Crispin Hellion Glover is a multifaceted American artist. He is primarily known as a film actor, but is also a publisher, filmmaker, and author. His career has been marked by some portrayals of wonderfully eccentric people, such as George McFly in Back to the Future and Willard Stiles in Willard. In the late 1980s, Glover started his own publishing company Volcanic Eruptions, which turned in to a production company in the 1990s for his film works.
Born in New York City, Glover moved to Los Angeles at the age of three and a half. As a child, he attended Mirman School for Highly Gifted Children. His father, Bruce Glover, is an actor best remembered for playing the offbeat Spectre assassin Mr. Wint in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever and one of Jack Nicholson's assistants, Duffy, in Chinatown. Crispin Glover’s first professional acting appearance was in 1978 in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in The Sound of Music. He played Friedrich Von Trapp to Florence Henderson’s Maria. He also appeared in some commercials and several sitcoms as a teenager. His first film role was in 1983’s My Tutor, following with a small role in Racing with the Moon opposite Sean Penn. He also played the title role in an AFI film The Orkly Kid, in which he portrayed a young man whose obsession with Olivia Newton-John raises the ire of his small-town neighbors. Later that year he appeared in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) and Teachers.
His breakout performance came in Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future, an international box office smash. Glover next starred in River’s Edge. From that point, Glover pursued a defiantly individualistic path. His characters were notable for their peculiar personality traits and unconventional thought processes. He played Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone's The Doors in 1991 and continued to play exceedingly eccentric types, e.g. the title characters in Bartleby (2001) and Willard (2003). He played the Thin Man in the Charlie's Angels, was seen in Hot Tub Time Machine, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and has various upcoming feature film appearances.
Glover has been touring since 2005 with his two feature films What Is It? and its sequel It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. He is using an unusual self-distribution model for his films that includes performing live shows titled Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Parts 1 & 2. These shows are each a one-hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books. The images from these books are projected behind him. He continues to tour the world with these two films. They have each won awards at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Sitges International Film Festival. Crispin is editing his next feature film which is currently untitled and features himself and his father acting together for the first time.