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Theodore Scott Glenn was born January 26, 1942, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the eldest of three children born to Theodore
and Elizabeth Glenn. He has a sister, Bonnie, and a brother, Terry. Their dad was a traveling salesman and later an executive
for Snap-On Tools. The family moved to Bryn Athyn (northeast of Philadelphia) when Scott was 12.
He says in a
1998 interview with Patricia O'Haire for New York Now, "There's a story in my family - I don't know how true it is, but I'd
like to believe it - that we're related to Lord Byron. When I was a kid, I started reading his poetry. I loved it. I decided
to be the next Lord Byron."
Stricken with scarlet fever when he was nine, Scott spent almost a year bedridden in a
darkened room, unable even to read for much of that time due to his sensitivity to light caused by the disease. Of this time,
Scott says "I learned to live in my imagination quite a bit. Before, I was a kid who liked flowers and poetry, but afterward
I became psychotic about being in shape." His poor health left him with a limp which doctors predicted he would have for life.
Through intense physical training, Scott was able to overcome it. This period of Scott's life certainly must have helped shape
his character, not only by providing the impetus for his love of language but also the determination to overcome physical
challenge. Perhaps it also shaped Scott's philosophy of life, as he has said, "You know, I believe that all the best things
in life are accidental, that you have to jump as high as possible and see which way the wind blows."
from William and Mary College in Virginia with a major in English, intending to become a writer. He then served three years
in the Marine Corps. After his stint in the service, he worked as a reporter for five months with The Kenosha Daily Tribune
in Wisconsin. He almost lost the job when he turned a biography of a businessman into an obituary. He redeemed himself by
scooping a local crime story when the police chief's wife shot and killed the chief's mistress with the chief's pistol in
his squad car.
In 1966, Scott was offered a journalism job in the Virgin Islands. He stopped in New York City on the
way. Scott says, "I was writing a play, but having trouble with dialogue. So a friend suggested I take an acting class, figuring
if I learned how to speak lines, it might help."
"It was an accident that the teacher I found was Bill Hickey," he
says of the noted character actor ("Prizzi's Honor") who was his first coach. After a few days with Hickey, Scott says he
realized that, "acting was the one thing I was born to do."
Scott worked as a bricklayer, a bouncer at lower East
Side clubs, and helped in directing student plays to pay for his studies. He appeared onstage in La MaMa Experimental Theatre
Club productions. Soon after arriving in New York, he became a fan of martial arts, which came in handy in some of his later
roles. In 1968 he joined the Actor's Studio and began working in professional theatre and TV, garnering the role in 1969 of
Calvin Brenner in the soap "The Edge of Night." At the same time he worked Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway, in school halls,
at the Public Theater - anywhere to develop his skills. His first major stage role was in "Fortune and Men's Eyes."
1967, he met Brooklyn-born fashion model Carol Schwartz on a blind date in New York. When Carol went on a modeling assignment
to Paris, the smitten Scott followed her and persuaded her to come home early. They were married within a year, after Scott
converted from Catholicism to Carol's Jewish faith. Carol enrolled in pottery classes and has since gained recognition as
a potter, ceramist, and painter.
In 1970, James Bridges offered Scott his first movie work in "The Baby Maker." They
moved to Los Angeles, where he spent what he calls the seven "most miserable years of his life". He couldn't find interesting
film roles and, doing brief TV stints, he felt "like a person who had to paint the Sistine Chapel with a house-painter's brush".
He was often unemployed and Carol helped support them by working for a caterer. Their daughter Dakota was born around 1971.
A Lamaze graduate, Scott delivered their second daughter, Rio, himself (ca 1974) then carried her around to meet the family
cats and dogs!
He worked with Jonathan Demme ("Angels Hard As They Come", 1971, "Fighting Mad", 1976), Robert Altman
("Nashville", 1975) and Francis Ford Coppola ("Apocalypse Now", 1976, released in 1979). He saved the world from "The Gargoyles"
in the 1972 horror cult classic, again played a biker in "The Shrieking" in 1973, and filmed his first western in the 1977
"She Came to the Valley."
In 1978, Scott moved his family to Ketchum, Idaho, where he worked as barman, huntsman and
mountain ranger for two years while occasionally acting in Seattle stage productions.
He was offered a role in the
movie "Cattle Annie and Little Britches." The movie wasn't a big hit, but it did lead James Bridges to call him again, this
time for the stand-out role of ex-con Wes Hightower in 1980's "Urban Cowboy" with John Travolta. "After that, I'll never have
to audition for a movie role for the rest of my life."
Scott earned many lead roles in the 1980s, including the martial
arts movie "The Challenge;" the Mercury 7 astronauts' story "The Right Stuff;" the horror classic, "The Keep;" the classic
western "Silverado;" and
HBO movies including "Countdown to Looking Glass" and "As Summers Die."
Scott seems to
push the envelope physically in both his personal life and in many of his roles. He is very proud of his stunt work and credits
as a member of the stunt crew in "Backdraft." He is an avid skier and skydiver. Carol shares many of his athletic interests,
though she says that wasn't always true. Carol became interested in training while Scott was filming "Personal Best," (as
coach to Olympic pentathlete played by Mariel Hemmingway.) Now she runs, trains with weights, hikes, climbs, skis, and rides
10 speed bikes with Scott.
Scott filmed 25 more movies in the 1990s, including "Hunt for Red October," "Silence of
the Lambs," "Backdraft," "Courage Under Fire," and "Absolute Power."
Along the way, he has also returned several times
to the New York stage with roles in "Collision Course," Burn This," "Dark Rapture," "Killer's Head," and "Killer Joe" (nominated
for Drama Desk Award.)
The year 2000 brought him to "The Vertical Limit" where he again faced physical challenge in
the form of ice climbing. In 2001, the movies "Training Day," "The Shipping News," and "Buffalo Soldiers" kept Scott a busy
man. He starred in "The Seventh Stream" for Hallmark and CBS, and seemed set to star in a proposed new detective series for
CBS called "Diamondhead" to be filmed in Hawaii with Jerry Bruckheimer, but this fell through. In the fall/winter of
2002, he filmed "A Painted House" which aired in April 2003. The tv pilot "Homeland Security" was released as a
tv movie and not made into the expected series. The movie "Puerta Vallarta Squeeze" based on the book by Robert
James Waller, was filmed in 2003 but not set to release on dvd until April 11, 2006. Meanwhile, several other works
have already released. (See Filmography)