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Also Known As: Crispin Hellion Glover Died:
Born: April 20, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, singer, author

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Having made a career out of playing bizarre oddball characters, actor Crispin Glover had very little mainstream success outside of his breakthrough role as nerdy George McFly in the blockbuster "Back to the Future" (1985). Ever since that time, Glove relished his stature as an off-kilter performer whose penchant for making out-of-the-way indies like "River's Edge" (1987) and "Wild At Heart" (1990) earned him the adulation of a small cult following of fans. While his 1987 appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" (NBC, 1982-1993), where he tried to karate kick the host, became the stuff of legend, Glover preferred to stay incognito with small roles in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" (1993) and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996). Occasionally, he appeared in bigger studio films like "Charlie's Angels" (2000) and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003), but seemed more at home in smaller movies like "Willard" (2003), a strange little horror film revered by fans and ignored by most everyone else. By the end of the decade, however, Glover was appearing in bigger films, playing animated characters in "Beowulf" (2007) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), which perhaps gave him more opportunity to...

Having made a career out of playing bizarre oddball characters, actor Crispin Glover had very little mainstream success outside of his breakthrough role as nerdy George McFly in the blockbuster "Back to the Future" (1985). Ever since that time, Glove relished his stature as an off-kilter performer whose penchant for making out-of-the-way indies like "River's Edge" (1987) and "Wild At Heart" (1990) earned him the adulation of a small cult following of fans. While his 1987 appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" (NBC, 1982-1993), where he tried to karate kick the host, became the stuff of legend, Glover preferred to stay incognito with small roles in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" (1993) and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996). Occasionally, he appeared in bigger studio films like "Charlie's Angels" (2000) and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003), but seemed more at home in smaller movies like "Willard" (2003), a strange little horror film revered by fans and ignored by most everyone else. By the end of the decade, however, Glover was appearing in bigger films, playing animated characters in "Beowulf" (2007) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), which perhaps gave him more opportunity to portray the offbeat characters that he so obviously loved.

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DIRECTOR:

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  What Is It? (2006)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bag Man, The (2014)
2.
 Freaky Deaky (2013)
3.
 Open Season 3 (2011) Fifi
4.
 Mr. Nice (2010)
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 9 (2009)
10.
 Simon Says (2009)
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At age four, moved with family to L.A.
1978:
First professional stage role in "The Sound of Music" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (with Florence Henderson)
1981:
TV acting debut in the ABC variety special "The Best of Times," featuring teenagers performing skits, songs and dances relating to what it meant to be caught between childhood and adulthood
1981:
Feature acting debut in "Private Lessons"
1983:
Had supporting role in the TV-movie "High School U.S.A." (NBC)
1984:
Reprised character in the one-hour pilot for a proposed series based on "High School U.S.A." (NBC)
1985:
Had title role in the short "The Orkly Kid," produced under the auspices of the American Film Institute; eventually released as part of "Beaver Trilogy" in 1998
1985:
Breakthrough screen role as George McFly in "Back to the Future"; did not reprise part in subsequent sequels
1986:
Appeared in "At Close Range" and "River's Edge"
1990:
Co-starred in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart"
1991:
Portrayed Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone's biopic "The Doors"
1993:
Starred in modern day adaptation of "Crime and Punishment"
1993:
Played Johnny Depp's friend in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"
1995:
Filed lawsuit against Paramount Pictures for identifying him in credits of animated TV series "Duckman"; Glover's contract allegedly required that a pseudonym be used
1996:
Had a supporting role in "The People vs. Larry Flynt," Milos Forman's profile of the adult magazine publisher
2000:
Wrote, directed and played featured role in the short "What Is It?"
2000:
Portrayed an intrepid newspaper reporter in "Nurse Betty"
2001:
Played lead in "Bartleby," an adaptation of Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" (filmed in 1999)
2001:
Had co-starring role in "Fast Sofa"
2003:
Undertook the title role in the remake of "Willard"
2003:
Featured in the action sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"
2005:
Made directorial debut with "What is It?" a strange and surreal art film
2007:
Premiered second film, "It is Fine. Everything is Fine!" at Sundance
2007:
Cast as Willy Wonka in the spoof/parody film "Epic Movie"
2007:
Portrayed Grendel in Robert Zemeckis' big-budget film version of "Beowulf"
2009:
Lent his voice to the feature-length adaptation of Shane Acker's short film, "9"
2010:
Played the head of the Red Queen's Army in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"
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Education

Venice High School: Venice , California -
Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills , California -
The Mirman School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"My philosophy when I was starting acting was whatever I could get as an actor I was very excited to do. I had watched my father struggle as an actor. I knew the business worked on certain levels, so I knew it was just a very good thing to be acting, particularly in movies. I was always very excited about movies as opposed to television. For me, on television I always felt extremely, extremely confined. I felt that way about film as well, but I felt that way even more about television. Basically I stopped doing television when I was 18 and I was glad to." --Crispin Glover quoted in Pop Smear Magazine, March/April 1999.

"Eccentric doesn't bother me. "Eccentric" being a poetic interpretation of a mathematical term meaning something that doesn't follow the lines--that's okay. But I go on the Internet and look at things, and I can see this urban legend element that starts to become weird. I see things like, "That guy's nuts," "He's crazy--insane," and people will believe anything that's said. So, if I see something that just kind of becomes simplistic, that's not as interesting to me. But by and large, I'm certainly not treated like that, and I don't feel badly about how people think of me."- Glover

Family close complete family listing

father:
Bruce Glover. Actor. Born on May 2, 1932 in Chicago.
mother:
Betty Glover. Choreographer, former ballet dancer.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Rat Catching"
"Oak Mot" Volcanic Eruptions
"What it is, and how it is done"

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