Five Fun Facts You Didn’t know about a Young Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman is a true veteran of the entertainment industry, seeing as how he is still going in spite of the fact that he is in his late 60s. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that he has had some rather interesting experiences over the course of his lifetime, including a fair number that happened when he was still a lot younger than he is now. Here are five facts that you may or may not have known about Ron Perlman when he was still young:

Lots of Performers in the Family

Initially, Perlman had no intentions of becoming an actor whatsoever. However, it is interesting to note that his family is packed with people who perform, which can sometimes make it seem as though his choice was a foregone conclusion. For example, Perlman’s father was interested in music, while Perlman’s uncle was a fiddler.

He was Overweight As a Child

When he was still a child, Perlman had serious body image problems. In part, this was because he was overweight, so much so that he was the heaviest kid in his classes for grade after grade. However, Perlman has noted that he let his condition get to him in a mental sense, which was why he had a very poor self-image. Regardless, Perlman’s own experiences are the reason that he has sought out roles with deformities.

He Is Spiritual But Not Religious

Perlman grew up Jewish because his parents’ families were Jewish of Hungarian and Polish background. As a result, he has had a Bar Mitzvah, which is the coming of age ceremony held for Jewish boys. Nowadays, Perlman says that he isn’t religious, though he still considers himself to be spiritual.

Got Into Acting By Accident

Given that Perlman had no intentions of becoming an actor, it should come as no surprise to learn that he got into acting more or less by accident. In short, what happened was that he was on the swim team. One day, someone from the drama department headed over to see whether anyone would be interested in performing in a play, which was necessary because he had 35 girls show up but not a single single boy for what was supposed to be a play with numerous male roles. In the end, Perlman wound up getting a fairly important role because he was one of the few males who could be convinced to sign up, which he liked so much that he started considering getting involved in acting with some support from his father.

Had His Career Saved By The Name of the Rose

With that said, Perlman encountered his fair share of struggles as an actor in the earlier part of his acting career. For example, the director Jean-Jacques Arnaud has outright stated that at the time when he contacted Perlman about appearing in The Name of the Rose, Perlman was thinking about giving up on his acting career. Luckily, while Perlman’s role in said movie was relatively minor, it wasn’t long before he landed his breakthrough role on Beauty and the Beast.


Leave a Reply

The Top 10 Sci-Fi TV Shows of All-Time
Whatever Happened to Jake Harris?
Whatever Happened to James Lenk?
The Top 10 James Corden Carpool Karaoke Moments of All-Time
The 10 Best Star Wars Female Characters of All-Time
The 10 Best Films to Watch on FilmStruck Right Now
10 Crazy Facts You Didn’t Know About Troll Dolls
What is Website “Let Me Watch This” And Is it Even Legal?
The 10 Best Uses of Sad Songs in Comedy Movies
The 20 Biggest Band Breakups In History
The History and Story Behind the Song “Eat It” by Weird Al
The 20 Best Rock Bassists of All-Time
The Origin and Controversy Behind the Super Bowl Shuffle
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Mackenzie Dern
Secrets on How Sports Stars Keep Their Fitness Up
Snoop Dogg Explains Hockey Rules and Culture In Video Series For NHL Playoffs
Everything You Need to Know about the Sheh Rata Shrine
The 10 Best Gamecube Games of All-Time
10 Classic Video Game Scenes from TV Shows
The Most Exciting and Disappointing News From Nintendo’s E3
Amanda Peet Vs. Lake Bell: Who’s Had the Better Career?
Let’s Talk About How Awesome Don Johnson Was in the 80s
The Difference Between Wheel of Fortune Pat Sajak and Real Life Pat Sajak
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Aunjanue Ellis