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John Glover

Tony Award winner and five-time Emmy-nominated John Glover has audiences stirring restlessly in their seats with his portrayal of the ruthless Lionel Luthor.

Born in Kingston, New York, and raised in Salisbury, Maryland, Glover worked off-Broadway for ten years before Jane Fonda's notorious slap in Julia caused audiences to sit up and take notice of this talented newcomer. Deciding to take the next step in Hollywood, Glover packed his things and moved to Los Angeles, where he landed the role of Victor DiMato in the television movie An Early Frost, playing a brave AIDS patient. His performance earned him his first Emmy nomination.

Glover soon found himself cast as a series of notable villains, such as the pornographer-blackmailer in 52 Pick-Up, the mad scientist Dr. Jason Woodrue in Batman & Robin, a manic TV executive in Gremlins 2: The New Batch and a drunken murderer in Masquerade. His impressive resume also includes such box office hits as Payback, with Mel Gibson; Woody Allen's Annie Hall; Robocop 2; and Love! Valour! Compassion!

Glover lit up the small screen as well with Emmy-nominated turns in the series Frasier, LA Law and Crime & Punishment. Taking his villainous streak to the extreme, Glover portrayed Satan in Brimstone. Other television credits include television movies The Tempest, Dead By Midnight, Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker, An Enemy of the People, A Season of Giants and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Glover received another Emmy nod for his role in Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder and a CableAce nomination for his work in Traveling Man.

Always returning to his first love, the stage, Glover received a Tony Award and an Obie Award for Best Actor in Love! Valour! Compassion! He was also awarded the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor for his work in The Traveler. Additional Broadway performances include Sorrows and Rejoicings, Give Me Your Answer, Do! Tartuffe and Oblivion Postponed. He also stared in The Paris Letter at the Roundabout Theatre in New York. This role garnered Glover nominations for a Drama Desk Award, a Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama League Award. Glover recently starred in the world premiere of Terrence McNally's play Some Men at the Philadelphia Theater Company.

No stranger to the world of superheroes, Glover also provided the voice of The Riddler in Batman, The Animated Series.

Glover splits his time among Maryland, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Striving to increase the awareness for the disease as well as raise much-needed funds for a cure, John dedicates his time to the Alzheimer's Association. He also funds a scholarship for actors at his alma mater, Towson University, and returns to teach classes in his free time.

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John Glover Facts

BirthdayAugust 7, 1944 (79)
BirthplaceSalisbury, Maryland, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is John Glover compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
Nothing to Fear
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Escape From Alcatraz
Holiday Knights
52 Pick-Up
Perchance to Dream
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