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George Newbern portrayed Danny, Rachel's Season 5 love interest.

George Young Newbern (born December 10, 1964 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American television and film actor and voice actor who is best known for his role as Superman in Static Shock, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and The Batman.


Newbern's first lead role was in 1987's Double Switch, a retelling of The Prince and the Pauper that aired as a part of the Wonderful World of Disney television series. Updating the classic story for the 1980s, Newbern handled the role of Bart, a teenage rock star longing for a normal life, and also the role of Matt, a brainy high school student desperate to be popular. Newbern also had a recurring role as the son of designer Julia Sugarbaker (played by Dixie Carter) on the 1990s series Designing Women. He has since guest starred on television in such series as Providence, Chicago Hope, Bull, CSI and Friends, where he plays Danny.

His movie acting credits include Adventures in Babysitting (1987) with Elisabeth Shue; Switching Channels (1988) with Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds and Christopher Reeve; and Father of the Bride (1991) and its sequel Father of the Bride Part II with Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, and Martin Short.


As a voice actor, Newbern is extremely notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Network series Static Shock, Justice League and its sequel Justice League Unlimited, replacing actor Tim Daly, who had contractual obligations elsewhere. George Newbern reprized his role as Superman in The Batman's fifth season two part opener "The Batman/Superman Story" and the series finale episode "Lost Heroes" though that series exists in a different continuity.

Other roles

George Newbern, whose voice acting career began in 1991 with the cartoon series The Pirates of Dark Water, has also done voice-overs on a number of video games and game-related productions. He provided the voice of Sephiroth in the English-language releases of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Kingdom Hearts II, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Dissidia: Final Fantasy, and also voiced Mevyn Nooj in Final Fantasy X-2.

George Newbern stars in the second season of Jericho as the President of the Allied States of America.

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