaronPraxis(voice)
American Dad! American Dad! ClydeTempleton/...(3episodes,2007-2010)
The Batman The Batman Mr.Freeze/...(6episodes,2004-2007)
The Moravian Massacre  The Moravian Massacre  Narrator
Cowboys & Aliens  Cowboys & Aliens  Meacham
Lost Lost KelvinInman(2episodes,2006)
Medium Medium RobWalcott(1episode,2010)
Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender LongFeng/...(5episodes,2006)
The Venture Bros. The Venture Bros. RedDeath(1episode,2016)
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee The Life and Times of Juniper Lee GeekMonster#4/...(1episode,2005)
Gambling  Gambling  TheReverend
Catscratch Catscratch Barkmeat(1episode,2005)
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Sarge(1episode,2004)
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Otto/...(52episodes,2004-2006)
American Dragon: Jake Long American Dragon: Jake Long DarkDragon(3episodes,2005-2007)
Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption'  Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption'  Himself
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Star Wars: The Clone Wars SavageOpress/...(8episodes,2011-2013)
Biker Mice from Mars Biker Mice from Mars Cataclysm/...(12episodes,2006-2007)
Saints Row  Saints Row  AldermanHughes/RadioVoice(voice)
Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth  Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth  Dogg
The Riches The Riches RudyBlue(1episode,2007)
Saving Cynthia Saving Cynthia Pangborn(voice)
Betrayal Betrayal BigTime(voice)
Revenge of the Raenoks Revenge of the Raenoks Kleev/Sentry#2(voice)
Creed, OK Creed, OK BrotherJustinCrowe
Damascus, NE Damascus, NE BrotherJustinCrowe
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