Jeffrey Alan Combs is an American actor and voice actor known for his roles in horror movies, the Star Trek franchise, and the DC Animated Universe television franchise.
Combs was born in Oxnard, California, on September 9, 1954, and was raised in Lompoc. He attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and later the Professional Actor's Training Program at the University of Washington. He also attended and graduated from Lompoc High School. After performing in playhouses on the West Coast for several years, Combs moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and landed his first role in the 1981 film Honky Tonk Freeway, portraying an unnamed drive-in teller. His first horror film role came two years later, in Frightmare.
Combs's later starred as Herbert West, the main character in the movie Re-Animator, a role which he has reprised in the film's two sequels. He also portrayed author H.P. Lovecraft, who created the Herbert West character, in Necronomicon: Book of the Dead. Combs also starred in several other horror films, including eight H.P. Lovecraft adaptations, FeardotCom, House on Haunted Hill, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and The Frighteners
In addition to horror movies, Combs has starred in roles in many sci-fi TV series. He starred as the telepath Harriman Gray in Babylon 5. In August 2005, he appeared for the first time on the sci-fi series The 4400 as Dr. Kevin Burkhoff, which would become a recurring role by the following year. In early 2007, he played a highly fictionalized Edgar Allan Poe in an episode of Masters of Horror.
Combs has also done extensive voice work, providing the voice of supervillain The Scarecrow in the 1997 animated TV series The New Batman Adventures. He continued his work in the so-called DC Animated Universe several years later, with a recurring role as The Question in Justice League Unlimited. Combs also provided the voice of Ratchet on the CGI-animated series Transformers: Prime. He also narrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of Re-Animator at the 2010 Fantasia International Film Festival. Combs also provided his voice for the films The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
On July 2009, Combs reprised his role as Edgar Allan Poe in a one-man theatrical show entitled Nevermore...an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at The Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, California. Although it was only supposed to run for a month, the show enjoyed a great amount of success and sold-out tickets, and was subsequently extended four times. The show closed its run in Los Angeles on December 19, 2009, and had its East Coast debut on January 23-24, 2010, at Westminster Hall in Baltimore, Maryland, the final resting place of Poe. A tour of Nevermore is now in the works, with stops possibly including Chicago, New York, and Seattle, and a confirmed two-date run in San Diego in February.
On television, Combs enjoyed critical and popular success portraying alien characters on the various modern Star Trek incarnations, beginning in 1994 with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in 2000 with Star Trek: Voyager, and in 2001 with Star Trek: Enterprise. He has played nine different onscreen roles in the Star Trek universe, the largest of which was his regular role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Vorta clone Weyoun. Combs has said that Weyoun was his favorite Star Trek role, and he had a great deal of input in developing the character.
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