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David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Aretas Ruth (Dudley), a schoolteacher, and William Henry Grier, a psychiatrist and writer. He trained in Shakespeare at Yale University, where he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in "The First", for which he earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won the Theatre World Award (1981). He then joined the Broadway cast of "Dreamgirls", before going on to star opposite Denzel Washington in "A Soldier's Play", for which both actors reprised their roles in the film adaptation titled A Soldier's Story (1984). He appeared in Robert Altman's Streamers (1983) as "Roger", a role for which he won the Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival (1983).His television work is highlighted by a turn as a principal cast member on the Emmy Award-winning In Living Color (1990) (1990-1994), where he helped to create some of the show's most memorable characters, "DAG" (2000-2001) and "Life with Bonnie" (2002-2004), for which he earned Image and Golden Satellite nominations. David also created, wrote and executive-produced a show for Comedy Central called Chocolate News (2008). Grier also won America's votes as a smooth, debonair, and outrageously irreverent contestant on ABC's smash hit, Dancing with the Stars (2005), in 2009. But Grier didn't hang up his dance shoes just then - he later appeared in the Wayans Brothers' spoof movie, Dance Flick (2009), which hit theaters in May 2009.In Grier's first book, "Barack Like Me: The Chocolate Covered Truth" (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster; October 6, 2009), the acclaimed comedian expounds on politics, culture and race while recounting his own life story in this edgy, timely, timeless, and hilarious memoir and look at all things Barack Obama.Grier returned to his theatrical roots 2009/2010; he starred in David Mamet's acclaimed play, "Race", opposite James Spader and Kerry Washington, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award nomination.He has been named one of Comedy Central's "100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time".

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Jun 30, 1955 In Detroit, Michigan, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series Celebrity Name Game 2014-09-22

3 wins & 6 nominations.

Known For
Poster of In Living Color
Celebrity Name Game Unknown 2014-09-22
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Hollywood Game Night Unknown 2013-07-11
Comedy Bang! Bang! Unknown 2012-06-01
The Soul Man Unknown 2012-06-20
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell Unknown 2012-08-09
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Unknown 2012-08-13
Happy Endings Unknown 2011-04-13
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Chocolate News Self - Host / ... 12 episodes, 2008 2008-10-15
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Bones Unknown 2005-09-13
Chappelle's Show Unknown 2003-01-22
Crank Yankers Unknown 2002-06-02
My Wife and Kids Unknown 2001-03-28
The Proud Family Unknown 2001-09-15
Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
Samurai Jack Unknown 2001-08-10
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Unknown 2000-10-02
Boston Public Unknown 2000-10-23
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Unknown 1999-08-16
Hercules Unknown 1998-08-31
The Chris Rock Show Unknown 1997-02-07
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Kenan & Kel Unknown 1996-08-17
Pinky and the Brain Unknown 1995-09-09
The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Martin Unknown 1992-08-27
Equal Justice Unknown 1990-03-27
In Living Color Various / ... 140 episodes, 1990-2001 1990-04-15
Dream On Unknown 1990-07-08
A Different World Unknown 1987-09-24
Tour of Duty Unknown 1987-09-24
ALF FBI #1 1 episode, 1989 1986-09-22
The Equalizer Unknown 1985-09-18
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21