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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) 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.
  • Badass Baritone: Even when he's not going into truly demonic territory, his voice remains deep and powerful, well-suited to playing dangerous characters.
  • Cast as a Mask: His distinctive voice was used for Zoom in The Flash (2014) to keep the real actor under the mask secret.
  • 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.
  • Guttural Growler: His voice can get extremely deep and guttural, without any need for digital assistance.
  • 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: As the superhero Icon in Young Justice.
    • And as Big Good Admiral Briggs in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
    • Played with in Criminal Minds where he plays a convicted criminal that scares the hell out of Reid. He turned out to be a Red Herring to a more vicious criminal.
    • The adult Jake Sisko in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, perhaps his most dramatically demanding onscreen role ever.
    • Eddie, a blind blues guitarist in a modernized version of Frankenstein.
    • As the Vortigaunts in Half-Life 2: Episode Two, a race of mysterious and ultimately peaceful and benevolent aliens. He gets to play even more against type as a brain-damaged Vortigaunt in Half-Life: Alyx, who is eccentric, hammy, and goofy.
    • He played a comedic version of himself on Hollingston.
  • 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.


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