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Also Known As: Danny Lebern Glover, Daniel Glover Died:
Born: July 22, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, lecturer, researcher, sheetrock painter, "Model Cities" evaluator

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Having developed his craft on the stage during the 1970s, actor Danny Glover emerged in the following decade as a commanding lead and supporting player capable of portraying a wide variety of roles. After playing a sweet-natured cotton farmer in "Places in the Heart" (1984) and a murderous cop in "Witness" (1985), Glover put himself on the map as the brutal, but ultimately redemptive Mister in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" (1985). But it was his world-weary portrayal of aging Detective Roger Murtaugh opposite a crazed Mel Gibson in the blockbuster action movie, "Lethal Weapon" (1987) that turned Glover into an international star. Setting the bar high for all action thrillers to follow, the film spawned three sequels that saw an ever-increasingly bored Glover going through the motions with each successive installment. Regardless, the actor turned in numerous fine performances on screens both large and small, most notably in "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT, 1997), which earned him an Emmy nomination, and Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble drama, "Grand Canyon" (1991). While Glover spent most of the 1990s producing and starring in critically acclaimed films that explored different historical issues black...

Having developed his craft on the stage during the 1970s, actor Danny Glover emerged in the following decade as a commanding lead and supporting player capable of portraying a wide variety of roles. After playing a sweet-natured cotton farmer in "Places in the Heart" (1984) and a murderous cop in "Witness" (1985), Glover put himself on the map as the brutal, but ultimately redemptive Mister in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" (1985). But it was his world-weary portrayal of aging Detective Roger Murtaugh opposite a crazed Mel Gibson in the blockbuster action movie, "Lethal Weapon" (1987) that turned Glover into an international star. Setting the bar high for all action thrillers to follow, the film spawned three sequels that saw an ever-increasingly bored Glover going through the motions with each successive installment. Regardless, the actor turned in numerous fine performances on screens both large and small, most notably in "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT, 1997), which earned him an Emmy nomination, and Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble drama, "Grand Canyon" (1991). While Glover spent most of the 1990s producing and starring in critically acclaimed films that explored different historical issues black people have faced in the United States and in Africa, he remained a vital force in higher-profile movies like "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) and "Saw" (2004), a testament to the gifted actor's long and venerable career.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Toussaint (2007)
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  Just a Dream (2002) Director
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  Override (1994) Director

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 Scout (2015)
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 Monster Trucks (2015)
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 Food (2015)
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 Yellowbird (2014)
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 Gridlocked (2014)
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 Day Of The Mummy (2014)
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 Space Warriors (2013)
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Suffered from dyslexia as a child
1971:
Worked as reseacher for the mayor's office in San Francisco, CA
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Worked for a planning agency in Berkeley, CA
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Was an evaluator for the San Francisco Model Cities program; quit to study at the Black Actors' Workshop
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Performed in "Macbeth" (Los Angeles Actors Theater) and in Sam Shepard's "Suicide in B Flat" (Magic Theatre)
1979:
Film acting debut, "Escape From Alcatraz"
1980:
Made off-Broadway debut in Athol Fugard's play "The Blood Knot"
1982:
Made Broadway debut in Fugard's "Master Harold...and the Boys"
1983:
TV-movie acting debut, "The Face of Rage" (ABC)
1983:
Made miniseries debut in "Chiefs" (CBS)
1984:
Landed breakthrough role as Moze in Robert Benton's "Places in the Heart"
1984:
First lead role in a feature, straight-to-video comedy "The Stand-In"
1985:
First feature lead in a theatrical release, Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple"
1985:
Played a cowboy in Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado"
1986:
First screen collaboration with co-star Alfre Woodard, PBS semi-documentary "Mandela"
1987:
Reteamed with Woodard in HBO biopic "Mandela"
1987:
First collaboration with co-star Mel Gibson and director Richard Donner, "Lethal Weapon"; played LAPD officer Roger Murtaugh opposite Gibson's Martin Riggs
1989:
Starred in PBS adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," directed by Bill Duke for "American Playhouse"
1989:
Co-starred in made-for-TV blockbuster Western "Lonesome Dove" (CBS)
1989:
Reteamed with Gibson and Donner for second outing "Lethal Weapon 2"
1990:
Feature debut as an executive producer, "To Sleep With Anger"
1991:
Appeared opposite Alfre Woodard in Lawrence Kasdan's "Grand Canyon"
1992:
Returned to play Murtagh in popular "Lethal Weapon 3"
1993:
Narrated "Civil War Journal" (A&E)
1993:
Played Alec Haley in CBS miniseries "Queen"
1994:
Helmed "Override" for Showtime series "Directed By"
1995:
Played detective Philip Marlowe in "Red Wind" episode of Showtime series "Fallen Angels"
1996:
Executive produced HBO movies "The Deadly Voyage" and "America's Dream"; acted in one segment of the latter
1997:
Co-starred in lackluster comedy "Gone Fishin'"; re-teamed with "Lethal Weapon 2" co-star Joe Pesci
1997:
Starred in superior made-for-cable period drama "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT)
1998:
Reprised signature role in "Lethal Weapon 4"
1998:
Co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in film adaptation of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel "Beloved"
1998:
Voiced character of Barbatus in animated feature "Antz"
1999:
Starred in world premiere of Philip Kan Gotanda's "Yohen" with L.A.'s East West Players
2000:
Earned Emmy nomination for his performance in TNT original production "Freedom Song"
2000:
Starred in film adaptation of Fugard's play "Boesman & Lena," about two homeless people surviving the harsh terrain of the Cape Flats in South Africa; filmed 1999 and premiered at 2000 Cannes Film Festival
2000:
Played a corrupt African president in Cheick Oumar Sissoko's film "Battu" (shown at the Toronto International Film Festival)
2001:
Starred in and executive produced "3 AM" (Showtime), a crime drama produced by Spike Lee
2001:
Starred opposite Anjelica Huston and Gene Hackman in Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums"
2002:
Helmed Showtime original movie "Just a Dream"
2003:
Reunited with "Color Purple" co-star Whoopi Goldberg in "Good Fences" (Showtime)
2006:
Produced "Bamako," a film about the African debt
2006:
Co-starred as James 'Thunder' Early's (Eddie Murphy) manager in Bill Condon's adaptation of 1981 Broadway musical "Dreamgirls"
2007:
Acted opposite Mark Wahlberg in political thriller "Shooter"
2008:
Co-starred with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo in Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness"
2009:
Played the U.S. President in Roland Emmerich's disaster film "2012"
2010:
Co-starred in Chris Rock produced black comedy "Death at a Funeral," a remake of 2007 British film of the same name
2010:
Voiced character of Winston in animated feature "Alpha and Omega"
2012:
Appeared on Fox mystery drama series "Touch"
2013:
Co-starred with Common in drama feature "LUV"
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Education

George Washington High School: San Francisco , California -
American University: Washington , Washington D.C. -
San Francisco State University: San Francisco , California -
Black Actors Workshop at the American Conservatory Theater: San Francisco , California -
Shelton Actors Lab: San Francisco , California -

Notes

Glover was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1990.

He is a recipient of the Phoenix Award from the Black American Cinema Society.

In November 1999, Glover filed a racial-bias complaint with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission claiming he had been by-passed by several drivers while attempting to hail a cab in Harlem.

"Racial progress in Hollywood is mostly cosmetic. Hollywood has always been a conservative place, because it doesn't consider itself art. It's about making money and getting people to buy something." --Danny Glover in Parade, February 11, 1996.

"He has a kind of laid-back comic dryness to him that really works." --Mel Gibson to Premiere, February 1992

"Danny believes that he's an important part of the fabric of what's possible for black filmmakers." --Bill Duke to Premiere, February 1992.

"Art is supposed to challenge conventional thinking . . . I like to illuminate the human experience with my work--to create dialogue, to stop people from thinking that our experiences are limited to 125th and Lenox." --Glover to the Daily News, November 2, 1997.

"I'm a child of the civil rights movement. My grandfather was born before the turn of the century, with memories of slavery in his mind, and my mother and father . . . they made me feel part of this continuum. They made me feel what was important. They brought me to this place where I am, right now." --Glover to the San Francisco Examiner, October 18, 1998.

"I don't live an extravagant life. But you still face choices. With movies, you sometimes reach a point when it becomes difficult to say no. You don't want to make a film just because you think it will be a commercial success, but it's not always that simple. Maybe you have a daughter in college or a brother who needs an operation. It's easy to be noble about turning down a $10 million film if you have a whole lineup of $10 million films in front of you. But most of the time you don't. If you had told me in 1997 that I had to choose between 'Beloved' and 'Lethal Weapon 4,' it would have been a very difficult decision, but you know what? I'd have done 'Lethal Weapon.' I'd have kicked myself over and over, but sometimes you just can't turn down X amount of dollars." --Glover to the Daily News, June 13, 2000.

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wife:
Asake Bomani. Former jazz singer, art gallery owner. Married in 1975; met at San Francisco State University; owns gallery in San Francisco; Glover filed for divorce in May 1999.

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father:
James Glover. Postal worker, union organizer. Active in NAACP.
mother:
Carrie Glover. Postal worker, union organizer. Active in NAACP; died in 1983.
daughter:
Mandisa Glover. Production assistant. Born in 1976; name means "sweet" in Swahili; mother, Asake Bomani.

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