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as Lionel Luthor

Quick Stats:

  • Date of Birth: August 7, 1944
  • Place of Birth: Salisbury, Maryland, USA
  • Height: 6'1"
John Glover

Notes on Character:

Lionel Luthor was born and raised in Metropolis, Kansas. He was married to Lillian and they have a son, Alexander "Lex" Joseph Luthor. He first came to Smallville in 1989, to buy the Ross Creamed Corn Factory from Pete Ross' father. He planned to transform it into LuthorCorp's fertilizer plant no.3. On the day of his meeting with Mr. Ross, he took his nine-year old son Lex with him. The young boy went wondering into the cornfields where he got hit by the meteor shower that left him bold for life. Lionel panics, runs to the road and stops Martha and Jonathan Kent's truck and asks them for help. The Kents have just found young Clark and his spaceship in the fields as well. In order to thank them, Lionel, owner of an adoption agency, helps them falsify adoption papers and claim Clark as their own. In return, however, he requires that Jonathan convince Pete Ross' father to sell his factory. From that moment, Jonathan has always resented Lionel, and has carried his weariness of the Luthors onto Lex.
Lionel felt responsible for this, and compensated by giving his son the best education and sending him around the world. What Lionel lacked in love, he made up for in gifts for his son. In 1993, his wife Lillian died. Lex being always away, father and son were never close. Lionel also fathered another son, Lucas, whose mother is Rachel Dunlevy. Lionel is ruthless and business-minded. In the episode "Jitters", we find out that he is willing to risk his son's life in order to protect the secret level of his plant, and would rather speak to the press than comfort Lex.
In the first season's final episode, the tornado hits the Luthor mansion, and Lionel is trapped under a beam. Lex saves him, and later, orders a critical operation that leaves Lionel blind. Later, however, Lionel recovers his sight, but doesn't tell anyone. It is still not confirmed what exactly he knows about Clark's abilities, and he knows that Lex is also attempting to find out what Clark's secret is.
Recently, he ordered Lex to lay off most of the employees of Fertilizer Plant no.3. Lex refused, and encouraged an employee buyout. Most employees mortgaged their houses in order to do this. So, Lionel bought out Smallville's Savings and Loan Bank, and threatened to to foreclose on every employee.

Actor Biography:

Critic Pauline Kael called him the "prime rotter" of 1980s films, and without question Glover played more despicable (and believable) villains than any other actor in the business. He's been a drunken lout in "Julia", a sleazy pornographer in "52 Pick-Up", an ingratiating sidekick in "Nutcracker", a sleazy, greedy real estate baron in "Gremlins 2" and a campy, manipulative heavy in "Whatever happened to Baby Jane?" . In perhaps his most psychotic role to date, Glover was Charles Rothenberg, the man who burns his own son practically to death rather than let his mother have him in "David".
John's acting career started on stage as Eugene Grant in a 1963 production of "Look Homeward, Angel" at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. He then toyed with the idea of becoming an English professor after graduating from Towson State Teacher's College (now Towson University) from where He has recently received an honorary Masters degree. Instead, he decided to give New York theatre a try and migrated to Manhattan in 1967. He studied acting with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
His film career began in 1973 with a small role in "Shamus". Glover received a lot of attention for his one scene in "Julia", in which Jane Fonda pushes a table over on top of him after he suggests that she and the title character are lesbian lovers.
John's awards include a Drama Desk Award for his work in "The Great God Brown" (1972), a Tony award and an Obie award for Best Actor in 1995 for his performances in the play "Love! Valor! Compassion!" as John & James Jekyll, an LA Drama Critics Circle Award from Outstanding Actor in his work in The Traveler. He has also been nominated five times for an Emmy for various roles.
Glover splits his time between Maryland, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Striving to increase the awareness for the disease as well as raise much-needed funds for a cure, John dedicates his time to the Alzheimer's Association. He also funds a scholarship for actors at his alma mater, Towson University, and returns to teach classes in his free time.
The Superman Connection: John's connection to superheroes and DC Comics is a strong one: he has been in three separate productions associated with DC Comics: first as the Riddler in "Batman: The Animated Series" (1992), Dr. Jason Woodrue in "Batman & Robin" (1997), and presently as Lionel Luthor in "Smallville".

Actor Filmography:

  • Sweet Union (2004) .... Oleen
  • Civilization of Maxwell Bright, The (2003) .... Ogden
  • Tricks (2003) .... Ralph
  • Sweet Union (2003) .... Oleen
  • Mid-Century (2002) .... Bill Gates

  • Sex & Violence (2002) .... Ogden

  • On Edge (2001) .... Yuri Moskivin

  • Smallville (2001) TV Series .... Lionel Luthor

  • Tricks (2000) .... Ralph

  • Dead Broke (1999) .... Sam

  • Macbeth in Manhattan (1999) .... Richard/Director

  • Payback (1999) .... Phil

  • Brimstone (1998) TV Series .... The Devil

  • The Broken Giant (1998) .... Bennett Hale

  • The Tempest(1998) (TV) .... Anthony Prosper

  • Batman: Gotham Knights (1997) TV Series (voice) .... The Riddler

  • Dead by Midnight (1997) (TV) .... Dr. Armond Drake/Ben Hamill

  • Medusa's Child (1997) (TV) .... Rogers Henry

  • Batman & Robin (1997) .... Dr. Jason Woodrue

  • Dead Man's Gun (1997) (TV) .... Jack Fleetwood ("Fool's Gold")

  • Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997) .... John Jeckyll, James Jeckyll

  • In the Mouth of Madness (1995) .... Saperstein

  • Automatic (1994) .... Goddard Marx

  • Dora Was Dysfunctional (1994)

  • Night of the Running Man (1994) .... Derek Mills

  • Schemes (1994) (V) .... Victor Kraft

  • Assault at West Point (1994) (TV) .... Major Asa Bird Gardiner

  • Ed and His Dead Mother (1993) .... A.J. Pattle

  • Kiosk (1993) .... Frad Stol

  • South Beach (1993) TV Series .... Roberts

  • Majority Rule (1992) (TV) .... 'Mac' Mackin

  • Batman: The Animated Series (1992)(voice) .... The Riddler

  • Grass Roots (1992) (TV) .... Harold Perkerson

  • Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel (1992) (TV) .... Loco Garrison

  • Dead On the Money (1991) (TV) .... Russell Blake

  • A Season of Giants(1991) (TV) .... Leonardo DaVinci

  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1991) (TV) .... Billy

  • An Enemy of the People(1990) (TV) .... Dr. Thomas Stockman

  • El Diablo (1990) (TV) .... The Preacher

  • Robocop 2 (1990) .... Magnavolt Salesman

  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) .... Daniel Clamp

  • Meet the Hollowheads (1989) .... Henry Hollowhead

  • Breaking Point (1989) (TV) .... Dr. Gerber

  • Traveling Man (1989) (TV) .... Chick Beeler

  • Twist of Fate (1989) (TV) .... Max Brodsky

  • Scrooged (1988) .... Bryce Cummings

  • The Chocolate War (1988) .... Brother Leon

  • David (1988) (TV) .... Charles Rothenberg

  • Round the Bend (1988) TV Series (voice)

  • Rocket Gibraltar (1988) .... Rolo Rockwell

  • Hot Paint (1988) (TV) .... Algernon

  • Masquerade (1988) .... Tony Gateworth

  • Moving Target (1988/I) (TV) .... Dobbins

  • Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder (1987) (TV) .... R. Behrens

  • The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (1987) TV Series .... Mike Sayles

  • Willy/Milly (1986) .... Mr. Niceman

  • 52 Pick-Up (1986) .... Alan Raimy

  • A Killing Affair (1986) .... Sheb

  • White Nights (1985) .... Wynn Scott

  • An Early Frost(1985) (TV) .... Victor DiMato

  • Don't Touch (1985) (TV) .... Mr. Stewart

  • A Flash of Green (1984) .... Rose Halley

  • Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984) (TV) .... Pierre Lafitte

  • George Washington (1984) (mini) TV Series .... Gen. Charles Lee

  • The Evil That Men Do (1984) .... Paul Briggs, U.S. Embassy

  • Search for Tomorrow (1951) TV Series .... Vargas (1983-1984)

  • Kennedy (1983) (mini) TV Series .... William Walton

  • The Face of Rage (1983) (TV)

  • Rage of Angels (1983) (TV) .... Scanlon/Jackson

  • Bhamta (1982) .... Xorath, Man of Desire

  • A Little Sex (1982) .... Walter

  • The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) .... Tom Keller

  • Melvin and Howard (1980) .... 2nd Attorney (Freese)

  • Brubaker (1980) .... Ackroyd

  • The Mountain Men (1980) .... Nathan Wyeth

  • The American Success Company (1979) .... Ernst

  • Under This Sky (1979) (TV)

  • Last Embrace (1979) .... Richard Peabody

  • Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978) .... Herbert Little

  • Julia (1977) .... Sammy

  • Annie Hall (1977) .... Actor Boy Friend

  • Shamus (1973) .... Johnnie

  • Av (????) .... The Devil

Notable TV Appearances: "Arli$$", "Chicago Hope", "Caroline in the CIty", "Frasier", "Star Trek: DSN", "LA Law", "Murder, She Wrote", "Miami Vice", "The Twilight Zone".

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