Has two children with his wife Opal Perlman: Blake Perlman (born January 7, 1984) and Brandon Avery Perlman (born March 29, 1990).
He is left-handed but was forced to use his right as a child, therefore he is relatively comfortable using his right hand.
Attended and graduated from George Washington High School in New York City.
Took Graduate training in acting at the University of Minnesota from fall 1971 to spring 1973. On July 20, 1973, he graduated with his then new degree of Master of Fine Arts.
Attended Lehman College in New York City where he received his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts for Theatre.
His wife, Opal Perlman, was a fashion designer but currently works as a jewelry designer.
Upon meeting to discuss Hellboy (2004), creator Mike Mignola and director Guillermo del Toro decided to reveal to each other their choice for the lead role. They both said at the same time Ron Perlman. Revolutions studio wanted a bigger name like Vin Diesel to play the title role, but del Toro fought for Perlman to get the role and he did in the end.
Does not speak French and was the only American on set of the French film The City of Lost Children (1995). Regardless, he learned all of his lines and delivered them flawlessly.
His favorite movie is the comedy-drama film Nobody's Fool (1994).
Is a huge fan of the New York Yankees.
Broke a rib while filming the subway scenes in Hellboy (2004). He jumped onto a train that was coming towards him.
To prepare for his role in Hellboy (2004), he read all the Hellboy comics and worked out three hours a day, five to seven days a week. He also worked out while shooting. Every day, he had off from filming he would work out.
Is the godfather to Nicholas Kadi's daughter.
Was ranked in Star magazine's Reader's Poll - Best Dramatic Actor as Vincent in Beauty and the Beast (1987).
Was ranked in US magazine's "20 Who Turned Us On" list on December 26, 1988.
Was ranked in US magazine's First Annual Reader's Poll - Third runner-up for Best Dramatic Actor as Vincent in Beauty and the Beast (1987) .
His favorite episode of Beauty and the Beast (1987) is "A Happy Life".
Was friends with Sammy Davis Jr.. They met at the Golden Globe Awards in the late 1980s, apparently Davis was a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast (1987) and had seen every single episode.
Voiced the mutant villain Clayface on Batman: The Animated Series (1992), a character who, ironically, was a disfigured actor, then voiced the villain Slade on Teen Titans (2003), and also did the voice of the Hulk/Bruce Banner twice on two separate series, one for a guest spot on Fantastic Four: The Animated Series (1994) and one for a guest spot on Iron Man (1994), in addition to providing the voice of Orion for Justice League (2001). He then played the comic book character Hellboy in Hellboy (2004). He went on to portray Batman in Justice League Heroes (2006).
Has a dog (terrier) named Nigel.
His hobbies include golf, jazz and pool.
With the creation of Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), at age 58, he became the oldest actor ever to play a main superhero.
Frequent voice collaborator with fellow voice actor Keith David in these computer games: Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997), Lords of EverQuest (2003), Halo 2 (2004), Halo 3 (2007). Animated series: Aladdin (1994), Fantastic Four: The Animated Series (1994), Justice League (2001), Teen Titans (2003). In addition, they have both had a guest appearance on the television series The Outer Limits (1995).
Good friends with Beauty and the Beast (1987) co-star Linda Hamilton. They reunited in the theatre play "Lover Letters" (1991), and in the post-Vietnam War drama Missing in America (2005).
Was presented with the Acting Award of Excellence at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival on September 18, 2004.
Worked on the Acadamy Award winning short film Two Soldiers (2003) for free as a favor to writer/director Aaron Schneider.
Was offered promotional advertisements as Vincent, his character from the television series Beauty and the Beast (1987), but he refused stating that the character was not there to be exploited.
Is well known for his extensive body of work with acting under prosthetic and has given many actors, like Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)) and Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four (2005)), advice on how to emote effectively under full-head prosthetic appliances.
Said in his audio commentary for The City of Lost Children (1995), that of all the things his characters have done in films, his most hated action was when his character, One, attacked Miette under the influence of the evil Octopus Sisters' drug.
His characters are frequently seen smoking cigars (The Last Supper (1995), Happy, Texas (1999), Price of Glory (2000), Night Class (2001), Hellboy (2004), etc.). Perlman is an avid cigar smoker in real life.
Early in his career, he tried doing stand-up comedy.
Producers Lawrence Gordon and Lloyd Levin tried hard for Perlman to get cast as Edward Blake aka The Comedian in Watchmen (2009).
He was offered the role of Piccolo in Dragonball Evolution (2009), which he turned down to work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) instead.
He was considered for the role of Uncle Dave in the action comedy Postal (2007), which went to Dave Foley.
Wrote a screenplay some years ago entitled "Wooden Lake" which he was also going to direct but, as of 2011, that has not gone into production.
He was going to play the role of Beorn in The Hobbit films when Guillermo del Toro was at the helm, but as pre-production was prolonged again and again, del Toro left and so did Perlman.
He was considered for the role of Adam Pierson / Methos on Highlander (1992), which went to Peter Wingfield. He later guess starred in the episode "The Messenger" as the title role, an Immortal who pretends to be Methos.
In 2012, Perlman once again endured the 4-hour makeup routine required to transform him into Hellboy -- not for a sequel or other acting job but to fulfill the Make-A-Wish request of a six-year-old boy named Zachary who has leukemia. Creature effects house Spectral Motion applied Perlman's Hellboy makeup (and later also made up Zachary as Hellboy as well), and then Zachary got to spend the day hanging out with "Hellboy".
Has acted on stage for seven years before making his film debut in Quest for Fire (1981). This could not have included a stage version of "A Few Good Men" (in the role later made famous by Jack Nicholson) before 1989, when that play was written.
Has played the same character (Matt Hagen / Clayface) on three different series: Batman: The Animated Series (1992), The New Batman Adventures (1997) and Justice League (2001).
Has played a role in the live-action film Prince Valiant (1997) as well as making several guest appearances in the animated version The Legend of Prince Valiant (1991).
Attended the A Diamond is Forever - Cinema Against Aids 2001 gala at the Moulin de Mougins restaurant, to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research. [May 2001]
Was a Guest of Honor at the multi-genre DreamCon in Jacksonville, Florida. [June 2004]
Currently resides in Los Angeles, California but also keeps a home in New York City.
Bears such a striking resemblance to singer and actor Tom Waits, that once, Waits was credited as Perlman on a movie poster.
Has worked with Alice Krige in the horror film Sleepwalkers (1992). Both stars appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. Krige appeared in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Perlman appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
Has appeared in two sci-fi films that took place in the year 2379: Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
Began his own film production company called "Wing and a Prayer" (2010).
Has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program.
Parents are Bertram "Bert" and Dorothy (Rosen) Perlman.
Comes from a Jewish family (from Hungary, Poland and Germany).