Fresh off a supporting role in the Marvel Comics Universe production of WandaVision, 1990 Earlham graduate Amos Glick is receiving worldwide attention, intrigue even, about his role as Dennis the Mailman.
Despite limited screen time on six of the nine episodes in the series from Disney+, Glick’s performance has drawn praise from WandaVision Director Matt Shackman and debate from fans who have wondered whether his character is more than meets the eye. For Glick, who is 30 years into his acting career, it’s been a new experience.
“I’ve been working in entertainment for my entire adult life and have even appeared in several national commercials, TV shows and some indie films—but nothing has really come of it,” Glick said. “Now my face is all over the internet. There are people in Italy making memes about me and hash-tagging me on Instagram. Friends who I haven’t talked to in a long time are sending me messages back and forth. I’m going to do an interview on an Irish podcast.
“Because of the smallness of the part, all of the attention feels unwarranted,” he said. But he also understands the worldwide presence of the Marvel Comics Universe. The scrutiny, and attention, can be intense no matter how big the part.
WandaVision was Glick’s first audition during the COVID-19 pandemic and his second appearance on a Marvel show (he appeared in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2019). The opportunity came just months after taking on a “day job” for the first time in about 20 years—just in case public health conditions lingered in California. He is currently a spatial data analyst for ZoneHaven, a company based in the San Francisco Bay Area that leverages mobile technology to help first responders plan for wildfires and other emergencies.
“The audition for the show was so vague. I had no idea what this project was going to be,” Glick said. “I didn’t even know I had lines until I arrived on the set. Everything was a secret.”
Glick said his path to the WandaVision set was nurtured by his time performing on stage at Earlham, but was never a theatre major—not even a minor. He was a steadfast biology major instead, having developed a passion for social justice and environmental issues at Farm & Wilderness camps in Vermont and the Cambridge School of Weston, the private high school he attended in Massachusetts. If not for the camps, Glick said, he would not have found his way to either Cambridge School or Earlham.
His zeal for environmentalism grew on Earlham’s campus after participating in the launch of a recycling program and the Earlham Environmental Action Committee, which culminated in his serving as co-chair for the Earth Day Arts Committee during his senior year. He produced art exhibits, a variety show and a final night concert as part of his leadership in the event, spurring him to do more with the arts.
“My biology education was amazing,” Glick said. “I knew Earlham had one of the best programs in the country, and I was excited to be there.”
But as Glick was preparing to graduate, he instead set his sights away from the sciences to work with the Tony-award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, a political satire theatre company he had read about on campus.
“My intention was to study with the mime troupe, start a band and immerse myself in Bay Area culture including seeing as many Grateful Dead shows as possible,” Glick said. “I did all of it and it led to where I am today. I wouldn’t change a thing, even if I never pursued a career in the sciences.”
In addition to becoming a collective member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, he played a clown during a nine-year run with the water-circus spectacle Le Rêve at Wynn Resorts, one of the most acclaimed performances to ever hit the Las Vegas Strip (pictured right). He also wrote and produced the short film, A Man Wakes Up, which won awards at film festivals across the United States.
Glick’s creative energy has also been channeled into music. As a collective member of the mime troupe, he was a lyricist and workshop instructor. He also played guitar and mandolin with Koocheekoo in Las Vegas and played with Charity Kahn & The JAMband and The Bastard Brothers in San Francisco. He released an EP of original music under the name Ponder in 2010. Last year, he wrote and produced “My Corona,” a parody of the song “My Sharona.”
But nothing has brought the reception he’s received from his role in WandaVision, as strange as it all is for him.
“I’m still waiting for my big break,” Glick said. “Many of my Hollywood roles so far are one-liners. I’ve done several independent films with bigger roles. There are plenty of times I’ve wanted or should have quit—and I haven’t.
“It remains to be seen what kind of impact WandaVision will have on my career, but I’m trying to enjoy every minute of it.”