John Glover (actor)
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John Glover Actor

John Glover
John Glover Photo Op GalaxyCon Richmond 2019.jpg
Glover at GalaxyCon Richmond in 2019
Born (1944-08-07) August 7, 1944 (age 75)
Alma materTowson University
Years active1970-present
Adam Kurtzman (m. 2016)

John Soursby Glover Jr. (; born August 7, 1944) is an American actor, known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Lionel Luthor on the Superman-inspired television series Smallville. In 1993, he co-starred in the dark comedy Ed and His Dead Mother with Steve Buscemi and Ned Beatty.

Early life

Glover was born in Kingston, New York[1] but raised in Salisbury, Maryland, the son of Cade (née Mullins) and John Soursby Glover, a television salesman.[2][3] Glover attended Wicomico High School and acted at Towson University.[4]

Glover began his career at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, and later studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under Milton Katselas.[5]


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. Other notable 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 in the 1991 Emmy Awards

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.[6]

He had a small appearance in the Woody Allen film Annie Hall 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 new 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.[7]

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 NYC, co-starring with Ellen Burstyn in a LAByrinth production. He most recently 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.[8] In 2013 Glover starred in the horror anthology Sanitarium. He also guest starred in an episode of Agent Carter.[9]

Glover has done various voiceovers for several projects related to Tron: Legacy: villainous character Abraxas in Tron: Evolution, and Dyson in Tron: Uprising. In 2014, he guest starred on The Blacklist episode "Berlin".

Personal life

Glover married sculptor Adam Kurtzman in 2016,[10] having been dating since 1993.[11] According to Glover, he slept with Freddie Mercury and John Oates in the 1970s.[10]

Glover is involved with the Alzheimer's Association. His father had Alzheimer's.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1973 Shamus Johnnie
1977 Annie Hall Actor Boy Friend
1977 Julia Sammy
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
1986 Willy/Milly Fred Niceman
1988 Masquerade Tony Gateworth
1988 Rocket Gibraltar Rolo Rockwell
1988 Scrooged Brice Cummings
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
1995 Automatic Goddard Marx
1997 Love! Valour! Compassion! John Jeckyll, James Jeckyll
1997 Batman & Robin Dr. Jason Woodrue
1998 Dead Broke Sam
1998 The Broken Giant Bennett Hale
1998 Payback Phil
1999 Macbeth in Manhattan Richard / Director
2001 The Body Jesus Christ Street Actor
2001 On the Edge Yuri Moskivin
2002 Mid-Century Bill Gates
2004 Tricks Ralph
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
2014 Reality Zog
2015 You Bury Your Own Detective Gillespie
2016 We Go On Dr. Ellison
2019 Shazam! Mr. Sivana [12]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 George Washington Charles Lee Episode: "Charles Lee"
1986 The New Twilight Zone The Alien Ambassador Episode segment; "A small talent for war"
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
3 episodes
Batman: The Animated Series Edward Nygma / The Riddler
3 episodes
1998 Superman: The Animated Series Episode: "Knight Time"
The New Batman Adventures Episode: "Judgement Day"
1998-1999 Brimstone The Devil / Angel 13 episodes
2001-2011 Smallville Lionel Luthor / Darkseid / Jor-El / Clark Kent 145 episodes
2009 Heroes Samson Gray Episode: "Shades of Gray"
2011-2015 The Good Wife Jared Andrews 4 episodes
2012-2013 Tron: Uprising Dyson
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"

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
1994 The Adventures of Batman & Robin The Riddler
2003 Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo Help Points
2010 Tron: Evolution Abraxas / Jalen



  1. ^ To Smile--and Still Be Glover : Actor's Villainy in 'Grass Roots' Makes Room For Shakespeare
  2. ^ Daily Times Archived September 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Who's who from Salisbury
  3. ^ Daily Times Actor John Glover returns to Salisbury for a cause
  4. ^ John Glover Biography - Yahoo! Movies Archived April 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "John Glover on The Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School". Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Lionel Luthor Returning to Smallville". Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Lily Rabe in 'Much Ado About Nothing' in Central Park". New York Times. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "THE KARATE KID 1983 READ THRU PART 1". Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Jose Molina (writers) & Peter Leto (director) (February 3, 2015). "The Iron Ceiling". Marvel's Agent Carter. Season 1. Episode 5. ABC.
  10. ^ a b Rosenbaum, Michael (June 18, 2019). "John Glover". Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum (Podcast). Unqualified Productions. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ a b Windy City Times - Out in Smallville: Smallville's John Glover
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