Glover at the 2020 GalaxyCon Richmond
|Alma mater||Towson University|
John Soursby Glover Jr. ( // ; born August 7, 1944) is an American actor, known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Daniel Clamp in Gremlins 2: The New Batch and Lionel Luthor on the Superman-inspired television series Smallville .
Glover was born in Kingston, New Yorkand raised in Salisbury, Maryland, the son of Cade (née Mullins) and John Soursby Glover, a television salesman. Glover attended Wicomico High School and acted at Towson University.
Glover began his career at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, and later studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under Milton Katselas.
Glover began his career in television, playing a mentally disturbed kidnapper who kidnapped Joanne, the lead character on Search for Tomorrow . One of his early film performances was a small but pivotal role as a U.S. diplomat in White Nights . His other roles include Alan Raimy in 52 Pick-Up , Bryce Cummings in Scrooged , Daniel Clamp in Gremlins 2: The New Batch , a mobster in Payback , an advertising spokesman in RoboCop 2 , Derek Mills in Night of the Running Man , the Riddler in Batman: The Animated Series , Doctor Jason Woodrue in Batman & Robin , Verad in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Invasive Procedures", the Devil in the series Brimstone , and a recurring role in The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd as Cousin Jerry, from Bal'mer, a relative whom no one actually seemed to know.
In 1987, he appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Lend Me an Ear" as Steve Duddy. He also appeared in two episodes of Murder, She Wrote, the first one being "One White Rose for Death" in which he played East German Franz Mueller. Mueller wishes to defect to the United States, but his sister is a celebrated concert violinist. They both become caught up in a case of murder at the British Embassy. The other episode was "When Thieves Fall Out," where he played Andrew Durbin, a man wrongly accused of stealing bonds. He appeared in the TV movie An Early Frost in 1985, the first TV film to confront the issue of AIDS, and received an Emmy nomination for his performance as a gay AIDS patient. In 1986, he appeared in the TV film Apology with Lesley Ann Warren.
He appeared in the role of Max Brodsky, an inmate in concentration camps and later a fighter for Israel's independence, in Ian Sharp's 1989 TV miniseries Twist of Fate (also known as Pursuit). That same year, he played a hard driving, low on morals District Sales Manager in HBO's Traveling Man. He also received a 1994 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance in Frasier .
Glover is perhaps best known for the role as Lionel Luthor on Smallville from 2001 to 2008 where he first appeared as a guest actor in the show's first season and then appeared as a full cast member from seasons two to seven. He later returned in 2010 and 2011 for the tenth and final season as a parallel universe version of the character.
He had a small appearance in the Woody Allen film Annie Hall (1977) in a flashback in which he tells the title character, "Touch my heart. With your foot." He had a recurring role in Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Declan Gage, an old friend and mentor to Detective Robert Goren. On ABC's Brothers & Sisters he played Henry (the boyfriend of Saul Holden) in 2009. In Heroes he had a brief appearance as Samson Gray, the father of Sylar.
He had made notable appearances on stage, winning a Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Play for his dual roles in the Broadway play Love! Valour! Compassion! , which he reprised in the film version. In 2004, he performed with the Philadelphia Theatre Company staging of Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
He also appeared as "man in the chair/narrator" in The Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway during summer 2007. He played the role of Lucky in a Broadway production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot , for which he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. In 2014, he appeared as Leonato in the Shakespeare In the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing .
He played Telemachus in Yuri Rasovsky's Peabody Award-winning radio dramatization of The Odyssey of Homer and has played in several radio plays of the LA Theatre Works. Glover is receiving increasing recognition for narrating audiobooks. In 2011, he performed the audiobook version of Ghost Story , the thirteenth novel in Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files series. In October/November 2011, he performed in David Bar Katz's drama The Atmosphere of Memory at the Bank Street Theatre in New York City, co-starring with Ellen Burstyn in a LAByrinth production. He played the role of Uncle Ben in the 2012 Broadway production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman , directed by Mike Nichols. He is seen rehearsing the role of John Kreese in behind-the-scenes pre-production footage from The Karate Kid , indicating he may have been considered for that role.In 2013, Glover starred in the horror anthology Sanitarium . He also guest-starred in an episode of Agent Carter .
Glover has done various voice-over work for several projects related to Tron: Legacy : the villainous character Abraxas in Tron: Evolution , and Dyson in Tron: Uprising . In 2014, he guest-starred on The Blacklist in the episode titled "Berlin".
Glover married sculptor Adam Kurtzman in 2016.They began dating in 1993. According to Glover, he slept with Freddie Mercury and John Oates in the 1970s.
Glover is involved with the Alzheimer's Association. His father had Alzheimer's.
|1977||Annie Hall||Actor Boy Friend|
|1978||Somebody Killed Her Husband||Herbert Little|
|1979||Last Embrace||Richard Peabody|
|1980||The American Success Company||Ernst|
|1980||Mountain Men||Nathan Wyeth|
|1980||Melvin and Howard||Freese – Attorney #2|
|1981||The Incredible Shrinking Woman||Tom Keller|
|1982||A Little Sex||Walter|
|1984||The Evil That Men Do||Briggs|
|1985||White Nights||Wynn Scott|
|1986||A Killing Affair||Sheb Sheppard|
|1986||52 Pick-Up||Alan Raimy|
|1988||Rocket Gibraltar||Rolo Rockwell|
|1988||The Chocolate War||Brother Leon|
|1989||Meet the Hollowheads||Henry Hollowhead|
|1990||Gremlins 2: The New Batch||Daniel Clamp|
|1990||RoboCop 2||Magnavolt salesman|
|1993||Ed and His Dead Mother||A. J. Pattle|
|1994||In the Mouth of Madness||Saperstein|
|1995||Night of the Running Man||Derek Mills|
|1997||Love! Valour! Compassion!||John Jeckyll, James Jeckyll|
|1997||Batman & Robin||Dr. Jason Woodrue|
|1997||Medusa's Child||Rogers Henry|
|1998||The Broken Giant||Bennett Hale|
|1999||Macbeth in Manhattan||Richard / Director|
|2001||The Body||Jesus Christ Street Actor|
|2001||On Edge||Yuri Moskvin|
|2004||A Kiss at Kerouac's Grave||Will|
|2005||The Civilization of Maxwell Bright||Ogden|
|2013||Sanitarium||Gustav||Segment: "Figuratively Speaking"|
|2013||Sweet Talk||Professor / Count|
|2015||You Bury Your Own||Detective Gillespie|
|2016||We Go On||Dr. Ellison|
|1975||Kojak||Billy Jo||Episode: "Elegy In An Asphalt Graveyard"|
|1984||George Washington||Charles Lee||Episode: "Charles Lee"|
|1985||ABC Afterschool Specials||Mr. Stewart||Episode: "Don't Touch"|
|1985||An Early Frost||Victor DiMato|
|1986||The New Twilight Zone||The Alien Ambassador||Episode segment; “A small talent for war”|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Franz Mueller||Episode: "One White Rose for Death"|
|1987||Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder||Richard Behrens||Episode: 1-3 (entire miniseries)|
|1987||Miami Vice||Steve Duddy||Episode: "Lend Me an Ear"|
|1989||Breaking Point||Dr. Gerber||TV movie|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Undertaker||Episode: "Undertaking Palor"|
|1992||Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel||Loco Garrison||TV movie|
|1993||Frasier||Ned Miller||Episode 10"|
|The Legend of Prince Valiant||King Edward|
|Episode: "The Blackest Poison"|
|Animaniacs|| Rasputin |
|Episode: "Nothing but the Tooth"|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Verad||Episode: "Invasive Procedures"|
|1992–1994||Dinosaurs|| Babysitter / Prosecutor / Lucius|
|Batman: The Animated Series|| Edward Nygma / The Riddler |
|1998||Superman: The Animated Series||Episode: "Knight Time"|
|The New Batman Adventures||Episode: "Judgement Day"|
|The Tempest||Anthony Prosper|
|1998–1999||Brimstone||The Devil / Angel||13 episodes|
|2001–2011||Smallville||Lionel Luthor / Darkseid / Jor-El / Clark Kent||145 episodes|
|2006–2008||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Declan Gage||2 episodes|
|2011–2015||The Good Wife||Jared Andrews||4 episodes|
|2014||Perception||The Devil||Episode: "Possession"|
|2015||Marvel's Agent Carter||SSR Informant||Episode: "The Iron Ceiling"|
|2019||The Good Fight||Jared Andrews||1 episode|
|Tales of the City||Bill Schwartz||Episode: "Next Level Sh*t"|
|Evil||Byron Duke||Episode: "3 Stars"|
|1994||The Adventures of Batman & Robin||The Riddler|
|2003||Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo||Help Points|
|2010||Tron: Evolution||Abraxas / Jalen|
|1992||The Thief of Always (abridged)||Clive Barker|
|1999||Night Shift||Stephen King|
|The Lawnmower Man||Stephen King|
|Gray Matter||Stephen King|
|Thank You for Smoking||Christopher Buckley|
|2009||Level 26: Dark Origins||Anthony E. Zuiker|
|2010||Worst Case||James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge|
|The Bride Collector||Ted Dekker|
|The Tempest||William Shakespeare|
|Red Harvest||Joe Schreiber|
|2011||Gideon's Sword||Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child|
|Dracula (Dramatized)||Bram Stoker and Charles Morey|
Michael John McKean is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and musician known for various roles in film and television such as Lenny Kosnowski in Laverne & Shirley, David St. Hubbins in This Is Spinal Tap, and Chuck McGill on Better Call Saul.
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Julian Wyatt Glover is an English classical actor, with many stage, television and film roles since commencing his career in the 1950s. He is a recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award and has performed many times for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Smallville is an American superhero television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The series, initially broadcast by The WB, premiered on October 16, 2001. After Smallville's fifth season, The WB and UPN merged to form The CW, the series' later United States broadcaster. Smallville, which ended its tenth and final season on May 13, 2011, follows Clark Kent in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, before he becomes the Man of Steel. The first four seasons focus on Clark and his friends in high school and his love story with Lana Lang. After season five Smallville ventures into adult settings, eventually focusing on his career alongside Lois Lane at the Daily Planet and introducing other DC comic-book superheroes and villains.
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Clarence John Brown III is an American film, television actor and voice actor. He is known for his roles as the Kurgan in Highlander (1986), Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Sergeant Charles Zim Starship Troopers (1997) and Brother Justin Crowe on the HBO series Carnivàle (2003–2005). His voice-over work includes Lex Luthor in various media, beginning with Superman: The Animated Series (1996–2000), Doctor Neo Cortex in the Crash Bandicoot franchise (1997–2003), Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants (1999–present), Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Lt. Hank Anderson in Detroit: Become Human (2018).
Richard Miller was an American character actor who appeared in more than 180 films, including many produced by Roger Corman. He later appeared in the films of directors who began their careers with Corman, including Joe Dante, James Cameron, and Martin Scorsese, with the distinction of appearing in every film directed by Dante. He was known for playing the beleaguered everyman, often in one-scene appearances. Miller's main roles in films included Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Explorers, Piranha, The Howling, A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors, Not of This Earth, Chopping Mall, Night of the Creeps, The Terminator, The 'Burbs, Small Soldiers and Quake.
The first season of Smallville, an American television series developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, began airing on October 16, 2001, on The WB television network. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to his developing superpowers in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. The first season comprises 21 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 21, 2002. Regular cast members during season one include Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Eric Johnson, Sam Jones III, Allison Mack, Annette O'Toole, and John Schneider.
The second season of Smallville, an American television series developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, began airing on September 24, 2002 on The WB television network. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. The second season comprises 23 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 20, 2003. Regular cast members during season two include Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Sam Jones III, Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider. Glover, who was a recurring guest in season one, was promoted to regular for season two. At the end of season one, Eric Johnson, who portrayed Whitney Fordman, had left the series.
The third season of Smallville, an American television series, began airing on October 1, 2003. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. The third season comprises 22 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 19, 2004. Regular cast members during season three include Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Sam Jones III, Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider.
Bernard Aloysius Kiernan Hughes, known professionally as Barnard Hughes, was an American actor of television, theater and film. Hughes became famous for a variety of roles; his most-notable roles came after middle age, and he was often cast as a dithering authority figure or grandfatherly elder.
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"Tempest" is the twenty-first episode and season finale of the first season of the WB original series Smallville. The episode originally aired on May 21, 2002; Alfred Gough and Miles Millar wrote the script, and Greg Beeman directed. In the episode's narrative, Lex attempts to forge his own destiny away from LuthorCorp; Whitney leaves Smallville for the Marines; Roger Nixon discovers Clark's secret and attempts to expose him to the world; and Lana is pulled into a tornado.
Lex Luthor is a fictional character from the television series Smallville. He is featured in the pilot episode until the season seven finale, and has been played continuously by Michael Rosenbaum, with various actors portraying the character as a child or teen throughout the series. The character of Lex Luthor, first created for comic books by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1940 as nemesis of Superman, was adapted to television in 2001 by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar—this is only the third time the character has been adapted to a live action television series. The character has also appeared in various literature based on the Smallville television series, none of which directly continues from or into the television episodes.
"Finale" is the title of the two-episode series finale of the superhero television series Smallville. The episodes are the 21st and 22nd of the 10th season, and the 216th and 217th episodes overall. The finale originally aired on The CW in the United States on May 13, 2011. The first half was written by Al Septien and Turi Meyer, and directed by Kevin G. Fair, and the second half was written by Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, and directed by Greg Beeman.
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