Clive Revill

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

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

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

Early life

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

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)[lower-alpha 1][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.



1965Bunny Lake Is MissingSergeant Andrews
1966A Fine MadnessDr. Menken
1966Italian Secret ServiceCharles Harrison
1966KaleidoscopeInspector McGinnis
1966Modesty BlaiseMcWhirter
1967The Double ManFrank Wheatly
1968Nobody Runs ForeverJoseph
1968The Shoes of the FishermanTovarich Vucovich
1969The Assassination BureauCesare Spado
1970The Buttercup ChainGeorge
1970The Private Life of Sherlock HolmesRogozhin
1970A Severed HeadAlexander Lynch-Gibbon
1972Avanti!Carlo Carlucci
1973The Legend of Hell HouseDr. Barrett
1974The Black WindmillAlf Chestermann
1975One of Our Dinosaurs Is MissingQuon
1976The Great HoudiniDundas Slater
1980The Empire Strikes BackThe Emperor[12]Voice
1981Zorro, The Gay BladeGarcia
1986The Transformers: The MovieKickback[12]Voice
1993The Thief and the CobblerKing Nod[12]
1995 Delta of Venus Radio Announcer Voice
2002Return to Never LandElderly Officer / Narrator
2003101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureVoice
2004Mickey's Twice Upon a ChristmasNarrator[12]
2012Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry MouseKing Richard and Referee[12]
2016The Queen of SpainJohn Ford


1957The Adventures of Robin HoodHoratioEpisode: "Too Many Earls"
1975Churchill's PeopleKing Henry IIEpisode: "A Sprig of Broom"
1977 The New Avengers Mark Episode: "Dead Men are Dangerous"
1978ColumboJoe DevlinSeason 7, Episode 5: "The Conspirators"
1978CentennialFinlay Perkin3 episodes
1983Wizards and WarriorsWizard Vector8 episodes
1984George WashingtonLord Loudoun3 episodes
1984SnorksDr. Galio Seaworthy60+ episodes
1985 Murder, She WroteJonathan HawleySeason 1, Episode 13, "Murder to a Jazz Beat"
1984Alvin and the Chipmunks(voice)13 Episodes
1984The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo ShowAdditional VoicesEpisode: "Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo"
1984Dragon's LairStoryteller (voice)Episode: "Tale of the Enchanted Gift"
1984–1986TransformersKickback (voice)5 episodes
1986The Twilight ZoneAgentEpisode: "Personal Demons"
1986Magnum PIWalter "Inky" GilbertEpisode: "I Never Wanted To Go to France, Anyway"
1986Pound PuppiesDumas / Lord Belveshire (voice)2 Episodes
1987Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures(voice)6 Episodes
1987DuckTalesShedlock Jones (voice)Episode: "Dr Jekyll & McDuck"
1989–1990Paddington BearAdditional Voices2 Episodes
1990Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream ZonePotsworth (voice)13 episodes
1990Tiny Toon AdventuresShakespeare (voice)Episode: "Weirdest Story Ever Told"
1991Star Trek: The Next GenerationSir Guy of GisborneEpisode: "Qpid"
1991–1993The Legend of Prince ValiantThe Mighty Om (voice)3 Episodes
1992Batman: The Animated SeriesAlfred Pennyworth (voice)3 episodes[12]
1993The Little MermaidSorcerer Blowfish (voice)2 episodes
1994Babylon 5TrakisEpisode: "Born to the Purple"
1995Freakazoid!Spanger, Baffeardin, Hermil Sioro (voice)3 episodes[12]
1996Adventures from the Book of VirtuesKing Midas / The Minister (voice)Episode: "Self-Discipline"
1996The Real Adventures of Jonny QuestHunter No. 1 / Trench
Harpooner / Medical Officer (voice)
2 Episodes
1996Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanSorcererEpisode: "Soul Mates"
1997Step by StepProfessor Robert NeslerEpisode: "Talking Trash"
1997Johnny BravoW (voice)Episode: "Bravo, James Bravo"[12]
1998Pinky and the BrainKing ClaudiusEpisode: "Brainie the Poo/Melancholy Brain"[12]
1998Godzilla: The SeriesHustus McPhil (voice)Episode: "DeadLoch"
2002Fillmore!Shop Owner1 episode[12]
2004Rugrats: All Grown UpModerator (voice)Episode: "Susie's Choice"
2011–2012Secret Mountain Fort AwesomeHelmet Head, Wise One (voice)3 episodes

Video games

1993Star Wars: X-WingGeneral Dodonna[12]
1995The Jungle BookBagheera
1996Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE FighterImperial Officer #2Credited as Clive Revel
2001Conquest: Frontier WarsHawkes
2003The HobbitThorin[12]
2004The Bard's Tale
2006Gothic 3RhobarEnglish Dub
Marvel: Ultimate AllianceDr. Doom[12]
2007Jeanne d'ArcDuke of BedfordEnglish Dub[12]
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndBritish Officers
2009Transformers: Revenge of the FallenJetfire[12]
2011Star Wars: The Old RepublicAdmiral Davos / Admiral Riserre / Darth Gravus



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


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