George Newbern

George Young Newbern (born December 30, 1964) is an American actor and voice actor, best known for his roles as Charlie in ABC 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.

George Newbern
George Newbern Muppets Most Wanted Premiere (cropped)
Newbern at the Muppets Most Wanted premiere on March 11, 2014
George Young Newbern

December 30, 1964 (age 54)
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1982–present
Marietta DePrima (m. 1990)

Life and career

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Betty, a Spanish teacher, and David Newbern, a radiologist.[1] 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.


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

Newbern met actress Marietta DePrima in the mid 1980s, they graduated together at the Northwestern University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.[2] The couple married in 1990, together they have three children.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 My Little Girl Woody
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Dan Lynch
1987 Double Switch Bart / Matt
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 Robinson 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 (voice) 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 (voices)
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
2016 Pup Star Bark (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2017 Pup Star: Better 2Gether Bark (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2017 I Am Elizabeth Smart Ed Smart
2019 Justice League vs. the Fatal Five Clark Kent/Superman (voice)[4] Direct-to-DVD animated film


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"
1986–1992 Designing Women Payne McIlroy 4 episodes
1990 Poochinski Det. Robert McKay TV pilot
1990 Working Girl Everett Rutledge 12 episodes
1991–1993 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 1"
1997 Promised Land Michael Burns Episode: "Amazing Grace: Part 2"
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"
1997–1998 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
2001–2004 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 (voices) Episode: "Get Shovelized/T Is for Trouble"
2004–2006 Justice League Unlimited Clark Kent / Superman, Bizarro, Evil Star (voices) 20 episodes
2006 Cold Case Bill Huxley (1979) Episode: "The Key"
2007–2008 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 Suite 7 Gil Episode: “Supermen”
2010–2011 Hot in Cleveland Jordan 2 episodes
2012–2018 Scandal Charlie TV Series; Recurring S1-S6 - Main S7 - 66 Episodes
2015 Granite Flats Scottie Andrews 8 episodes
2017 Grimm Julian Levy Episode: "The Son Also Rise"
2018-present Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Al Pollack Recurring role

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
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Commander Naughlen (uncredited)
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 [5]
2018 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Sephiroth
2018 Mobius Final Fantasy Sephiroth


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3 Day Test

3 Day Test is a 2012 American film directed and written by Corbin Bernsen and starring George Newbern, Megyn Price, and Bernsen. The film was released on November 6, 2012. The film was retitled in several overseas territories as Home & Alone For Christmas.


Doorways is a proposed science fiction series from writer George R. R. Martin. A pilot was shot in May 1992, starring George Newbern, Anne Le Guernec, Robert Knepper, Kurtwood Smith, Max Grodenchik, and Carrie-Anne Moss, but was not picked up, and the project was shelved.

In 2010, IDW Publishing developed an adaptation of the TV pilot into comic book format.

Doppelganger (1993 film)

Doppelganger (also known as Doppelganger: The Evil Within) is a 1993 American supernatural horror thriller film written and directed by Avi Nesher, starring Drew Barrymore and George Newbern. The film premiered at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival in January 1993, where it was nominated for the "Grand Prize" award. It was released on VHS on May 26, 1993 in the United States. The film was George Maharis's last role.

Father of the Bride (1991 film)

Father of the Bride is a 1991 American comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams (in her film debut), George Newbern, Martin Short, B. D. Wong, and Kieran Culkin. It is a remake of the 1950 film of the same name. Martin portrays George Banks, a businessman and owner of an athletic shoe company (called Side Kicks), who, when he finds out his daughter is getting married, does not want to give her away. He eventually learns to live with his new son-in-law and realizes that as long as his daughter is happy, he is happy.

The film opened to positive reviews, and became a major box office success, earning more than four times its budget. With its success, a sequel, Father of the Bride Part II was released in 1995. This was Nancy Meyers and Diane Keaton's second film together, the first being Baby Boom (1987); the others were Father of the Bride Part II (1995) and Something's Gotta Give (2003).

Granite Flats

Granite Flats was BYUtv's first original scripted television drama series. The show is set in a small Colorado town in the early 1960s during the Cold War, and follows several of the town's citizens as mysterious and potentially dangerous circumstances arise. Season 1 launched on April 7, 2013. The cast was joined by actors Christopher Lloyd and Cary Elwes for its second season, which premiered April 6, 2014. Parker Posey and George Newbern joined the cast for season 3, premiered online April 4, 2015, before the TV season launch scheduled for October. It had an audience of approximately 500,000 households per episode.On April 20, 2015 it was announced that Granite Flats would join Netflix; all three seasons launched on the streaming service on May 15, 2015.On June 25, 2015, Granite Flats Executive Producer Scott Swofford announced the end of the series after three seasons, calling it a "huge success."

It Takes Two (1988 film)

It Takes Two is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by David Beaird and starring George Newbern, Leslie Hope, and Kimberly Foster. Screenwriters Richard Christian Matheson and Thomas E. Szollosi had previously teamed up to write the 1987 teen comedy Three O'Clock High.

Justice League vs. the Fatal Five

Justice League vs. the Fatal Five is an upcoming 2019 American animated superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed by Warner Home Video. Featuring the DC Comics team of the same name created by Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin, the film will be the thirty-fourth in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series. It is scheduled to be released on Digital HD on March 30, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on April 16, 2019.Announced at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2018. The film features Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, and George Newbern reprising their roles as Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman from the DC animated universe. The film also features Diane Guerrero as Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern, Daniela Bobadilla as Miss Martian, Noel Fisher as Brainiac 5, Tara Strong as Saturn Girl, Kevin Michael Richardson as Mister Terrific, Elyes Gabel as Star Boy, Peter Jessop as Tharok, Tom Kenny as Bloodsport, Matthew Yang King as Persuader, Sumalee Montano as Emerald Empress, and Philip Anthony-Rodriguez as Mano.

Nip/Tuck (season 6)

The sixth and final season of Nip/Tuck premiered on October 14, 2009 and concluded on March 3, 2010. Though a seventh season was originally set to air in 2011, the remaining nine episodes were merged into the sixth season.

Over a Cliff

"Over a Cliff" is the series finale of the American political drama television series Scandal, which premiered in the United States on April 19, 2018 on ABC. The eighteenth episode of the seventh season and the 124th episode overall, it was directed by Tom Verica and written by showrunner Shonda Rhimes. According to Nielsen Media Research, it was watched by 5.46 million Americans, acquiring a 1.3/5 rating/share in the 18–49 age range demographic.

Kerry Washington stars as female lead Olivia Pope, who convinces her colleagues to confess every crime they committed, including the existence of the top secret organization B613. Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) is helped by her friends to make an improvised marriage with Charlie (George Newbern), while various other story lines begin to settle down.

Paramedics (film)

Paramedics is a 1988 comedy film starring George Newbern and Christopher McDonald.

Steve Trevor

General Steven Rockwell Trevor is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superheroine Wonder Woman. The character was created by William Moulton Marston and first appeared in All Star Comics #8 (Dec. 1941). Steve Trevor is a trusted friend, love interest, and partner who introduces Diana (Wonder Woman) to "Man's World", and has served as Wonder Woman's United Nations liaison.

The character has appeared in various adaptations of the comics. He has been voiced by actors such as Tahmoh Penikett, Nathan Fillion, and George Newbern, among others in various Wonder Woman and Justice League productions. Lyle Waggoner portrayed the character in the 1970s Wonder Woman series, as did Chris Pine in the 2017 DC Extended Universe film Wonder Woman. Chris Pine will also portray a character presumed to be Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman 1984.

Superman vs. The Elite

Superman vs. The Elite is an animated superhero film based on the comic book story "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?" in Action Comics #775 (March 2001). Adapted by Joe Kelly who also wrote the comic book story and directed by Michael Chang. The film featured the return of George Newbern as Superman and David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen reprising their roles from the DC animated universe. Released on June 12, 2012, it is the 14th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

Switching Channels

Switching Channels is a 1988 American comedy film remake of The Front Page and His Girl Friday. It stars Kathleen Turner as Christy Colleran, Burt Reynolds as John L. Sullivan IV, Christopher Reeve as Blaine Bingham, Ned Beatty as Roy Ridnitz, Henry Gibson as Ike Roscoe, and George Newbern as Sigenthaler. The film was notorious for its harsh infighting between Reynolds and Turner during filming. The film was a box office failure and received mixed reviews from critics.

It is available on DVD in Regions 2 and 4. It is also available as a burn-on-demand DVD-R in Region 1.

The Heart of Christmas

The Heart of Christmas is a 2011 American Christian drama feature film directed by Gary Wheeler. It stars Candace Cameron Bure, Erin Bethea, Jeanne Neilson, Eric Jay Beck, George Newbern, and Matthew West. Based on a true story, the film involves a woman’s encounter with a family caring for a child with acute leukemia and how it transforms her faith and her attitude about her own family.

The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn

The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn is a 1999 made-for-television film, first broadcast on 9 May 1999 on CBS. This movie stars Sir Sidney Poitier as the title character, a rural Georgia carpenter, Noah Dearborn. George Newbern plays a developer trying to force Dearborn off his land; he tries to enlist the help of his psychologist girlfriend, played by Mary-Louise Parker, a move which backfires badly. Newbern's character tries to have Dearborn declared mentally incompetent; the effort fails, mostly because of the efforts of Parker's character, who realizes why Dearborn is held in esteem by his neighbors.For her performance in The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn, Dianne Wiest was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Miniseries or a Movie.

Theodore Rex (film)

Theodore Rex, also known as T. Rex, is a 1995 buddy cop science-fiction family film written and directed by Jonathan Betuel and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Though originally intended for theatrical release, the film went direct-to-video, and consequently became the most expensive direct-to-video film ever made at the time of its release.The film was not well-received, and saw Whoopi Goldberg being nominated for Worst Actress at the 1996 Golden Raspberry Awards. It is the first, and so far only, direct-to-video movie to receive any sort of Razzie nomination.

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