Would you consider yourself a character actor?
Clancy Brown: Yes. Sure. I consider myself one ... I always look for characters. Every actor does. Every actor is really a character actor, so, just some of us get to play around a little bit more than others, carry less expectations, less preconceptions of what we’re going to do. And so we get to goof off a little bit more.
From Buckaroo Banzai to SpongeBob SquarePants, veteran actor Clancy Brown has brought a long string of compelling characters to life on TV and movie screens.
Clancy Brown (January 5, 1959-) is an American screen and voice actor. He is the when you need a tough guy, , or a . Clancy Brown's distinctive and versatile voice has given him a luxurious voice acting career, although you can still see him in a variety of smaller roles in live-action movies and television. Despite his reputation for playing The Heavy, Brown's coworkers have often cited him as
A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation.
Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a concert pianist, conductor, and composer, and Republican congressman Clarence J. "Bud" Brown, Jr., who helped manage the Brown Publishing Company, the family-owned newspaper started by Clancy's grandfather, Congressman Clarence J. Brown. Clancy spent much of his youth in close proximity to Washington, D.C. He plied his dramatic talents in the Chicago theater scene before moving onto feature film with a sinister debut performance bullying inside a youth reformatory in (1983). He portrayed Viktor the Monster in the unusual spin on the classic Frankenstein story in (1985), before scoring one of his best roles to date as the evil Kurgan hunting fellow immortals and across four centuries of time in (1986).
Brown played a corrupt American soldier in the -directed hyper-violent action film (1987), another deranged killer in (1988) and a brutal prison guard, who eventually somewhat "befriends" wrongfully convicted banker , in the moving (1994). His superb vocal talents were in demand, and he contributed voices to animated series, including (1995), (1994), (1994) and (1996). Brown then landed two more plum roles, one as a "tough-as-nails" drill sergeant in the science fiction thriller (1997), and the other alongside in the Disney comedy (1997).
The video gaming industry took notice of Clancy's vocal abilities, too, and he has contributed voices to several top selling video games, including (2001), (1999), (2002) and (2003). His voice is also the character of cranky crustacean Mr. Eugene H. Krabs in the highly successful (1999) animated series and films, and he contributed voices to (2004), (2000) and (2001) animated series. A popular and friendly personality, Clancy Brown continues to remain busy both through his vocal and acting talents in Hollywood.