Julian Wyatt Glover classical actor with many stage, television, and film roles since commencing his career in the 1950s. He is a recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award and has performed many times for the Royal Shakespeare Company.(born 27 March 1935) is an English
Julian Wyatt Glover
27 March 1935
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
(m. 1957; div. 1966)
Glover's well-known film roles have included General Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only (1981), Brian Harcourt-Smith in The Fourth Protocol (1987) and Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He also voiced the giant Acromantula spider Aragog in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and appeared as conductor Andris Davis in the psychological drama Tár (2022).
Glover has also appeared frequently on television, especially in Britain, including guest appearances in cult series such as The Avengers, The Saint, Thriller, Doctor Who, Blake's 7, Remington Steele and Inside No. 9. He played the recurring supporting role of Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011–2016) and appeared as General Beauvilliers in the BBC drama Spies of Warsaw (2013).
Glover was born in Hampstead, London, the son of Honor Ellen Morgan (née Wyatt), a BBC journalist, and Claude Gordon Glover, a BBC radio producer. Glover and Wyatt divorced in the 1940s, after the birth of a daughter, Prue, and Honor Wyatt subsequently married George Ellidge. Julian Glover's younger half-brother is the musician Robert Wyatt.
Glover attended Bristol Grammar School, where he was in the same class as future actors Timothy West and David Prowse. He also attended Alleyn's School in Dulwich, London. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1954. He also performed national service in the British Army, where he went on the officers' training course.
In the early 1950s, Glover appeared in several shows at Unity Theatre, London, and played Tolen in Ann Jellicoe's The Knack at the Royal Court Theatre in 1962. He also performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He became a regular actor in 1960s and 1970s British television series such as The Avengers, The Saint, Strange Report, Doctor Who and Blake's 7.
In 1966, Glover played William the Conqueror in A Choice of Kings, then in 1967 featured as Professor Quatermass's nemesis Colonel Breen in the Hammer Films production of Quatermass and the Pit, an adaptation of Nigel Kneale's 1958–1959 BBC TV original. He has also appeared twice in Doctor Who: as Richard the Lionheart in The Crusade (1965); and as the villain Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, in one of the original run's most popular serials, City of Death (1979). Glover later recorded DVD commentaries for The Crusade episode "The Wheel of Fortune" (from the Lost in Time set) and for City of Death.
In the 1980s, Glover made some of his most notable appearances: the Imperial general Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the ruthless Greek villain Aristotle Kristatos in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981) and the deceptive American Nazi Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
On television, he played the leading role of Sir Martin Lacey in the BBC English Civil War drama series By the Sword Divided, and played the guest role of surgeon Arnold Richardson in a 1989 episode of the BBC medical drama Casualty (he made a second guest appearance as a different character in 2011, and also appeared as a different character again in the sister series Holby City in 2014). He has also played a leading role in the British film Brash Young Turks.
Glover has been associated with the epic poem Beowulf since the 1980s and has delivered staged interpretations in various forms, often taking the role of an Anglo-Saxon gleeman or traveller poet, delivering an abridged version of the tale while standing around a mead hall hearth and rendering selected passages in the poem's original Old English. This adaptation has been shown in documentaries on both the English language and Anglo-Saxon England and was also used for historian Michael Wood's documentary on the poem broadcast during the BBC Poetry Season in 2009. He adapted his interpretation in novel form as Beowulf: An Adaptation.
In 2009, Glover played the role of Mr. Brownlow in the West End revival of the musical Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. In the short film Battle for Britain (2010), Glover played a 101-year-old Polish veteran Royal Air Force pilot.
In 2013, Glover played the role of General Beauvilliers in the BBC Four drama series The Spies of Warsaw. In May 2014, he played the character Joe Goodridge in two episodes of the BBC TV medical drama series Holby City ("My Name is Joe" and "No Apologies"). In the same year, he portrayed an old man in horror thriller Backtrack.
Glover is an associate member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1993, Glover was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1992 production of Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2. Theatre critic Michael Billington called his portrayal of the king in that production "superb".
In 2020, Glover sold 250 lots of photographs, costumes, props and memorabilia from his career at East Bristol Auctions, including his badge of rank from The Empire Strikes Back and the watch, overcoat and personal script from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
|1963||Tom Jones||Lt. Northerton|
|1964||Girl with Green Eyes||Malachi Sullivan|
|1965||The Alphabet Murders||Don Fortune|
|Time Lost and Time Remembered||Dr. Matthew Langdon|
|1966||Theatre of Death||Charles Marquis|
|I Was Happy Here||Dr. Matthew Langdon|
|1967||Quatermass and the Pit||Colonel Breen|
|1969||Alfred the Great||Æthelstan|
|The Adding Machine||Shrdlu|
|1970||The Last Grenade||Andy Royal|
|The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer||Colonel Moffat|
|Wuthering Heights||Hindley Earnshaw|
|1971||Nicholas and Alexandra||Gapon|
|1972||Antony and Cleopatra||Proculeius|
|1973||Hitler: The Last Ten Days||Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein|
|The Foundation Trilogy||Hober Mallow||Radio production|
|The Internecine Project||Arnold Pryce-Jones|
|Juggernaut||Commander Marder||US title: Terror on the Britannic|
|The Empire Strikes Back||General Maximilian Veers|
|1981||For Your Eyes Only||Aristotle "Aris" Kristatos|
|1983||Heat and Dust||Crawford, the District Collector||a.k.a. The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur|
|1987||The Fourth Protocol||Brian Harcourt-Smith|
|Cry Freedom||Don Card|
|Hearts of Fire||Alfred|
|1989||Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade||Walter Donovan|
|1991||King Ralph||King Gustav|
|1994||Power and Lovers||Matthew|
|1997||The House of Angelo||Sir Robert Willoughby|
|2000||Vatel||Prince de Condé|
|2002||The Book of Eve||Burt Smallwood|
|Two Men Went to War||Colonel Hatchard|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Aragog||Voice|
|Big Nothing||80 Year Old Blind Man|
|2007||Shoot on Sight||Susan's Father|
|2009||The Young Victoria||Duke of Wellington|
|Princess Kaiulani||Theophilus Harris Davies|
|Chasing the Bear||Mentor / Studio Head|
|2014||Backtrack||The Old Man|
|2016||Brash Young Turks||Lou Hartman|
|We Still Steal the Old Way||Sir Edward|
|Gangster Kittens||Lord Clarence Beaverbrook|
|2017||Amy and Sophia||Jim|
|2019||The Pride of Atticus Lee||Atticus Lee||Short|
|Nobody Has to Know||Angus|
|The Laureate||Alfred Graves|
|2022||Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher||Lord Ashford|
|TBA||The Reverend and Mrs. Simpson||Older Charles Wilson||Post-production|
|TBA||Forever Now||Jim Petrak Senior||Post-production|
|TBA||Banking on Mr. Toad||Vicar Burntwhistle||Pre-production|
|1963||Espionage||Tovarich||Episode: "Never Turn Your Back on a Friend"|
|1964||The Saint||Hilloran||Episode: "The Lawless Lady"|
|1965||Doctor Who||Richard the Lionheart||Serial: "The Crusade"|
|1967||The Avengers||Masgard/Major Peter Rooke/Rupert Lasindall||4 episodes|
|1972||Spy Trap||Commander Anderson||36 episodes|
|1974||QB VII||Zaminski||TV miniseries|
|1974||The Story of Jacob and Joseph||Esau||TV movie|
|1975||The Sweeney||Bernard Stone||Episode: "Queen's Pawn"|
|1975||Space: 1999||Jarak||Episode: "Alpha Child"|
|1978||Blake's 7||Kayn||Episode: "Breakdown"|
|1979||Henry VIII||Duke of Buckingham||TV movie|
|1979||Doctor Who||Scaroth/Count Scarlioni||Serial: "City of Death"|
|1982||Ivanhoe||King Richard||TV movie|
|1982||Nancy Astor||Lord Revelstoke||2 episodes|
|1982||Q.E.D.||Dr. Stefan Kilkiss||3 episodes (#1, #2, and #4 only)|
|1983||Dombey and Son||Mr. Dombey||10 episodes|
|1983||By the Sword Divided||Sir Martin Lacey|
|1984||Travelling Man||Farmer||Episode: "On the Hook"|
|1984||Six Centuries of Verse||Himself||Reader|
|1985||Jenseits der Morgenröte||Kilian von Roggenburg||TV miniseries|
|1985||Remington Steele||Inspector Lombard||Episodes: "Steele Searching, Part 1" and "Steele Searching, Part 2"|
|1985||Magnum, P.I.||Duncan Scott / Police Inspector Stokesay||Episodes: "Deja Vu, Part 1" and "Deja Vu, Part 2"|
|1986||Ladies in Charge||Ernest||Episode: "Zoe's Fever"|
|1986||Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna||Colonel Kobylinski||TV movie|
|1987||Mandela||Senior Police Officer||TV movie|
|1987–1989||Wish Me Luck||Colonel James Cadogan||15 episodes|
|1990||Treasure Island||Dr. Livesey||TV movie|
|1991||Letters, Riddles and Writs||Joseph Haydn||TV movie|
|1992||Rumpole of the Bailey||Sir Sebastian Pilgrim||Episode "Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson"|
|1993||The Darling Buds of May||George Harran||2 episodes|
|1995||The Chief||Andrew Blake||7 episodes|
|1995||Taggart||Supt. Drummond||Episode: "Black Orchid"|
|1995||The Infiltrator||Ernst Bielert||TV movie|
|1996||Cadfael||Leoric Ashby||Episode: "The Devil's Novice"|
|1997||Midsomer Murders||Henry Trace||Episode: "The Killings at Badger's Drift"|
|2003||Born and Bred||Derek||Episode: Old Flames|
|2004||Waking the Dead||William Laurence||Episode: "The Hardest Word" (Parts 1 and 2)|
|2006||The Impressionists||Claude Monet (older)||TV miniseries|
|2007||Silent Witness||Henry Markham||Episode: "Apocalypse"|
|2009||Saka no Ue no Kumo||Alfred Thayer Mahan||TV miniseries|
|2011||Silent Witness||Istvan Sandór||Episode: "Bloodlines"|
|2011–2016||Game of Thrones||Grand Maester Pycelle||Recurring role|
|2012||Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out||General Maxmilian Veers||Voice; Television special|
|2012||Merlin||Lochru||Episode: "Arthur's Bane (Part 1)"|
|2013||Spies of Warsaw||General Beauvilliers||TV miniseries|
|2016||Grantchester||Albert Tannen||Christmas special|
|2018||Black Earth Rising||Mark Viner||3 episodes|
|2019||The Crown||Cecil Boyd-Rochfort||Episode: "Coup"|
|2021||Inside No. 9||Ralph||Episode: "Last Night of the Proms"|
|2023||Willow||Zeb||Episode: "Beyond the Shattered Sea"|
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