Crispin Glover
Birth Date:
April 20, 1964
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
6' 1" (1.85 m)
Famous for:
His role as Layne in 'River's Edge' (1986)
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“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.” Crispin Glover (on being called eccentric)

American actor, screenwriter and director Crispin Glover is celebrated for playing eccentric characters on films like as George McFly in “Back to the Future” (1985, earned a Saturn nomination), Layne in “River's Edge” (1986), hostile recluse Rubin Farr in “Rubin and Ed” (1991), Andy Warhol in “The Doors” (1991), the “Thin Man” in “Charlie's Angels” and “Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle” (2003), Willard Stiles in “Willard” (2003, received a Saturn nomination), a Willy Wonka parody in “Epic Movie” (2007), Stayne - Knave of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), and Phil in “Hot Tub Time Machine (2010). He provided the voice of Fifi in “Open Season 2” (2008) and “Open Season 3” (2010). Glover picked up an Ann Arbor Film Festival Award and a Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival for his directorial debut “What Is It?” (2005) and a Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Award for his secodn film, “It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!” (2007).

Glover's fans most recently can see him playing Woody Ricks in the film version of the Elmore Leonard novel “Freaky Deaky,” helmed and scripted by Charles Matthau.

Apart from acting, Glover has written several books and has published some of them through his publishing company, Volcanic Eruptions. They include “Oak-Mot,” “Rat Catching,” “Billow and the Rock,” “Concrete Inspection” and “What it is, and How it is Done.” On music, Glover released an album titled “The Big Problem Does Not Equal the Solution, The Solution Equals Let It Be” via  Restless Records in 1989, while he took a break from acting. The album features original songs like “Clowny Clown Clown,” Charles Manson's “I'll Never Say Never to Always” (sung in falsetto), odd versions of Lee Hazlewood's “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” and readings from his art books “Rat Catching” and “Oak Mot.” Besides, he recorded a version of the Michael Jackson song “Ben” to coincide with the release of the  film “Willard.”


Childhood and Family:

In New York City, New York, Crispin Hellion Glover was born on  April 20, 1964, to Bruce Glover (born May 2, 1932), a character actor known for portraying Mr. Wint in “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), and Betty Glover, an actress, choreographer and former ballet dancer. His parents relocated to Los Angeles, California when he was five years old. Crispin attended The Mirman School, a private K thru 8 school for mentally gifted children in Bel-Air, California, from grade one to nine. He then went to Venice High School in Venice, California for grade ten and eleven and Beverly Hills High School only for grade twelve and graduated in 1982. At Beverly Hills High, he started training as an actor with Dan Mason and Peggy Feury. Crispin Glover is known with the nickname Crispy.

What Is It?


Crispin Glover kicked off his professional acting career as a teenager when he made his stage debut opposite Florence Henderson in a production of “The Sound of Music” (1978) at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. He followed it up with an appearance in the television movie special “Best of Times” (ABC, 1981), where he co-starred with his close friend, Nicolas Cage. In 1983, Glover was cast as Archie Feld, a socially- afflicted boy who nervously tries to compass his way around the myriad nuances of cross-gender interaction, in the successful made for television film “High School U.S.A.” (NBC), opposite Michael J. Fox. The success of the film led to the making of a one-hour pilot for a proposed series based on the film, which Glover also starred in. However, it was not picked up by the network, and was aired on May 26, 1984.  

Following roles on such films as “My Tutor” (1983, with Matt Lattanzi, Caren Kaye, Kevin McCarthy), “Racing with the Moon” (1984, starred Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern and Cage), “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” (1984, with Kimberly Beck, Erich Anderson and Corey Feldman) and “Teachers” (1984, starred Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Ralph Macchio, and Judd Hirsch), Glover scored a breakthrough screen role as George McFly, the father of Marty (played by Michael J. Fox) in the critically and commercially successful science fiction/adventure film “Back to the Future” (1985), which was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and produced by Steven Spielberg. The role brought him a Saturn nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1986. Due to a contract disagreement, he did not reprise his part in the sequels and was replaced by Jeffrey Weissman. Still in 1985, Glover starred as Groovin' Larry, a teenager obsessed with Olivia Newton-John in “The Orkly Kid,” an underground comedy short subject helmed by Trent Harris and is part three of Harris' “The Beaver Trilogy.”   

Glover went on to appear in such films as “At Close Range” (1986, starred Sean Penn and Christopher Walken), the Tim Hunter directed drama “River's Edge” (1986, with Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck and Dennis Hopper), “Twister” (1989, with Suzy Amis, Harry Dean Stanton, and Dylan McDermott), “Where the Heart Is” (1990), David Lynch's  “Wild at Heart” (1990, portrayed Dell), Oliver Stone's “The Doors” (1991, played Andy Warhol), “Rubin and Ed” (1991, portrayed Rubin Farr), “30 Door Key” (1991), “Little Noises” (1992), “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” (1993, played Howard Barth), “What's Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993, portrayed the friend of Johnny Depp), “Chasers” (1994), “Dead Man” (1995), and the Miloš Forman directed biopic “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996, starred Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and Edward Norton), which marked his last film in the 1990s.He also appeared as Danny in an episode of the TV miniseries “Hotel Room” called “Blackout” (1993). In the mid 1990s, Glover filed law suit against Paramount Pictures for identifying him in credits of animated TV series “Duckman.” Glover's contract allegedly required that a pseudonym be used.

Entering the new millennium, Glover was featured as an audacious newspaper reporter on the comedy film “Nurse Betty”(2000), starring Renée Zellweger, portrayed the creepy thin man in “Charlie's Angels” (2000), a role he would later reprise in “Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle” (2003), had the title role in “Bartleby” (2001), starred as Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov in the film adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel “Crime and Punishment” (2002) and was cast as the cruel head of the orphanage, Stan Bittleman, in the financially successful film “Like Mike” (2002), starring Lil' Bow Wow, Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Lipnicki and Brenda Song. The actor received a Saturn nomination for Best Actor and a Fangoria Chainsaw Award (3rd place) at the same category for his starring turn as a social misfit taking care of his ill and fragile but verbally abusive mother on the horror film “Willard” (2003).

In 2005, Glover made his directorial debut with the dramatic film “What Is It?”, which he also wrote, produced and starred in. He picked up the Jury Award for Best Narrative Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival's Carnet Jove Jury Award for  Midnight X-Treme for the film. “What Is It?” is the first in a conceived trilogy, to be followed by “It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!” (2007), which Glover directed and produced and Steven C. Stewart wrote and starred in, and “It Is Mine.” Glover co-starred with Jason Lee in the comedy “Drop Dead Sexy” (2005), portrayed Simon/Stanley on the horror “Simon Says” (2006), was cast as Willy Wonka in the popular parody film “Epic Movie” (2007) and played Grendel in Robert Zemeckis big budget film version of “Beowulf” (2007).

Next up for Glover, the actor co-starred in “Freezer Burn: The Invasion of Laxdale” (2008, with Tom Green), “The Donner Party” (2009), a drama directed and written by T.J. Martin,  Tim Burton's “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), in which he was cast as the head of the Red Queen's Army, “Mr. Nice” (2010), a biography of Howard Marks (played by Rhys Ifans), an elite British drug smuggler, and “Hot Tub Time Machine” (2010, with John Cusack, Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson). His voice could be heard as Fifi in “Open Season 2” (2008) and “Open Season 3” (2010) as well as #6 in the feature-length adaptation of Shane Acker's short film, “9” (2009). Glover also made guest appearances in television series “Drunk History” and “Funny or Die Presents...” (both 2010).

Recently, Glover joined Christian Slater and Michael Jai White to star in the comedy/crime movie “Freaky Deaky,” an adaptation of a novel by Elmore Leonard. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2012.     


Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival: New Visions Award, Special Mention, “It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!,” 2007
Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival: Carnet Jove Jury Award, Midnight X-Treme, “What Is It?,” 2006
Ann Arbor Film Festival: Jury Award, Best Narrative Film, “What Is It?,” 2005
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