Danny Glover Biography

(Known for His Lead Role as Roger Murtaugh in the 'Lethal Weapon' Film Series)

Birthday: July 22, 1946 (Cancer)

Born In: San Francisco, California, United States

Danny Glover is a successful American actor, producer, and political activist. He has proved his acting prowess by playing various types of characters. As a versatile actor, he has played warm and sympathetic characters and abominable villains with equal élan. Starting his career in city administration, he shifted his focus towards acting by joining Black Actors’ Workshop. After making his debut in the film Escape from Alcataz, he also made his mark as a notable actor on stage and TV; his name has been nominated for Emmy Awards several times. Besides securing a place as an accomplished actor, Danny Glover has produced a number of successful films as an executive producer of Robey Theatre Company, which he set up along with actor Ben Guillory. Later, he worked as a voice actor in several children’s films. He ventured into the field of direction and directed Override, a short film. He takes keen interest in politics and as a political activist, he criticized George W. Bush by referring Bush as a racist. While studying at San Francisco University, he was actively involved with Black Students Union. Besides serving as an active board member of the TransAfrican Forum, Glover also serves as a board member of several organizations like The Black AIDS Institute, The Algebra Project, and Walden House.

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Quick Facts

Also Known As: Danny Lebern Glover

Age: 76 Years, 76 Year Old Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Eliane Cavalleiro Asake Bomani

father: James Glover

mother: Carrie Glover

children: Mandisa Glover

Born Country: United States

Actors Directors

Height: 6'4" (193 cm), 6'4" Males

Notable Alumni: American Conservatory Theater, City College Of San Francisco

Personality: ESFJ

U.S. State: California, African-American From California

City: San Francisco, California

Founder/Co-Founder: Robey Theatre Company

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education: San Francisco State University, City College Of San Francisco, American Conservatory Theater

Childhood & Early Life

Born in San Francisco, Danny Glover is the son of James and Carrie Glover. His parents used to work as postal workers and union organizers. Both of them were actively involved in the activities of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. While attending George Washington High School, he was interested in sports. His love for acting also developed at this time.

He could not pursue his interest in sports as he was afflicted with epilepsy. He was also plagued by dyslexia. But these hindrances couldn’t deter him from continuing his education and after graduating from high school, he joined San Francisco University to study mathematics and economics.

While studying at this university, he played a crucial role in the Black Students Union and took part in the student strike across the country in 1968, to establish a Department of Black Studies.

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Career

In order to pursue a career in public service, he worked as a researcher in the mayor’s office. For a brief period, he also served as an evaluator for the San Francisco Model Cities program.

When he planned to study acting at the Black Actors’ Workshop, he left his job as an evaluator. At the workshop, he acted in plays like Macbeth and Suicide in B Flat.

He made his acting debut in the film Escape from Alcataz, which released in 1979; he played an anonymous inmate.

In 1980, his remarkable performance in The Blood Knot, a play by Athol Fugard, earned him fame as a stage actor.

In 1982, he performed in Master Harold… and the boys, another play by the same playwright.

He established himself as a versatile actor and played roles of different genres with equal ease. These included the sweet-natured cotton farmer in Places in the Heart (1984); a corrupt cop in Witness (1985); an abusive husband in The Color Purple (1985).

Danny Glover’s skillful portrayal of the African National Congress leader in the 1987 TV film Mandela earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie.

His other films released during this period include  Lethal Weapon (1987), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), To Sleep with Anger (1990), A Rage in Harlem (1991),  Grand Canyon (1991), and Bopha! (1993).

He made his directorial debut with a short film titled Override in 1994. Together with actor Ben Guillory, he set up the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles in the same year. It used to organize theatre by and about Black people.

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After featuring in a number of films, he produced several films as an executive producer of his former production company Carrie Films. Besides these, he has also worked as a voice actor in several children’s films.

In 2000, his role in Freedom Song, which deals with issues of race and oppression, proved his expertise in acting. In the next year, he acted in the film Royal Tenenbaums.

In 2004, Danny Glover portrayed the role of a detective in the low budget horror film Saw.

In 2009, he starred in the documentary feature film The People Speak; the film is based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States and uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans.

Major Works

He played the role of Roger Murtaugh, an aging detective in Lethal Weapon, which released in 1987. Along with another detective, his character takes the responsibility of tracking down a drug dealer. His mind-blowing performance in this action film made him an international star.

Released in 1991, his film A Rage in Harlem shows him as an eccentric uptown numbers runner. This film is considered one of the noteworthy films of Danny Glover for his stellar performance.

Awards & Achievements

His effective portrayal of the character of Joshua Sheets in a television miniseries titled Lonesome Dove, which was broadcast in 1989, earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special.

His portrayal of Phillip Marlowe in an episode of the neo-noir anthology series Fallen Angels, broadcast from 1995 to 1996, brought him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama series.

Danny Glover was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2021 Academy Awards.


Personal Life & Legacy

Danny Glover married Asake Bomani in 1975. Their child Mandisa was born in 1976. Glover and Bomani got divorced in 2000.

In 2009, he tied the nuptial knot for the second time with Eliane Cavalleiro.

Trivia

To support 375 Union workers in Ohio City, in March 2010, this famous personality urged all actors at the 2010 Academy Awards to boycott Hugo Boss suits owing to Hugo Boss AG’s decision to close a manufacturing plant in Ohio.

Danny Glover Movies

1. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

  (Drama, Biography, Crime)

2. The Color Purple (1985)

  (Drama)

3. Places in the Heart (1984)

  (Drama)

4. The House I Live In (2012)

  (Documentary)

5. Lethal Weapon (1987)

  (Action, Thriller, Crime)

6. Saw (2004)

  (Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller)

7. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

  (Drama)

8. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

  (History, Documentary)

9. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

  (Comedy, Drama)

10. Witness (1985)

  (Crime, Romance, Drama, Thriller)

Awards

MTV Movie & TV Awards
1993 Best On-Screen Duo Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
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