Clive Revill

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Clive Revill
Clive Revill Fagin Oliver 1963.jpg
Revill as Fagin from the 1963 Broadway production of Oliver!
Born Clive Selsby Revill
(1930-04-18) 18 April 1930 (age 88)
Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation Аctor, singer
Years active 1950—present
Spouse(s) Valerie Nelson (1971[1]–1977) (divorced)
Suzi Schor (1978–1988) (divorced) (1 child)[2]

Clive Selsby Revill (born 18 April 1930) is a New Zealand singer and character actor, best known for his performances in musical theatre and on the London stage.

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]

Career[edit]

Stage[edit]

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 Ratty in Toad of Toad Hall and Jean-Paul Marat in Marat/Sade.

He made his Broadway debut in 1952, playing Mr. Pickwick 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]

Film[edit]

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), Fathom (1967), The Assassination Bureau (1969) 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]

Television[edit]

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.

Selected filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing Sergeant Andrews
1966 A Fine Madness Dr. Menken
1968 Italian Secret Service Charles Harrison
1972 Avanti! Carlo Carlucci
1973 The Legend of Hell House Dr. Barrett
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Emperor Palpatine Voice
1986 The Transformers: The Movie Kickback
1993 The Thief and the Cobbler King Nod
2002 Return to Never Land Elderly Officer / Narrator
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Voice
Direct-to-video
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Narrator
2012 Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse King Richard and Referee
2016 The Queen of Spain John Ford

Television[edit]

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
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"
1984–1986 Transformers Kickback (voice) 5 episodes
1987 DuckTales Shedlock Jones (voice) Episode: "Dr Jekyll & McDuck"
1990 Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone Potsworth 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"
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Alfred Pennyworth (voice) 3 episodes
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
1997 Step by Step Professor Robert Nesler Episode: "Talking Trash"
1997 Johnny Bravo W (voice) Episode: "Bravo, James Bravo"
1998 Pinky and the Brain King Claudius Episode: "Brainie the Poo/Melancholy Brain"
1998 Godzilla: The Series Hustus McPhil (voice) Episode: "DeadLoch"
2002 Fillmore! Shop Owner 1 episode
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
1993 Star Wars: X-Wing General Dodonna
2003 The Hobbit Thorin
2006 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Dr. Doom
2007 Jeanne d'Arc Duke of Bedford
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Jetfire

Other[edit]

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Earl (April 22, 1971). "It Takes a Big Quake to Shake Up a Californian". Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved June 28, 2018 – via Google News Archive. Clive Revill weds secretary Valerie Nelson in London May 1. 
  2. ^ "Clive Revill". NNDB.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Clive Revill Biography (1930- )". filmreference.com. 
  4. ^ "Overview for Clive Revill". TCM.com. 1930-04-18. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  5. ^ a b c Thomas, Nick (December 4, 2015). "Clive Revill's voice talent led to a minute as 'Star Wars' first Emperor". The Oklahoman. newsok.com. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Clive Revill Tony Awards Info". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  7. ^ "A little more than luck colors Clive Revill's career". Baltimore Sun. 1991-11-13. Retrieved 2016-12-21 – via baltimoresun.com. 
  8. ^ "Various - Tom Jones: Original Musical Cast Recording (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  9. ^ "The Legend of Hell House (1973)". IMDb.com. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  10. ^ a b "Clive Revill". MasterworksBroadway.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  11. ^ "Star Wars Trilogy – 2004 DVD Changes". Digital Bits. Retrieved February 16, 2007. 

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