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Jeffrey Combs

Highest Rated:   94% Re-Animator (1985)
Lowest Rated:   0% Caught Up (1998)
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Birthplace:   Oxnard, California, USA
Initially stunning audiences with his wild-eyed portrayal of psychotic Dr. Herbert West in the over-the-top 1985 splatter-comedy Re-Animator, actor Jeffrey Combs made a name for himself in films based on the works of legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft and such Star Trek spin-offs as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Enterprise. Born in Oxnard, CA, in 1954, Combs was raised in nearby Lompoc. After graduating from high school in 1972, he entered the world of acting by attending numerous theatrical schools and performing in repertory theater. Frequently appearing in such venues as the Mark Taper Forum and South Coast Repertory, Combs made his film debut in Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981), which was followed by supporting roles in Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), Frightmare (1983), and The Man With Two Brains (1983). Still performing frequently on-stage during this period, Combs was approached by a young director named Stuart Gordon and asked if he would be interested in appearing in an adaptation of a Lovecraft story. Attracted by the strong script, the actor agreed. Released in 1985, Re-Animator shocked and nauseated audiences into uncontrolled laughter with its outrageous violence and imaginative set pieces. Combs' manic portrayal of a mad doctor who claims to have discovered the key to immortality immediately earned him a place in the lexicon of horror history as one of the great screen psychos. Subsequently re-teaming with Gordon for yet another Lovecraft adaptation, From Beyond (1986) proved to be a disappointment when it was released in a truncated form. Knowing that the excess of Re-Animator would be difficult, if not impossible, to top, Combs and Gordon remained undaunted, collaborating on such efforts as Robot Jox and The Pit and the Pendulum (both 1990). Released that same year and directed by Gordon-cohort Brian Yuzna, Bride of Re-Animator didn't quite live up to fan expectations, although ultimately proved to be an entertaining sequel by remaining loyal to the tone and content to its predecessor. Subsequently working with such horror stylists as Fred Olen Ray (The Phantom Empire [1986] and Cyclone [1987]) and Full Moon's Charles Band (Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth [1991] and the Dr. Strange-influenced Doctor Mordrid [1992]), Combs continued to build a dedicated cult following who remained eager to see what the quirky actor would attempt next. Continuing to appear in Lovecraft-based films, he also branched out with a role as a hitman in Love and a .45 (1994) and as actor Montgomery Clift in the made-for-TV Norma Jean and Marilyn (1996). A seemingly natural teaming with New Zealand splatter-king Peter Jackson also resulted in a hilarious turn as an unstable FBI agent in The Frighteners (1996). Combs' career took an unexpected turn later that year. Having previously lost the role of Commander William Ryker in Star Trek: The Next Generation to Jonathan Frakes, he returned to the Star Trek fold when Frakes (as director) cast him as Weyoun in an episode of Deep Space Nine. Returning in various capacities later, Combs would become the first actor to play three different characters in a single season of any Star Trek series. His popularity in the franchise growing, he was later cast in a recurring role in the subsequent Enterprise series. Simultaneously continuing to appear in such features as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), House on Haunted Hill (1999), and Yuzna's long awaited Faust: Love of the Damned (2001, channeling Bruce Campbell), Combs fans were thrilled to hear that he would be returning to the role of Herbert West in Beyond Re-Animator (again helmed by Yuzna) in late 2003.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Beethoven's Treasure Tail
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Penny Dreadful Picture Show
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Favor
  • Tad Harrison
2013
57% Would You Rather
  • Shepard Lambrick
2013
No Score Yet Motivational Growth
  • The Mold
2013
No Score Yet Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Elf-Man
  • Mickey
2012
No Score Yet Dorothy and the Witches of Oz
  • Frank
2012
No Score Yet The Evil Clergyman
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James
  • Ed Bass
2010
No Score Yet Dark House
  • Walston Rey
2009
No Score Yet Parasomnia
  • Det. Garrett
2008
No Score Yet Brutal
  • Sheriff Jimmy Fleck
2007
No Score Yet Wizard of Gore
  • The Geek
2007
33% Return to House on Haunted Hill
  • Dr. Richard Benjamin Vannacutt
2007
No Score Yet Re-Animator Resurrectus
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Edgar Allan Poe
2007
No Score Yet Blackwater Valley Exorcism
  • Sheriff
2006
No Score Yet Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation
  • Harold Tovar
2006
62% Abominable
  • Clerk
2006
No Score Yet Aliens Gone Wild!
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Satanic
  • Detective Joyner
2005
No Score Yet Voodoo Moon
  • Frank Taggert
2005
No Score Yet Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy
  • Dr. King
2005
46% Edmond
  • Desk Clerk
2005
No Score Yet All Souls Day: Dia De Los Muertos
  • Actor
2005
45% Beyond Re-Animator
  • Dr. Herbert West
2003
No Score Yet Contagion
  • Brown
2002
3% Feardotcom
  • Styles
$13.2M 2002
No Score Yet The Attic Expeditions
  • Dr. Ek
2001
No Score Yet Faust: Love of the Damned
  • Margolies
2000
No Score Yet All Souls Day
  • Thomas White
2000
28% House on Haunted Hill
  • Richard Vannacutt
1999
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Mr. Brooks
1998
No Score Yet Spoiler
  • Actor
1998
0% Caught Up
  • Security Guard
1998
No Score Yet Time Tracers
  • Actor
1997
62% The Frighteners
  • Milton Dammers
1996
60% Norma Jean and Marilyn
  • Montgomery Clift
1996
No Score Yet Felony
  • Bill Knight
1996
No Score Yet Dillinger and Capone
  • Gilroy
1995
63% Castle Freak
  • John
1995
No Score Yet The Digital Prophet
  • Actor
1995
83% Love and a .45
  • Dino Bob
1994
20% Lurking Fear
  • Dr. Haggis
1994
No Score Yet Necronomicon: Book of the Dead
  • H.P. Lovecraft
1994
40% Fortress
  • D-Day
1993
No Score Yet Doctor Mordrid
  • Anton Mordrid
1992
56% The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Francisco
1991
No Score Yet The Guyver
  • Doctor East
1991
No Score Yet Trancers II
  • Doctor Pyle
1991
No Score Yet Death Falls
  • Actor
1991
41% Bride of Re-Animator
  • Dr. Herbert West
1990
No Score Yet Robot Jox
  • 1st Prole
1989
No Score Yet Cellar Dweller
  • Colin Childress
1988
No Score Yet Dead Man Walking
  • Chaz
1988
No Score Yet Cyclone
  • Rick Davenport
1987
73% From Beyond
  • Crawford Tillinghast
1986
No Score Yet The Phantom Empire
  • Andrew Paris
1986
94% Re-Animator
  • Herbert West
1985
No Score Yet The Skin of Our Teeth
  • Henry Antrobus
1983
76% The Man with Two Brains
  • Dr. Jones
1983
No Score Yet Frightmare
  • Stu
1983
80% Whose Life Is It Anyway?
  • 1st-Year Intern
1981
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway
  • Drive-In Teller
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
82% Gotham
2014
  • Office Manager
  • 2015
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • John Nichols
  • 2014
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Sly Borden
  • 2008
No Score Yet Star Trek: Enterprise
2001-2005
  • Schran Shran Krem
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Penk
  • 2000
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Weyoun Weyoun/Brunt Brunt Detective Tiron
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Harriman Gray
  • 1994
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Python
  • 1987

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