Clancy Brown

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Clancy Brown as Sheriff August Corbin in the Alex Kurtzman / Roberto Orci / Phillip Iscove / Len Wiseman co-created television series “Sleepy Hollow” (2013)

An alumnus of Northwestern University, Clarence John Brown III is arguably one of the best American character actors working today.

Born in Urbana, Ohio on 5 Jan. 1959, Brown is an accomplished television and film actor. Further to live action productions, inclusive of Mr. Krabs in the Stephen Hillenburg created animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the actor is well known for giving voice to numerous Animated characters.

With the popularity of the Hillenburg created animation being so high, scheduled for release in 2020, it should not surprise anyone to learn Brown is currently working on “SpongeBob SquarePants 3.”

Beginning in 1983 with the Rick Rosenthal directed “Bad Boys,” Brown has appeared in numerous television and film productions.

While there is little doubt the Frank Darabont directed drama “The Shawshank Redemption” is one of several films that immediately springs to mind when Brown is discussed in any great depth, one should not forget the actor played the Kurgan in the cult classic 1986 Russell Mulcahy directed “Highlander.” Brown personified the Kurgan perfectly.

Clancy Brown as the Kurgan in the Russell Mulcahy directed “Highlander” (1986)

Even though there have been attempts to replicate the success of the first “Highlander” film with other instalments, nothing came close to the sinister villainy that was the Kurgan.

Do you remember Sgt. Zim? Zim was the character Brown played in the 1997 Paul Verhoeven directed science fiction adventure “Starship Troopers.” This film is one of those films you either love or hate. There doesn’t appear to exist any middle ground.

If you are one of those people that likes the Verhoeven directed science fiction, it is almost impossible to not like Zim. Zim is the stereotypical drill sergeant with a heart of gold.

Not limited to television or film, Brown is often seen giving voice to video game characters. Beginning in 1997 with the video game “Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny,” the actor has voiced numerous. The most recent video game the actor worked on is the 2017 “Mass Effect: Andromeda.”

Many of the games Brown voiced characters for are linked to either television and or film projects he had worked on. Illustrating this point, is the 2002 video games “SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month” and “Superman: Shadow of Apokolips.”

When it comes to working on productions based on DC and Marvel Comics publications, Brown has a foot in both camps. In the animated television series “Justice League,” Brown gave voice to the infamous Lex Luthor. In addition to Luthor, Brown also voiced The Flash, Wally West and the Vice President for the animated series “Justice League Unlimited.” There are no limits to what Brown can accomplish.

In addition to the third “SpongeBob SquarePants” big screen adventure, Brown is currently working on the Zak Knutson directed comedy “Supercon.”

Further to Brown, other entertainment professionals born on this day include:

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