Ron Perlman was married to his first wife for almost four decades. He fell in love with her at first sight and only four months later was finally brave enough to ask her on a date. They have two children, but their union sadly ended in divorce in 2019. The star eventually moved on by falling in love with one of his co-stars, and they’ve since officialized their relationship.
In Ron Perlman's memoir, "Easy Street (the Hard Way)," the actor revealed that some special events occurred to him between the end of 1975 and the start of 1976. While at Burton's Store, two attractive girls walked in.
One was more attractive than the other to Ron, who was working at the store. After making some small talk, the girl the future actor was drawn to saw a pair of earrings he liked and asked for their price.
Ron Perlman and Opal Stone seen on July 14, 1989, at Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
She ended up buying them, and as they were leaving, she asked him if they were hiring because she was looking for a part-time job. Although Ron had no authority to hire anyone, he asked the girl how soon she could start and sealed the deal!
The future star then asked her to come the following morning to start work, and she agreed. After she left, he realized he'd made a big mistake because he was one of the lowest employees at Burton's!
He turned to the store owner and acknowledged his mistake, but Burton offered to fire the girl after her shift the following day. The store owner told Ron he had the day to win the girl over!
The future actor was enthralled by the girl and recalled, "This was, far and away, the most beautiful girl I'd ever laid eyes on." The pair bonded the following day for over seven hours, and Ron was sure it was love.
Ron Perlman and Opal Stone at the premiere of "Great Balls of Fire" on June 29, 1989, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
When knock-off time came, he gave Burton his "saddest puppy dog eyes," begging him not to fire the new employee. The store owner obliged, and four months later, Ron was finally brave enough to ask her on a date.
With Valentine's Day coming around, he asked her what she was doing for the holiday, and when she said she wasn't sure, Ron cunningly filled in the blanks for her. He told her she was going out with him on a date.
After that date, the pair were inseparable for over 40 years until their separation in 2019. In the following piece, we delve into how the star proposed, the family they built, their divorce, and Ron's second marriage.
RON'S STRAIGHTFORWARD WEDDING PROPOSAL
Ron Perlman and Opal Stone at the 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 28, 1988, in Pasadena, California. | Source: Getty Images
After dating Opal Stone for five years, Ron ended up in London and had enough money to fly her in. The couple spent two weeks traveling the UK before moving to France, where they spent a few nights at a friend's place outside Paris.
In early February, the duo was back in the US, and Ron randomly told Stone that they should get married! She was shocked by the announcement, but he explained how they should do it on Valentine's Day.
Opal Stone and Ron Perlman at the 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 28, 1989, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images
He said the date was perfect as it commemorated the first time they went out together and would be easy to remember. Stone thought it wasn't ideal as the date was literally three days away!
Ron explained that he wanted to elope after getting the blessings of their respective mothers. He wanted them to marry in front of a justice of the peace and come home married because they were already married symbolically.
Opal Stone and Ron Perlman at the premiere of "Queens Logic" on January 31, 1991, in Century City, California. | Source: Getty Images
Stone enthusiastically agreed, and her boyfriend immediately found a justice of the peace who would marry them off on Valentine's Day. On that cold day, Ron, his fiancée, Burton, his girlfriend, and Stone's two sisters traveled together.
The couple exchanged vows on the front lawn of the justice of the peace in 1981, and Ron was pleased they could do it on Valentine's Day. He felt marriage was complicated and needed all the good omens they could have to start it.
EXTENDING THEIR FAMILY TO FOUR
After a few years of marriage, on January 7, 1984, Stone and Ron welcomed their first child, daughter Blake Amanda Perlman. The little girl was kept out of the spotlight until she was older and following in her famous father's footsteps.
Around 2008, she started making waves by appearing in her father's movie, "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." The following year she was featured on "Archer," then in 2014 in "Hand of God," and three years later in "Pottersville."
Blake, Ron, Brandon, and Opal Perlman at the world premiere of "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" for the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 28, 2008, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Blake also dabbled in music and worked as the lead vocalist for the song "Drift," which was the theme song of 2013's "Pacific Rim." Stone and Ron's second child, Brandon Avery Perlman, was born on March 29, 1990.
He's opted for a music career and goes by the stage name Delroy Edwards. When he was 18, he moved from Los Angeles to New York City to pursue his craft by working with producers at A1 Records.
Three years after his move, he released his first EP, "4 Club Use Only." In recent years, Brandon has been working as a professional musician and founded the LA Club Resource record label.
OPAL AND RON'S DIVORCE
Ron, Opal, and Blake Perlman at the Los Angeles premiere of "Pacific Rim" on July 9, 2013, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
Sadly, in November 2019, the "Beauty and the Beast" actor revealed that he'd filed for divorce from his wife after separating in May 2019. At that point, the couple had been together for more than 40 years.
May 10, 2019, was listed as the date of their separation, and the last time Ron and his jewelry designer wife were photographed together was in April 2018. The divorce news came nearly six months after the star was seen kissing Allison Dunbar.
Ron Perlman and Allison Dunbar at the world premiere of "Don't Look Up" on December 5, 2021, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
Dunbar was his co-star on "StartUp." Almost two years after the divorce filing, after 38 years of marriage, Ron and Stone were single again in October 2021, with a settlement reached between them.
"The Sons of Anarchy" alum was ordered to pay Stone $12,500 monthly in perpetuity as spousal support. Ron would only stop paying his ex-wife if she remarried or passed away.
Opal Stone and Ron Perlman at the "Disobedience" premiere during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 24, 2018, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
The "Hellboy" actor also had to pay Stone 20 percent of his gross income earned annually, more than $624,000 (with a base of $52,000 monthly). The maximum amount was $1.5 million.
The former couple also had to sell their New York City apartment before splitting the profits. Ron's ex-wife would keep their Los Angeles family home and her Mercedes Benz while he kept his Tesla, residuals, personal bank accounts, and half of their shared accounts.
PERLMAN'S MOVED ON
Allison Dunbar and Ron Perlman at the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 27, 2022, in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images
In November 2020, Daily Mail reported that Ron, then 70, had moved in with Dunbar, then 47. The star allegedly said his former co-star made him "feel young again" and that he was madly in love with her.
In January 2022, [Allison] Dunbar confirmed that she and Ron [Perlman] were engaged by posting a video of them dancing together.
The duo had been friends for many years before developing romantic feelings for each other. According to a The Sun source, the pair moved in together in Pasadena at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Allison Dunbar and Ron Perlman at the sixth and final season premiere of "Better Call Saul" in Los Angeles, on April 7, 2022. | Source: Getty Images
The "Asher" star allegedly didn't care about the 22-year age gap between them, and people who hung out with them thought they were perfect for each other. In September 2020, it was reported that Ron asked a judge to grant him single status from Stone.
The star wanted to be able to marry Dunbar, who was then his fiancée. The approval would have meant he and his ex-wife would be deemed single while the rest of their divorce issues were worked out later.
After three years of dating, Ron got to marry Dunbar in 2022. The actress announced the news with an Instagram video on June 14, 2022, revealing that they'd married at the Palazzo Margherita, a 19th-century boutique hotel in Basilicata, Italy.
In January 2022, Dunbar confirmed that she and Ron were engaged by posting a video of them dancing together. After their relationship became public knowledge, the couple posted relationship photos and romantic memories on social media.