b. Clive Selsby Revill, 18 April 1930, Wellington, New Zealand. Although the greater part of Revill’s career has been as a character actor in films and on television, alongside many stage roles in dramatic productions, he has also played in musicals in London and New York. From the mid-50s Revill switched readily between film and theatre, and between America and England. In the West End and on Broadway he played Bob-le-Hotu in Irma La Douce (1957), being nominated unsuccessfully for a Tony Award. During these same years he appeared in films such as Reach For The Sky (1956) and The Headless Ghost (1959). In the early 60s he was Ko-Ko in a London revival of The Mikado (1962) before appearing at as Fagin in the Broadway production of Oliver! (1963), for which he again was nominated unsuccessfully for a Tony award. Also on Broadway he played the title role in Sherry! (1967), a musical version of The Man Who Came To Dinner, and a box-office failure. Revill has also appeared in UK performances of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s The Pirates Of Penzance and The Sorcerer.
Films in which Revill appeared in the 60s and on through later decades include Modesty Blaise (1966), The Shoes Of The Fisherman (1968), The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (1970), Avanti! (1972), One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975), Zorro The Gay Blade (1981), Mack The Knife (1990) and Let Him Have It (1991). His voice was also used in films, as The Emperor in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Transformers: The Movie (1986). Dramatic roles on television included playing Finlay Perkin in the mini-series Centennial (1978).