Rode along with the Chicago Fire Dept.'s Squad 5 in preparation for his role in Backdraft (1991).
Has a small part in Apocalypse Now (1979). The lead role was originally given to Harvey Keitel, who went on to succeed Glenn in the role of Jack Crawford in the The Silence of the Lambs (1991) prequel, Red Dragon (2002).
Was a close friend of Toshirô Mifune.
Is one of three actors to play Jack Crawford in the Hannibal Lecter films. He played the role in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), while Dennis Farina played the role in Manhunter (1986), and Harvey Keitel played the role in Red Dragon (2002).
Served in the United States Marine Corps in the early 1960s.
Despite being left-handed, he was so dedicated to playing right-handed astronaut Alan Shepard in The Right Stuff (1983), that he used his right hand for writing and other important actions on-screen.
Shares the role of astronaut Alan Shepard with his The Silence of the Lambs (1991) cast mate Ted Levine.
His The Silence of the Lambs (1991) character, Jack Crawford, was written out of the adaptation of the sequel, Hannibal (2001). Nevertheless, later that year he appeared in The Shipping News (2001) with Julianne Moore.
Portrayed an ex-CIA agent in Man on Fire (1987). Denzel Washington portrayed an ex-CIA agent on the remake of Man on Fire (2004). Both actors appeared in Training Day (2001).
Appears in Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004) opposite Harvey Keitel, with whom he shares the role of Jack Crawford in the Hannibal Lecter series.
Did 2,000 push-ups (at one time) on the set of Urban Cowboy (1980).
Received a BA in English at William & Mary College.
Son of Elizabeth and Theodore Glenn.
Brother of Bonnie Glenn and Terry Glenn.
Father, with Carol, of two girls named Dakota Glenn (Dakota Ann Glenn), a writer, and Rio Glenn (Rio Elizabeth Glenn), an actress.
In preparation for the filming of Backdraft (1991), he rode along with the firemen in the Chicago area and was injured when exposed to active fire.
As a former member of the United States Marine Corps, he is the only actor playing a member of the Bush administration in W. (2008) who has actual military experience (in addition to the director Oliver Stone).
Typically does his own thorough research for his roles, not trusting advisers or coaches.
Was considered for the role of Sam Bowden in Cape Fear (1991).
Once an opponent of the death penalty, he converted to supporting it after briefly listening to an audio tape of the torture and murder of two teenage girls while preparing for his role in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were Oscar nominated as best Picture: Nashville (1975), Apocalypse Now (1979), The Right Stuff (1983) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which won in the category.
His wife, Carol Schwartz Glenn, is a ceramist.
Appeared in two movies with Denzel Washington, Courage Under Fire and Training Day. Both played the role of John Creasy, though Denzel was close to 50 while he played the part and Scott Glenn was in his mid 40s when he starred as John Creasy in Man on Fire in the 80s.
In response to an AFI survey, Glenn named "Ashes and Diamonds" as his favorite film of all-time.
Scott converted to Judaism in the 1960s, when marrying his wife, Carol.
He had initially wanted to be an author but found that he had trouble writing dialogue. To learn more about it, he began taking acting classes and then started acting.
His role in Sucker Punch (2011) was written specifically for him.
Lives in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Had been friends with Zack Snyder years before working with him on Sucker Punch (2011).
He has Irish and Native American ancestry.
Spent five months as a reporter for a newspaper in Kenosha, Wisconsin before he started acting.