When 20-year-old Crispin Glover learned he had landed the role of George McFly in "Back to the Future," he assumed the director had selected him to play the shy and slightly bumbling teenager who attends Hill Valley High in 1955.
"I was really happy with the role, but when I found out that I would also be playing George McFly at 47 -- that's when I knew this film would be fun," says Glover.
"Back to the Future" marks Glover's fifth feature film. He was most recently seen in "Teachers" appearing with Nick Nolte and Ralph Macchio as a rebellious high school student who is shot by the police. His previous film credits include "Friday the 13th, Part IV," "Racing with the Moon" and "My Tutor." He is particularly proud of a film which he starred in last year at the American Film Institute. Directed by AFI student Trent Harris, the film is called "The Orkly Kid."
Glover was born in New York. His father is actor Bruce Glover and his mother is a former dancer-actress. The trio moved to Los Angeles when he was four, and he began acting while still in elementary school.
A talented child actor who had an agent by the age of 13, Glover won a co-starring role in the Los Angeles production of "The Sound of Music" starring Florence Henderson. While attending both Venice and Beverly Hills High, he also found time for acting classes with such coaches as Dan Mason and Peggy Furie.
After high school, he appeared on such television series as "Hill St. Blues," "Family Ties " and "Happy Days."
"It was just about this time that I decided to focus in on motion pictures," Glover recalls. "I think it's important to know your direction."
As the 47-year-old George McFly, Glover's on-set performances often broke up both the cast and crew. Borrowing a low but quirky voice from an old acting teacher he once knew, his posture and hand gestures seem to take on a life of their own .... until he is no longer a fresh-faced high school student, but a rather sad-faced suburban male, just struggling to keep up.
"I used to play with a character like that in acting classes," he notes. "I also borrowed from my father, using some of the gestures I've grown up watching."
Off-camera, Glover is known as an eccentric dresser ("I prefer old clothes") and drives a 1961 convertible Studebaker. He enjoys painting, and in fact convinced co-star Lea Thompson to paint a canvas with him one night during the production.
Steven Spielberg presents a Robert Zemeckis film "Back to the Future," starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson. The screenplay is by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, with music by Alan Silvestri. It is produced by Bob Gale and Neil Canton. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. The director is Robert Zemeckis.
as of June 5, 1985