TV role as the 'good guy' refreshes actor Glover Shore native calls halt to his villains

June 16, 1993|By Los Angeles Daily News

John Glover, known for playing creepy villains in such films as "52 Pick-Up" and "Masquerade," gets a chance to break his typecasting this summer in NBC's "South Beach."

"They call him 'The Enigma,' " Mr. Glover said, laughing. "I've played a lot of cold, heartless men before, but this one is on the side of good."

In the series, which airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays, he plays a criminologist who runs a group of former criminals now operating on the right side of the law.

"The potential for my character is enormous," he said. "He has the same criminal urges, but he fights them."

Mr. Glover said Hollywood began casting him as a villain after seeing Jane Fonda toss a table at his "smarmy" character Sammy in "Julia." But he believes there is a deeper reason for his attraction to characters who walk on the dark side. He understands these sad, lonely men all too well.

"I grew up as a lonely child," he said. "I was alone. It was just me. I understand these men.

"I grew up, like them, feeling like an outsider a lot of the time."

Mr. Glover, the son of a TV repairman, discovered acting in his junior year in high school in Salisbury, Md.

He was a member of the stage crew.

When he began getting laughs while changing scenery, he felt comfortable.

After graduating from what is now Towson State University, he left for New York.

There he landed small parts in stage productions.

He developed his craft further in regional theater on the East Coast and made his Broadway debut in "The Great God Brown" for Hal Prince's New Phoenix Repertory Theater.

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