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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 30, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: comedian, actor

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David Alan Grier created some of the most iconic sketch comedy characters of the early 1990s - from the flamboyant film critic Antoine Merriweather to obnoxious shop teacher Al MacAfee - and helped push the envelope of TV programming with the comedy variety show "In Living Color" (FOX, 1990-94). To many, Grier was a workingman's comic, giving his zany characters and impeccable celebrity impressions a realistic twist. He was also a radio personality, a stage and film actor, and political commentator on the satirical news program "Chocolate News" (Comedy Central, 2008). By 2009, Grier went from stand-up comedy to ballroom dance, joining the eighth season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2004- ), where he retained his comic genius on the dance floor without losing a step.

David Alan Grier created some of the most iconic sketch comedy characters of the early 1990s - from the flamboyant film critic Antoine Merriweather to obnoxious shop teacher Al MacAfee - and helped push the envelope of TV programming with the comedy variety show "In Living Color" (FOX, 1990-94). To many, Grier was a workingman's comic, giving his zany characters and impeccable celebrity impressions a realistic twist. He was also a radio personality, a stage and film actor, and political commentator on the satirical news program "Chocolate News" (Comedy Central, 2008). By 2009, Grier went from stand-up comedy to ballroom dance, joining the eighth season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2004- ), where he retained his comic genius on the dance floor without losing a step.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Big Sick, The (2017)
2.
 Road Hard (2015)
3.
 Wiz Live!, The (2015)
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 Astro Boy (2009)
9.
 Dance Flick (2009)
10.
 Poker House, The (2008)
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1981:
Landed first stage role, portraying Jackie Robinson in the Broadway musical "The First"; earned a Tony nomination
1981:
Starred as James 'Thunder' Early in the hit Broadway musical "Dreamgirls"
1981:
Appeared opposite Denzel Washington in the off-Broadway production of "A Soldier's Play"
1983:
Made feature film debut in Robert Altman's "Streamers"
1984:
Reprised his stage role for the film "A Soldier's Story"
1985:
Made TV debut with a guest spot on "Hometown" (CBS)
1986:
Debuted as a series regular on the short-lived "All is Forgiven" (NBC)
1987:
Appeared in the cult film "Amazon Women on the Moon"
1988:
Cast in minor role in Keenan Ivory Wayans' "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"
1990:
Re-teamed with Keenan Ivory Wayans, when he joined cast of the sketch comedy series "In Living Color" (Fox)
1992:
Cast as Eddie Murphy's shy friend Gerard in the comedy "Boomerang"
1994:
Co-starred with Damon Wayans in Mike Binder's "Blankman"
1995:
Returned to TV as star of the short-lived "The Preston Episodes" (Fox)
1997:
Returned to Broadway in the musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
1998:
Joined "In Living Color" co-star Damon Wayans for the short-lived sitcom "Damon" (Fox)
2000:
Co-starred with Delta Burke on the NBC series "DAG"
2001:
Hosted Comedy Central's "Premium Blend"
2002:
Co-starred on the improv-based ABC sitcom "Life With Bonnie"
2002:
Appeared frequently on the Comedy Central show "Crank Yankers"
2003:
Starred in Mario Van Peebles's half documentary/half homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles "Baadasssss!"
2003:
Headlined his own Comedy Central stand-up special "The Book of David: The Cult Figure's Manifesto"
2004:
Cast opposite Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick in "The Woodsman"
2005:
Starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the big screen adaptation of "Bewitched"
2006:
Cast in the revival production of "The Wiz" at the La Jolla Playhouse
2008:
Feature writing debut, co-writing with Lori Petty in "The Poker House"
2008:
Hosted the short-lived Comedy Central show "Chocolate News"
2009:
Joined the eighth season of the ABC competition series "Dancing with the Stars"
2009:
Returned to Broadway to co-star in David Mamet¿s "Race"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Play
2009:
Starred in the TBS comedy special "David Alan Grier: Comedy You Can Believe In"
2010:
Guest starred on "Bones" (Fox) as the host of a kids' TV show who wants Brennan (Emily Deschanel) to appear on his program
2012:
Co-starred with Audra McDonald in the Broadway revival of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"
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Education

University of Michigan: Ann Arbor , Michigan -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1981

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wife:
Maritsa Grier. Actor. Married c. 1987; divorced.

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father:
William H Grier. Psychiatrist, writer. Co-author of book, "Black Rage".

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