Ronald Francis "Ron" Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American television, film and voice over actor. He is known for playing Hellboy in Hellboy and Hellboy 2 the Golden Army.
Perlman was born in Washington Heights, New York. His mother, Dorothy, is a municipal employee, and his father is a jazz drummer and repairman. Perlman stated in a 1988 interview that "It was not a bad childhood but...I had a perception of myself that was, I was terribly overweight as a young kid, and it was sort of a low self image." Perlman continued to say that this experience is one thing that attracts him to "playing these sorts of deformed people who are very endearing."
He attended George Washington High School and later Lehman College in New York City in 1971, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. Perlman states that he and his father were "very close," and that it was his father, after seeing Perlman in a college production of "Guys and Dolls," who told Perlman "You have to do this...You understand this? You gotta do this." Perlman says, "So, he gave me permission to be an actor...wow." Perlman also attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a master's