John Glover Biography

Lionel Luthor

[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.

Glover recently starred as “Man in Chair” in Broadway's “The Drowsy Chaperone.” To chase his blues away, a modern day musical theatre addict known simply as “Man in Chair” drops the needle on his favorite LP - the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on stage, telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet (Davi) who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer (Vichi) who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone (Leavel), the debonair groom (Johnson), the dizzy chorine (Smith), the Latin lover (Burstein) and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs (Garth and Jason Kravits).

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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