Anthony T. “Tony” Todd (born December 4, 1954) is an American actor and film producer, known for his height of 6’5″, (1.96 m) and deep voice. He is well known for playing the Candyman in the horror movie franchise of the same name, for playing William Bludworth in Final Destination, for voicing the Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, for voicing Dreadwing in Transformers: Prime, for playing Reverend Zombie in Hatchet and its sequel Hatchet II, and for guest-starring roles on numerous television shows.
Todd was born in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, where he attended local schools. He attended the University of Connecticut and studied at the Eugene O’Niell National Theatre Institute.
He has appeared in more than 100 screen and television films, and has played opposite many major stars in Hollywood. His movie credits include: Platoon (1986), Night of the Living Dead (1990), Candyman (1992), The Crow (1994), Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), The Rock (1996), Wishmaster (1997), Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999) the Final Destination series (2000–2011), and Minotaur (2006).
Candyman was directed by Bernard Rose and is based on the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker, though the film’s scenario is switched from England to the Cabrini-Green public housing development on Chicago’s Near North Side. The plot follows a graduate student completing a thesis on urban legends who encounters the legend of “Candyman”, an artist and son of a slave who was murdered and his hand replaced with a hook.
Todd was also in a horror film about Edgar Allan Poe called Poe in 2012. Todd was a special guest of the Weekend of Horror Creation Entertainment on May 23, 2010, and the Screamfest LA. Tony starred in Hatchet 2, which was released in a limited number of theatres on October 1, 2010. As Final Destination 5 returned to the series’ roots, Todd returned as William Bludworth.
His other television appearances include a recurring role on Boston Public and guest appearances on Law & Order, Homocide: Life on the Street, Hercules: The Legendary Journey’s, Xena Warrior Princess, The X-Files, Smallville, Angel, 24, Charmed, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda and Criminal Minds. He also played a lead role in the Babylon 5 TV movie A Call to Arms.
More recently, he starred as General Whitman in the 2010-2011 science fiction television series The Event alongside Candyman co-star Virginia Madsen. He currently plays the voices of the Decepticon named Dreadwing on Transformers: Prime, and Icon in Young Justice.
Todd is noted in Star Trek fandom for portraying the character of Worf’s brother Kurn on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also had guest roles as the Alpha Hirogen in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, and as the adult Jake Sisko in the award-winning Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode The Visitor.