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Crispin Hellion Glover (born April 20, 1964) is a multifaceted American artist. He is primarily known as an film actor, but is also a painter, filmmaker, author, and collector and archivist of esoterica.
Glover was born in New York City, but moved to Los Angeles at the age of four. His father, Bruce Glover, was a character actor best remembered for playing the offbeat S.P.E.C.T.R.E. assassin Mr. Wint in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever. Glover appeared in several sitcoms as a teenager, including Happy Days and Family Ties. His first film role was in 1983's My Tutor. That led to Teachers (1984) and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1985).
His breakout role was as George McFly in Robert Zemeckis's Back to the Future. Glover refused to participate in the film's sequel, but Zemeckis used previously filmed footage and body prosthetics to simulate Glover on screen. Glover sued the producers (including Steven Spielberg) and won a landmark victory that has influenced the way that actor's images are used on screen. 
Back to the Future was an international box office smash. Glover followed it with The Orkly Kid , in which he portrayed a young man who's obsession with Olivia Newton-John raises the ire of his small-town neighbors. From that point, Glover pursued a defiantly individualistic path. His characters were notable for the peculiar personality tics and unconventional thought processes. He played Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone's The Doors in (1991). He has continued to play exceedingly eccentric types, e.g. the title characters in Bartleby (2001) and Willard (2003). He has received some considerable mainstream attention recently as the reticent fetishist, the 'Thin Man' in the Charlie's Angels films.
In 1987, Glover appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman wearing a long wig and platform shoes to promote his new movie Ed and Rubin . His bizarre appearance was equalled by his strange behavior, which is thought by many to have been influenced by LSD. After a failed attempt to challenge Letterman to an arm wrestling match, Glover nearly kicked Letterman in the head, at which point Letterman ended the segment and cut to commercial.
In 1989, during a hiatus from films, Glover released an album called The Big Problem Does Not Equal the Solution. The Solution = Let It Be (1989) through Restless Records . The album features Clowny Clown Clown (which has its own music video), a cover of Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made for Walkin', and readings of his poetry, including: Rat Catching (Glover modified an old book by adding or deleting pictures, text, and drawings), Oak-Mot, What It Is & How It Is Done (a man's life told in first, second and third person). He included his home phone number with copies of the album, encouraging listeners to phone when they'd "solved" his puzzle. Glover later commented that he was rather surprised how many people figured it out.
What Is It?
Glover made his directorial debut with What Is It? (2005). In the late-1990's, he toured with prints of the film and showed various slides and read excerpts from his works. The principal actors in the film have Down syndrome. What is It? has yet to be shown commercially in theatres, although Glover has said he plans on releasing it as part of a trilogy at some point in the future.
Glover does not celebrate his birthday twice a year (April and September 20th), as is sometimes suggested: his birthday is April 20, 1964.
- Volcanic Eruptions (Sells his books, music, and other things)
- TV Tome bio and filmography
- Crispin Glover's Essay, What is It? from Apocalypse Culture Vol 2, Feral House .
- Williard-era interview, film stills
- The Cult of Crispin
- Crispin Hellion Glover Resource Center
- Crispin Glover Encyclopedia
- Fanlisting Networks Page for CHG
- Excerpt from Snails and Retards and Crispin Glover--Interview
- Crispin Corner fansite
- Transcript of Glover's notorious first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman
- Obsessive CHG fan site
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