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John Soursby Glover Jr. is an American stage, television, and film actor, born in 1944. He is best known for playing numerous villainous roles, and will be instantly familiar to many television viewers as Lionel, SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor's ArchnemesisDad on the show ''{{Smallville}}'', the TropeCodifier for MagnificentBastard and all things related to it. Other notable bad guy parts from Glover include everything from a bit appearance as [[MadScientist Dr. Jason Woodrue]] in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', to an absolutely chilling performance as [[{{Satan}} The Devil himself]] in the series ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''. That being said, Glover has appeared in a wide variety of milieus, from ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', to Broadway productions of ''Love!Valour!Compassion!'' and ''WaitingForGodot'', to ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', where he provided the voice of The Riddler.

Glover is a well-regarded actor, and has recieved two Emmy nominations (one of which he won), two Tony Award nominations (one of which he again, won), and two Saturn Award nominations for his performance as Lionel. He is openly gay.
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!!This actor provides examples of:
* AbusiveDad: Not in RealLife, but between [[ArchnemesisDad Lionel Luthor]] and Sylar's dad on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' he's got this trope covered.
* BadassBeard: Most of his roles see him sporting one. Often overlaps with BeardOfEvil.
* LargeHam: Oh yes. Given his penchant for villainous roles it often overlaps with EvilIsHammy.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Glover has played a lot of truly terrible people, but is reportedly a very pleasant guy behind the camera. This apparently surprised the members of ''{{Smallville}}'''s new make-up crew when he returned in Season 10; they had expected him to be more like [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Lionel]] [[BrokenAce Luthor]].
* PlayingAgainstType: His character in ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' is played up as being the usual crooked unpleasant executive. Glover instead played him as an immensely likable if very eccentric businessman.
** Also, his role in the HBO Western Comedy El Diablo. Glover plays a con artist gunfighter, but the character is actually on the side of the heroes and is probably the most affable character in the show.
* SharpDressedMan: In many, many appearances. Often overlaps with BadassInANiceSuit and especially ManOfWealthAndTaste.
* TypeCasting: His stage work may be all over the place, but his television roles are almost inevitably of the sinister variety.
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