George Newbern

George Newbern

Birth name: George Young Newbern
Born: December 30, 1964
Age: 53
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
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Biography

George Young Newbern (born December 30, 1964) is an American actor and voice actor, best known for his roles as Charlie in ABC Studio show Scandal and Bryan MacKenzie in Father of the Bride (1991) and its sequel Father of the Bride Part II as well as Danny (The Yeti) in Friends and his recurring role as Julia's son Payne in Designing Women. He is also known for providing the voices of Superman in many pieces of DC Comics media (most notably the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series and the Injustice video game series), and Sephiroth in the Final Fantasy series and the Kingdom Hearts series.

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Life and career

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Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Betty, a Spanish teacher, and David Newbern, a radiologist, he began his acting career at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, in the role of the younger brother in Life With Father, based on Clarence S. Day Jr.'s autobiographical novels. This first acting role spurred him on to other acting roles and eventually on to movie roles. Newbern's first lead role was in 1987's Double Switch, a retelling of The Prince and the Pauper that aired as a part of the Wonderful World of Disney television series.

From 1986-1992, Newbern had a recurring role as Payne McElroy, the son of designer Julia Sugarbaker (played by Dixie Carter), on the series Designing Women. He has since guest-starred on television in such series as Providence, Chicago Hope, Friends, Bull, CSI, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Touched by an Angel, Criminal Minds, and Private Practice. He has a recurring role as a former CIA operative in Scandal.

He starred as Neal Morris, father of Melissa Morris (Emily Osment), in the 2009 Disney Channel movie Dadnapped, and portrayed Apollo 14 astronaut Stu Roosa in the HBO mini-series From The Earth To The Moon. Film credits include Adventures in Babysitting (1987) with Elisabeth Shue; Double Switch (1987); Switching Channels (1988) with Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds and Christopher Reeve; and Father of the Bride (1991) and its sequel Father of the Bride Part II. In 2009 he appeared in Locker 13.

Superman

As a voice actor, Newbern is notable for his role as Clark Kent/Superman on the Cartoon Network series Justice League, Static Shock and Justice League Unlimited (as a replacement for Tim Daly due to his contractual obligations elsewhere). He also reprised his role as Superman in The Batman fifth season two-part opener "The Batman/Superman Story" and the series finale episode "Lost Heroes" even though that series was described as existing in a different continuity. He recently reprised his role as Superman in the DC Showcase short Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam and as well as Superman vs The Elite. On February 26, 2016, the DC Universe Online Facebook page reported that Newbern would be taking over the role of Superman from Adam Baldwin. He also provides the voice of Superman in the game Injustice: Gods Among Us and its sequel.

Other roles

Newbern's voice acting career began in 1991 with the cartoon series The Pirates of Dark Water, and he has also done voiceovers on a number of video games and game-related productions. He has also voiced in the infamous Theodore Rex as the character of the same name. In 2003, Newbern provided the voice of Mevyn Nooj in Final Fantasy X-2.

His performance as Nooj reportedly impressed the developers at Square Enix enough for them to cast him as Sephiroth in the English version of Kingdom Hearts II (replacing Lance Bass) and he would also go on to reprise the role in the English-language releases of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, with presumptions that he will be returning to voice the character for the Final Fantasy VII remake. He later appeared in the second season of Jericho as the President of the Allied States of America. In 2009, he sent a DNA sample into space to preserve the Newbern genome. Newbern also narrated Toyota's commercials for the 2010 model year of the Prius, one of the car company's younger automotive models, and portrayed Harold in Saw VI.

Personal life

He married actress Marietta DePrima in 1990; the couple have three children.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1986 My Little Girl Woody
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Dan Lynch
1988 Paramedics Uptown
1988 Switching Channels Siegenthaler
1988 It Takes Two Travis Rogers
1991 Father of the Bride Bryan MacKenzie
1992 Little Sister Mike
1993 Doorways Dr. Thomas Mason TV movie
1993 Doppelganger Patrick Highsmith TV movie
1993 Torch Song Wedge TV movie
1994 I Spy Returns Bennett TV movie
1994 Witness to the Execution Phillip Tyler TV movie
1995 Father of the Bride Part II Bryan MacKenzie
1995 Theodore Rex Theodore Rex Voice
1996 The Evening Star Tommy Horton
1999 Friends and Lovers Ian Wickam
2000 If These Walls Could Talk Tom TV movie
1998 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Christian Nelson TV movie
2001 The Sons of Mistletoe Jimmy Adams TV movie
2003 Kids' Ten Commandments: Stolen Gearts Matthew Voice
Direct-to-DVD animated short film
2005 Buffalo Dreams Dr. Nick Townsend TV movie
2006 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Sephiroth Computer animated movie
2007 A Dennis the Menace Christmas Henry Mitchell
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Jimmy
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Man in Black, Guido, Man, Youth 3 Voice
2009 The Patient George
2009 Dadnapped Neal Morris TV movie
2009 Locker 13 Robert Diener Segment: "Midnight Blues"
2009 Saw VI Harold Abbott
2010 Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Clark Kent/Superman Voice
Direct-to-DVD animated short film
2011 The Heart of Christmas Dr. Sandler TV movie
2012 3 Day Test Martin Taylor Direct-to-DVD film
2012 Monster High: Escape from Skull Shores Andy Beast Voice
TV animated film
2012 Superman vs. The Elite Clark Kent/Superman Voice
Direct-to-DVD animated film
2014 Justice League: War Steve Trevor Voice
Direct-to-DVD animated film
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Steve Trevor Voice
Direct-to-DVD animated film

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Blue and the Gray Pvt Lawrence Jones (Union deserter at Bull Run) TV miniseries
1986 Family Ties Eric Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
1986-92 Designing Women Payne McIlroy 4 episodes
1990 Poochinski Det. Robert McKay TV pilot
1990 Working Girl Everett Rutledge 12 episodes
1991-93 The Pirates of Dark Water Ren Voice
1995 Courthouse Sean 5 episodes
1997 Gold Fever Will Patterson Documentary
1997 Touched by an Angel Michael Burns Episode: "Amazing Grace: Part 2"
1997 Promised Land Michael Burns Episode: "Amazing Grace: Part 1"
1997 The Outer Limits Ryan Unger Episode: "Stream of Consciousness"
1997 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Damon Voice
Episode: "Friendship"
1997 Perversions of Science Walter Episode: "Planely Possible"
1997-98 Chicago Hope Dr. Scott Frank 6 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Stu Roosa TV miniseries
1998 Friends Danny 3 episodes
2000 Bull Robert "Ditto" Roberts III 20 episodes
2001-04 Justice League Clark Kent / Superman Voice
2002 Providence Owen Frank 21 episodes
2003 Static Shock Clark Kent / Superman Voice
Episode: "Toys in the Hood"
2004 Boston Legal Dr. Allen Konigsberg Episode: "Loose Lips"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Todd Coombs Episode: "Bloodlines"
2004 Johnny Bravo Man, Waiter, Moustache Man Voice
Episode: "Get Shovelized/T Is for Trouble"
2004-06 Justice League Unlimited Clark Kent / Superman, Bizarro, Evil Star Voice
20 episodes
2006 Cold Case Bill Huxley (1979) Episode: "The Key"
2007-08 The Batman Clark Kent / Superman Voice
4 episodes
2008 CSI: Miami Kevin Weaver Episode: "To Kill a Predator"
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Frank Tennyson Voice
Episode: "What Are Little Girls Made Of"
2008 Grey's Anatomy Stan Mercer Episode: "There's No 'I' in Team"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Roger Gardner Episode: "Ball & Chain"
2008 Jericho President John Tomarchio Episode: "Condor"
2009 Criminal Minds Steven Baleman Episode: "Soul Mates"
2009 CSI: NY Alex Sheridan Episode: "Rush to Judgement"
2009 Castle Howard Peterson Episode: "Nanny McDead"
2009 The Cleaner Perry Episode: "Path of Least Resistance"
2009 Private Practice Brian Reynolds Episode: "Slip Slidin' Away"
2010 Nip/Tuck Dr. Curtis Ryerson 4 episodes
2010 The Mentalist Dr. Cliff Edmunds Episode: "Code Red"
2010 Miami Medical Frank Episode: "All Fall Down"
2010 NCIS Arthur Haskell Episode: "Dead Air"
2010-11 Hot in Cleveland Jordan 2 episodes
2012-present Scandal Charlie
2015 Granite Flats Scottie Andrews 8 episodes
2017 Grimm Julian Levy Episode: "The Son Also Rise"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Nooj
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Sephiroth
2007 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Sephiroth
2008 Dissidia Final Fantasy Sephiroth
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Sephiroth
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman
2016 DC Universe Online Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman
2017 Injustice 2 Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman
2018 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Sephiroth

[ Source: Wikipedia ]