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John Glover

John Glover as Lionel Luthor in Season One.

John Glover (born August 7, 1944 in Salisbury, Maryland) is an American actor, best known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Lionel Luthor in Smallville.

Career

John Glover is mostly known for playing a number of villainous characters on television and films. He's made numerous appearances on stage, and has even won a Tony Award for "Featured Actor in a Play" for his role in "Love! Valour! Compassion!" which he did again in the film version. He splits his time among Maryland, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Trying to increase the awareness for Alzheimer as well as raise much-needed funds for a cure, he 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. Other roles include General Charles Lee in George Washingtion, Bryce Cummings in Scrooged, Daniel Clamp in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, a mobster in Payback, The Riddler in Batman: The Animated Series, Doctor Jason Woodrue in Batman and Robin, the Devil in Brimstone, and Verad in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Invasive Procedures". He has also 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. He also had a small but unforgettable appearance in the Woody Allen film Annie Hall. In a flashback to a scene from Annie Hall's past he utters the line: "Touch my heart. With your foot".

Quick Facts

  • He graduated from Towson State Teacher's College.
  • He received an Honorary Masters degree.
  • His astrological sign is Leo.
  • He is 6' 1".
  • He frequently plays villains.
  • He is openly gay.
  • He is left handed (as is Michael Rosenbaum who played his son Lex Luthor)

Trivia

  • John Glover appeared as Lionel Luthor as a special guest star during Season One, then as a main character from Season Two to Season Seven and back to a special guest star in Season Ten. Archive footage of him from Pilot is used in the Season Eight episode Eternal. He is the only recurring actor to appear in Pilot and Finale, Part 2.
  • An interview with John Glover can be found in Issue 5 of Smallville.
  • He guest starred in the 6th season premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
  • Glover was recently interviewed by MediaBlvd Magazine.
  • Glover's new play Some Men premiered at the Philadelphia Company Theatre on June 11, 2006.
  • Glover offered to have his head shaved when Lionel Luthor went to prison as long as it was aired.
  • He received another Emmy nomination for his role in Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder.
  • Every year he auctions off Smallville items on eBay to raise money for Alzheimer's. It's been a big success for the 3 years he's been doing it.
  • In 1981, he appeared in The Incredible Shrinking Woman as Tom Keller, along with Ned Beatty (who played the Superman: The Movie version of Otis Berg) who played Dan Beame.
  • He provided the voice for The Riddler in Emmy Award-winning series Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Glover played Doctor Jason Woodrue in the super-hero movie Batman & Robin.
  • In Season Four's Transference, during the prison fight and raid involving Lionel, John did not use a stunt man, choosing to act out the stunts himself. The stunt man stood by ready but was never used.
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Glover as the alternate reality Lionel Luthor in Season Ten.

Filmography

  1. "Heroes" .... Samson Gray (1 episode, 2009)
    ... aka "Heroes: Villains" (USA: third season title)
        - Chapter Six 'Shades of Gray' (2009) .... Samson Gray
  2. "Brothers & Sisters" .... Henry Mittner (1 episode, 2009)
        - Owning It (2009) .... Henry Mittner
  3. "Numb3rs" .... Simon Kraft (2 episodes, 2006-2009)
    ... aka "Num3ers" (USA: promotional title)
        - Trouble in Chinatown (2009) .... Simon Kraft
        - Mind Games (2006) .... Simon Kraft
  4. "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" .... Dr. Declan Gage (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
    ... aka "Law & Order: CI" (USA: promotional abbreviation)
        - Frame (2008) .... Dr. Declan Gage
        - Blind Spot (2006) .... Dr. Declan Gage
  5. "Smallville" .... Lionel Luthor / ... (141 episodes, 2001-2008)
    ... aka "Smallville Beginnings" (USA: rerun title)
    ... aka "Smallville: Superman the Early Years" (UK: promotional title)
        - Arctic (2008) (credit only) .... Lionel Luthor
        - Quest (2008) (credit only) .... Lionel Luthor
        - Apocalypse (2008) (credit only) .... Lionel Luthor
        - Sleeper (2008) (credit only) .... Lionel Luthor
        - Descent (2008) .... Lionel Luthor
          (136 more)
  6. The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (2005) .... Ogden
  7. A Kiss at Kerouac's Grave (2004) .... Will
  8. Sweet Union (2004) .... Oleen
  9. Tricks (2004) .... Ralph
  10. "Smallville: Chloe Chronicles" .... Lionel Luthor (1 episode, 2004)
        - Chronicle 7 (2004) .... Lionel Luthor
  11. "Arli$$" .... Bobby Salmon (1 episode, 2002)
        - End Game (2002) .... Bobby Salmon
  12. Mid-Century (2002) .... Bill Gates
  13. On Edge (2001/I) .... Yuri Moskivin
  14. The Body (2001) .... Jesus Christ Street Actor
    ... aka Das geheimnisvolle Grab (Germany) ... aka The Body - Das geheimnisvolle Grab (Germany: TV title)
  15. "Get Real" .... Fate (1 episode, 2000)
        - Waiting (2000) .... Fate
  16. "Snoops" .... Gary Hyndman (1 episode, 1999)
        - Pilot (1999) .... Gary Hyndman
  17. Macbeth in Manhattan (1999) .... Richard/Director
  18. "Brimstone" .... The Devil / ... (13 episodes, 1998-1999)
        - Mourning After (1999) .... The Devil
        - It's a Helluva Life (1999) .... The Devil / Angel
        - Faces (1999) .... The Devil
        - Carrier (1999) .... The Devil
        - Lovers (1999) .... The Devil
          (8 more)
  19. Payback (1999/I) .... Phil
  20. The Tempest (1998) (TV) .... Anthony Prosper
  21. "The New Batman Adventures" .... Edward Nigma / ... (1 episode, 1998)
    ... aka "Batman: The Animated Series Volume Four" (USA: DVD box title)
        - Judgment Day (1998) (voice) .... Edward Nigma / The Riddler
  22. "Superman" .... The Riddler (1 episode, 1998)
    ... aka "Superman: The Animated Series" (USA: informal alternative title)
        - Knight Time (1998) (voice) .... The Riddler
  23. "Chicago Hope" .... Max Demming (1 episode, 1998)
        - Objects Are Closer Than They Appear (1998) .... Max Demming
  24. "Homicide: Life on the Street" .... Nelson Broyles (1 episode, 1998)
    ... aka "Homicide" (USA: informal short title)
        - Lies and Other Truths (1998) .... Nelson Broyles
  25. Dead Broke (1998) .... Sam
  26. The Broken Giant (1998) .... Bennett Hale
  27. Dead by Midnight (1997) (TV) .... Dr. Armond Drake/Ben Hamill
  28. Medusa's Child (1997) (TV) .... Rogers Henry
  29. Batman & Robin (1997) .... Dr. Jason Woodrue
  30. Dead Man's Gun (1997) (TV) .... Jack Fleetwood (segment "Fool's Gold")
  31. "Caroline in the City" .... Hilton Traynor (1 episode, 1997)
    ... aka "Caroline" (USA: promotional abbreviation)
        - Caroline and the Dearly Departed (1997) .... Hilton Traynor
  32. Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997) .... John Jeckyll, James Jeckyll
  33. "Remember WENN" .... Adrian Carr (1 episode, 1996)
        - Hilary Booth, Registered Nurse (1996) .... Adrian Carr
  34. In the Mouth of Madness (1994) .... Saperstein ... aka John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (USA: complete title)
  35. "Batman" .... Edward Nygma / ... (3 episodes, 1992-1994)
    ... aka "Batman: The Animated Series" (USA: promotional title)
    ... aka "The Adventures of Batman & Robin" (USA: new title)
        - Riddler's Reform (1994) (voice) .... Edward Nygma / The Riddler
        - What Is Reality? (1992) (voice) .... Edward Nygma / The Riddler
        - If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? (1992) (voice) .... Edward Nygma / The Riddler
  36. "Dinosaurs" .... Babysitter / ... (3 episodes, 1992-1994)
        - Terrible Twos (1994) (voice) .... Babysitter
        - Charlene's Flat World (1992) (voice) .... Prosecutor
        - The Last Temptation of Ethel (1992) (voice) .... Lucius
  37. Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (1994) (TV) .... Maj. Asa Bird Gardiner ... aka Assault at Westpoint (USA: short title)
  38. Schemes (1994) (V) .... Victor Kraft
  39. Night of the Running Man (1994) .... Derek Mills
  40. Dora Was Dysfunctional (1994)
  41. Home (1994/I)
  42. Automatic (1994) .... Goddard Marx
  43. "Frasier" .... Ned Miller (1 episode, 1993)
        - Oops (1993) .... Ned Miller
  44. "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" .... Verad (1 episode, 1993)
    ... aka "DS9" (USA: promotional abbreviation)
    ... aka "Deep Space Nine" (USA: short title)
    ... aka "Star Trek: DS9" (USA: short title)
        - Invasive Procedures (1993) .... Verad
  45. "Animaniacs" .... Rasputin (1 episode, 1993)
    ... aka "Animaniacs" (UK)
    ... aka "Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs" (USA: complete title)
        - Pavlov's Mice/Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov/Nothing But the Tooth (1993) (voice) .... Rasputin
  46. "The Hidden Room" .... John Burke (1 episode, 1993)
        - Passages (1993) .... John Burke
  47. "South Beach" .... Roberts (5 episodes, 1993)
        - Wild Thing (1993) .... Roberts
        - Stake Out (1993) .... Roberts
        - Pirates of the Caribbean (1993) .... Roberts
        - Diamond in the Rough (1993) .... Roberts
        - School for Scandal (????) .... Roberts
  48. Ed and His Dead Mother (1993) .... A.J. Pattle
    ... aka Bon Appetit, Mama (UK) ... aka Motherhood (UK: video title)
  49. Majority Rule (1992) (TV) .... 'Mac' Mackin ... aka Majority City (Europe)
  50. "The Ray Bradbury Theater" .... Walter Grip (1 episode, 1992)
    ... aka "Le monde fantastique de Ray Bradbury" (Canada: French title)
    ... aka "Mystery Theatre" (UK: rerun title)
    ... aka "Ray Bradbury présente" (France)
    ... aka "The Bradbury Trilogy" (UK: rerun title)
    ... aka "The Ray Bradbury Theatre" (UK)
        - Silent Towns (1992) .... Walter Grip
  51. Grass Roots (1992) (TV) .... Harold Perkerson
  52. Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel (1992) (TV) .... Loco Garrison
  53. "Tales from the Crypt" .... Undertaker (1 episode, 1991)
    ... aka "HBO's Tales from the Crypt"
        - Undertaking Palor (1991) .... Undertaker
  54. Dead on the Money (1991) (TV) .... Russell Blake
  55. A Season of Giants (1991) (TV) .... Leonardo DaVinci
    ... aka La primavera di Michelangelo (Italy) ... aka Michelangelo: The Last Giant
  56. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1991) (TV) .... Billy ... aka What Ever Happened to...? (USA)
  57. "L.A. Law" .... Dr. Paul Kohler (1 episode, 1990)
        - God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman (1990) .... Dr. Paul Kohler
  58. El Diablo (1990) (TV) .... The Preacher
  59. RoboCop 2 (1990) .... Magnavolt Salesman
  60. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) .... Daniel Clamp
  61. An Enemy of the People (1990) (TV) .... Dr. Thomas Stockman
  62. "The Hitchhiker" (1 episode, 1989)
    ... aka "Deadly Nightmares" (UK: video compilation title)
    ... aka "Le voyageur" (France)
        - Striptease (1989)
  63. Meet the Hollowheads (1989) .... Henry Hollowhead ... aka Life on the Edge
  64. Breaking Point (1989) (TV) .... Dr. Gerber
  65. Traveling Man (1989) (TV) .... Chick Beeler
  66. "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" .... Mike Sayles (1 episode, 1989)
        - Here's Why You Should Lock Your Bathroom Door (1989) .... Mike Sayles
  67. Pursuit (1989) (TV) .... Max Brodsky ... aka Twist of Fate (USA)
  68. Scrooged (1988) .... Brice Cummings
  69. The Chocolate War (1988) .... Brother Leon
  70. David (1988) (TV) .... Charles Rothenberg
  71. Rocket Gibraltar (1988) .... Rolo Rockwell
  72. Hot Paint (1988) (TV) .... Algernon
  73. Masquerade (1988) .... Tony Gateworth
  74. Moving Target (1988) (TV) .... Dobbins
  75. "Murder, She Wrote" .... Andrew Durbin / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
        - When Thieves Fall Out (1987) .... Andrew Durbin
        - One White Rose for Death (1986) .... Franz Mueller
  76. Paul Reiser Out on a Whim (1987) (TV)
  77. "Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder" (1987) .... Richard Behrens
  78. "Miami Vice" .... Steve Duddy (1 episode, 1987)
        - Lend Me an Ear (1987) .... Steve Duddy
  79. Willy/Milly (1986) .... Fred Niceman
    ... aka I Was a Teenage Boy ... aka Something Special
  80. 52 Pick-Up (1986) .... Alan Raimy
  81. Apology (1986) (TV) .... Philip ... aka Apology for Murder (UK)
  82. A Killing Affair (1986) .... Sheb Sheppard ... aka My Sister's Keeper (UK)
  83. "The Twilight Zone" .... Alien Ambassador (segment "A Small Talent for War") (1 episode, 1986)
    ... aka "The New Twilight Zone" (Australia)
        - Monsters!/A Small Talent for War/A Matter of Minutes (1986) .... Alien Ambassador (segment "A Small Talent for War")
  84. White Nights (1985) .... Wynn Scott
  85. An Early Frost (1985) (TV) .... Victor DiMato
  86. "ABC Afterschool Specials" .... Mr. Stewart (1 episode, 1985)
        - Don't Touch (1985) .... Mr. Stewart
  87. "Lime Street" .... Mr. Balzar (1 episode, 1985)
        - Diamonds Aren't Forever (1985) .... Mr. Balzar
  88. A Flash of Green (1984) .... Rose Halley
  89. Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984) (TV) .... Pierre Lafitte
  90. "George Washington" (1984) .... Gen. Charles Lee
  91. The Evil That Men Do (1984) .... Paul Briggs, U.S. Embassy
  92. "Search for Tomorrow" (1951) .... Billy Vargas (unknown episodes, 1983-1984)
  93. "Kennedy" (1983) .... William Walton
  94. The Face of Rage (1983) (TV)
  95. Rage of Angels (1983) (TV) .... Scanlon/Jackson ... aka Sidney Sheldon's Rage of Angels
  96. A Little Sex (1982) .... Walter
  97. The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) .... Tom Keller
  98. Melvin and Howard (1980) .... Freese - Attorney #2
  99. The Mountain Men (1980) .... Nathan Wyeth
  100. The American Success Company (1980) .... Ernst
    ... aka American Success
    ... aka Good as Gold (USA: video title)
    ... aka Success (USA: recut version)
    ... aka The Ringer
  101. Last Embrace (1979) .... Richard Peabody
  102. Under This Sky (1979) (TV)
  103. Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978) .... Herbert Little
  104. Julia (1977) .... Sammy
  105. "The Andros Targets" (1 episode, 1977)
        - The Surrender (1977)
  106. Annie Hall (1977) .... Actor Boyfriend
  107. "Kojak" .... Billy Jo Sparrow (1 episode, 1975)
        - Elegy in an Asphalt Graveyard (1975) .... Billy Jo Sparrow
  108. Shamus (1973) .... Johnnie
    ... aka Passion for Danger

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