The problem with picking Ron Perlman’s most badass tough guy roles is that they’re all pretty badass. With his barrel-chested frame and deep baritone voice, Perlman brings a menacing quality to almost any part. (Even the Beast in the cheesy Beauty and the Beast TV series.) Dating back to guest spots on The Fall Guy and Miami Vice, this guy has played a lot of tough SOBs. With Perlman set to stop by the two-part Maron series finale tonight, we thought it was time to celebrate everyone’s favorite heavy. Here are the ten most kick ass parts he’s ever played. Let’s hope Marc is ready to throw down.
10. The Lich, Adventure Time
A major villain in the mythology of Adventure Time, The Lich is the personification of evil, and one of Perlman’s most deliciously wicked parts.
9. Corin, Conan the Barbarian
When you need to cast the father of one of the most iconic warriors in the history of pop culture, there’s just one man for the job: King Perlman.
8. Johner, Alien: Resurrection
While not the most popular edition in the Alien franchise, Perlman still proves that nothing scares him. Not a pissed off Xenomorph, heights or even spiders. (Click here to see all airings of Alien Resurrection on IFC.)
7. Reinhardt, Blade II
Perlman rarely gets to play the Big Bad. More often than not, he’s at home as one of the henchmen, who puts up an epic fight before meeting his untimely end. But he always goes out fighting.
6. Nino, Drive
Perlman’s jumpy wise guy offers a nice counterbalance to Albert Brooks’ low key menace in this acclaimed 2011 crime film. Watching the duo work together makes us pine for a Nino/Bernie prequel.
5. Koulikov, Enemy at the Gates
Perlman shows off his dramatic chops in this epic war film, playing a soldier haunted by his past, and maybe his future.
4. Gunnar, Outlander
Perlman got to play the chieftain of a destroyed Viking village in this 2008 sci-fi flick, who unleashed his wrath in one of the great fight scenes of the actor’s career.
Perhaps Perlman’s most famous role, Hellboy may be lovable, but never doubt that the prophesied end of humanity is still an ass-kicking machine in a red package.
2. Justice, Afro Samurai
Justice is Afro Samurai’s most feared foe, a diseased killer who decapitated Afro Samurai’s father, to claim his power. You don’t want to stand between this psycho and the Number One Headband. (Trust us. It makes sense. Just watch the show.)
1. Clay Morrow, Sons of Anarchy
And then there’s Clay, Sons of Anarchy‘s hero turned main villain, who isn’t afraid to put you down if you get in his way.
Watch Maron get some manly advice from Ron Perlman and M.C. Gainey tonight at 9P on IFC.