John Glover

John Glover


8/7/1944, Salisbury, Maryland

Birth Name

John Soursby Glover Junior


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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…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • His father's name is John S Glover and his mother's name is Cade Glover.

    • For three college summers, he worked at a small theater in southwestern Virginia.

    • He's homosexual and since the 1990s his partner is the sculptor Adam Kurtzman.

    • He studies acting with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

    • In his interview with MediaBlvd Magazine, he shared some hints about the Smallville season finale as well as the fact that the original "Vessel" script was thrown out and rewritten the day before they started shooting.

    • John Glover is 6' 1".

    • John Glover has a couple of productions associated with DC comics. Other than his current role as Lionel Luthor in Smallvillle, he's played The Riddler in the 1992 animated TV series Batman and the 1998 animated TV series Superman. He's also played Dr. Jason Woodrue in the 1997 movie Batman & Robin.

    • John Glover appeared in the Philadelphia Theatre Company's premiere production of the new Terrence McNally play Some Men, which ran from May 12th through June 11th (2006), with an opening night of May 17th, 2006.

    • In the "Transference" episode during the prison fight and raid involving Lionel, John did not use a stuntman, choosing to act out the stunts himself. The stuntman stood by ready, but was never used.

    • For the episode "Transference," John stayed on the set when Tom Welling was shooting to offer his assistance to Tom playing Lionel Luthor. John would even run the lines and actions first, then Tom Welling would shoot it.

    • In 1991 he was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in the movie Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

    • In 2003 and 2004 he was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his work on Smallville.

    • He participates in the "Memory Walk" every year to help raise awareness and money for Alzheimer's.

    • He graduated from Towson State Teacher's College (now Towson University). Recently received an honorary Masters degree.

    • John Glover offered to have his head shaved on Smallville when the character he plays, Lionel Luthor, went to prison as long as it was aired.

    • His father had Alzheimer's.

    • 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.

    • He received another Emmy nomination for his role in Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder.

    • He received a Cable Ace nomination for his work in Traveling Man.

    • He's been nominated for Emmys for work on Frasier, LA Law, and Crime & Punishment.

    • His performance in An Early Frost, playing a brave AIDS patient earned him his first Emmy nomination.

    • He won Broadway's 1995 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for the dual roles of John Jeckyll and James Jeckyll in Terence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion!.

    • He visits his Alma Mater Towson University in Maryland regularly to work with drama students in the Fine Arts College.

  • Quotes

    • John: (On his acting and personal life) I had a big part of my life in the theater in Philadelphia. Philadelphia's changed, but I love it.

    • John: (On being a homosexual actor) I graduated from high school in '62... and I didn't know any people who were gay. I'm sure there were people, but I didn't know any. For years and years, I guess, I was very uptight about being a gay actor. I thought it would make me less hirable.

    • John: (On acting) I would like to be able to be both a film actor and a stage actor - to be an American actor in the style of a lot the English actors who do films. They are these wonderful actors who can do everything.

  • Great Actor

    John Glover is a Tony Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated American actor. He is perhaps best known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Lionel Luthor in the TV series Smallville. His notable roles include Alan Ramey in "52 Pickup", 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, Verad in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Invasive Procedures", The Devil in the series Brimstone, and the aforementioned role on Smallville. 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.moreless
  • Character-This man is such a character!

    John Glover's acting career can be summed up in one word: Character!!! He is such one................LOL!!! I simply love every role I see him in and do wish he had a series of his own or at least a supporting role in one! His characterization of the profiler on "Criminal Intent" was astounding! Just absolute perfection, in my humble opinion! My favorite role of John Glover's was as Satan in the short-lived Fox Horror fest, "Brimstone". I used to hang on every episode waiting for his character of Satan to appear and spout off some of those devilish one-liners! Just yummy!!! He also did a great job in the film, "Automatic", as a corperation CEO-scientist. I would have missed him in that one, but my boy Jeff Kober, was also in it and they played very well off one another! John Glover, is an American treaure, that should be seen a lot more often! He is just so worth the watch!moreless