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Scott Glenn

Scott Glenn appears in the upcoming Magic Valley and Sucker Punch. He followed 2008's Nights in Rodanthe with a comic turn in Surfer Dude alongside Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson and ended the year with a starring role in the Oliver Stone biopic W as the controversial Donald Rumsfeld.

Glenn starred in the blockbuster hit The Bourne Ultimatum, the independent adventure comedy Camille, Richard LaGravenese's drama Freedom Writers and the 2004 film noir Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, based on the novel by Robert James Waller. He also starred in Lasse Hallstrom's acclaimed drama The Shipping News, the satire Buffalo Soldiers, Antoine Fuqua's Training Day and the action thriller Vertical Limit.

After more than 20 years pursuing a career as a novelist, poet and journalist, Glenn launched his acting career with a number of Off-Broadway productions, including Fortune & Men's Eyes and Collision Course, and spent the late 1960s in traveling theatrical productions across New York City.

Relocating to Hollywood, he won small parts in Robert Altman's Nashville, some of Roger Corman's low-budget specials and Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now before making his big-screen starring debut alongside John Travolta in the 1980 classic Urban Cowboy. Other major film roles soon followed, including Robert Towne's Personal Best; John Frankenheimer's The Challenge; Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, in which Glenn appeared as astronaut Alan Shepard; Lawrence Kasdan's western Silverado; John McTiernan's Oscar- winning adventure The Hunt for Red October; Jonathan Demme's Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs; Stuart Rosenberg's My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys; Ron Howard's acclaimed Backdraft; the epic fantasy adventure Tall Tale; the dark comedy Reckless; Edward Zwick's wartime drama Courage Under Fire; Ken Loach's festival favorite Carla's Song, a love story set amidst the guerrilla war in Nicaragua; Clint Eastwood's Absolute Power; and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides.

Glenn's credits include numerous network and cable movies and guest-starring roles in a wide range of hit television series over the past three decades. He recently starred in the A&E biographical drama Faith of My Fathers, NBC's Homeland Security and the Hallmark Hall of Fame productions Gone but Not Forgotten, John Gray's The Seventh Stream and A Painted House, based on John Grisham's novel. He starred in the 1994 Showtime noir thriller Past Tense and has twice portrayed Sgt. Daniel Muldoon in Showtime's Naked City films. He served as narrator on three episodes of The American Experience.

A lifelong member of The Actors Studio, Glenn made a triumphant return to Broadway as Pale in Lanford Wilson's Burn This and off- Broadway in Dark Rapture and the critically acclaimed Killer Joe, for which he earned a Drama Desk Best Actor nomination and a special honor at the Drama League Awards presentation. He also starred in Arthur Miller's final play, Finishing the Picture, at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, for which Miller wrote a scene for him.

Glenn has been married to artist Carol Schwartz since 1967. The Glenns are active supporters of numerous charities, including the Naval Special Warfare Foundation for families of fallen servicemen and The Delta Society, which helps train and sponsor service and therapy dogs.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.
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Scott Glenn Facts

BirthdayJanuary 26, 1941 (83)
BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Scott Glenn compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Fire From Below
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Frankie & Johnny
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Nights in Rodanthe
The Silence of the Lambs
The Strangers
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