Scott Glenn



Also Known As
Theodore Scott Glenn
Birth Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
January 26, 1941


An intense and highly respected performer who excelled in a variety character roles, Scott Glenn struggled for nearly a decade before breaking through as the main antagonist in the box office hit, "Urban Cowboy" (1980). Prior to that, Glenn first became a known commodity with a standout turn in Robert Altman's large ensemble classic "Nashville" (1975), but in the ensuing decade he catapu...

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Carol Glenn
Artist, potter, former fashion model. Met and married in 1967.


An intense and highly respected performer who excelled in a variety character roles, Scott Glenn struggled for nearly a decade before breaking through as the main antagonist in the box office hit, "Urban Cowboy" (1980). Prior to that, Glenn first became a known commodity with a standout turn in Robert Altman's large ensemble classic "Nashville" (1975), but in the ensuing decade he catapulted to fame as an Olympic track coach in "Personal Best" (1982), astronaut Alan Shepard in "The Right Stuff" (1983), and one of four accused outlaws out for revenge in "Silverado" (1985). After playing a submarine commander who joins "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), he was the head of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit in the Oscar-winning thriller "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). Glenn kept busy with appearance in a variety of low-profile features before turning up with character parts as a murderous Secret Service agent in "Absolute Power" (1997), a cop-turned-drug dealer who meets a grizzly fate in "Training Day" (2001), and the Director of the CIA in both "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007) and "The Bourne Legacy" (2012). Though he never quite became a leading man, Glenn was a vibrant character actor who routinely surprised with the depth of his performances.

Born on Jan. 26, 1941, Glenn was raised in Pittsburgh, PA, by his father, Theodore, a business executive, and his mother, Elizabeth, a homemaker. As a child, Glenn routinely battled illness and was bedridden for a full year with scarlet fever. During that time, a legend that poet Lord Byron was in the family ancestry kept Glenn's imagination active with dreams of becoming a poet himself, and he wrote as much as his illness would allow. His long recovery marked the beginning of an intense and lifelong passion for physical fitness and adventurous sports, though his literary leanings remained closest to his heart. After graduating high school in Pittsburgh, Glenn attended the College of William and Mary, where he earned a journalism degree. But his professional plans were put on hold because of a three-year stint in the marines, during which he served in Southeast Asia. Following his discharge from the military, Glenn worked as a crime reporter for a short time at the Kenosha Evening News in Kenosha, WI, before being offered a newspaper job in the Virgin Islands.

Though he accepted the job offer, Glenn decided to finish a play he had been writing before he began work. Since he was struggling with creating dialogue, a friend suggested that acting classes might help him with the problem. Two weeks in, Glenn realized that he was born to act and he continued studying with renowned actor William Hickey, before training with the legendary Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio while working as a laborer and bouncer. Within a year, he was onstage in off-Broadway productions at La Mama and The Public theaters, and by 1969 he was receiving regular paychecks for a recurring role on the daytime soap "The Edge of Night" (CBS/ABC, 1956-1984). In 1970 he was cast in his first feature, playing opposite Barbara Hershey in "The Baby Maker," which led to a decision to move to Los Angeles in pursuit of more film work. But for the next several years, Glenn struggled to find his footing, landing roles in low budget biker films like "Angels Hard as They Come" (1971) and horror flicks like "The Gargoyles" (1972) and "Hex" (1973).

Frustrated by the lack of quality work, Glenn finally began to break out when director Robert Altman cast him in his landmark film, "Nashville" (1975), in which he played a Vietnam war veteran who has arrived in the capital of country-western music to see popular singer Barbara Jean (Ronee Blakley) perform while seemingly harboring ulterior motives. With a large ensemble cast that included Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty, Shelley Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Harris and Keith Carradine, "Nashville" helped open doors for Glenn and he was next seen briefly in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (1979), as an army colonel who was sent to exterminate the mad Colonel Walter Kurtz (Marlon Brando), only to be seduced into joining his private army. But after co-starring in the Western "She Came to the Valley" (1979), Glenn was so disillusioned by Hollywood that he moved to Ketchum, ID, where he worked as a bartender and mountain ranger for two years, though he did stay in fighting shape on stage in Seattle. Following this brief interlude, Glenn was lured back into showbiz by playing an ex-convict and arch-rival of John Travolta's Bud Davis in the hit "Urban Cowboy" (1980).

With his career finally kicked into high gear in his early forties, Glenn began to enjoy steady and varied work on the big screen, playing Mariel Hemingway's track coach in "Personal Best" (1982) and the first man in space, Alan Shepard, in "The Right Stuff" (1983), an epic docudrama about the birth of America's space program. After starring opposite Sissy Spacek and Mel Gibson in the family drama, "The River" (1985), he joined Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner and Danny Glover for Lawrence Kasdan's revisionist Western, "Silverado" (1985), where the four played a group of disparate outlaws going up against a crooked sheriff (Brian Dennehy). Glenn went on to play notorious mob hit man Verne Miller in "Gangland: The Verne Miller Story" (1987), before co-starring with Willem Dafoe and Gregory Hines in the action thriller "Off Limits" (1988). Meanwhile, his reputation continued to grow in the following decade with a turn as a submarine commander in the Tom Clancy-based thriller "The Hunt for Red October" (1990) and stoic F.B.I. agent Jack Crawford, who helps a young recruit (Jodie Foster) track down a serial killer (Ted Levine) with the help of Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in the Oscar-winning Best Picture, "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991).

Glenn continued his box office hot streak by playing the arsonist firefighter in "Backdraft" (1991), for which the middle-aged actor also contributed his own stunt work, and reunited with "Nashville" director Robert Altman for a memorable cameo opposite Lily Tomlin in "The Player" (1992). Following a series of forgettable thrillers - "Slaughter of the Innocents" (1993), "Extreme Justice" (1993) and "Night of the Running Man" (1995) - Glenn scored with his portrayal of an investigative reporter in "Courage Under Fire" (1996), a political drama about the investigation of a friendly fire incident starring Meg Ryan and Denzel Washington. He went on to play a Secret Service agent embroiled in scandal after taking part in the shooting death of the president's (Gene Hackman) mistress in "Absolute Power" (1997), which starred Clint Eastwood as a master jewel thief who bears silent witness to the crime. Branching out into indie dramas, Glenn had a small role as a priest in Sofia Coppola's film debut "The Virgin Suicides" (1999), and went on to further acclaim for his acting - and stunt work - in the Mt. Everest action thriller, "Vertical Limit" (2000), starring Bill Paxton and Chris O'Donnell.

Slipping comfortably into character parts, Glenn shined as a former cop-turned-drug dealer in "Training Day" (2001) and was an eccentric fisherman who owns a local Newfoundland newspaper in "The Shipping News" (2001), starring Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore. He turned to television in the early part of the new century, starring as a cotton farmer in "A Painted House" (CBS, 2003) and an FBI agent brought in to organize the new government bureaucracy of "Homeland Security" (NBC, 2004). Glenn next played Admiral Jack McCain in "Faith of My Fathers" (A&E, 2005), and returned to indie filmmaking with a starring turn opposite Brendan Fraser in the crime thriller "Journey to the End of the Night" (2006). After supporting Hilary Swank in "Freedom Writers" (2007), he was the director of the CIA in "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007) and portrayed U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Oliver Stone's satirical biography, "W." (2008). Sticking with real-life personages, Glenn portrayed businessman and thoroughbred horse owner Christopher Chenery in "Secretariat" (2010), before being seen as the Wise Man in the action-fantasy "Sucker Punch" (2011) and reprising his CIA director role for "The Bourne Legacy" (2012).



Cast (Feature Film)

Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
The Barber (2015)
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
The Paperboy (2012)
Sucker Punch (2011)
Magic Valley (2011)
Secretariat (2010)
Camille (2008)
Surfer, Dude (2008)
W. (2008)
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Freedom Writers (2007)
Homeland Security (2004)
John Grisham's A Painted House (2003)
Pappy Chandler
Training Day (2001)
The Shipping News (2001)
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
The Seventh Stream (2001)
Owen Quinn
Vertical Limit (2000)
Montgomery Wick
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
The Last Marshall (1999)
Naked City: Justice With a Bullet (1998)
Sergeant Daniel Muldoon
Firestorm (1998)
Naked City: A Killer Christmas (1998)
Sergeant Dan Muldoon
Lesser Prophets (1997)
Larga Distancia (1997)
Senor Grem
Absolute Power (1997)
Edie & Pen (1996)
Carla's Song (1996)
Courage Under Fire (1996)
Reckless (1995)
Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill (1995)
Night of the Running Man (1995)
The Spy Within (1995)
Past Tense (1994)
Shadowhunter (1993)
Lieutenant John Cain
Slaughter Of The Innocents (1993)
Fbi Special Agent Scott Broderick
Extreme Justice (1993)
The Player (1992)
Women & Men II (1991)
American Writer ("Mara")
Backdraft (1991)
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
The Outside Woman (1989)
Jesse Glen Smith
Off Limits (1988)
Intrigue (1988)
Gangland (1987)
Man On Fire (1987)
As Summers Die (1986)
Silverado (1985)
Wild Geese II (1985)
Countdown to Looking Glass (1984)
The River (1984)
The Right Stuff (1983)
The Keep (1983)
Personal Best (1982)
Terry Tingloff
Sword Of The Ninja (1982)
Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)
Bill Dalton
Urban Cowboy (1980)
Wes Hightower
More American Graffiti (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
She Came to the Valley (1979)
Fighting Mad (1976)
Charlie Hunter
Nashville (1975)
Hex (1972)
Gargoyles (1972)
James Reeger
Angels Hard as They Come (1971)
Long John
The Baby Maker (1970)
Tad Jacks

Music (Feature Film)

Sword Of The Ninja (1982)
Song Performer

Stunts (Feature Film)

Backdraft (1991)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Player (1992)

Cast (Special)

Seabiscuit (2003)
Failure is Not an Option (2003)
Intimate Portrait: Connie Chung (2000)
Extreme Alaska (1999)
Intimate Portrait: Mariel Hemingway (1998)
Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling With Life (1998)
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards (1995)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Gone, But Not Forgotten (2006)

Life Events


Made Broadway debut in "The Impossible Years"


Made film debut in "The Babymaker"


First worked with Jonathan Demme, who produced and co-wrote, on the low-budget biker film "Angels Hard As They Come"


Made TV-movie debut in "Gargoyles" (CBS)


Appeared in Robert Altman's "Nashville"


Cast in a small role in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now"


Returned to features as ex-convict Wes Hightower in James Bridge's "Urban Cowboy"


First starring role in major feature, "The Challenge"


Portrayed astronaut Alan Shepard in "The Right Stuff"


Co-starred with Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek in "The River"


Joined an ensemble cast for Lawrence Kasdan's action Western "Silverado"


Returned to Broadway in "Burn This"


Narrated PBS documentary series "Discoveries Underwater"


Cast as Commander Bart Mancuso in "The Hunt for Red October"


Cast as Agent Jack Crawford opposite Jodie Foster in "The Silence of the Lambs"


Portrayed a longtime firefighter in "Backdraft"; performed own stunts


Cast in Robert Altman's ensemble film "The Player"


Cast in Ken Loach's socio-political declaration "Carla's Song"


Acted in political thriller "Absolute Power," directed by and starring Clint Eastwood


Appeared off-Broadway in "Killer Joe"


Co-starred in "Vertical Limit"


Played the newspaper owner in "The Shipping News"


Played lead in CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "The Seventh Stream"


Co-starred in the dark comedy "Buffalo Soldiers"


Cast in "The Bourne Ultimatum," starring Matt Damon and based on Robert Ludlum's best-selling novel


Co-starred with Hilary Swank in "Freedom Writers," a drama directed by Richard LaGravenese


Portrayed former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Oliver Stone's controversial film "W."


Portrayed Christopher Chenery, the owner of "Secretariat," the horse that won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1973


Co-starred in "Sucker Punch," an action-fantasy film written and directed by Zack Snyder


Cast alongside Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and Matthew McConaughey in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy"


Played a supporting role in "The Bourne Legacy"


Cast as the troubled Kevin Garvey, Sr. on HBO's "The Leftovers"


Played Stick on Netflix's "Daredevil" series


Starred as Alan Pangborn on Stephen King horror anthology series "Castle Rock"


Movie Clip

Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) -- (Movie Clip) Somebody Loved Him Examining a victim of the killer Buffalo Bill, trainee agent Starling (Jodie Foster) dictates notes, confers with supervisor Crawford (Scott Glenn), then takes the pupa found in the body to bug scientists (not specified here, but at the Smithsonian, in the Thomas Harris novel) Roden and Pilcher (Dan Butler, Paul Lazar), in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) -- (Movie Clip) You Have The Power Back at the FBI training center, we learn from TV that the Buffalo Bill victim (Brooke Smith) is the daughter of a U.S. senator (Diane Baker), so Clarice (Jodie Foster) is sent to Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) with an offer, interrupted by psychiatric ward chief Chilton (Anthony Heald), in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) -- (Movie Clip) You're Not Real FBI Are You? The famous often-imitated scene by director Jonathan Demme, Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling, supported by Barney (Frankie Faison) and assaulted by Miggs (Stuart Rudin), meets genius serial killer Dr. Hannibal (“the cannibal”) Lecter in his cell, with shocking rude language, from the Thomas Harris novel, early in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) -- (Movie Clip) He'll Never Stop Having flown into rural West Virginia following the discovery of another victim of the serial killer Buffalo Bill, top FBI profiler Crawford (Scott Glenn) grills his trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) before they reach a funeral home, meeting a local sheriff (Pat McNamara), stirring her memories, in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) -- (Movie Clip) You Spook Easily? Shooting on site at the FBI Academy, Quantico, VA, joining director Jonathan Demme’s opening, Jodie Foster in her Academy Award-winning role as trainee agent Clarice Starling is summoned by behavioral science boss Crawford (Scott Glenn), in the Best Picture winner based on the Thomas Harris novel, The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Miss Firecracker (1989) -- (Movie Clip) Funny Looking Creatures Mississippian Carnelle (Holly Hunter), readying herself for the pageant, introduces two allies, Alfre Woodard as Popeye, who’s engaged to create her costume, and Scott Glenn as carnie Mac whom, we learn, is her itinerant boyfriend, early in Miss Firecracker. 1989.
Right Stuff, The (1983) -- (Movie Clip) That Guy! Watching Ed Sullivan during their mostly comic astronaut recruiting trip, the government guys (Harry Shearer and Jeff Goldblum) meet Marine pilot John Glenn (Ed Harris) and Navy flier Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn), in Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuf, 1983.
Right Stuff, The (1983) -- (Movie Clip) No Buck Rogers Ensemble scene, the Mercury astronauts (Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Scott Paulin, Charles Frank, Ed Harris as John Glenn, Scott Glenn as Alan Shepard) confront the chief scientist (Scott Beach) about their capsule, in Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, 1983.
Right Stuff, The (1983) -- (Movie Clip) Archie And Jughead Early in the astronaut selection process, the head nurse (Jane Dornacker) instructs the trainees (Dennis Quaid, Lance Henriksen, Scott Paulin, Fred Ward, Scott Glenn and last, Charles Frank and Ed Harris) in a lung capacity test, in Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, 1983.



Theodore Glenn
Businessman. Was Snap-on Tools executive.
Elizabeth Glenn
Bonnie Glenn
Terry Glenn
Executive. Worked at Merrill Lynch.
Dakota Glenn
Actor. Born c. 1970.
Rio Glenn
Actor. Born c. 1974.


Carol Glenn
Artist, potter, former fashion model. Met and married in 1967.