Clive Revill

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Clive Revill
Clive Revill Fagin Oliver 1963.jpg
Revill as Fagin from the 1963 Broadway production of Oliver!
Clive Selsby Revill

(1930-04-18) April 18, 1930 (age 91)
Wellington, New Zealand
Years active1950–present
Spouse(s)Valerie Nelson (1971[1]–1977) (divorced)
Suzi Schor (1978–1988) (divorced) (1 child)[2]

Clive Selsby Revill (born April 18, 1930) is a New Zealand actor. His roles include voicing the Emperor in the original theatrical edition of The Empire Strikes Back.

Early life[edit]

Revill was born in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Eleanor May (née Neel) and Malet Barford Revill.[3] He attended Rongotai College.[4]



He originally trained to be an accountant in New Zealand, but decided to change his career path in 1950 when he made his stage debut as Sebastian in Twelfth Night. He moved to London in 1950 and studied acting there at the Old Vic Theatre.[5] He appeared in The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company's celebrated 1956–1958 season of productions in Stratford, which included Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar and The Tempest. He went on to have such varied stage roles as Bob (narrator) in Irma la Douce, Ratty in Toad of Toad Hall and Jean-Paul Marat in Marat/Sade.

He made his Broadway debut in 1952, playing Sam Weller in The Pickwick Papers, and subsequently appeared in Irma La Douce, The Incomparable Max and Oliver!, for which his Fagin was nominated for a Tony Award.[6] He is also known for his roles in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, on both stage and television. He starred in the first national tour of the musical Drood, replacing George Rose, who was murdered during the run.[7]

He also participated in the workshop production of Tom Jones: The Musical, playing the role of Squire Western and reprising it on the cast recording.[8]


His red hair and distinctive Mr. Punch-like features often saw him cast as comic eccentrics in a number of British films of the 1960s and 1970s such as Kaleidoscope (1966), Modesty Blaise (1966), The Double Man (1967), Fathom (1967), The Assassination Bureau (1969), A Severed Head (1970), The Black Windmill (1974) and One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975). He also had notable supporting turns in Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) opposite Laurence Olivier, and his American film debut A Fine Madness (1966), as well as a rare leading role in the horror film The Legend of Hell House (1973).[9]

He was often cast as humorous foreign characters (he has played everything from Chinese to Russian). Two of his highest profile roles of this kind were in two films for Billy Wilder: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) and Avanti! (1972), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his part as put-upon hotel manager Carlo Carlucci.[10]


In the 1978 television miniseries Centennial, he played the Scottish accountant Finlay Perkin. He played both Ko-Ko (the starring role) in The Mikado, and the title character, John Wellington Wells, in The Sorcerer for the Brent Walker television series of Gilbert and Sullivan productions, shown by the BBC in 1983.

After relocating to the United States, he guest-starred in many television series, such as Columbo (1978, "The Conspirators"),[5] Hart to Hart, Dynasty, Magnum, P.I., The Love Boat, Remington Steele, Murder, She Wrote, Babylon 5, The Feather and Father Gang, Newhart, MacGyver, Dear John, The Fall Guy, Maude, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.[10] He starred as the wizard Vector in the short-lived series Wizards and Warriors.

Voice work[edit]

Revill is known for his proficiency with accents.[5] He is also known for his voice work in feature-length films and animated series, which includes Alfred Pennyworth in the first three episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, the voice of Chico in the seven episodes of Chico the Rainmaker (The Boy with the Two Heads) (1974), the voice of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the original 1980 version of The Empire Strikes Back (he was later replaced by Ian McDiarmid in the 2004 DVD version though Revill is still credited)[a][11] numerous cartoons such as The Transformers, Batman: The Animated Series and DuckTales and more video games, including Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Conquest: Frontier Wars.



Year Title Role Notes
1956 Reach For The Sky Ward Orderly Uncredited
1959 The Headless Ghost 4th Earl of Ambrose
1966 A Fine Madness Dr. Menken
1966 Italian Secret Service Charles Harrison
1966 Kaleidoscope Inspector McGinnis
1966 Modesty Blaise McWhirter
1967 Fathom Serapkin
1967 The Double Man Frank Wheatly
1968 Nobody Runs Forever Joseph
1968 The Shoes of the Fisherman Tovarich Vucovich
1969 The Assassination Bureau Cesare Spado
1970 The Buttercup Chain George
1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Rogozhin
1970 A Severed Head Alexander Lynch-Gibbon
1972 Avanti! Carlo Carlucci
1973 The Legend of Hell House Dr. Barrett
1974 The Black Windmill Alf Chestermann
1974 The Little Prince The Businessman
1975 One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing Quon
1976 The Great Houdini Dundas Slater
1980 The Empire Strikes Back The Emperor[12] Voice
1981 Zorro, The Gay Blade Garcia
1986 The Transformers: The Movie Kickback[12] Voice
1987 Rumpelstiltskin King Mezzer
1993 The Thief and the Cobbler King Nod[12]
1995 Delta of Venus Radio Announcer Voice
2002 Return to Never Land Elderly Officer / Narrator
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Voice
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Narrator[12]
2012 Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse King Richard and Referee[12]
2016 The Queen of Spain John Ford


Year Title Role Notes
1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood Horatio Episode: "Too Many Earls"
1975 Churchill's People King Henry II Episode: "A Sprig of Broom"
1977 The New Avengers Mark Episode: "Dead Men are Dangerous"
1978 Columbo Joe Devlin Season 7, Episode 5: "The Conspirators"
1978 Centennial Finlay Perkin 3 episodes
1979 She's Dressed to Kill Victor De Salle Television film
1983 Wizards and Warriors Wizard Vector 8 episodes
1984 George Washington Lord Loudoun 3 episodes
1984 Snorks Dr. Galio Seaworthy 60+ episodes
1985 Murder, She Wrote Jonathan Hawley Season 1, Episode 13, "Murder to a Jazz Beat"
1984 Alvin and the Chipmunks (voice) 13 Episodes
1984 The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show Additional Voices Episode: "Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo"
1984 Dragon's Lair Storyteller (voice) Episode: "Tale of the Enchanted Gift"
1984–1986 Transformers Kickback (voice) 5 episodes
1986 The Twilight Zone Agent Episode: "Personal Demons"
1986 Magnum PI Walter "Inky" Gilbert Episode: "I Never Wanted To Go to France, Anyway"
1986 Pound Puppies Dumas / Lord Belveshire (voice) 2 Episodes
1987 Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (voice) 6 Episodes
1987 DuckTales Shedlock Jones (voice) Episode: "Dr Jekyll & McDuck"
1989–1990 Paddington Bear Additional Voices 2 Episodes
1990 Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone Potsworth (voice) 13 episodes
1990 Tiny Toon Adventures Shakespeare (voice) Episode: "Weirdest Story Ever Told"
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Sir Guy of Gisborne Episode: "Qpid"
1991–1993 The Legend of Prince Valiant The Mighty Om (voice) 3 Episodes
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Alfred Pennyworth (voice) 3 episodes[12]
1993 The Little Mermaid Sorcerer Blowfish (voice) 2 episodes
1994 Babylon 5 Trakis Episode: "Born to the Purple"
1995 Freakazoid! Spanger, Baffeardin, Hermil Sioro (voice) 3 episodes[12]
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues King Midas / The Minister (voice) Episode: "Self-Discipline"
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Hunter No. 1 / Trench
Harpooner / Medical Officer (voice)
2 Episodes
1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Sorcerer Episode: "Soul Mates"
1997 Step by Step Professor Robert Nesler Episode: "Talking Trash"
1997 Johnny Bravo W (voice) Episode: "Bravo, James Bravo"[12]
1998 Pinky and the Brain King Claudius Episode: "Brainie the Poo/Melancholy Brain"[12]
1998 Godzilla: The Series Hustus McPhil (voice) Episode: "DeadLoch"
2002 Fillmore! Shop Owner 1 episode[12]
2004 Rugrats: All Grown Up Moderator (voice) Episode: "Susie's Choice"
2011–2012 Secret Mountain Fort Awesome Helmet Head, Wise One (voice) 3 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Star Wars: X-Wing General Dodonna [12]
1995 The Jungle Book Bagheera
1996 Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Imperial Officer #2 Credited as Clive Revel
2001 Conquest: Frontier Wars Hawkes
2003 The Hobbit Thorin [12]
2004 The Bard's Tale [13]
2006 Gothic 3 Rhobar English Dub
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Dr. Doom [12]
2007 Jeanne d'Arc Duke of Bedford English Dub[12]
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End British Officers
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Jetfire [12]
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Admiral Davos / Admiral Riserre / Darth Gravus



  1. ^ This editing decision was done to maintain continuity with Return of the Jedi and the prequel trilogy.


  1. ^ Wilson, Earl (22 April 1971). "It Takes a Big Quake to Shake Up a Californian". Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 28 June 2018 – via Google News Archive. Clive Revill weds secretary Valerie Nelson in London May 1.
  2. ^ "Clive Revill". Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Clive Revill Biography (1930– )".
  4. ^ "Overview for Clive Revill". 18 April 1930. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Thomas, Nick (4 December 2015). "Clive Revill's voice talent led to a minute as 'Star Wars' first Emperor". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Clive Revill Tony Awards Info". Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  7. ^ "A little more than luck colors Clive Revill's career". The Baltimore Sun. 13 November 1991. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Various – Tom Jones: Original Musical Cast Recording (Vinyl, LP)". discogs. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  9. ^ "The Legend of Hell House (1973)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Clive Revill". Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Star Wars Trilogy – 2004 DVD Changes". Digital Bits. Retrieved 16 February 2007.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Clive Revill (36 Character Images)".
  13. ^ InXile Entertainment. The Bard’s Tale. InXile Entertainment. Scene: Ending credits, 2:10:22 in, More Great Talent.

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