He made his Broadway debut in 1952, playing Mr. Pickwick in The Pickwick Papers, and went on to appear in Irma La Douce, The Incomparable Max, and Oliver!, for which his Fagin was nominated for a Tony Award. He is also known for his roles in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, on both stage and television.
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.
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 '70s such as Kaleidoscope (1966), Modesty Blaise (1966), Fathom (1967), The Assassination Bureau (1969), 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, Mack the Knife (1989), and his US film debut A Fine Madness (1966), as well as a rare leading role in the horror film The Legend of Hell House(1973).
He was often cast as humorous foreign characters (he has played everything from Chinese to Russian). Two of his most notable roles in this capacity were in films for Billy Wilder: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), and Avanti! (1972), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his part as put-upon hotel manager Carlo Carlucci.
He is also known for his voice work, which includes the voice of Emperor Palpatine in the original 1980 version of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (he was later replaced by Ian McDiarmid in the 2004 DVD version for continuity's sake, though Revill is still credited).
|Adventures from The Book of Virtues (1996, Animated Series)||King Midas||"Self-Discipline"|
|Alice Through the Looking Glass (1987, Animated Special)||The Goat|
|Bard's Tale, The (2004, Video Game)||Explorer|
|Mysterious Old Man|
|Batman: The Animated Series (1992, Animated Series)||Alfred Pennyworth||"On Leather Wings," "Nothing To Fear," "Fear of Victory," "Christmas with the Joker"|
|Blimp Pilot||"On Leather Wings"|
|Dragon's Lair (1984, Animated Series)||Storyteller|
|DuckTales (1987, Animated Series)||Shedlock Jones||"Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. McDuck"|
|Freakazoid! (1995, Animated Series)||Baffeardin||"Lawn Gnomes, Chapter IV: Fun in the Sun"|
|Lyle Spanger||"The Cloud"|
|Godzilla: The Series (1998, Animated Series)||Eustace McPhail||"DeadLoch"|
|Hobbit, The (2003, Video Game)||Thorin|
|Johnny Bravo (1997, Animated Series)||W||"Bravo, James Bravo"|
|Little Mermaid, The (1992, Animated Series)||Pettigrew||"Save the Whale"|
|Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006, Video Game)||Doctor Doom|
|Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004, Computer Animated Film (Direct-to-Video))||Narrator|
|Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone (1990, Animated Series)||Potsworth|
|My Little Pony and Friends (1986, Animated Series)||Professor Grimace||("Moondreamers" segments)|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007, Video Game)||British Officers|
|Pound Puppies (1986, Animated Series)||(additional voices)|
|Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, The (1996, Animated Series)||Harpooner||"East of Zanzibar"|
|Hunters||"Village of the Doomed"|
|Medical Officer||"East of Zanzibar"|
|Trench||"Village of the Doomed"|
|Return to Neverland (2002, Animated Film)||Air Raid Warden|
|Snorks, The (1984, Animated Series)||Dr. Galeo|
|Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980, Live Action Film)||Emperor Palpatine||(original theatrical version)|
|Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter (1997, Video Game)||Imperial Officer #2|
|Thief and the Cobbler, The (1995, Animated Film)||King Nod|
|Tiny Toon Adventures (1990, Animated Series)||Shakespeare||"Weirdest Story Ever Told"|
|Transformers, The (1984, Animated Series)||Kickback|
|Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - The Video Game (2009, Video Game)||Jetfire|
|Transformers: The Movie, The (1986, Animated Film)||Kickback|
|Turbo Teen (1984, Animated Series)||Cardwell|