A lot is already known about the former Sons of Anarchy Star Ron Perlman, but did you know he met his new fiance?
Perlman met his now fiance Allison Dunbar while filming the TV show StartUp a few years back. The couple did not start dating until 2019.
Perlman was married to Opal for 37 years and has two grown children with her.
How did Ron Perlman Get ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Gig?
Perlman spoke with NPR’s Fresh Air about his time on Sons of Anarchy. His role as Clay Morrow was one of the more iconic, and terrifying, roles he has ever played. The character Clay was a cerebral character that did whatever he had to do to protect himself and the club, often in that order.
Perlman said of the role, “I did have to audition for it. They had already shot the pilot with another actor playing Clay Morrow. And the network decided that they weren’t getting what they were hoping to get and that they were willing to – they loved the series enough to – if they thought they found the right actor, they were willing to reshoot the pilot and start – restart the clock and green light the show for a whole first season, which is 13 episodes.”
Interestingly enough, the crew already had a different actor in mind for Clay Morrow in the pilot. So, if Perlman does not get cast in this role as head of SOA, there is no SOA. The show literally does not get made without Perlman auditioning late in the game.
Perlman And The Real Bikers
How did Perlman nail the role as Clay? How much time did he actually spend with real bikers? He told NPR, “That was all done for us. You know, Kurt Sutter created the show. He spent a lot of time in Northern Cali, hanging out with the real deal guys. What you see in a lot of movies – you see a lot of movies about motorcycle gangs, Aand everybody’s scratching, and everybody’s fat and everybody’s hairy. And, you know, it’s kind of like – it’s almost like a caricature version.”
Interestingly enough, Sutter apparently got the endorsement of the MCs of the world because of the way in which he portrayed the club. Life is complicated, and there is nuance needed across the board and Sutter found it with Sons of Anarchy.
He concluded, “We really – not we, but Kurt really went out of his way to make sure that we had the endorsement of the MC world because we took the time to be as authentic and as subtle and as gray – rather than black and white – as we possibly could be. So I laud him for that.”