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Creator / Tony Todd

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"It's very interesting that most of the roles I've gotten are grim, when I'm actually a very well-adjusted man and had a happy upbringing. I guess there are some dark shadows somewhere in there, but I'm a big kid."

Anthony Tiran Todd (born December 4, 1954 in Washington, D.C.) is an American actor, best known for his deep, gravelly voice, large stature, and roles as the eponymous character in Candyman and as William Bludworth in the Final Destination films.

He is, perhaps, the Scary Black Man of Hollywood (next to Keith David, anyway).


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  • Alliterative Name: Tony Todd.
  • Baritone of Strength: Even when he's not going into truly demonic territory, his voice remains deep and powerful, well-suited to playing dangerous characters.
  • The Big Guy: He stands 6'5" and usually towers over his co-stars.
  • Cast as a Mask: His distinctive voice was used for Zoom in The Flash (2014) to keep the real actor under the mask secret. It seems as though the same will apply to Venom in Marvel's Spider-Man 2.
  • Catchphrase: Several of his characters make liberal use of the word "cocksucker."
  • Evil Is Bigger: His imposing 6'5 frame enforces this trope whenever he's a villain.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Whenever he plays a villain, his gravelly voice makes them sound especially intimidating.
  • Guttural Growler: His voice can get extremely deep and guttural, without any need for digital assistance.
  • Large and in Charge: He is often cast as leaders and authority figures, no doubt helped by his imposing stature.
  • Magical Negro: In the Final Destination films, his character seems to know more than everyone else about Death's plans and how to foil them. Played with in that his advice is not meant to enrich those characters' lives.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Scary Black Man: Many of his roles, but perhaps none moreso than the Candyman. It should be said though, that is brand of scary is far from the stereotype associated with this trope; his voice is better suited to raising the dead than quoting Bible verses with a gun.
  • Two First Names: Both Tony and Todd are common first names.


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When in costume, the evil speedster Zoom has a deep, gravelly voice provided by Tony Todd.

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