George Newbern is an accomplished American film and television actor, voice artist, and director, who is famously known for his performance in the “Father of the Bride” film series, and is also praised for playing Charlie in the ABC TV show, “Scandal.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
George Young Newbern is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, and was born under the Capricorn zodiac sign on 30 December 1964, which makes him 58 years old as of 2022. He was born to the Spanish tutor Betty Newbern, and her husband David Newbern, who was a radiologist, and was raised alongside his sister Murry and brothers John and Gordon.
George attended a local elementary school before he joined Little Rock Central High. He developed an interest in acting when he was in high school, appeared in nearly all the school’s plays, and won a scholarship to Minneapolis Children’s Theatre when he was 14. He matriculated to Northwestern University School of Communication, which is situated in Evanson, Illinois, and was very active in the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity. George graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theatrical Arts in 1982.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
Newbern is a culinary enthusiast, and his favorite dishes are Chinese sea food.
His career has seen him traveling to many destinations – his favorite is New York.
He enjoys interacting with his fans, and went to fan conventions with the rest of the “Justice League” cast members in 2001 to sign autographs.
George is a big fan of late-night films starring his favorite entertainers such as Natalie Portman, Russell Crowe and Heath Ledger – his favorite films are “The Gladiator,” “V for Vendetta,” and “The Dark Knight.”
He also prefers spending his spare time outdoors – he’s a big fan of hiking, and prefers mountain climbing rather than spending time in overcrowded cities.
Newbern made his film debut playing Woody in the critically slammed film “My Little Girl” in 1986. In the year that followed, he portrayed Matt in the film “Double Switch”, and was then cast in several other films before he landed the role of Bryan Mackenzie in the acclaimed romantic comedy “Father of the Bride” in 1991, appearing alongside Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short. He later portrayed Patrick Highsmith in the supernatural horror, “Doppelganger” before reprising his role as Bryan in the 1995 film “Father of the Bride Part II.”
In 2003, George appeared – and lent his voice – to various projects such as “The Sons of Mistletoe” in 2001, “Buffalo Dreams” in 2005, “Batman: Gotham Knight” in 2008, “Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam” in 2010 and many more. George appeared in the films, “Superman vs. The Elite” in 2012, “Justice League, War” in 2014, and several others before he made his most recent appearances in the 2019 film “Justice League vs. the Fatal Five”, and 2020’s “Father of the Bride, Part 3 (ish).”
George made his TV debut as Pvt Lawrence in the 1982 CBS miniseries, “The Blue and the Gray”, sharing the screen with John Hammond, Julia Duffy and Stacy Keach. 1990 saw him playing Everette Rutledge in 12 episodes of the six Academy awards-nominated sitcom “Working Girl,” which starred Sandra Bullock and Nana Visitor. In 1995, he was seen playing Sean in the drama “Courthouse.”
George appeared in over 25 projects in the 2000s, his most notable being “Bull” in 2000 as Robert AKA Ditto, in 21 episodes of “Providence” in 2002, “Justice League Unlimited” (2004 – 2006), and “The Batman” between 2006 and 2008. From 2012 to 2018, he starred as Charlie in over 66 episodes of “Scandal”, and concurrently portrayed Scottie in eight episodes of “Granite Flats” in 2015. His recent appearances have been in the NBC drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” from 2018 to now, late-2022, and he voiced Sam Snood in the episode “Bridgette the Brain” of the J. G. Quintel’s sitcom, “Close Enough” in early 2022.
George made his writing and directorial debut in the Merit Leighton and Parris Mosteller-starred 2010 short comedy-drama film “Specifically.” He has also appeared in various talk shows, such as “Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum,” “The Love of Acting,” and “Stars in the House.”
He’s an experienced audiobook narrator, with more than 350 credits on the famous online American podcast and audiobook service, Audible. Moreover, he’s credited for his appearance in the 1989 Chevron Energy Corporation commercial.
George sang two songs in the film “Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups” (2012), and also performed another song entitled “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” in the series “Granite Flats” three years later. Moreover, George performed the song “Worst Christmas ever” in the 2018 film “Puppy Star Christmas.”
George has lent his voice to over 12 video games – he made his voicing debut as Nooj in the 2003 game, “Final Fantasy X-2”, and later voiced Sephiroth in “Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII” and “Dissidia Final Fantasy” in 2007 and 2008 respectively. He has also contributed to “Star Wars: The Old Republic” in 2011, “Injustice: Gods Among Us” in 2013, “Mobius Final Fantasy” in 2018, and many more.
— george newbern (@georgenewbern) December 7, 2021
Newbern has received three Behind the Voice Actors Award (BTVA) nominations – he bagged one out of these: a Special Voice Acting Award in the category of the Best Male Vocal Performance in a Direct-to-DVD Short/ TV Special for his performance in the action Science fiction film “Superman Vs. The Elite” in 2013. In the same year, he was nominated for a DVD Voice Acting Award in the category of the Best Vocal Ensemble in a Direct-to-DVD Title. shared with the cast of the aforementioned sci-fi film.
Newbern is a married man. He walked the aisle with his college sweetheart, the American musician and actress, Marietta DePrima in 1990, after dating for almost 10 years. DePrima has over 20 TV series and film credits – her most notable roles have been in the 1991 adventure TV series “Quantum Leap,” “The Hughleys” in 1998, and the 2017 comedy film “Lady Bird.” The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Emma born on 26 June 1995, and later another daughter, Mae n, on 19 September 1998. On 15 November 2003, they sired a son, Ben Newbern.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
George is of Caucasian ethnicity and has dark brown hair and blue eyes. He weighs around 160lbs (72kgs) and is 5ft 9ins (1.79m) tall.
George has accumulated a good sum from his long-spanning career in the showbiz industry. His net worth is approximately $4 million, as of 2022.