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Name: Crispin Glover  
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Date of Birth: 20th April 1964
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Profession: Actor
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Crispin Glover as Willard Stiles

Crispin Hellion Glover (born April 20, 1964) is a multifaceted American artist. He is primarily known as a film actor, but is also a painter, filmmaker, author, musician, and collector and archivist of esoterica.

Glover was born in New York City, but moved to Los Angeles at the age of four. As a child, Glover attended the Mirman school for the academically gifted. His father, Bruce Glover, was a character actor best remembered for playing the offbeat S.P.E.C.T.R.E. assassin Mr. Wint in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever. Glover appeared in several sitcoms as a teenager, including Happy Days and Family Ties. His first film role was in 1983's My Tutor. That led to Teachers (1984) and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1985).

His breakout role was as George McFly in Robert Zemeckis's Back to the Future. Glover refused to participate in the film's two sequels, but Zemeckis used previously filmed footage and body prosthetics on another actor, Jeffrey Weissman, to simulate Glover on screen. Glover sued the producers (including Steven Spielberg) and won a landmark victory setting a precedent for how actors' images may be used in films.

Back to the Future was an international box office smash following its release in 1985. Glover followed it with The Orkly Kid, in which he portrayed a young man whose obsession with Olivia Newton-John raises the ire of his small-town neighbors. From that point, Glover pursued a defiantly individualistic path. His characters were notable for the peculiar personality tics and unconventional thought processes. He played Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone's The Doors in (1991). He has continued to play exceedingly eccentric types, e.g. the title characters in Bartleby (2001) and Willard (2003). He has received some considerable mainstream attention recently as the "Thin Man" in the Charlie's Angels films.

In 1987, Glover appeared on Late Night with David Letterman wearing a long wig and platform shoes to promote his new movie Rubin and Ed. His bizarre appearance was equalled by his strange behavior, which is thought by many to have been influenced by LSD. After a failed attempt to challenge Letterman to an arm wrestling match, Glover nearly kicked Letterman in the head, at which point Letterman ended the segment and cut to commercial. Glover later explained this as appearing on the show in-character, participating in the interview as the character of Rubin.

Presently Glover is rumoured to be one of the candidates to play the Joker in the next Batman film.


In 1989, during a hiatus from films, Glover released an album called The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be (1989) through Restless Records. The album features Clowny Clown Clown (which has its own music video), a cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," and readings of his poetry, including Rat Catching (Glover modified an old book by adding or deleting pictures, text, and drawings), Oak-Mot, What It Is & How It Is Done (a man's life told in first, second and third person). He included his home phone number with copies of the album, encouraging listeners to phone when they had "solved" his puzzle. Glover later commented that he was rather surprised how many people figured it out.

The music itself is similar to outsider music, with seemingly absurd, dream-like lyrics.

In 2003, he recorded a version of the Michael Jackson classic "Ben" to coinside with the release of the film Willard. In the eccentric music video for the song, he sings to a rat named Ben. It is available on the DVD of the film.

What Is It?

Glover made his directorial debut with What Is It? (2005). In the late-1990's, he toured with prints of the film and showed various slides and read excerpts from his works. The principal actors in the film have Down syndrome. What is It? has yet to be shown commercially in theatres, although Glover has said he plans on releasing it as part of a trilogy at some point in the future.

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