Clancy Brown is a prolific American actor with an amazing career built in front of the camera as well as behind it. His deep baritone voice has endeared him to producers and directors alike; they all want him to portray their villainous characters or give voice to a role.
Clancy has been active in film and television since the early 1980s, appearing in a number of major works including the classic film The Shawshank Redemption, Bad Boys, Lost, John Dies At The End and Starship Troopers.
Those who pay attention to movie credits might recognize him as the actor who voices Mr. Krabs, the penny-pinching restaurant owner in the Nickelodeon hit series, Spongebob Squarepants, which has been running for nearly 20 years.
Clancy Brown – Biography and Life Achievements
Clancy Brown was born in Ohio on the fifth day of January 1959. His mother was a pianist and music composer whereas his father was a congressman who managed Brown Publishing Company, a newspaper business founded by Clancy’s grandfather.
Clancy became interested in acting as a teenager when a neighbour he was fond of picked up an interest in reading Shakespeare, and he joined in. All the possibilities that abounded in the book, along with the plot and characters greatly fascinated him and there was no breaking of the romance between him and performing arts. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend Northwestern University. Clancy never really considered acting as a career, it was just something fun he wanted to try for a few years before forging his life as an adult. His plan was to go to a grad school and get a fine job thereafter. But then, acting was his fate; so he got hooked while trying to have some fun.
His towering stature, menacing outward appearance, and versatile voice made him a distinctive character in Hollywood and he was able to bag his first role as Viking Lofgren in Bad Boys, which he then leveraged. The Bad Boys role ushered in a lot of opportunities for Clancy Brown as Hollywood took note of him and soon, he was considered a natural to play roles like Frankenstein’s Monster in the cult classic The Bride, and Byron Hadley, a beloved character in Shawshank Redemption, for which he received critical acclaim that further bolstered his success.
Since then, Clancy has remained steady and gainfully employed, starring in dozens of movies and television shows.
Clancy’s commanding voice made him an in-demand voice actor. Some of his most popular roles include voicing Lex Luthor for the DC Animated Universe. He has voiced this role for more than twelve years, making him the actor who has played Lex Luthor the longest. He has also voiced a number of Marvel characters in several animated works such as The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine and the X-Men, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Punisher, Thor: Ragnarok, and Daredevil.
The award-winning Spongebob Squarepants has been his most extensive voice-over work. He has been playing the beloved character Mr. Krabs for 20 years, long before the animated series became a pop culture phenomenon.
Clancy has also extended his magic to video games, starring as a voice actor (usually as the villain) in several video games including Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans, God of War, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter.
For his work in Shawshank Redemption, Clancy Brown got an ACCA nomination. He has been nominated for the BTVA Voice Acting Award 12 times and has won it twice.
His Net Worth
Believe it or not, Clancy Brown has more than 250 credits in his acting career, which is way more than most actors manage to garner. Although little is known about how much he earns yearly, he is estimated to be worth about 3 million dollars currently. Considering how much work he has done, the figure seems a bit low, but it is what it is.
Clancy Brown’s Family Life
Unlike many other celebrities, Clancy Brown has managed to stay drama-free in his personal life. He has not had any real controversy or terrible rumors about his work and life.
He is happily married to Jeanne Johnson, a television producer. The two have been married since 1993; they have two children together, a girl and a boy respectively named Rose Beth Brown and James Ransom Johnson-Brown.