Clancy Brown

The son of an Ohio congressman, Clancy Brown discovered his passion for acting while studying at the Actor’s Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. His first screen appearance came in 1983 when Rick Rosenthal cast him alongside Sean Penn in the gritty juvenile prison film Bad Boys, where he portrayed a feared inmate who takes pleasure in tormenting others. That same year, he appeared in an episode of the series Sheriff, Scare Me!. Brown's imposing physique and authoritative demeanor often landed him roles as a "villain," such as the dangerous psychopath in the action thriller The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987) and the menacing officer in the futuristic Starship Troopers (1997). In 1994, Clancy Brown made a lasting impression on audiences with his portrayal of a sadistic prison guard in Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption. Often associated with prison-themed roles, he also played a state policeman in Dead Man Walking (1995) and a sympathetic guard in The Hurricane (1999). Brown's voice has brought to life numerous animated characters, including Lex Luthor in Superman: The Animated Series and Mr. Krabs in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie (2004). A prolific actor, he has appeared in popular TV shows and movies such as ER and Lost. In 2009, he starred in Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! alongside Matt Damon, followed by a role in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). Highly active in television, Clancy Brown has played Hart Sterling in the legal drama The Deep End and provided voices for a wide range of animated series, including G.I. Joe: Renegades, Thundercats, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: Prime, Doom Patrol, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Trollhunters, and Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure. His extensive work in voice acting has not kept him from appearing in films. He has portrayed the sheriff in Homefront, Gracchus in the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar!, Blackhand in Warcraft, Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok, and the father of Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in Stronger.