Los Angeles, CA, USA
George Newbern 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.
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. 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 also appeared as Superman in the DC Showcase short Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam and as well as Superman vs The Elite. He also provides the voice of Superman in the game Injustice: Gods Among Us and its sequel.
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 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 Fantasyand 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.
Convention Guest Appearances
- Anime Pasadena 2023 - November 4-5, 2023 in Pasadena, CA, USA
- Arkansas Comic Con 2023 - September 8-10, 2023 in Little Rock, AR, USA
- Fairfax Comic Con 2023 - August 26-27, 2023 in Chantilly, VA, USA
- Tampa Bay Comic Convention 2023 - July 28-30, 2023 in Tampa, FL, USA
- Southeast Game Exchange 2023 - July 15-16, 2023 in Greenville, SC, USA
- SoCal Gaming Expo 2023 - May 6-7, 2023 in Ontario, CA, USA
- Calgary Expo 2023 - April 27-30, 2023 in Calgary, AB
- WeebCon 2023 - April 7-9, 2023 in Grapevine, TX, USA
- MegaCon Orlando 2023 - March 30 - April 2, 2023 in Orlando, FL, USA
- Planet Comicon Kansas City 2023 - March 17-19, 2023 in Kansas City, MO, USA
- SacAnime Winter 2023 - January 6-8, 2023 in Sacramento, CA, USA 2022
Windsor ComiCon 2022 - October 29-30, 2022 in Windsor, ONConvention Cancelled
- Toon Con 2022 - October 9, 2022 in Pasadena, CA, USA
- Savannah Comic Con 2022 - September 24-25, 2022 in Savannah, GA, USA
- Game On Expo 2022 - August 5-7, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ, USA
- Superman Celebration 2022 - June 10-12, 2022 in Metropolis, IL, USA
- Planet Comicon Kansas City 2022 - April 22-24, 2022 in Kansas City, MO, USA
- SC Comicon 2022 - April 9-10, 2022 in Greenville, SC, USA 2021
- Comic Con Revolution Ontario 2021 - December 18-19, 2021 in Ontario, CA, USA
- Anime Pasadena 2021 - December 11-12, 2021 in Pasadena, CA, USA
- New Mexico Comic & Film Expo 2021 - October 29-31, 2021 in Albuquerque, NM, USA
- Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 2021 - September 9-12, 2021 in Lexington, KY, USA
Planet Comicon Kansas City 2021 - August 20-22, 2021 in Kansas City, MO, USACancelled Appearance
- TerrifiCon 2021 - July 30 - August 1, 2021 in Uncasville, CT, USA 2020
The Great Philadelphia Comic Con 2020 - September 4-6, 2020 in Oaks, PA, USAConvention Cancelled TerrifiCon 2020 - August 14-16, 2020 in Uncasville, CT, USAConvention Cancelled Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 2020 - May 14-17, 2020 in Lexington, KY, USAConvention Postponed Savannah Comic Con 2020 - May 9-10, 2020 in Savannah, GA, USAConvention Cancelled The Great Philadelphia Comic Con 2020 - April 3-5, 2020 in Oaks, PA, USAConvention Postponed Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 2020 - March 26-29, 2020 in Lexington, KY, USAConvention Postponed Planet Comicon Kansas City 2020 - March 20-22, 2020 in Kansas City, MO, USAConvention Postponed Louisiana Comic Con Lafayette 2020 - March 14-15, 2020 in Lafayette, LA, USAConvention Cancelled
- Pensacon 2020 - February 28 - March 1, 2020 in Pensacola, FL, USA 2019
- L.A. Comic Con 2019 - October 11-13, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Arkansas Comic Con 2019 - September 7-8, 2019 in Little Rock, AR, USACancelled Appearance Soda City Comic Con 2019 - August 10-11, 2019 in Columbia, SC, USACancelled Appearance
- StocktonCon 2019 - August 3-4, 2019 in Stockton, CA, USA
- GalaxyCon Raleigh 2019 - July 25-28, 2019 in Raleigh, NC, USA
- SacAnime 2019 - June 7-9, 2019 in Sacramento, CA, USA
27 confirmed guest appearances