Danny Glover


Actor
Danny Glover

About

Also Known As
Danny Lebern Glover, Daniel Glover
Birth Place
San Francisco, California, USA
Born
July 22, 1946

Biography

A talented actor who effortlessly projected gravitas, warmth and menace in equal amounts, depending on the role, Danny Glover enjoyed stardom in the 1980s and 1990s with the "Lethal Weapon" (1987) series and other mainstream titles before settling into steady work as a character player in numerous independent films and television series while also honing an award-winning second career as...

Family & Companions

Asake Bomani
Wife
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.

Biography

A talented actor who effortlessly projected gravitas, warmth and menace in equal amounts, depending on the role, Danny Glover enjoyed stardom in the 1980s and 1990s with the "Lethal Weapon" (1987) series and other mainstream titles before settling into steady work as a character player in numerous independent films and television series while also honing an award-winning second career as a documentary and feature producer. Born Danny Lebern Glover on July 22, 1946 in San Francisco, California, he was the son of postal workers who were also active in civil rights through the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His involvement in acting began as a student at San Francisco State University, where he appeared in a play by Amiri Baraka; after leaving the school in the late 1960s, Glover worked for the City of San Francisco as a evaluations specialist before returning to acting in the 1970s. He received his dramatic training through the Black Actors' Workshop at the American Conservatory and with Jean Shelton's Shelton Actors Lab before making his screen debut as an inmate in Don Siegel's "Escape from Alcatraz" (1979). He worked steadily on stage - most notably in the Drama Desk-winning Broadway run of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold. and the Boys" in 1982 - and in character roles on television and in features before earning critical praise as a sympathetic handyman in Robert Benton's "Places in the Heart" (1984). He followed this with a menacing turn as a corrupt police detective in Peter Weir's "Witness" (1985), which underscored his versatility and command of the screen, and he soon settled into a string of substantive character parts in major features like the abusive Mr. Johnsonn in Stephen Spielberg's "The Color Purple" (1985) and a heroic cowboy in Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado" (1985). In 1987, Glover settled comfortably into leading man and action hero status as Detective Roger Murtagh, the reluctant partner of loose cannon cop Mel Gibson in Richard Donner's "Lethal Weapon" (1987), a colossal box office hit, it was followed by three successful sequels between 1989 and 1998, but more importantly, granted Glover the clout to not only carry pictures like the HBO biopic "Mandela" (1987), which earned him an Emmy nomination, and the action-dramas "Bat*21" (1988) and Kasdan's "Grand Canyon" (1991), but produce them. His first effort in this regard was Charles Burnett's "To Sleep With Anger" (1991), a critically praised drama about family conflict that earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. As the '90s drew to a close, Glover remained a consistent presence in features, though many of these projects - the Disney comedy "Operation Dumbo Drop" (1995), "Gone Fishin'" (1997) with his "Lethal Weapon" co-star Joe Pesci - paled in comparison to his work as a producer for television features like the historical Western "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT, 1997) and the civil rights drama "Freedom Song" (TNT, 2000), both of which earned multiple Emmy nominations. Glover also devoted considerable energy to civil rights and international causes, including support for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and work as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. But his acting career continued its busy pace in the new millennium, and he moved effortlessly between independent projects like the horror film "Saw" (2005), guest roles on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and "Brothers and Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011) and studio projects like "Dreamgirls" (2006). Though his screen time soon trickled down to guest turns in direct-to-video features like "Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses" (2014), part of a curiously popular franchise of action films built around star Danny Trejo as a vengeful senior citizen, his work as producer continued to embrace timely and politically charged subjects, like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in "Trouble the Water" (2008) and the Thai-made drama "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" (2010), which captured the Palm d'Or at Cannes. In 2018, he made a welcome return to prominence as Robert Redford's bank-robbing partner in "The Old Man and the Gun" and as a telemarketing vet who teaches Lakeith Stanfield how to sell to white people in the critically acclaimed "Sorry to Bother You." The films were just two of nine film appearances he made in that year alone, with at least a dozen more soon to follow.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

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

Cast (Feature Film)

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)
The Dead Don't Die (2019)
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Proud Mary (2018)
The Old Man and the Gun (2018)
Dionne: The Dionne Warwick Story (2018)
Come Sunday (2018)
Monster Trucks (2017)
The Good Catholic (2017)
The Christmas Train (2017)
Complete Unknown (2016)
Diablo (2016)
Almost Christmas (2016)
Mr. Pig (2016)
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
Scout (2015)
Checkmate (2015)
Gridlocked (2015)
Bad Asses on the Bayou (2015)
Andron (2015)
Mentryville (2015)
Food (2015)
The Ninja: Immovable Heart (2014)
We Are Many (2014)
Himself
Beyond the Lights (2014)
Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses (2014)
Chasing Shakespeare (2014)
Day Of The Mummy (2014)
Yellowbird (2014)
Voice
Space Warriors (2013)
Shuffleton's Barbershop (2013)
Killing Winston Jones (2013)
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)
Casting By (2013)
The Bouquet (2013)
Hannah's Law (2012)
LUV (2012)
Age of the Dragons (2011)
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)
Down for Life (2011)
Alpha and Omega (2010)
Voice
Death at a Funeral (2010)
Legendary (2010)
Mooz-lum (2010)
The Harimaya Bridge (2010)
Night Train (2009)
2012 (2009)
Poliwood (2009)
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Blindness (2008)
Battle for Terra (2008)
Gospel Hill (2008)
Saw V (2008)
Africa Unite (2008)
Shooter (2007)
Trumbo (2007)
Honeydripper (2007)
Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (2007)
Poor Boy's Game (2007)
The Shaggy Dog (2006)
Bamako (2006)
Barnyard: The Original Party Animals (2006)
Missing in America (2005)
Where Others Wavered (2005)
Manderlay (2005)
Saw (2004)
Detective David Tapp
The Cookout (2004)
Good Fences (2003)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
3 AM (2001)
3 A.M. (2001)
Battu (2000)
Freedom Song (2000)
Will Walker
Boesman and Lena (2000)
Boesman
The People vs. Shintech (1999)
Narrator
Our Friend, Martin (1999)
Voice
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Roger Murtaugh
Beloved (1998)
Antz (1998)
Voice
Switchback (1997)
Can't You Hear the Wind Howl? (1997)
Narrator
Buffalo Soldiers (1997)
Gone Fishin' (1997)
America's Dream (1996)
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)
Angels in the Outfield (1994)
George Knox
Bopha! (1993)
The Saint Of Fort Washington (1993)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Roger Murtaugh
Flight of the Intruder (1991)
Commander Frank Camparelli
A Rage in Harlem (1991)
Easy-Money
Grand Canyon (1991)
Pure Luck (1991)
Campanella
To Sleep with Anger (1990)
Harry
Predator 2 (1990)
Mike Harrigan
Dead Man Out (1989)
Alex
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Roger Murtaugh
Bat 21 (1988)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Roger Murtaugh
Mandela (1986)
Nelson Mandela
The Color Purple (1985)
Witness (1985)
Mcfee
Silverado (1985)
Iceman (1984)
Loomis
Places In The Heart (1984)
The Stand-In (1984)
The Face of Rage (1983)
Gary
Out (1982)
Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981)
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Producer (Feature Film)

Cemetery of Splendor (2015)
Coproducer
The House I Live In (2012)
Executive Producer
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)
Coproducer
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Associate Producer
The Harimaya Bridge (2010)
Executive Producer
Soundtrack From A Revolution (2009)
Executive Producer
Salt of This Sea (2008)
Coproducer
Africa Unite (2008)
Executive Producer
Trouble the Water (2008)
Executive Producer
Toussaint (2007)
Producer
Bamako (2006)
Executive Producer
Good Fences (2003)
Producer
3 AM (2001)
Executive Producer
Freedom Song (2000)
Executive Producer
The Final Act (1998)
Executive Producer
Buffalo Soldiers (1997)
Executive Producer
Deadly Voyage (1996)
Executive Producer
America's Dream (1996)
Executive Producer
Get on the Bus (1996)
Producer
To Sleep with Anger (1990)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Beloved (1998)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker (1997)
Other

Director (Special)

Override (1994)
Director

Cast (Special)

The People Speak (2009)
What's Going On? (2003)
Host
The 34th NAACP Image Awards (2003)
The 57th Annual Tony Awards (2003)
Ennis' Gift: A Film About Learning Differences (2002)
Heroes For the Planet -- A Tribute to National Geographic (2001)
The 2001 Essence Awards (2001)
Presenter
2000 ESPY Awards (2000)
Performer
Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Fourth of July From the Heartland (2000)
Narrator
The 2000 Essence Awards (2000)
25 Years of No. 1 Hits: Arista Records' Anniversary Celebration (2000)
The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Celebrating the Humor of Richard Pryor (1999)
Performer
Scared Straight! 20 Years Later (1999)
The 1999 Essence Awards (1999)
Presenter
The Black Cowboys (1999)
Narrator
Africans in America -- America's Journey Through Slavery (1998)
Voice
The 1996 Essence Awards (1996)
Performer
The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (1995)
Performer
The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1995)
Presenter
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)
VH1 Honors (1994)
Presenter
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards (1994)
Presenter
Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards (1994)
Performer
Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview (1994)
Celebrate Storytelling With Danny Glover (1994)
Narrator
Apollo Theater Hall of Fame (1993)
One Child, One Dream: The Horatio Alger Awards (1993)
Host
The Essence Awards (1993)
Host
Lonesome Dove: The Making of an Epic (1992)
AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier (1992)
Performer
1992 City Of Hope Xxvi Victor Awards (1992)
Host
Hollywood Hotshots (1992)
The 46th Annual Tony Awards (1992)
Presenter
The 13th Annual ACE Awards (1992)
Host
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1991)
Presenter
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards (1991)
Performer
A Party for Richard Pryor (1991)
The 5th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards (1990)
Performer
The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards (1990)
Performer
The 24th Annual Victor Awards (1990)
Performer
2nd Annual Valvoline National Driving Test (1990)
The R.A.C.E. (1989)
16th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1989)
Performer
A Raisin in the Sun (1989)
Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters (1989)
The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards (1989)
Performer
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1989)
A Place at the Table (1988)
The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1988)
Performer
John Henry (1987)
John Henry
Ultimate Stuntman: A Tribute to Dar Robinson (1987)
Mandela (1986)
Mandela
And the Children Shall Lead (1985)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Earthsea (2004)
Queen (1993)
Br'er Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby (1990)
Host ("Storybook Classics")
Br'er Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby (1990)
Narration
The Emperor's New Clothes (1990)
Host ("Storybook Classics")
Red Riding Hood/Goldilocks (1990)
Host ("Storybook Classics")
Rabbit Ears: Paul Bunyan (1990)
Thumbelina (1989)
Host ("Storybook Classics")
The Fisherman and His Wife (1989)
Host ("Storybook Classics")
Lonesome Dove (1989)
How the Leopard Got Its Spots (1989)
Narrator
The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs (1989)
Chiefs (1983)

Life Events

1979

Made film-acting debut in "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

First lead role in a feature, straight-to-video comedy "The Stand-In"

1984

Landed his breakthrough role as Moze in Robert Benton's "Places in the Heart"

1985

Played a cowboy in Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado"

1985

Had his first feature lead in a theatrical release in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple"

1986

First screen collaboration with co-star Alfre Woodard, PBS semi-documentary "Mandela"

1987

Reteamed with Woodard in HBO biopic "Mandela"

1987

Had his first collaboration with co-star Mel Gibson and director Richard Donner, "Lethal Weapon"; played LAPD officer Roger Murtaugh opposite Gibson's Martin Riggs

1989

Co-starred in made-for-TV blockbuster Western "Lonesome Dove" (CBS)

1989

Starred in PBS adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," directed by Bill Duke for "American Playhouse"

1989

Reteamed with Gibson and Donner for second outing "Lethal Weapon 2"

1990

Made his 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 "Lethal Weapon 3"

1993

Played Alec Haley in CBS miniseries "Queen"

1993

Narrated "Civil War Journal" (A&E)

1994

Helmed "Override" for Showtime series "Directed By"

1995

Played detective Philip Marlowe in the "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

Voiced character of Barbatus in animated feature "Antz"

1998

Reprised his signature role in "Lethal Weapon 4"

1998

Co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in film adaptation of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel "Beloved"

1999

Starred in world premiere of Philip Kan Gotanda's "Yohen" with L.A.'s East West Players

2000

Played a corrupt African president in Cheick Oumar Sissoko's film "Battu" (shown at the Toronto International Film Festival)

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

Earned Emmy nomination for his performance in the TNT original production "Freedom Song"

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 short-lived mystery drama series "Touch"

2013

Co-starred with Common in drama feature "LUV"

2013

Co-starred with Parker Posey in highschool-set dramedy "Highland Park"

2014

Appeared in romantic drama "Beyond the Lights"

2015

Headlined the cast of action flick "Gridlocked"

2016

Appeared in Robert De Niro/Zac Efron vehicle "Dirty Grandpa"

2016

Played the mayor of New York City on Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle"

2016

Co-starred in holiday comedy "Almost Christmas"

2017

Narrated "Cold Case Files"

2018

Returned with supporting turns in "The Old Man and the Gun" and "Sorry to Bother You"

Videos

Movie Clip

Places In The Heart (1984) - I'll Shoot You Myself Texas, 1934, newly widowed Edna (Sally Field) visits her sister (Lindsay Crouse) sort of looking for work, then receives Moze (Danny Glover), an able farm hand who stole from her, and deputy Jack (Jerry Haynes) in Places In The Heart, 1984.
Dreamgirls -- (2006) - Fake Your Way To The Top We’ve just met Eddie Murphy as James “Thunder” Early, Danny Glover his manager, Jamie Foxx as Curtis who’s just made himself manager of the “Dreamettes” (Beyoncè Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson), who meet with the star’s approval, song by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen, in Dreamgirls , 2006.
Dreamgirls -- (2006) - Cadillac Car R&B star Jimmy (Eddie Murphy) and manager Marty (Danny Glover) hear a pitch from Curtis (Jamie Foxx) who manages the backup-singing Dreamettes (Beyoncè Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson), for a song composed by C.C. (Keith Robinson), cueing big narrative progress and a cameo by Dick Clark, in Dreamgirls , 2006.
Dreamgirls -- (2006) - Love You I Do Curtis (Jamie Foxx) has earned stature for releasing a recording of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech, prompting Effie (Jennifer Hudson) to an elaborate joke regarding her own career, followed by another Academy Award-nominated song, by Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett, with Sharon Leal in her first scene, as a job applicant, in Dreamgirls, 2006.
Dreamgirls -- (2006) - Move From director Bill Condon’s lively opening scenes shot at the Orpheum Theater in LA, just-introduced “Dreamettes” Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncè (Knowles) and Anika Noni Rose (as Effie, Deena and Lorell) do their first song, by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen, ambitious Curtis (Jamie Foxx) in the wings, in Dreamgirls , 2006.

Trailer

Family

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

Companions

Asake Bomani
Wife
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.

Bibliography