Happy Birthday to Tony Todd, born December 4, 1954.
Tony Todd is the actor who portrayed Worf’s brother Kurn in four episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the video game Star Trek: The Next Generation – Klingon Honor Guard. He also portrayed different characters in episodes of Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. He had auditioned six times for various roles on TNG (including Leyor in “The Price”) before winning the role of Kurn. He was also one of several actors considered for the role of Benjamin Sisko and provided the voice of “Korban” for the video game Star Trek: Elite Force II.
Todd was born in Washington, DC. He studied for two years at the University of Connecticut before transferring to the Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute. He spent the next several years acting on stage in New England and teaching playwriting to high school students.
Todd, standing a sturdy 6’5″, has extensive acting credits on the screen and on stage. However, he is perhaps most recognized for his extensive credits in the horror movie genre. Perhaps his most famous work is his performance in the title role in 1992’s Candyman, in which he co-starred with Virginia Madsen. Todd reprised this role in two sequels, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh in 1995 and the direct-to-video Candyman: Day of the Dead in 1999, the latter of which he co-produced.
Todd’s other horror movie credits include the lead role in Tom Savini’s 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead and in 2006’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as supporting roles in Wes Craven’s Wishmaster (1997), Shadow Builder (1998), Minotaur (2006), and three of the five Final Destination films (2000–2006, 2011). His non-horror films include the Oscar-winning Platoon (1986), Colors (1988), Lean on Me (1989), Excessive Force (1993), The Crow (1994), and The Rock (1996). Todd appears in the 2007 film The Man From Earth: towards the end, his character states that he was was going to go home and watch Star Trek.
He has made television appearances on hits such as The X-Files, Beverly Hills 90210, NYPD Blue, Xena, Hercules, Babylon 5, Smallville, Andromeda, CSI, Angel, 24, Stargate SG-1, and Boston Legal. Todd has also acted on stage throughout the US, including a stint on Broadway in Aida.
Todd is currently starring as CIA Director Graham on the NBC series Chuck, produced by Robert Duncan McNeill and guest starring John Fleck. He also recently provided voice talent in the video game Half-Life 2: Episode Two, alongside fellow Trek performer Michelle Forbes. In addition, he can be heard as the voice of The Fallen, Megatron’s mentor, in the 2009 film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which also featured the voices of Robert Foxworth and Frank Welker. Todd reappeared in the Transformers: Prime animated series produced by Orci and Kurtzman and also featuring Welker, albeit this time as Megatron’s subordinate Dreadwing. The show also features Jeffrey Combs, James Horan, Tania Gunadi and Clancy Brown.
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