Fast Facts

  • Made his off-Broadway debut in a 1976 production of The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria, followed by his Broadway debut in the dark fable Teibele and Her Demon in 1979.
  • Nominated for a 1982 Genie Award for Best Foreign Actor for the prehistoric drama Quest for Fire, his big-screen acting debut.
  • Underwent four hours of makeup each day for his role as Vincent in the late-1980s fantasy series Beauty and the Beast.
  • Frequently appears in Mexican director Guillermo del Toro's films, including vampire drama Cronos (1993), action-horror flick Blade II (2002) and the Hellboy series.
  • Joined the cable series Sons of Anarchy in 2008, playing the lead character's stepfather, a man who, in Perlman's words, was "born to dominate."
  • Active in the Young Storytellers Foundation, which promotes literacy and runs in-school programs.
  • Has provided voice work for such animated series as
  • Afro Samurai, Danny Phantom and Batman: The Animated Series.


  • 1983, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Blake Amanda — Daughter
  • Dorothy Ford — Mother
  • Brandon Avery — Son
  • Opal Stone — Wife


  • Lehman College, New York, NY (BFA in Theater, 1971); University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (MFA in Theater, 1973)


  • Birth Name: Ronald Francis Perlman
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: April 13, 1950, Aries
  • Profession: Actor
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