Jeffrey Combs

Jeffrey Combs

  • Highest Rated: 100% In Search of Darkness (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Caught Up (1998)
  • Birthday: Sep 9, 1954
  • Birthplace: Oxnard, California, USA
  • Initially stunning audiences with his wild-eyed portrayal of psychotic Dr. Herbert West in the over-the-top 1985 splatter-comedy Re-Animator, actor Jeffrey Combs made a name for himself in films based on the works of legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft and such Star Trek spin-offs as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Enterprise. Born in Oxnard, CA, in 1954, Combs was raised in nearby Lompoc. After graduating from high school in 1972, he entered the world of acting by attending numerous theatrical schools and performing in repertory theater. Frequently appearing in such venues as the Mark Taper Forum and South Coast Repertory, Combs made his film debut in Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981), which was followed by supporting roles in Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), Frightmare (1983), and The Man With Two Brains (1983). Still performing frequently on-stage during this period, Combs was approached by a young director named Stuart Gordon and asked if he would be interested in appearing in an adaptation of a Lovecraft story. Attracted by the strong script, the actor agreed. Released in 1985, Re-Animator shocked and nauseated audiences into uncontrolled laughter with its outrageous violence and imaginative set pieces. Combs' manic portrayal of a mad doctor who claims to have discovered the key to immortality immediately earned him a place in the lexicon of horror history as one of the great screen psychos. Subsequently re-teaming with Gordon for yet another Lovecraft adaptation, From Beyond (1986) proved to be a disappointment when it was released in a truncated form. Knowing that the excess of Re-Animator would be difficult, if not impossible, to top, Combs and Gordon remained undaunted, collaborating on such efforts as Robot Jox and The Pit and the Pendulum (both 1990). Released that same year and directed by Gordon-cohort Brian Yuzna, Bride of Re-Animator didn't quite live up to fan expectations, although ultimately proved to be an entertaining sequel by remaining loyal to the tone and content to its predecessor. Subsequently working with such horror stylists as Fred Olen Ray (The Phantom Empire [1986] and Cyclone [1987]) and Full Moon's Charles Band (Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth [1991] and the Dr. Strange-influenced Doctor Mordrid [1992]), Combs continued to build a dedicated cult following who remained eager to see what the quirky actor would attempt next. Continuing to appear in Lovecraft-based films, he also branched out with a role as a hitman in Love and a .45 (1994) and as actor Montgomery Clift in the made-for-TV Norma Jean and Marilyn (1996). A seemingly natural teaming with New Zealand splatter-king Peter Jackson also resulted in a hilarious turn as an unstable FBI agent in The Frighteners (1996). Combs' career took an unexpected turn later that year. Having previously lost the role of Commander William Ryker in Star Trek: The Next Generation to Jonathan Frakes, he returned to the Star Trek fold when Frakes (as director) cast him as Weyoun in an episode of Deep Space Nine. Returning in various capacities later, Combs would become the first actor to play three different characters in a single season of any Star Trek series. His popularity in the franchise growing, he was later cast in a recurring role in the subsequent Enterprise series. Simultaneously continuing to appear in such features as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), House on Haunted Hill (1999), and Yuzna's long awaited Faust: Love of the Damned (2001, channeling Bruce Campbell), Combs fans were thrilled to hear that he would be returning to the role of Herbert West in Beyond Re-Animator (again helmed by Yuzna) in late 2003.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Holiday Hell The Shopkeeper 2019
100% In Search of Darkness Actor 2019
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and the Bold The Question 2017
No Score Yet Beethoven's Treasure Tail Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Penny Dreadful Picture Show Actor 2013
No Score Yet Favor Tad Harrison 2013
59% Would You Rather Shepard Lambrick 2013
No Score Yet Motivational Growth The Mold 2013
No Score Yet Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising Actor 2013
No Score Yet Elf-Man Mickey 2012
No Score Yet Dorothy and the Witches of Oz Frank 2012
No Score Yet The Evil Clergyman Actor 2012
No Score Yet American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James Ed Bass 2010
No Score Yet Dark House Walston Rey 2009
No Score Yet Parasomnia Det. Garrett 2008
No Score Yet Brutal Sheriff Jimmy Fleck 2007
No Score Yet Wizard of Gore The Geek 2007
33% Return to House on Haunted Hill Dr. Richard Benjamin Vannacutt 2007
No Score Yet Re-Animator Resurrectus Actor 2007
No Score Yet Masters of Horror Edgar Allan Poe 2007
No Score Yet Blackwater Valley Exorcism Sheriff 2006
No Score Yet Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation Harold Tovar 2006
67% Abominable Clerk 2006
No Score Yet Aliens Gone Wild! Actor 2006
No Score Yet Satanic Detective Joyner 2005
No Score Yet Voodoo Moon Frank Taggert 2005
No Score Yet Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy Dr. King 2005
47% Edmond Desk Clerk 2005
No Score Yet All Souls Day: Dia De Los Muertos Actor 2005
45% Beyond Re-Animator Dr. Herbert West 2003
No Score Yet Contagion Brown 2002
3% Feardotcom Styles $13.2M 2002
No Score Yet The Attic Expeditions Dr. Ek 2001
No Score Yet Faust: Love of the Damned Margolies 2000
No Score Yet All Souls Day Thomas White 2000
30% House on Haunted Hill Richard Vannacutt 1999
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Mr. Brooks 1998
No Score Yet Spoiler Actor 1998
0% Caught Up Security Guard 1998
No Score Yet Time Tracers Actor 1997
63% The Frighteners Milton Dammers 1996
60% Norma Jean and Marilyn Montgomery Clift 1996
No Score Yet Felony Bill Knight 1996
No Score Yet Dillinger and Capone Gilroy 1995
63% Castle Freak John 1995
No Score Yet The Digital Prophet Actor 1995
83% Love and a .45 Dino Bob 1994
20% Lurking Fear Dr. Haggis 1994
No Score Yet Necronomicon: Book of the Dead H.P. Lovecraft 1994
40% Fortress D-Day 1993
No Score Yet Doctor Mordrid Anton Mordrid 1992
56% The Pit and the Pendulum Francisco 1991
No Score Yet The Guyver Doctor East 1991
No Score Yet Trancers II Doctor Pyle 1991
No Score Yet Death Falls Actor 1991
44% Bride of Re-Animator Dr. Herbert West 1990
No Score Yet Robot Jox 1st Prole 1989
No Score Yet Cellar Dweller Colin Childress 1988
No Score Yet Dead Man Walking Chaz 1988
No Score Yet Cyclone Rick Davenport 1987
75% From Beyond Crawford Tillinghast 1986
No Score Yet The Phantom Empire Andrew Paris 1986
93% Re-Animator Herbert West 1985
No Score Yet The Skin of Our Teeth Henry Antrobus 1983
76% The Man with Two Brains Dr. Jones 1983
No Score Yet Frightmare Stu 1983
67% Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1st-Year Intern 1981
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway Drive-In Teller 1981

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

96% Creepshow
2019
  • 2019
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Weyoun Weyoun/Brunt Brunt Detective Tiron
  • 2019
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
78% Gotham
2014
Office Manager
  • 2015
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
John Nichols
  • 2014
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Sly Borden
  • 2008
63% Masters of Horror
2005-2007
Edgar Allan Poe
  • 2007
  • 2006
95% The 4400
2004-2007
Kevin Kevin Burkhoff
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
96% Justice League Unlimited
2004-2006
Voice
  • 2006
  • 2004
50% Star Trek: Enterprise
2001-2005
Schran Shran Krem
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
77% Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
Penk
  • 2000
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
Harriman Gray
  • 1994
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
Python
  • 1987
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Henry
  • 1983

QUOTES FROM Jeffrey Combs CHARACTERS

Dr. Herbert West
There's a new early release program and I qualify.
Dr. Herbert West
She's not getting any fresher.
Crawford Tillinghast
He bit off his head like a gingerbread man!
Shepard Lambrick
So, Cal, would you rather electricute yourself or would you rather electricute Amy? The blue button is for you. Press the red button if you want to zap Amy. You have fifteen seconds to decide beginning... now!
Dan Cain
[Visiting the morgue] What if we get caught?
Dan Cain
[visiting the morgue] What if we get caught?
Herbert West
What'll they do? Embalm us?
Herbert West
Cat dead. Details later.
Herbert West
I must say, Dr. Hill, I'm very disappointed in you. You steal the secret of life and death and here you are, trysting with a bubble-headed co-ed. You're not even a second-rate scientist.
Herbert West
You'll never get credit for my discovery. Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow.
Herbert West
Dammit! It wasn't QUITE fresh enough!
Herbert West
Dammit! It wasn't quite fresh enough!