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Overview (3)

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameTheodore Scott Glenn
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Scott Glenn was born January 26, 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Hope and Theodore Glenn, a salesman. As he grew up in Appalachia, his health was poor; he was bedridden for a year and doctors predicted he would limp for the rest of his life. During long periods of illness, Glenn was reading a lot and "dreaming of becoming Lord Byron". He challenged his illness by intense training programs and eventually got rid of his limp.

Glenn entered William and Mary College where he majored in English. He spent three years in the Marines and then tried to combine his passion for storytelling with his passion for adventures by working for five months as a criminal reporter at the Kenosha Evening News. Glenn planned to become an author but found out he had "problems with dialogues", so he decided to overcome it by studying acting. In 1966, he headed to New York where he joined George Morrison acting class. He helped in directing student plays to pay for his studies and appeared onstage in La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club productions. Soon after arriving in New York, Glenn became a fan of martial arts. In 1968, he joined The Actors Studio and began working in professional theater and TV. In 1970, James Bridges offered him his first movie work in The Baby Maker (1970).

Glenn left for L.A., where he spent seven of the "most miserable years of [his] life". He couldn't find interesting film roles and, doing brief TV stints, he felt "like a person who had to paint the Sistine Chapel with a house-painter's brush". On a brighter side, he worked episodically with Jonathan Demme (Angels Hard as They Come (1971), Fighting Mad (1976)), Robert Altman (Nashville (1975)) and Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now (1979)). In 1978, Glenn got tired of Hollywood and moved his family to Ketchum, Idaho, where he worked as a barman, huntsman and mountain ranger for two years (occasionally acting in Seattle stage productions). James Bridges once more changed the course of Glenn's life in 1980 when he offered him the role of John Travolta's rival in Urban Cowboy (1980) and made him a star. Glenn's acting abilities and physical presence helped him to excel both in action (Silverado (1985), The Challenge (1982)) and drama (The Right Stuff (1983), Countdown to Looking Glass (1984), The River (1984)) as he alternately played good guys and bad guys.

In the beginning of the '90s, his career was at its peak - he appeared in such indisputable masterpieces as The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and The Hunt for Red October (1990). Established as one of Hollywood's most solid and respected character actors he has appeared in a wide variety of films, such as the black Freudian farce Reckless (1995), the tragicomedy Edie & Pen (1996) and Ken Loach's socio-political declaration Carla's Song (1996), alternating mainstream (Courage Under Fire (1996), Absolute Power (1997)) with independent projects (Lesser Prophets (1997) and Larga distancia (1998)), written by his daughter Dakota Glenn), and TV (Naked City: A Killer Christmas (1998)). Continuing into the 21st century, Glenn has also appeared in Training Day (2001), W. (2008) (as Donald Rumsfeld), Secretariat (2010), Sucker Punch (2011), The Paperboy (2012), and two of the Bourne films: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and The Bourne Legacy (2012).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Helene Telingater

Spouse (1)

Carol Schwartz (10 September 1968 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Tough characters with a militaristic background
Often plays raspy-voiced men of few words

Trivia (31)

Rode along with the Chicago Fire Dept.'s Squad 5 in preparation for his role in Backdraft (1991).
Has a small part in Apocalypse Now (1979). The lead role was originally given to Harvey Keitel, who went on to succeed Glenn in the role of Jack Crawford in the The Silence of the Lambs (1991) prequel, Red Dragon (2002).
Was a close friend of Toshirô Mifune.
Is one of three actors to play Jack Crawford in the Hannibal Lecter films. He played the role in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), while Dennis Farina played the role in Manhunter (1986), and Harvey Keitel played the role in Red Dragon (2002).
Served in the United States Marine Corps in the early 1960s.
Despite being left-handed, he was so dedicated to playing right-handed astronaut Alan Shepard in The Right Stuff (1983), that he used his right hand for writing and other important actions on-screen.
Shares the role of astronaut Alan Shepard with his The Silence of the Lambs (1991) cast mate Ted Levine.
His The Silence of the Lambs (1991) character, Jack Crawford, was written out of the adaptation of the sequel, Hannibal (2001). Nevertheless, later that year he appeared in The Shipping News (2001) with Julianne Moore.
Portrayed an ex-CIA agent in Man on Fire (1987). Denzel Washington portrayed an ex-CIA agent on the remake of Man on Fire (2004). Both actors appeared in Training Day (2001).
Appears in Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004) opposite Harvey Keitel, with whom he shares the role of Jack Crawford in the Hannibal Lecter series.
Did 2,000 push-ups (at one time) on the set of Urban Cowboy (1980).
Received a BA in English at William & Mary College.
Son of Elizabeth and Theodore Glenn.
Brother of Bonnie Glenn and Terry Glenn.
Father, with Carol, of two girls named Dakota Glenn (Dakota Ann Glenn), a writer, and Rio Glenn (Rio Elizabeth Glenn), an actress.
In preparation for the filming of Backdraft (1991), he rode along with the firemen in the Chicago area and was injured when exposed to active fire.
As a former member of the United States Marine Corps, he is the only actor playing a member of the Bush administration in W. (2008) who has actual military experience (in addition to the director Oliver Stone).
Typically does his own thorough research for his roles, not trusting advisers or coaches.
Was considered for the role of Sam Bowden in Cape Fear (1991).
Once an opponent of the death penalty, he converted to supporting it after briefly listening to an audio tape of the torture and murder of two teenage girls while preparing for his role in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were Oscar nominated as best Picture: Nashville (1975), Apocalypse Now (1979), The Right Stuff (1983) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which won in the category.
His wife, Carol Schwartz Glenn, is a ceramist.
Appeared in two movies with Denzel Washington, Courage Under Fire and Training Day. Both played the role of John Creasy, though Denzel was close to 50 while he played the part and Scott Glenn was in his mid 40s when he starred as John Creasy in Man on Fire in the 80s.
In response to an AFI survey, Glenn named "Ashes and Diamonds" as his favorite film of all-time.
Scott converted to Judaism in the 1960s, when marrying his wife, Carol.
He had initially wanted to be an author but found that he had trouble writing dialogue. To learn more about it, he began taking acting classes and then started acting.
His role in Sucker Punch (2011) was written specifically for him.
Lives in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Had been friends with Zack Snyder years before working with him on Sucker Punch (2011).
He has Irish and Native American ancestry.
Spent five months as a reporter for a newspaper in Kenosha, Wisconsin before he started acting.

Personal Quotes (2)

Essentially what actors do is put colors on a palette for directors to paint with.
There are many different reasons why people take parts. For me, there are basically two: one is economic -- you have to keep working, pay the rent; that's a given. The other one, for me, usually has nothing to do with the overall film - whether the script is good, whom I'm working with, whether it's going to get good reviews -- it's just the part, the character. Is this somebody whose shoes I want to live in for four months? If I don't instinctively answer 'yes' to that question, I shouldn't be doing the movie.

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