A longtime character actor with a reputation for taking on villainous roles with gleeful abandon and a subtle touch of humor, John Glover was once dubbed "the supreme rotter of the '80s" by the late film critic [[Performer~P187986~Pauline Kael~paulinekael]], thanks to unforgettable performances in such films as [[Feature~V292~52 Pick-Up~52pickup]], [[Feature~V31690~Masquerade~masquerade]], and [[Feature~V43277~Scrooged~scrooged]]. Always injecting his baddies with an element of quirk and personality, Glover later gravitated away from a life of cinematic crime to success with more sympathetic roles in [[Feature~V154582~Love! Valour! Compassion!~lovevalourcompassion]] and Mid-Century. A Salisbury, MD, native who pursued his higher education at Towson State Teacher's College, Glover began an off-Broadway career in the late '60s, which led to small parts in the mid-'70s in such films as [[Feature~V44080~Shamus~shamus]] (1973) and [[Feature~V2547~Annie Hall~anniehall]] (1977). With occasional small-screen roles balancing out his features, Glover began carving out a villainous niche for himself during the '80s in such movies as [[Feature~V16258~The Evil That Men Do~theevilthatmendo]] and [[Feature~V292~52 Pick-Up~52pickup]]. Though Glover's big-screen work served as his bread and butter, more sympathetic television appearances -- as a valiant AIDS patient in [[Feature~V15094~An Early Frost~anearlyfrost]] (1985) and a dedicated doctor in [[Feature~V27835~L.A. Law~lalaw[tvseries]]] -- earned the actor a pair of Emmy nominations.
As his career progressed, Glover became an increasingly prominent figure on TV thanks to parts in [[Feature~V64686~Miami Vice~miamivice[tvseries]]], [[Feature~V280674~Murder, She Wrote~murdershewrote[tvseries]]], and [[Feature~V258668~Frasier~frasier[tvseries]]], and his "villains" became ever more quirky in such high-profile features as [[Feature~V20919~Gremlins 2: The New Batch~gremlins2:thenewbatch]] and [[Feature~V41703~Robocop 2~robocop2]]. Glover's roles were also becoming increasingly diverse. Offering a side of himself rarely seen by audiences, he played artist Leonardo DaVinci in the 1991 made-for-TV feature [[Feature~V128760~A Season of Giants~aseasonofgiants]], and then portrayed another villain, this time the biggest of them all -- the Devil himself -- in the 1998 series [[Feature~V173699~Brimstone~brimstone[tvseries]]]. Beginning in 1992, Glover did voice work for the popular superhero cartoon [[Feature~V174825~Batman: The Animated Series~batman:theanimatedseries[animatedtvseries]]] and, later, Batman: Gotham Nights; he also had onscreen roles in the live-action feature [[Feature~V154937~Batman & Robin~batmanrobin]] and the WB series [[Feature~V255964~Smallville~smallville[tvseries]]]. Glover often returns to his alma matter (now called Towson University) to work with the drama students at the school's Fine Arts College. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi