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 86)
Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation Аctor, singer
Years active 1950–present
Spouse(s) Valerie Nelson (1970-1977) (divorced)[1]
Suzi Schor (1978-1988) (divorced) (1 child)[2]

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

Early life and stage career[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 then moved to England, where 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Film career[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).[8]

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.[9]

Television career[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, 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]

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 7 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 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (he was later replaced by Ian McDiarmid in the 2004 DVD version to maintain continuity with Return of the Jedi and the Prequel trilogy, though Revill is still credited),[11] numerous cartoons such as The Transformers, Batman: The Animated Series and DuckTales and more recently video games, including Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Conquest: Frontier Wars.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1959 The Headless Ghost The Ghost of the Fourth Earl of Ambrose
1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing Andrews
1966 Modesty Blaise McWhirter / Sheik Abu Tahir
A Fine Madness Dr Menken
Kaleidoscope Inspector 'Manny' McGinnis
1967 The Double Man Frank Wheatley
Fathom Serapkin
1968 The Shoes of the Fisherman Tovarich Vucovich
Italian Secret Service Charles Harrison
1969 The Assassination Bureau Cesare Spado
1970 The Buttercup Chain George
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Rogozhin
1971 Boulevard du Rhum Lord Hammond
1972 Avanti! Carlo Carlucci
1973 The Legend of Hell House Dr Barrett
1974 The Black Windmill Alf Chestermann
1974 Chico the Rainmaker Chico Voice only
1975 Galileo Ballad Singer
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing Quon
1979 Charlie Muffin Alexei Berenkov
1980 The Empire Strikes Back The Emperor Voice only in original release and 1997 special edition
1981 Zorro, The Gay Blade Garcia
1986 The Frog Prince The King
The Transformers: The Movie Kickback Voice
1987 Rumpelstiltskin King Mezzer
1989 Mack the Knife Money Matthew
Jake Spanner, Private Eye Herbert Soames
1991 Let Him Have It Albert Pierrepoint
1993 The Thief and the Cobbler King Nod
The Sea Wolf Thomas C. 'Cookie' Mugridge
1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It Sykes
2002 Crime and Punishment Captain Zamyotov
Return to Never Land Narrator / Elderly officer Voice
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Additional voices Direct-to-video film
The Jungle Book 2 Additional voices
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Narrator Voice
2009 Gentlemen Broncos Cletus
2012 Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse King Richard / Referee Direct-to-video film, voice

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"
1978 Columbo Joe Devlin 1 Episode, Season 6, "The Conspirators".
1978 Centennial Finlay Perkin 3 episodes
1983 Wizards and Warriors Wizard Vector 8 episodes
1984 George Washington Lord Loudoun 3 episodes
1985 Murder, She Wrote Jonathan Hawley Season 1, Episode 13, "Murder to a Jazz Beat"
1984–1986 Transformers Kickback 5 episodes
1987 DuckTales Shedlock Jones Episode: "Dr Jekyll & McDuck", voice
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Sir Guy of Gisborne Episode: "Qpid"
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Alfred Pennyworth 3 episodes
1993 The Little Mermaid Sorcerer Blowfish 2 episodes
1994 Babylon 5 Trakis Episode: "Born to the Purple"
1997 Step by Step Professor Robert Nesler Episode: "Talking Trash"

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