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Overview (3)

Born in London, England, UK
Birth NameJulian Wyatt Glover
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Julian Wyatt Glover was born on March 27, 1935 in Hampstead, London, England, to Honor Ellen Morgan (Wyatt), a BBC journalist, and Claude Gordon Glover, a BBC radio producer. He is of English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Primarily a classical stage actor, Glover trained at the National Youth Theatre, performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and became a familiar face to British television viewers by appearing in many popular series during the 1960s and 1970s. His talent for accents and cold expression made him an ideal choice for playing refined villains. Glover's guest appearances on television include series such as The Avengers (1961), Doctor Who (1963), Space: 1999 (1975), Blake's 7 (1978), Remington Steele (1982) and Merlin (2008). He also played the recurring role of Grand Master Pycelle on 31 episodes of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011).

During the 1980s, Glover achieved some fame in Hollywood with roles in popular films such as General Maximilian Veers in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the Greek villain Aristotle Kristatos in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981), Brian Harcourt-Smith in the Cold War thriller The Fourth Protocol (1987) and Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). In the film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), he provided the voice of the giant spider Aragog. He was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (2)

Isla Blair (28 September 1968 - present) ( 1 child)
Eileen Atkins (1957 - 1966) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Rich smooth voice
Often plays refined, sinister villains

Trivia (25)

He is the father of Jamie Glover.
He began acting with the National Youth Theatre.
His performance in the title role of the Royal Shakespeare Company's staging of "Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2", at the Barbican Centre in London, earned him the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in 1993.
He graduated from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and became an Associate Member.
He attended Bristol Grammar School in Bristol, England, where he was in the same class as actor Timothy West. "Darth Vader" actor David Prowse was also in the same year there.
He is the only actor to appear in the Star Wars, James Bond and Indiana Jones film series (Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)) respectively. On all three occasions, he played a villain.
He and Michael Sheard co-starred as Imperial officers in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Both went on to play villains in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) nine years later: Glover as Walter Donovan and Sheard as Adolf Hitler. In both films, Harrison Ford played one of the protagonists.
He has played General Maximillian Veers in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). This character later appeared in several Star Wars related video games, in which the role was played by his son Jamie Glover.
He was considered for the role of James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973). The older and more famous Roger Moore won the role instead. He did later played a villain in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981) opposite Moore.
According to John Glen's memoirs, Julian Glover was the first person to suggest Pierce Brosnan as a potential Bond in 1980.
He is the half-brother of musician Robert Wyatt (they share the same mother).
He has appeared in three movies focusing on apartheid in South Africa: The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (1981), Mandela (1987) and Cry Freedom (1987).
He has appeared in two films with Harrison Ford. In the first, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Glover plays General Maximillian Veers, a role later played by his son Jamie Glover in Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005). In the second, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Ford plays Indiana Jones, except for the opening scene in which the role is played by River Phoenix, who played Ford's son in The Mosquito Coast (1986).
He has acted in both the Eon James Bond franchise and the Doctor Who franchise (twice).
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
He was on the possibles list for Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Bukovsky in the horror film Lifeforce (1985); Patrick Stewart and Michael Gothard won the roles.
He and his son Jamie Glover both have a connection to Doctor Who. Julian appeared on the original series as King Richard I, with both the original Doctor William Hartnell and with William Russell as one of his companions, Ian Chesterton. Jamie later played Russell in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013).
He played King Richard the Lionheart in both Doctor Who (1963) and Ivanhoe (1982). He was cast in both by the same director, Douglas Camfield.
He played two guest roles in Doctor Who (1963) - King Richard the Lionheart in "The Crusade" and Count Scarlioni in "City of Death". He was also considered for the recurring role of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and other guest roles - Ranulf in "The King's Demons", Sharaz Jek, Morgus and General Challak in "The Caves of Androzani", the Governor in "Vengeance on Varos" and Orcini in "Revelation of the Daleks".
He has English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry.
He has two granddaughters: Evie Glover and Ava Glover.
He admitted to Gary Russell on the DVD commentary for Doctor Who: The Wheel of Fortune (1965) that playing the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) was an unfulfilled ambition.
Acted in a romantic story with his real-life wife Isla Blair on 'Dixon of Dock Green' episode 'A Slight case of Love'.
He was originally cast in the film The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965) but was replaced by Ray Brooks.
Made his professional debut in pantomime at Bromley in 1953.

Personal Quotes (7)

I started with the RSC in 1957 with the likes of Olivier [Laurence Olivier] and Peggy Ashcroft and I've been in many plays, TV shows and movies over the years but I've never made enough money, so retiring now I'm 78 is not an option.
[on Jamie Glover] He's the apple of our eye. He's a fine actor, but he's starting to turn down acting work because he's about to become a director.
Isla [Isla Blair] always wanted a daughter, which sadly I wasn't able to give her. Then, when our only son Jamie's marriage broke up, Isla thought she'd never have grandchildren. She didn't complain, but it was very sad for her. But Jamie, who's 43 now, found a new partner and we now have two wonderful granddaughters.
Jamie [Jamie Glover] gave me a fabulous glass engraved with the Glover family crest for my 50th birthday. I was thrilled. Then I got a message from a film producer asking to talk to me, and as I leapt to my feet I knocked the glass over. It broke - and I didn't get the role either!
Isla [Isla Blair] and I always give each other gifts on our first nights.
[on For Your Eyes Only (1981)] It was fantastic, I got £500 for my first week - twice what I'd been earning.
I started off playing a villain in the film Tom Jones (1963) and that led to a whole career as villains, really. In fact, it got to the point where I would tell people not to employ me because the audience would see me and instantly know that I did it. Which was rather foolish of me, as I probably talked myself out of quite a lot of work.

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