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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 5, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Urbana, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, voice actor, bartender

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The son of a former US Congressman, prolific performer Clancy Brown began his career with a menacing portrayal of Viking Lofgren, a nemesis to Sean Penn, in "Bad Boys" (1983) and, partly because of his height and hulking presence, made his reputation alternating between heavies and law officers in movies like "Highlander" (1985), "Shoot to Kill" (1988) and "Blue Steel" (1990). Both 1990's "Waiting for the Light", which cast him as a laconic loner in support of an eccentric Shirley MacLaine, and "Past Midnight" (USA Network, 1992), as Natasha Richardson's protective co-worker and former lover, offered him the chance to expand his range beyond the parameters established by his earlier work. He returned to villainy with a memorably sadistic turn as prison guard Captain Hadley in "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), opposite Tim Robbins. When it came time to cast the role of a state trooper in "Dead Man Walking", director Robbins tapped Brown to appear opposite Sean Penn. The actor segued to sci-fi playing Sergeant Zim in Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers" (1997) and then offered a comic turn as a bumbling henchman of a corrupt businessman trying to get his hands on "Flubber" (also 1997). ...

The son of a former US Congressman, prolific performer Clancy Brown began his career with a menacing portrayal of Viking Lofgren, a nemesis to Sean Penn, in "Bad Boys" (1983) and, partly because of his height and hulking presence, made his reputation alternating between heavies and law officers in movies like "Highlander" (1985), "Shoot to Kill" (1988) and "Blue Steel" (1990). Both 1990's "Waiting for the Light", which cast him as a laconic loner in support of an eccentric Shirley MacLaine, and "Past Midnight" (USA Network, 1992), as Natasha Richardson's protective co-worker and former lover, offered him the chance to expand his range beyond the parameters established by his earlier work. He returned to villainy with a memorably sadistic turn as prison guard Captain Hadley in "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), opposite Tim Robbins. When it came time to cast the role of a state trooper in "Dead Man Walking", director Robbins tapped Brown to appear opposite Sean Penn. The actor segued to sci-fi playing Sergeant Zim in Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers" (1997) and then offered a comic turn as a bumbling henchman of a corrupt businessman trying to get his hands on "Flubber" (also 1997).

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Worked in local Chicago theater
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Became an active member of Chicago Dramatists Workshop, a laboratory for original productions by its members
1983:
Film debut, "Bad Boys", starring Sean Penn
1985:
Received good reviews as Viktor, Dr Frankenstein's male monster, in the disappointing remake, "The Bride"
1986:
Provided a terrifying opponent for Christopher Lambert in "Highlander"
1987:
TV-movie debut, "The Room Upstairs" (CBS)
1988:
Portrayed Tom Berenger and Sidney Poitier's mountain-climbing nemesis in "Shoot to Kill"
1990:
Acted the part of Jamie Lee Curtis' love interest in "Blue Steel"
1992:
Offered a supporting turn as Natasha Richardson's protective co-worker and ex-lover in "Past Midnight", a theatrical film which debuted on the USA Network
1992:
Was a hoot as the resurrected sheriff in the mean-spirited, gruesome "Pet Sematary II"
1994:
Voiced the recurring character of Hakon in the syndicated animated series "Gargoyles"
1994:
Delivered a memorable turn as sadistic prison guard Captain Hadley in "The Shawshank Redemption", starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman
1994:
Had regular role as John Danziger in short-lived NBC sci-fi series "Earth 2"
1995:
Reteamed with Robbins (this time as director-screenwriter) and Sean Penn for "Dead Man Walking", playing a state trooper
1996:
Provided the voice of Lex Luther in The WB's animated series "Superman"
1997:
Co-starred as Sergeant Zim in "Starship Troopers"
1997:
Played recurring role of Dr. Ellis West on the hit NBC medical drama "ER"
1998:
Starred opposite Dana Delaney (voice of Lois Lane in animated "Superman") in CBS movie "The Patron Saint of Liars"
1999:
Cast as a prison guard in the biopic "The Hurricane", starring Denzel Washington
2002:
Starred in the HBO movie "The Laramie Project" about the murder of Matthew Shepard
2003:
Cast as Brother Justin Crowe in the HBO series "Carnivàle"
2004:
Played Mr. Krabs in "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" based on the Nickelodeon animated series
2006:
Played a Coast Guard commander and a friend of Kevin Costner's in "The Guardian"
2007:
Cast with Karl Urban in the Viking film "Pathfinder"
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Education

St. Albans School: -
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1981

Notes

"Until now, the films where I've played nice guys haven't done as well as others. If all directors played it safe, I'd be playing criminals the rest of my career." --Clancy Brown, quoted in Premiere, May 1990.

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wife:
Jeanne Johnson. TV news producer.

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father:
Clarence J Brown. Newspaperman, politician. Former U.S. Congressman from Ohio for eight terms; ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1982.
daughter:
Rose Beth Brown. Born in October 1995.

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