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Revill as Fagin from the 1963 Broadway production of Oliver!
Clive Selsby Revill|
18 April 1930
Wellington, New Zealand
Valerie Nelson (1971–1977) (divorced)|
Suzi Schor (1978–1988) (divorced) (1 child)
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. 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. 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.
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).
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.
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"), 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. He starred as the wizard Vector in the short-lived series Wizards and Warriors.
Revill is known for his proficiency with accents. 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] numerous cartoons such as The Transformers, Batman: The Animated Series and DuckTales and more video games, including Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Conquest: Frontier Wars.
|1965||Bunny Lake Is Missing||Sergeant Andrews|
|1966||A Fine Madness||Dr. Menken|
|1968||Italian Secret Service||Charles Harrison|
|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 |
|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|
|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|
|1993||Star Wars: X-Wing||General Dodonna|
|2006||Marvel: Ultimate Alliance||Dr. Doom|
|2007||Jeanne d'Arc||Duke of Bedford|
|2009||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||Jetfire|
- Peter Pan's Flight (1955)
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Clive Revill weds secretary Valerie Nelson in London May 1.
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