Theodore Scott Glenn (born January 26)[1] is an American actor. His roles have included Wes Hightower in Urban Cowboy (1980), astronaut Alan Shepard in The Right Stuff (1983), Emmett in Silverado (1985), Commander Bart Mancuso in The Hunt for Red October (1990), Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), John Adcox in Backdraft (1991), Montgomery Wick in Vertical Limit (2000), Roger in Training Day (2001), Ezra Kramer in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Kevin Garvey, Sr., in The Leftovers (2014–2017), and as Stick in both Daredevil (2015–2016) and The Defenders (2017).

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Glenn at the Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party in April 2011
Theodore Scott Glenn

January 26[1]
Alma materCollege of William and Mary
Years active1965–present
Carol Schwartz
(m. 1968)
Military career
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps

Early lifeEdit

Glenn has Irish and Native American ancestry.[2] During his childhood he was regularly ill, and for a year was bed-ridden, including having scarlet fever.[3] Through intense training programs he recovered from his illnesses, also overcoming a limp.

After graduating from a Pittsburgh high school, Glenn entered The College of William and Mary where he majored in English. He joined the United States Marine Corps for three years, then worked for about seven months in 1963 as a news and sports reporter for the Kenosha News, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He tried to become an author, but found he could not write dialogue that satisfied the readers. To learn the art of dialogue, he began taking acting classes.

Glenn made his Broadway debut in The Impossible Years in 1965. He joined George Morrison's acting class, helping direct student plays to pay for his studies and appearing onstage in La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club productions.

In 1968, he joined The Actors Studio[4][5] and began working in professional theatre and TV. Two of Glenn's early television roles were as Hal Currin in the 1966 crime series Hawk, starring Burt Reynolds, and Calvin Brenner on the CBS daytime serial The Edge of Night. In 1970, director James Bridges offered him his first movie role, in The Baby Maker, released the same year.


Glenn spent eight years in Los Angeles, California, acting in small roles in films and doing TV stints, including a TV movie Gargoyles. In 1978 Glenn left Los Angeles with his family for Ketchum, Idaho and worked as a barman, huntsman, and mountain ranger, occasionally acting in Seattle stage productions. He appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) and worked with directors like Jonathan Demme and Robert Altman.

In 1980, he appeared as ex-convict Wes Hightower in Bridges' Urban Cowboy. After that he starred in the World War II horror film, The Keep (1983), and action films such as Wild Geese II (1985) opposite Laurence Olivier, Silverado (1985), The Challenge (1982) and drama films such as The Right Stuff (1983), TV film Countdown to Looking Glass (1984), The River (1984) and Off Limits (1988) as he alternately played good guys and bad guys during the 1980s. He returned to Broadway in Burn This in 1987. That same year he tried his hand at gangster movies when he starred as the real-life sheriff turned gunman Verne Miller in the movie Gangland: The Verne Miller Story which was given a theatrical release only in Finland and went straight to video in the U.S.

In the beginning of the 1990s Glenn's career was at its peak as he appeared in several well-known films, such as The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Backdraft (1991) and The Player (1992). He played a vicious mob hitman in a critically acclaimed performance in Night of the Running Man (1995). Later, he gravitated toward more challenging movie roles, such as in the Freudian farce Reckless (1995), tragicomedy Edie & Pen (1997) and Ken Loach's socio-political declaration Carla's Song. In the late 1990s, Glenn alternated between mainstream films (Courage Under Fire (1996), Absolute Power (1997)), independent projects (Lesser Prophets (1997) and Larga distancia (1998), written by his daughter Dakota Glenn) and TV (Naked City: A Killer Christmas (1998). He was also cast in a supporting role in Training Day (2001). Glenn was cast in the FX drama Sons of Anarchy (2008), as Clay Morrow but he was replaced after an early pilot episode by Ron Perlman.[6] He portrayed Eugene van Wingerdt in a leading role, in the thriller film The Barber.[7] Glenn acted in the 2011 film Sucker Punch as Wise Man.

Glenn appeared in the drama Freedom Writers, in which he played the father of Hilary Swank's character; and in The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Legacy as CIA Director Ezra Kramer.

He played the character Stick in Netflix's television series Daredevil and returned to the character in The Defenders[8] series a year later.

Personal lifeEdit

He married Carol Schwartz in 1968 and upon their marriage, Glenn converted to Judaism, his wife's faith, from Catholicism.[9][2] They have two daughters.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Baby Maker Tad Jacks
1971 Angels Hard as They Come Long John
1972 Gargoyles James Reeger
1972 In Pursuit of Treasure
1973 Hex Jimbang
1975 Nashville Pfc. Glenn Kelly
1976 Fighting Mad Charlie Hunter
1979 She Came to the Valley Bill Lester
1979 Apocalypse Now Captain Richard M. Colby
1979 More American Graffiti Newt
1980 Urban Cowboy Wes Hightower
1981 Cattle Annie and Little Britches Bill Dalton
1982 Personal Best Terry Tingloff
1982 The Challenge Rick
1983 The Right Stuff Alan Shepard
1983 The Keep Glaeken
1984 The River Joe Wade
1985 Wild Geese II John Haddad
1985 Silverado Emmett
1987 Gangland: The Verne Miller Story Verne Miller
1987 Man on Fire Creasy
1988 Off Limits Colonel Dexter Armstrong
1989 Miss Firecracker Mac Sam
1990 The Hunt for Red October Captain Bart Mancuso
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Jack Crawford
1991 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys H.D. Dalton
1991 Backdraft John "Axe" Adcox Also perform stunts in the film
1992 The Player Himself
1993 Extreme Justice Dan Vaughn
1993 Slaughter of the Innocents Stephen Broderick
1995 Night of the Running Man David Eckhart
1995 The Spy Within William B. Rickman
1995 Tall Tale J.P. Stiles
1995 Reckless Lloyd
1996 Edie & Pen Harry
1996 Courage Under Fire Tony Gartner
1996 Carla's Song Bradley
1997 Absolute Power Agent Bill Burton
1997 Lesser Prophets Iggy
1998 Firestorm Wynt Perkins
1998 Larga distancia Senor Grem
1999 The Virgin Suicides Father Moody
1999 The Last Marshal Cole
2000 Vertical Limit Montgomery Wick
2001 Training Day Roger
2001 Buffalo Soldiers 1SG Robert E. Lee
2001 The Shipping News Jack Buggit
2004 Puerto Vallarta Squeeze Clayton Price
2006 Journey to the End of the Night Sinatra
2007 Freedom Writers Steve Gruwell
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Ezra Kramer, Director of the CIA
2007 Camille Sheriff Foster
2008 Surfer, Dude Alister Greenbough
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Robert Torrelson
2008 W. U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
2010 Secretariat Christopher Chenery
2011 Sucker Punch The Wise Man / The General / The Bus Driver[10]
2011 Magic Valley Ed Halfner
2012 The Paperboy W.W James
2012 The Bourne Legacy Ezra Kramer, Director of the CIA
2014 The Barber Eugene Van Wingerdt / Francis Allen Visser
2015 Into the Grizzly Maze Sully
2020 Greenland Dale


Year Title Role Notes
1965 The Patty Duke Show Harry / Waiter 2 episodes
1966 Hawk Hal Currin Episode: "Wall of Silence"
1967 N.Y.P.D. Roddy Episode: "The Pink Gumdrop"
1969 The Edge of Night Calvin Brenner Episode: "#1.3490", uncredited
1971 The Young Lawyers Nick Field Episode: "The Outspoken Silence"
1971–73 Ironside Lonnie Burnett / Frank Lenox 2 episodes
1972 The Streets of San Francisco Junkie Gambler Episode: "The Thirty-Year Pin", uncredited
1972 Gargoyles James Reeger Television film
1972 The Sixth Sense Mark Hall Episode: "And Scream by the Light of the Moon, the Moon"
1973 Emergency! Forklift Driver Episode: "Seance", uncredited
1975 Khan! Episode: "Triad"
1975 Baretta Dave Episode: "A Bite of the Apple"
1984 Countdown to Looking Glass Michael Boyle Television film
1986 As Summers Die Willie Croft Television film
1988 Intrigue Crawford Television film
1989 The Outside Woman Jesse Smith Television film
1991 Women & Men 2 Henry Television film
1993 Shadowhunter John Cain Television film
1994 Past Tense Gene Ralston Television film
1998 Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Sgt. Daniel Muldoon Television film
2001 The Seventh Stream Owen Quinn Television film
2003 A Painted House Eli "Pappy" Chandler Television film
2003 American Experience Narrator Voice
2 episodes
2004 Homeland Security Joe Johnson Television film
2005 Gone, But Not Forgotten Martin Darius / Peter Lake Television film
2005 Faith of My Fathers Jack McCain Television film
2005 Code Breakers Earl "Red" Blaik Television film
2008 Monk Sheriff Rollins 2 episodes
2014–2017 The Leftovers Kevin Garvey Sr. 11 episodes
2015–2016 Marvel's Daredevil Stick 5 episodes
2017 The Defenders Stick 6 episodes
2018 Castle Rock Alan Pangborn 8 episodes


  1. ^ a b Published years of birth range from 1938 to 1942
  2. ^ a b Archerd, Army (2002-03-05). "Friedkin wraps difficult 'Hunted' shoot". Variety. Retrieved 2007-01-06.
  3. ^ Skipper, Clay; Marino, Nick (January 30, 2016). "Scott Glenn is a 75-Year-Old Knife-Fighting, Spear-Fishing Madman". GQ.
  4. ^ Kolson, Ann (November 17, 1983). "Glenn Practices Hard to Make Roles Authentic". Ottawa Citizen. p. 90. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  5. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing. p. 278. ISBN 978-0025426504.
  6. ^ Carpenter, Susan (October 26, 2006). "Think Hamlet on Harleys". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "'The Barber' Trailer Takes a Little Off the Top". Bloody Disgusting!. 2 March 2015.
  8. ^ Perry, Spencer (November 2, 2016). "Scott Glenn, Rachael Taylor, and Rosario Dawson Confirmed for The Defenders". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Scott Glenn Is Spaced Out, Wife Carol's Gone to Pot, but Both of Them Have the Right Stuff". Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  10. ^ Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub (2009-06-24). "Zack Snyder talks WATCHMEN Director's Cut Blu-ray, Comic-Con 2009, 300 Blu-ray, and SUCKER PUNCH". Collider.

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