Danny Glover Biography

Danny Glover is a renowned American actor and political activist. This biography of Danny Glover provides detailed information about his profile, childhood, life & timeline.

Danny Glover
Quick Facts

Birthday: July 22, 1946

Nationality: American

Famous: Humanitarian Black Actors

Age: 72 Years, 72 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Cancer

Also Known As: Danny Lebern Glover

Born in: San Francisco, California, U.S.

Famous as: American actor

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

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Eliane Cavalleiro Asake Bomani

father: James Glover

mother: Carrie Glover

children: Mandisa Glover

Personality: ESFJ

U.S. State: California

City: San Francisco, California

Founder/Co-Founder: Robey Theatre Company

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education: San Francisco State University (1997), George Washington High School, City College of San Francisco

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Danny Glover is a successful actor, producer and political activist of American origin. He has proved his acting prowess by playing various types of characters. As a versatile actor, he 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. His name was nominated for Emmy Awards several times. Besides securing a place as an accomplished actor, he 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 criticised George W. Bush by referring Bush as a racist. While studying at San Francisco University, he was actively involved with Black Students Union. Besides acting as an active board member of the TransAfrican Forum, he is also a board member of several organizations like The Black AIDS Institute, The Algebra Project and Walden House.

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Danny Glover
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 Coloured People.
  • He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. While attending George Washington High School, he was interested towards 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 of 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’, 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 author.
  • 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), and an abusive husband in 'The Color Purple' (1985).
  • His skilled portrayal of the African National Congress leader in the 1986 film ‘Mandela’ made him to revive the character for the second time in a biopic of the same name.
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  • His other films released during this period included: '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 ‘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.
  • After featuring in a number of films, he produced several films as an executive producer of his former production company Carrie Films in 1997. Besides these, he has also worked as a voice actor in several children’s films.
  • In 2000, his role in ‘Freedom Song’ that 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, he portrayed the role of a detective in a low budget horror film ‘Saw’.
  • In 2009, he starred in 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.
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Major Works
  • He played the role of Roger Murtaugh, an aging detective in ‘Lethal Weapon’, 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.
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  • Released in 1991, his film ‘A Rage in Harlem’ shows him as an eccentric uptown numbers runner. This film is considered as one of the noteworthy films of Glover for his stellar performance.
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Awards & Achievements
  • His effective portrayal of the character of Joshua Sheets in a television miniseries ‘Lonesome Dove’, broadcast in 1989, earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special.
  • His role as Phillip Marlowe on 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.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • He married Asake Bomani in 1975. Their child Mandisa was born in 1976. They got divorced in 1999.
  • In 2009, he tied nuptial knot for the second time with Eliane Cavalleiro.
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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.
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1. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

  (Drama, Biography, Crime)

2. Places in the Heart (1984)

  (Drama)


3. The House I Live In (2012)

  (Documentary)

4. The Color Purple (1985)

  (Drama)



5. Lethal Weapon (1987)

  (Action, Thriller, Crime)

6. Saw (2004)

  (Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller)




7. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

  (Comedy, Drama)

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

  (History, Documentary)





Awards

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

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- October 05, 2017

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