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Glynn Turman

New York City-born African-American actor Glynn Turman enjoyed his first real taste of acting success at the age of 13 originating the role of Travis Younger on Broadway in Lorraine Hansberry's landmark play "A Raisin in the Sun" in 1959 opposite Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and Diana Sands as his various family members. While he did not play the role when it transferred to film in 1961, he intensified his studies at the renown High School of Performing Arts in New York. Upon graduation he apprenticed in regional and repertory companies throughout the country including Tyrone Guthrie's Repertory Theatre in which he performed in late 60s productions of "Good Boys," "Harper's Ferry," "The Visit" and "The House of Atreus." He made his Los Angeles stage debut in Vinnette Carroll's "Slow Dance on the Killing Ground." An impressive 1974 performance in "The Wine Sellers" earned him a Los Angeles Critics Award nomination and a Dramalogue Award. The play was also produced on Broadway as "What The Wine Sellers Buy." He won his first NAACP Image Award for his work in the play "Eyes of the American."A stage director as well, he received his second NAACP Image award for his directing of "Deadwood Dick" at the Inner City Cultural Center. He segued these directing talents to TV where he helmed several episodes of "The Parenthood," "Hanging with Mr. Cooper" and "The Wayans Bros," among others. He also directed during his seasons of steady employment on A Different World (1987), in which he played the role of Colonel Taylor for five seasons (1988-1993). The show's theme song was sung by his ex-wife, legendary "Queen of Soul" artist Aretha Franklin. They divorced in 1984 after six years.He began his film career in the 1970s with such blaxploitation flicks as Five on the Black Hand Side (1973), Together Brothers (1974) and Thomasine & Bushrod (1974), then progressed to roles in the cult classic Cooley High (1975), plus The River Niger (1976) and A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978). TV-movies included the prestigious Centennial (1978), Attica (1980) and Minstrel Man (1977), for which he won his third NAACP Image Award. The quality of Glynn's work has shown over the decades with his participation in such prominent TV-movies as Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994), Buffalo Soldiers (1997) and _Freedom Song (2000/I) (TV)_. Such audience-favorite movies such as Gremlins (1984) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) have also come his way. In 2004 he joined the series The Wire (2002) as Mayor Royce.He is currently in the process of writing his biography while performing and producing a one-man show about his life.

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Jan 31, 1947 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Hawaii Five-O 1968-09-20
Latest Project:
Series Fargo 2014-04-15

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Revolution
Poster of In Treatment
Poster of Criminal Minds
Poster of The Wire
Fargo Doctor Senator 7 episodes, 2020 2014-04-15
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
House of Lies Jeremiah Kaan 51 episodes, 2012-2016 2012-01-08
Revolution Unknown 2012
Alcatraz Unknown 2012-01-16
Funny or Die Presents... Unknown 2010-02-19
Detroit 1-8-7 Unknown 2010-09-21
The Defenders Unknown 2010-09-22
Southland Unknown 2009-04-09
NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown 2009-09-22
Flashforward Unknown 2009-09-24
In Treatment Unknown 2008-01-28
Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
The Wire Unknown 2002-06-02
The Bernie Mac Show Unknown 2001-11-07
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
The Magnificent Seven Unknown 1998-01-03
Millennium Unknown 1996-10-25
JAG Unknown 1995-09-23
The Wayans Bros. Unknown 1995-01-11
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Freddy's Nightmares Unknown 1988-10-09
A Different World Colonel Brad Taylor 78 episodes, 1988-1993 1987-09-24
Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Manimal Unknown 1983-09-30
Fame Unknown 1982-01-07
T.J. Hooker Unknown 1982-03-13
The Greatest American Hero Unknown 1981-03-18
Dynasty Unknown 1981-01-12
Centennial Nate Person 5 episodes, 1978-1979 1978-10-01
The Paper Chase Unknown 1978-09-09
The White Shadow Unknown 1978-11-27
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04
Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20