Crispin Glover Biography

Crispin Glover is an American actor, recording artist, filmmaker, and author. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about his life.

Quick Facts

Birthday: April 20, 1964

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 56 Years, 56 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aries

Also Known As: Crispin Hellion Glover

Born in: New York City, New York, United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males


father: Bruce Glover

mother: Betty Glover

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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Crispin Hellion Glover is an American actor, recording artist, filmmaker, and author. Famous for portraying quirky characters, he occupies a unique niche in the entertainment industry. Starting his acting career at the age of 13, he played small roles in several sitcoms before making his film debut in the 1983 sex comedy ‘My Tutor’. He got his breakthrough role as George McFly in ‘Back to the Future’. The movie was a massive hit and it helped Glover perfectly demonstrate his individuality and the intensity of his talent. He went on to portray the titular characters in ‘Bartleby’ and ‘Willard’ and starred as Rodion Raskolnikov in the film adaption of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's ‘Crime and Punishment’. As an author, he has published six books to date, with 1988’s ‘Rat Catching’ being the most prominent. In 1989, he put out his first album ‘The Big Problem Does Not Equal the Solution, The Solution Equals Let It Be’, a collection of songs and readings. Later, he ventured into directing with the surreal film ‘What Is It?’ Recently, he has been cast as Mr World, the god of globalization in the Starz’s television series ‘American Gods’.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Crispin Glover began acting professionally at the age of 13 in situational comedies such as ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Family Ties’. After appearing in his first film ‘The Tutor’, he followed it up with ‘Teachers’ (1984), ‘Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter’ (1984), ‘Back to the Future’ (1985) and the third instalment of the Beaver trilogy, ‘The Orkly Kid’ (1985). In 1986, he starred alongside Keanu Reeves in ‘River’s Edge’, in one of his career-defining roles as Layne.
  • His next important outing was in the British independent comedy-buddy film ‘Rubin & Ed’ (1991) as Rubin. In the same year, he played Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone’s ‘The Doors’. In the action-comedy ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (2000) and its sequel ‘Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle’ (2003), he portrayed the silent assassin known simply as the ‘Thin Man’.
  • One of the two films where he was cast as the titular characters, ‘Bartleby’ (2001), was the film adaptation of the short story ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’ by Herman Melville. The other, ‘Willard’ (2003), was based on Stephen Gilbert’s horror fiction ‘Ratman's Notebooks’. In 2002, he got the chance to work with Israeli director Menahem Golan in ‘Crime and Punishment’.
  • Glover debuted as a director with ‘What Is It?’ (2005), which premiered at the Sundance Festival that year. In 2007, he released its sequel ‘It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine.’ which was written by and stars Steven C. Stewart. At present, he is making his third film as a director, which he intends to be the vehicle for his father and himself to act together for the first time.
  • More recently, he worked with ‘Back to the Future’ director Zemeckis after 22 years in the 3D Motion Capture epic fantasy ‘Beowulf’ (2007), portraying the monster Grendel. He then acted in the second and third instalments of ‘Open Season’ as Fify, the toy poodle, and is set to appear in the upcoming films ‘The Brits Are Coming’ and ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’.
Other Ventures
  • Over the course of the last 24 years, Crispin Glover has constructed—rather than written—about 15 to 20 books. His first ever literary work was ‘Billow and the Rock’. Appropriating old books and publications that are now in public domain, he shuffles texts, omits standing passages and includes his own writings and paintings to create something quite different from the original piece. A great example of this is ‘Rat Catching’, for which he used Henry C. Barkley’s ‘Studies in the Art of Rat Catching’ (1896).
  • He has released four other books through his own publishing company Volcanic Eruptions: ‘Oak-Mot’ (1989), ‘Concrete Inspection’ (1990), ‘What it is and How it is Done’ (1992), and ‘Round My House’ (2016).
  • In 1989, while he was on a break from acting, Glover composed his debut studio album ‘The Big Problem Does Not Equal the Solution, The Solution Equals Let It Be.’ Released through Restless Records and produced by Barnes & Barnes, it contains readings from ‘Rat Catching’ and ‘Oak-Mot’, original songs including ‘Clowny Clown Clown’ and ‘Getting out of Bed’, and odd renditions of Jules Léotard’s ‘The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze’ and Charles Manson’s ‘Never Say “Never” to Always”.
Major Works
  • In the history of cinema and popular culture, one of the most influential films of all time is Robert Zemeckis' ‘Back to the Future’ (1985). It is a story about a young adult, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), who travels to the past and meets the younger versions of his parents. Glover portrayed George McFly, Marty’s hapless and eccentric father, who, over the course of the film, turns confident and assertive.
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  • On July 28, 1987, he made an appearance on NBC’s ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ to promote ‘River’s Edge’. What neither the audience nor Letterman himself knew was that Glover had put on a wig, large pair of glasses, skintight pinstripe pants, and platform shoes to appear in character as Rubin from his then-unreleased movie ‘Rubin & Ed’. The interview took an even weirder turn when Glover started to read unflattering stories about himself from L.A. Weekly and proceeded to throw an impromptu kick inches away from Letterman who immediately walked off the stage!
Awards & Achievements
  • In 1986, Crispin Glover received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Back to the Future’.
  • He was ranked third in the Best Actor category at the 2004 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards.
  • For ‘What Is It?’ he won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Film at Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2005. He also was conferred with the Carnet Jove Jury Award for the film at the 2006 Sitges -Catalonian International Film Festival.
  • In 2007, he returned to the Sitges -Catalonian International Film Festival to win the New Visions Award - Special Mention for ‘It is Fine! Everything is Fine.’ (shared with David Brothers).
Personal Life
  • Over the years, Crispin Glover has dated actress Fairuza Balk, singer Jessicka, former Penthouse Pet of the Month (September 1999) Alexa Lauren, Russian model Marina Drujko, and television actress Courtney Peldon among others. He lives between his two homes in Los Angeles and Czech Republic.
  • Glover has a collection of wax eyeballs!

1. Back to the Future (1985)

  (Comedy, Sci-Fi, Adventure)

2. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)


3. Dead Man (1995)

  (Drama, Western, Fantasy)

4. Rubin and Ed (1991)

  (Comedy, Drama)

5. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

  (Drama, Biography)

6. Racing with the Moon (1984)

  (Drama, Romance, Comedy)

7. The Doors (1991)

  (Biography, Music, Drama, Musical)

8. Wild at Heart (1990)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller, Comedy)

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