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Ron Perlman Called Wife of 38 Years ‘the Most Beautiful Girl’ Yet Got Engaged to Younger Co-star

Oyin Balogun
Mar 08, 2022
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"Hellboy" actor Ron Perlman enjoyed one of the longest marriages in Hollywood to his first wife, Opal Stone Perlman. However, the actor was quick to find love again after their divorce.

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Ron Pearlman has a rich portfolio of acting gigs, and she featured in several historical movies such as "Hellboy," "Beauty and the Beast," and many other classics.

He also had a beautiful romance with his first wife, Opal Stone Perlman. The duo was married for 38 years, and their union enjoyed positive media coverage.

[Left] Ron Perlman and wife Opal Stone attend Second Annual Quality Viewing Television Awards on September 17, 1988; [Right] Opal Perlman and Ron Perlman during 2004 AFI Film Festival | Source: Getty Images

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 Most believe Ron and Opal's marriage is a perfect script for a romance movie. However, the couple shockingly announced their divorce, and Ron has since moved on with a new partner.

Here are details about the actor's longtime marriage, family life, and his new fiancee. 

RON PERLMAN'S ROMANTIC FIRST MEETING WITH HIS WIFE

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Ron has often been vocal about his humble rise in Hollywood, going from an obscure actor to one of the most cherished movie stars of his time. But also, one of his favorite hobbies is telling the story of his romance with Opal.

In his book "Easy Street (the Hard Way)," the screen legend shared a thrilling story of how he met Opal and how their bond led them to spend more than half of their lives together.

Ron had been acting in Hollywood since the early '70s. Yet, his career did not begin with a bang. However, towards the beginning of 1976, the actor experienced one of the most significant moments of his life.

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Ron met Opal in a local store where she purchased earrings with her friend. The actor was immediately captivated by her beauty and made a kind gesture to assist her.

Shortly after she finished shopping, Opal asked Ron if he was hiring. The "Hellboy" actor quickly asked if she could start soon, even though he had no power to hire anyone in the store.

Actor Ron Perlman and wife Opal Perlman arrive for the premiere Of "Skin Trade" held at the Egyptian Theatre on May 6, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

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Ron quickly realized that he acted on the spur of the moment after Opal agreed to resume the next day. Nevertheless, the "Sons of Anarchy" actor couldn't wait to see the stunning beauty again. In his words:

"This was, far and away, the most beautiful girl I'd ever laid eyes on."

Opal's first day at the store was one of the happiest days of his life. The duo spent hours chatting and bonding, and the actor realized that love was in the air. Finally, after four months of working together, Ron mustered up the courage to ask her out on a date.

Actor Ron Perlman and wife Opal Stone attend the premiere of 'Coming To America' on June 26, 1988 | Source: Getty Images

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The duo had their first date on Valentine's Day that year, and Ron knew he was in love. Three months after their first date, the couple moved in together and continued building on their bond.

Speaking of their relationship, Ron said:  "We both genuinely enjoyed spending time in each other's company, and this click was immediate; it happened from that first dinner date when we stopped playing games and let our pretenses down."

Actor Ron Perlman, his son Brandon (L), wife Opal and daughter Blake (R) arrive at the premiere of "Hellboy" at the Mann Village Theater on March 30, 2004 | Source: Getty Images

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At the time, Ron was yet to have his break and was not a successful actor. Despite that, he continued to count on the love and support of Opal, who stayed with him regardless. 

According to the 71-year-old, "There was nothing to indicate that I was ever going to be successful financially as an actor." He further added, "She was game. She seemed to be ready to go all the way and take whatever came."

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THE COUPLE'S VALENTINE'S DAY WEDDING

Five years after their first Valentine's Day date, Ron and Opal continued to stand firm together. Ron's career had increasingly progressed at that time, and the couple could afford luxuries such as traveling on vacations.

After returning from one of their vacations, Ron popped the big question. The actor told her, "Let's get married, and let's do it on Valentine's Day, 'cuz that's five years to the day from our first date. So it'll be an easy anniversary to remember."

Opal was surprised by the sudden proposal, which came three days before Valentine's Day. She wondered how they would pull off a wedding under such short notice. But, Ron was bent on having a Valentine's Day wedding.

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Opal Stone and Ron Perlman at premiere of Disobedience during 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC on April 24, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Recalling the moment in his memoir, he said, "At the time I was romantic enough to say that this was important: I want to do this on Valentine's Day. What the [expletive] good is a holiday like that if you can't commit to the one you love?"

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Ron wanted them to get their parents' blessings, take some of their close friends and relatives to the local registry, and get married. The couple had been living together for five years at the time, and Ron felt it was merely an extension of their daily life.

Ron and Opal had a simple wedding on February 14, 1981, on the pastor's lawn, surrounded by his best friend, Burton, and Opal's sisters, Sharon and Janice. The event was far from glamorous, but Ron had his dream of getting married on Valentine's Day.

THE COUPLE'S HARDSHIPS & VICTORIES

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Ron shared many beautiful memories from his marriage to Opal in his memoir, including an aspect of his life that few knew about. The "Hellboy" actor battled clinical depression, which almost led to an attempt to take his life. 

Ron had just experienced one of the high moments of his career, and he felt he was on the verge of a breakthrough, but he suddenly slipped into a deep battle with clinical depression.

The actor confessed that no one could help him out of his depression. Ron had lost his brother to the ailment years earlier, so it did not feel like a coincidence. Unfortunately, his struggles sometimes strained his marriage.

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Ron sometimes took his frustrations out on Opal, but despite this period of their lives, the couple stayed together for 38 years, with their two children, Blake and Brandon.

Before his divorce from Opal, the "Beauty and the Beast" actor loved to show off his wife, who later became a jewelry designer and had a jewelry line called Opal Stone Fine Jewelry. Ron was a big supporter of her brand and was reported to have sometimes hosted events for Opal's collections. 

Ron and Opal might have a strained relationship, but their love for their children has never been questioned. Ron frequently shares pictures of his kids on his Instagram page.

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The couple's children pursued different paths. One has a passion for acting, while the other is a big music lover. Blake, the eldest child, made her acting debut in 2008. 

She has acted alongside her father in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." Ron once shared a lovely picture with Blake on his Instagram from what appeared to have been a movie set. Her other movie credits include "Archer," "Hand of God," and "Pottersville."

Brandon joined the family in 1990 and has fervently worked towards making it big in the music industry. He is the founder of the record label, "L.A. Club Resource," and now goes by the stage name Delroy Edwards.

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RON PERLMAN FOUND NEW LOVE AFTER DIVORCE

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Ron and Opal separated in 2019 after almost four decades together. The actor was later spotted kissing "StartUp” co-star Allison Dunbar. The "Sons of Anarchy" actor filed for divorce six months later.

Opal cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their divorce. She also demanded spousal support and attorney fees from her estranged husband.

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Two years after, Ron was ordered to pay Opal $12,500 a month in perpetuity and cover $40,000 of her attorney fees. In addition, the jewelry dealer got to keep their Los Angeles home and their Mercedes, while Ron maintained his bank accounts.

Ron was declared single and free to marry Dunbar, who constantly shared his pictures on her Instagram. The duo fell in love during their time on “StartUp,” and Ron engaged the actress, hoping to wed for the second time.

Dunbar is several years younger than Ron, but she has already gained fame as an actress. Apart from featuring in "StartUp," Dunbar has also acted in "Yellowstone," "2 Broke Girls," and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." Ron and Dunbar are yet to announce a date for their wedding.

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