Clive Revill


Actor
Clive Revill

About

Also Known As
Clive Selsby
Birth Place
Wellington, NZ
Born
April 18, 1930

Biography

A well-respected stage actor, Revill has been cast in TV and films either in comic parts, usually as a stuffy, pompous Englishman, or in villainous roles. Born and raised in New Zealand, he moved to London after graduating from college and studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school. Revill made his stage debut on Broadway in "Mr. Pickwick" (1952) and then returned to England to join t...

Family & Companions

Valerie Nelson
Wife
Divorced.

Notes

Revill has his pilot's license.

Biography

A well-respected stage actor, Revill has been cast in TV and films either in comic parts, usually as a stuffy, pompous Englishman, or in villainous roles. Born and raised in New Zealand, he moved to London after graduating from college and studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school. Revill made his stage debut on Broadway in "Mr. Pickwick" (1952) and then returned to England to join the Ipswich Repertory Theatre from 1953-55. Between 1956 and 1958, he worked at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company at Stratford-on-Avon where he appeared in "Julius Caesar," "Measure for Measure" and "The Tempest," among others. Revill came to the attention of Broadway audiences when he recreated his London stage role in "Irma La Douce" (1960-61) and for his performance as Fagin in the hit New York production of "Oliver!" He earned Tony nominations for his work in both, but lost the film roles to Jack Lemmon and Ron Moody respectively. Revill played Sheridan Whiteside in "Sherry" (1967), the short-lived musical version of "The Man Who Came to Dinner," and later toured the USA in the 1980s in both "The Pirates of Penzance" and "Drood."

In 1957, Revill made his feature debut in Lewis Gilbert's "Reach for the Sky" and went on to appear in Otto Preminger's "Bunny Lake Is Missing" (1965), Irvin Kershner's "A Fine Madness" (1966) and Joseph Losey's "Modesty Blaise" (1966). Billy Wilder featured Revill in both "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" (1970) and "Avanti!" (1972). In the latter, Revill won critical kudos for his turn as an all-knowing, highly efficient hotel manager. In the cult classic, "The Legend of Hell House" (1973), he was the pragmatic physicist who did not believe the house was haunted but nevertheless had the gadgets to destroy the ghosts, if necessary. For director David Irving, he appeared in two features based on children's fairy tales: "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "Rumpelstiltskin" (both 1987). Revill has appeared in two Mel Brooks outings as well, "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993) as the fire marshal, and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" (1995) as Sykes.

On TV, Revill's work has included such miniseries and movies as "The Great Houdini" (ABC, 1976), "Centennial" (NBC, 1978-79) and "Moviola: The Scarlet O'Hara War" (NBC, 1980), in which he portrayed Charlie Chaplin. In the TV remake of "The Diary of Anne Frank" (NBC, 1980), Revill was Mr. Dussel, the dentist, barely aware of his Jewish origins, who sought refuge with the Franks. Revill's first American series was the short-lived "Wizards and Warriors" (CBS, 1983) and he gave memorable support to David Alan Grier in the equally short-lived "The Preston Episodes" (Fox, 1995).

After providing the voice of the Emperor in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1979), Revill began a second career as a voice actor working on numerous animated series including, "Dragon's Lair," "Snorks," "Pound Puppies" and "Batman."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Queen of Spain (2017)
Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse (2012)
King Richard
Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
Peter Pan: Return to Neverland (2002)
Voice
Possums (1998)
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
Delta Of Venus (1995)
Arabian Knight (1995)
Voice
The Wacky Adventures of Dr. Boris and Nurse Shirley (1994)
Morgenfeller
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
The Sea Wolf (1993)
Crime and Punishment (1993)
Zamyotov
Let Him Have It (1991)
Mack the Knife (1989)
Money Matthew
C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. (1989)
Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989)
The Emperor's New Clothes (1987)
Prime Minister
Rumpelstiltskin (1987)
King Mezzer
Transformers - The Movie (1986)
Voice
A Masterpiece Of Murder (1986)
The Emperor's New Clothes (1984)
Prime Minister
Samson and Delilah (1984)
The Monkey Mission (1981)
Death Ray 2000 (1981)
Erik Clawson
Zorro, The Gay Blade (1981)
The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1980)
Mr Dussel
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Voice
She's Dressed To Kill (1979)
Matilda (1978)
Narrator
Columbo: The Conspirators (1978)
Licking Hitler (1977)
The Great Houdinis (1976)
Dundas Slater
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975)
The Black Windmill (1974)
Chestermann
Galileo (1974)
The Little Prince (1974)
Businessman
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Dr Chris Barrett
Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1973)
Bay Of Algiers
Avanti! (1972)
Carlo Carlucci
The Buttercup Chain (1971)
George
A Severed Head (1971)
Alexander Lynch-Gibbon
Boulevard du Rhum (1971)
Hammond
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
Rogozhin
The Assassination Bureau (1969)
Cesare Spado
The High Commissioner (1968)
Joseph
The Double Man (1968)
Frank Wheatly
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
Vucovich
Fathom (1967)
Serapkin
A Fine Madness (1966)
Dr. Menken
Modesty Blaise (1966)
McWhirter/Sheik Abu Tahir
Kaleidoscope (1966)
Inspector "Manny" McGinnis
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
Sergeant Andrews
The Headless Ghost (1959)
Fourth Earl
Reach for the Sky (1956)

Sound (Feature Film)

Your Highness (2011)
Adr Voice Casting

Cast (Special)

The Sorcerer (1985)
Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III (The Spark and the Glue) (1985)
Royal Match (1985)
Prime Minister Weyback
The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration (1984)
13 Thirteenth Avenue (1983)
Dr Carey; The Psychiatrist
Pinocchio (1976)
Coachman
The Ambassador (1974)
Harry Pitkin

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Feast of All Saints (2001)
Dr. Seuss' Butter Battle Book (1989)
Voice
George Washington (1984)

Life Events

1952

Broadway debut, "Mr. Pickwick"

1953

Member Ipswich Repertory Theatre

1955

London stage debut, "Listen to the Wind"

1956

Screen debut, "Reach for the Sky"

1958

Originated role of Bob Le-Hotu in "Irma La Douce" in London

1960

Reprised role in "Irma La Douce" on Broadway

1963

Created role of Fagin in "Oliver!" in NYC

1972

Won critical acclaim for performance in Billy Wilder's "Avanti!"

1975

Played Moriarity in "Sherlock Holmes" on Broadway

1976

Co-starred in TV-movie "The Great Houdini" (ABC)

1980

Provided the voice of the Emperor in "The Empire Strikes Back"

1980

Played Mr. Dussel in TV remake of "The Diary of Anne Frank" and Charlie Chaplin in "Moviola: The Scarlet O'Hara Wars"

1983

Cast as Evil Wizard in "Wizards and Warriors" (CBS)

1995

Played regular role on short-lived Fox series, "The Preston Episodes"

Family

Marlet Barford Selsby
Father
Eleanor May Selsby
Mother

Companions

Valerie Nelson
Wife
Divorced.

Bibliography

Notes

Revill has his pilot's license.