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Scott Glenn – MovieActors.com

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Scott Glenn in The Bourne Ultimatum.

About Scott Glenn (1941 – )
Scott Glenn was born on January 26, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents, Elizabeth and Theodore Glenn named their new son, Theodore Scott Glenn. Scott has a sister, Bonnie, and a brother, Terry.

The Glenn family moved to APPALACHIA. Scott became very ill and was in bed for a year. His doctor predicted that he would be limping the rest of his life, which makes one wonder if he had polio. Whatever he was suffering from, left him physically weak.

His natural determination, toughness and drive was stoked during this long bout with illness, and he fought back by intense training programs, and finally was able to walk without an limp.
His hard won victory over his illness prepared him for his future challenges and choices. He has kept himself physically fit, and hasn't slowed down a bit, even at 70!

Glenn went to William and Mary College, majoring in English, because of his passion for writing and story telling. He joined the Marines for a three year stint. After he was discharged, Scott combined his passions of story telling and wanting to have adventure by becoming a criminal reporter for the Kenosha Evening News for 5 months.

Scott then decided to try writing novels and stories but found he had trouble coming up with good dialogues betwen his characters. So, he entered the world of acting to become better at this important skill needed in order to write stories.

In 1965, Scott took action and moved to New York, and got his first part in a Broadway play written by Arthur Marx, THE IMPOSSIBLE YEARS. He also was accepted into George Morrison's acting class, and earned money for his lessons by directing student plays. Scott also appeared in La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club productions.

While in New York, learning about acting and directing, he also met the love of his life, Carol Schwartz, and was introduced to a very meaningful sport, martial arts. The year 1968, was an important one for Scott; both in his personal and profesional life. He and Carol married, he converted to Carol's faith;Judiasm. Scott joined Actor's Studio and began working in professional theatre and television. In 1970, He and Carol moved to California.

His first film was James Bridge's BABY MAKER in 1970. For eight years, Scott was cast in small parts in films, and he did guest appearances on television shows. Feeling he wasn't getting anywhere in Hollywood, he and Carol decided to take a big break from it all. In 1978, Scott and Carol and their two little daughters moved to Ketchum, Idaho, living there for two years. Scott happily made a living as a barman, huntsman and mountain ranger, but kept his hand in acting by performing on occasion in Seattle stage productions.

This didn't last long though. In 1979, he got a small but meaningful character actor part in Francis Ford Cappola's star-studded epic, APOCALPSE NOW.

His break-through performance was in the 1980 film, URBAN COWBOY. James Bridge's offered him a meaty part, playing a bad boy villain, Wes, as John Travolta's competition for Debra Winger in Urban Cowboy. Scott for the first time was given third billling, after John Travolta and Debra Winger. His performance catapulted him into grade A films, starting with westerns. Throughout the 1980s', he was cast as both villains and good guys.

Scott Glenn had found his trademark:"Tough characters with a militaristic background."
Along with his tough, physical and mental personna, his characters often had a raspy voice when they had something to say; not overly talkative.


By the 1990s', Scott was at the top of his profession. Scott was a sub captain in The Hunt For Red October; a huge hit.

The year 1991 was a big one for his career. In 1991 Scott Glenn played Jack Crawford in The Silence Of The Lambs; the first of three in this Hannibal Lector trilogy films.

Also, in 1991, Scott starred in the western drama, MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS. Is this somebody whose shoes I want to live in for four months? If I don't instinctively answer 'yes' to that question, I shouldn't be doing the movie.

A third big hit for Scott was the film, BACKDRAFT. To prepare for his role in BACKDRAFT Scott Glenn rode along with the Chicago Fire Dept.'s Squad 5.

Glenn was in several independent projects in 1998 he had a role in Larga Distancia, a film written by his daughter Dakota Glenn. In 1999, he played a priest in Sophia Cappola's film, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES.

In 2000 and 2001, Scott was cast in some pretty meaty roles; VERTICAL LIMIT, TRAINING DAY, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, and THE SHIPPING NEWS. Scott continued to work steadily in films through 2012.

Scott Glenn was a regular character on the hit TV series, THE LEFTOVERS(2013-2014), and DAREDEVIL;(2014-2015)

Always having a variety of roles, we have seen Scott Glenn as a swordsman/boxer in The Challenge, as the astronaut Alan Shepard in The Right Stuff, a sub captain in The Hunt For Red October, an FBI agent in The Silence Of The Lambs and a firefighter in Backdraft.

In an Hitfix May 7th 2015 interview, by Alan Sepinwall, Scott reveals what interests him as a thespian. "What draws me into work and hooks me is the character. It's more a matter of raw appetite than anything. It's like you walk into a room and smell food cooking, and it either makes you salivate or want to throw up. It's always basically been the character."

When deciding whether or not to take the part offered, Scott Glenn evaluates the character; "Is this somebody whose shoes I want to live in for four months? If I don't instinctively answer 'yes' to that question, I shouldn't be doing the movie."

Scott Glenn's notable movie credits include...

INTO THE GRIZZLEY MAZE(2015)
THE BARBER (2014)
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Magic Valley (2011)
Sucker Punch (2011)
Secretariat (2010)
W (2008)
Nights In Rodanthe (2008)
Surfer, Dude (2008)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Camille (2007)
Journey To The End Of The Night (2006)
Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004)
The Shipping News (2001)
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
Firestorm (1998)
Absolute Power (1997)
Courage Under Fire (1996)
MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS (1993)
THE PLAYER (1992)
Backdraft (1991)
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
The Hunt For Red October (1990)
SILVERADO (1985)
CATTLE ANNIE AND LITTLE BRITCHES (1981)
Urban Cowboy (1980)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Nashville (1975)
the baby maker (1970)

Scott Glenn's notable movie credits include...

DAREDEVIL (TV SERIES) (2015-2016)
THE LEFTOVERS (TV SERIES) (2014-2015)
FAITH OF MY FATHERS (TV MOVIE)(2005)
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN (TV MOVIE) (2005)
CODE BREAKERS (TV MOVIE) (2005)
HOMELAND SECURITY (TV MOVIE) (2004)
A PAINTED HOUSE (TV MOVIE) (2003)
THE SEVENTH STREAM (TV MOVIE) (2001)



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Scott Glenn in Silverado.

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Scott Glenn in
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Scott Glenn in
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Glenn in Silence Of The Lambs (1991).

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Glenn in The Bourne Legacy (2012).

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Scott Glenn in Nights In Rodanthe (2008).

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Scott Glenn in Secretariat (2010).