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John Glover

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.




Glover was born in Salisbury, Maryland, the son of Cade (née Mullins) and John Soursby Glover Sr., a television salesman.[1][2] Glover attended Wicomico High School and acted at Towson University.[3] Glover began his career at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia and later studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under Milton Katselas.[4] Aside from his theatrical endeavours, Glover is also actively involved with the Alzheimer’s Association. His inspiration for joining this cause was his own father’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease.[5] He is openly gay and has been in a relationship with sculptor Adam Kurtzman since 1993.[5]



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.

He appeared in one episode of Miami Vice. He also appeared in two episodes of Murder, She Wrote with the first one being “One White Rose for Death” in which he played East German Franz Mueller who wished to defect to the United States but whose sister was a celebrated concert violinist and they both got caught up in a case of murder at the British Embassy and the other one being “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 a 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). Also in 1989, 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 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. 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.

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.[7] In 2013 Glover starred in the horror anthology Sanitarium. Glover guest starred in Agent Carter.

Glover has done various voiceovers for several projects related to Tron: Legacy: villainous character Abraxas in Tron: Evolution, and Dyson in Tron: Uprising. He guest starred on The Blacklist on May 5, 2014 in the episode “Berlin.”




Productions Date of Productions
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]

  • Performer: John Glover [Witch, Porter, Third Murderer]
Nov 21, 2013 – Jan 12, 2014
Death of a Salesman
[Play, Drama, Revival]

  • Performer: John Glover [Uncle Ben]
Mar 15, 2012 – Jun 02, 2012
The Royal Family
[Play, Comedy, Revival]

  • Performer: John Glover [Herbert Dean]
Oct 08, 2009 – Dec 13, 2009
Waiting for Godot
[Play, Revival]

  • Starring: John Glover [Lucky]
Apr 30, 2009 – Jul 12, 2009
The Drowsy Chaperone
[Musical, Comedy, Original]

  • Starring: John Glover
    • Man in Chair – Replacement (Apr 24, 2007 – Aug 19, 2007)
May 01, 2006 – Dec 30, 2007
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Revival]

  • Starring: John Glover [Tartuffe]
May 30, 1996 – Jun 23, 1996
Love! Valour! Compassion!
[Play, Original]

  • Starring: John Glover [John Jeckyll, James Jeckyll]
Feb 14, 1995 – Sep 17, 1995
Design For Living
[Play, Comedy, Revival]

  • Performer: John Glover
    • Leo – Replacement (Nov 13, 1984 – ?)
Jun 20, 1984 – Jan 20, 1985
[Play, Original]

  • Starring: John Glover [Roger Dashwell]
Dec 30, 1982 – May 15, 1983
[Play, Drama, Original]

  • Performer: John Glover [Henry Clerval]
Jan 04, 1981 – Jan 04, 1981
The Importance of Being Earnest
[Play, Comedy, Revival]

  • Starring: John Glover [Algernon Moncrieff]
Jun 16, 1977 – Aug 28, 1977
[Play, Comedy, Revival]

  • Performer: John Glover [Johnny Case]
Dec 26, 1973 – Feb 16, 1974
Chemin de Fer
[Play, Revival]

  • Performer: John Glover [Planteloup]
Nov 26, 1973 – Feb 16, 1974
The Visit
[Play, Drama, Revival]

  • Performer: John Glover [Professor Muller]
Nov 25, 1973 – Feb 16, 1974
Don Juan
[Play, Comedy, Revival]

  • Performer: John Glover [Pierrot]
Dec 11, 1972 – Jan 14, 1973
The Great God Brown
[Play, Revival]

  • Performer: John Glover [William A. Brown]
Dec 10, 1972 – Jan 14, 1973
The Selling of the President
[Musical, Original]

  • Also Starring: John Glover [Ward Nichols]
Mar 22, 1972 – Mar 25, 1972

Off Broadway



Show(s) (listed chronologically,
most recent first)
Position(s) Role(s) Theater Name
Much Ado About Nothing Actor Leonato Delacorte Theater
Nikolai and the Others Actor Igor Stravinsky Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
Secrets of the Trade Actor Martin Kerner 59E59 Theater A
The Marriage of Bette and Boo Actor Karl Hudlocke Laura Pels Theatre (Current)
The Paris Letter Actor Anton Kilgallen Laura Pels Theatre (Current)
Sorrows and Rejoicings Actor N/A Second Stage Theatre
Give Me Your Answer, Do! Actor Tom Connolly Gramercy Theatre
Oblivion Postponed Actor Jeffrey McGinn-Cazale Theatre
Love! Valour! Compassion! Actor John Jeckyll/James Jeckyll New York City Center-Stage I
Linda Her/ The Fairy Garden Actor N/A McGinn-Cazale Theatre
Rebel Women Actor Dr. Samuel Sutler Joseph Papp Public Theater/Newman Theater
Subjects to Fits Actor Prince Myshkin Joseph Papp Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
The House of Blue Leaves Actor Ronnie Truck and Warehouse Theater
A Scent of Flowers Actor Godfrey Martinique Theatre

The Paris Letter – 2006 Lucille Lortel Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor




  1. Daily Times Who’s who from Salisbury
  2. Daily Times Actor John Glover returns to Salisbury for a cause
  3. John Glover Biography – Yahoo! Movies]
  4. “John Glover on The Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School”. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  5. Windy City Times – Out in Smallville: Smallville’s John Glover
  6. “Lionel Luthor Returning to Smallville. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  7. “THE KARATE KID 1983 READ THRU PART 1”. Retrieved January 14, 2013.


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