Glover has performed many times for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His film roles have included General Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back, Aristotle Kristatos in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Brian Harcourt-Smith in The Fourth Protocol. He also voiced the giant spider Aragog in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Glover has also appeared frequently on television, especially in Britain, including guest appearances in cult series such as The Avengers, The Saint, Doctor Who, Blake's 7 and Remington Steele. From 2011 to 2016, he played the recurring supporting role of Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO's Game of Thrones, and in January 2013, appeared as General Beauvilliers in the BBC drama Spies of Warsaw.
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. His younger half-brother is the musician Robert Wyatt. Glover has been twice married to actresses: Eileen Atkins and Isla Blair, with whom he has a son, actor Jamie Glover.
Glover attended Bristol Grammar School, where he was in the same class as actor Timothy West and the actor who played Darth Vader, David Prowse. He also attended Alleyn's School in Dulwich, London and then trained at the National Youth Theatre, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the early 1950s, he appeared in several shows at Unity Theatre, London before becoming a regular in 1960s and 1970s British television series such as The Avengers, The Saint, Strange Report, Doctor Who and Blake's 7.
In 1967, Glover featured as Professor Quatermass' nemesis Colonel Breen in the Hammer Films production of Quatermass and the Pit, an adaptation of Nigel Kneale's 1958–59 BBC TV original. He has also appeared twice in Doctor Who: as Richard the Lionheart in the 1965 serial The Crusade; and, in 1979, as the villain Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, in one of the original run's most popular serials, City of Death. Glover later recorded DVD commentaries for The Crusade episode "The Wheel of Fortune" (Lost in Time set) and for City of Death.
In the 1980s, Glover made some of his most notable appearances, such as 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 Anglo-Saxon 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 stood 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.
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 Nazism 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".
|1963||Tom Jones||Lt. Northerton|
|1964||Girl with Green Eyes||Malachi Sullivan|
|1965||Time Lost and Time Remembered||Dr. Matthew Langdon|
|The Alphabet Murders||Don Fortune|
|1966||Theatre of Death||Charles Marquis|
|I Was Happy Here||Dr. Matthew Langdon|
|1967||Quatermass and the Pit||Colonel Breen|
|1969||Alfred the Great||Athelstane|
|The Adding Machine||Shrdlu|
|1970||The Last Grenade||Andy Royal|
|Wuthering Heights||Hindley Earnshaw|
|The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer||Colonel Moffat|
|1971||Nicholas and Alexandra||Gapon|
|1972||Antony and Cleopatra||Proculeius|
|Hitler: The Last Ten Days – Gruppenführer||Hermann Fegelein|
|The Foundation Trilogy||Hober Mallow|
|The Internecine Project||Arnold Pryce-Jones|
|Juggernaut||Commander Marder||US title: Terror on the Britannic|
|1979||Henry VIII||Duke of Buckingham|
|The Empire Strikes Back||General Maximilian Veers|
|1981||For Your Eyes Only||Aristotle Kristatos|
|1983||Heat and Dust||Crawford, the District Collector|
|1986||Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna||Colonel Kobylinski|
|1987||Hearts of Fire||Alfred|
|The Fourth Protocol||Brian Harcourt-Smith|
|Mandela||Senior Police Officer|
|Cry Freedom||Don Card|
|1989||Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade||Walter Donovan|
|Treasure Island||Dr. Livesey|
|1991||Letters, Riddles and Writs||Joseph Haydn|
|King Ralph||King Gustav|
|1994||Power and Lovers||Matthew|
|1997||The House of Angelo||Sir Robert Willoughby|
|Midsomer Murders: The Killings at Badger's Drift||Henry Trace|
|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|
|Strings||Kahro||Voice (English version)|
|2009||The Young Victoria||Duke of Wellington|
|Princess Kaiulani||Theophilus Harris Davies|
|The Spies of Warsaw||General Beauvilliers|
|2015||Brash Young Turks||Lou Hartman|
|1964||The Saint||Hilloran||Episode: "The Lawless Lady"|
|1965||Doctor Who – The Crusade||Richard the Lionheart||4 episodes|
|1967||The Avengers||Masgard/Major Peter Rooke/Rupert Lasindall||4 episodes|
|1972||Spy Trap||Commander Anderson||36 episodes|
|1974||The Story of Jacob and Joseph||Esau||TV|
|1975||Space: 1999||Jarak||Episode: "Alpha Child"|
|1978||Blake's 7||Kayn||Episode: "Breakdown"|
|1979||Doctor Who – City of Death||Scaroth/Count Scarlioni||4 episodes|
|1983||Dombey and Son||Mr. Dombey||10 episodes|
|1984||Travelling Man||Farmer||1 episode|
|1985||Remington Steele||Inspector Lombard|
|1987–1989||Wish Me Luck||Colonel James Cadogan||15 episodes|
|1993||The Darling Buds of May||George Harran||2 episodes - "Cast not your pearls before swine" Parts 1 & 2|
|1995||The Chief||Andrew Blake|
|The Infiltrator||Ernst Bielert||TV movie|
|2006||The Impressionists||Claude Monet (older)||TV miniseries|
|2009||Saka no Ue no Kumo||Alfred Thayer Mahan||TV miniseries|
|2011–2016||Game of Thrones||Grand Maester Pycelle||Recurring role
|2012||Merlin||Lochru||Episode: "Arthur's Bane (Part 1)"|
|2016||Grantchester||Albert Tannen||Christmas special|
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