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George Young Newbern (born December 30, 1964) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Bryan MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and its sequel Father of the Bride Part II as well as Danny in Friends. He is also well known for his recurring role as Julia's son Payne in Designing Women and for providing the voices of Superman from the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series, as well as Nooj and Sephiroth from the Final Fantasy series and the Kingdom Hearts series.

He played Harold Abbott in Saw VI.

Career

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Betty, a Spanish teacher, and David Newbern, a radiologist, George Newbern 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, which 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, 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. Besides that, he had a recurring role as a former CIA operative in Scandal.

He starred as Neal Morris, father of Melissa Morris, 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 with Elisabeth Shue, Switching Channels with Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds and Christopher Reeve and Father of the Bride and its sequel Father of the Bride Part II. In 2009, he appeared in Locker 13.

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. 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 as a replacement for 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 and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. 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.

Another one of his most notable voice acting performances was 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 also reprised his role as Superman in the DC Showcase short Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam 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 provided the voice of Superman in the game Injustice: Gods Among Us and its sequel.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
1986 My Little Girl Woody
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Dan
1988 Switching Channels Siegenthaler
Paramedics Uptown
It Takes Two Travis Rogers
1990 Poochinski Detective Robert McKay
1991 Father of the Bride Bryan MacKenzie
1992 Little Sister Mike
1993 Doppelganger Patrick Highsmith
Torch Song Wedge
Doorways Dr. Thomas Mason
1994 I Spy Returns Bennett Robinson
Witness to the Execution Phillip Tyler
A Part of the Family Marc
1995 Father of the Bride Part II Bryan MacKenzie
Theodore Rex Theodore Rex
1996 Far Harbor Jordan
The Evening Star Tommy Horton
1998 Twice Upon a Time Joe
1999 Friends & Lovers Ian Wickham
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Christian Nelson
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Tom
2001 The Sons of Mistletoe Jimmy Adams
2003 Kids' Ten Commandments: Stolen Jewels, Stolen Hearts Matthew
2005 Buffalo Dream Dr. Nick Townsend
Fainaru fantajî sebun adobento chirudoren Sephiroth
2006 Veiled Truth Andy
Crazy Eights Father Lyle Dey
2007 Sublime Frank / PVS Host
A Dennis the Menace Christmas Henry Mitchell
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Jimmy
Batman: Gotham Knight Man in Black / Guido / Man / Youth 3
Next of Kin Robert
2009 Dadnapped Neal Morris
Saw VI Harold Abbott
The Patient George
2010 Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Superman / Clark Kent
DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection Superman / Clark Kent
The Assignment John Baird
2011 The Heart of Christmas Dr. Don Sandler
2012 Unstable Jason March
Monster High: Escape from Skull Shores Andy Beast
Superman vs. The Elite Superman / Clark Kent / Robot
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Thomas Reynolds
3 Day Test Martin Taylor
Buried Treasure Geocacher
2013 Brahmin Bulls Patrick
2014 Justice League: War Steve Trevor
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Steve Trevor
2016 Supertruck Narrator
Pup Star Bark
2017 Brimming with Love Addison Rickford

Television

Year Title Role
1982 The Blue and the Grey Private Lawrence 'Coward' Jones
1986-1992 Designing Women Payne McIlroy
1986 Family Ties Eric
1987 Disneyland Bart / Matt
1990 Working Girl Everett Rutledge
1991-1993 The Pirates of Dark Water Ren
1991 Timeless Tales from Hallmark The Tin Soldier
1993 Bob Brett
1994-1995 The Boys Are Back Mike Hansen
1995 Courthouse Sean
1997 The Outer Limits Ryan Unger
Adventures from the Book of Virtues Damon
Touched by an Angel Michael Burns
Promised Land Michael Burns
American Experience Will Patterson
Perversions of Science Walter
1997-1998 Chicago Hope Dr. Scott Frank
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Stu Roosa
Cupid Dave
Friends Danny
2000-2001 Bull Robert 'Ditto' Roberts III
2001-2004 Justice League Superman / Clark Kent
2002 Providence Owen Frank
2003 Static Shock Clark Kent / Superman
The Lyon's Den Zachary Easton
The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Boyle
2004-2006 Justice League Unlimited Superman / Clark Kent / Bizarro
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Todd Coombs
Johnny Bravo Man / Waiter / Moustache Man
Boston Legal Dr. Allen Konigsberg
2005-2006 Reunion Paul Phillips
2005 Las Vegas Matt Monroe
2006 Without a Trace Ross Garner
Cold Case Bill Huxley
Numb3rs Brendan McCrary
2007-2008 The Batman Superman / Clark Kent
2007 Medium Dr. Thomas O'Bannon
Big Love Polygamist Group Member
Journeyman Lane
2008 Jericho President Glen Tomarchio
CSI: Miami Kevin Weaver
Ben 10: Alien Force Frank Tennyson
Grey's Anatomy Stan Mercer
Ghost Whisperer Roger Gardner
2009 Criminal Minds Stephen Baleman
CSI: NY Alex Sheridan
Castle Howard Peterson
The Cleaner Perry
Private Practice Dr. Brian Reynolds
2010 Nip/Tuck Dr. Curtis Ryerson
The Mentalist Dr. Cliff Edmunds
Miami Medical Frank
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Arthur Haskell
2011 Suite 7 Gil
Hot in Cleveland Bill
2012-2017 Scandal Charlie
2015 Granite Flats Scottie Andrews
2017 Web of Spies Scottie Andrews
Grimm Julian

Video Games

Year Title Role
2003 Fainaru fantajî X-2 Meyvn Nooj
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Sephiroth
2006 Bleach Wii: Hakujin kirameku rondo Ulquiorra Cifer
2007 Kuraishisu koa: Fainaru fantajî VII Sephiroth
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ Sephiroth
2008 Dishidia: Fainaru fantajî Sephiroth
2011 Dishidia duodeshimu Fainaru fantajî Sephiroth
Star Wars: The Old Republic Master Volryder / Additional Voices
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Superman / Clark Kent
2015 Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Various
2017 Injustice 2 Superman / Clark Kent

Gallery

Trivia

Originally, George Newbern was planned to play the role of William Easton in Saw VI.

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