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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 July 1946San Francisco, California, USA
Birth NameDanny Lebern Glover
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years.

Glover was born in San Francisco, California, to Carrie (Hunley) and James Glover, postal workers who were also active in civil rights.

Glover trained at the Black Actors' Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater. It was his Broadway debut in Fugard's Master Harold...and the Boys, which brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to cast Glover in his first leading role in 1984's Oscar®-nominated Best Picture Places in the Heart. The following year, Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominees: Peter Weir's Witness and Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple. In 1987, Glover partnered with Mel Gibson in the first Lethal Weapon film and went on to star in three hugely successful Lethal Weapon sequels. Glover has also invested his talents in more personal projects, including the award-winning To Sleep With Anger, which he executive produced and for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor; Bopha!; Manderlay; Missing in America; and the film version of Athol Fugard's play Boesman and Lena. On the small screen, Glover won an Image Award and a Cable ACE Award and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of the HBO movie Mandela. He has also received Emmy nominations for his work in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove and the telefilm Freedom Song. As a director, he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Showtime's Just a Dream.

Glover's film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. He co-starred in the critically acclaimed feature Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and in Po' Boy's Game for director Clement Virgo. He appeared in the hit feature Shooter for director Antoine Fuqua, Honeydripper for director John Sayles, and Be Kind, Rewind for director Michel Gondry.

Glover has also gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts, Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor. Internationally, Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and serves as UNICEF Ambassador.

In 2005, Glover co-founded Louverture Films dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. The New York based company has a slate of progressive features and documentaries including Trouble the Water, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Africa Unite, award winning feature Bamako, and most recent projects Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michelle Bega

Spouse (2)

Eliane Cavalleiro (2009 - present)
Asake Bomani (1975 - 2000) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Raspy voice
Elongated face
Catchphrase: "Too old for this shit"

Trivia (35)

Appointed a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program [March 1998]
Graduated from San Francisco State College.
Attended The Black Actors' Workshop, American Conservatory Theatre.
Film debut, Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Received Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from San Francisco State University 31 May, 1997.
Father of film production assistant Mandisa Glover.
His maternal grandmother was a midwife.
His mother Carrie Hunley Glover was a 1942 graduate of tiny Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. In 1990, Glover donated $100,000 to endow a scholarship fund in her honor. And in May 2002, Glover spoke at the schools's 120th commencement, and shook the hands of all of 100 graduates.
Narrated the Discovery Channel special 'The Real Eve', about the origin of modern humans and the descent of all people living today from a single African female who lived about 150,000 years BP.
Older brother of Martin Glover.
Will reprise his role in the Athol Furgard play "Master Harold...and the boys", twenty years after first appearing in it. Director Lonny Price will return as the title character.
Met his wife at what is now San Francisco State University, where he proceeded to wait for a class of hers to get out, just so he could talk to her.
Was a member of the Black Student union while attending San Francisco State University.
Politically active on issues involving minorities in the U.S., global human rights and AIDS
Longtime friend of Carl Lumbly.
Friends with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez. He has been photographed with both Castro and Chavez on more than one occasion.
His appearance in Shooter (2007) will mark the 15th time he has appeared as a character who works in law enforcement and/or the military.
Admits that he did Gone Fishin' (1997) and Operation Dumbo Drop (1995) strictly for the money.
Attended the Vienna International Film Festival in October 2006 to support his film Manderlay.
Good friends with Alfre Woodard.
Has done Goodwill Ambassador work in Ethiopia.
He donated $1 million to commence TransAfrica Forum's $5 million Capital Campaign.
In 1999 he paid $1.3 million for a five-bedroom, 6,000 sq. foot home in Portland, Oregon.
The son of postal workers and the oldest of five children.
Took an eight day tour of South Africa with Alfre Woodard, 'Angela Bassett', Alexandra Paul and Delroy Lindo to urge Blacks there to participate in that country's first fully democratic national election in 1994.
Personally mentored Eli Harris.
Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.
Is one of only three actors to survive a hand-to-hand confrontation with a Predator. The other two being Arnold Schwarzenegger and 'Adrien Brody'.
Convicted in Niagara Falls, Ontario of trespassing in a hotel during a union rally on September 16, 2006 [January 24, 2008].
Attended the 43rd Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic. [July 2008]
Only child and daughter, Mandisa, was born on January 5, 1976.
He was awarded the 1986 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "A Lesson from Aloes" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
On April 16, 2010 Danny Glover and 11 others were arrested for trespassing at a Service Employees International Union protest at the Sodexo headquarters. SEIU says it was protesting what it calls Sodexo's unfair and illegal treatment of workers.
Did not start acting until he was 28 years old.
As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Places in the Heart (1984), The Color Purple (1985) and Witness (1985).

Personal Quotes (4)

Every day of my life I walk with the idea I am black no matter how successful I am.
It would be extraordinary for [the American] film culture to unravel slavery but it doesn't. People are afraid to deal with it. There is no framework for people to unravel it.
Meeting someone, seeing someone, finding someone, finding a relationship with somebody that you didn't anticipate. I'm challenged all the time with keeping that space open.
Some people's life is governed by what their publicists or what their managers define and shape or frame what they should do. I don't have that. I do what I feel like doing.

Salary (2)

Gone Fishin' (1997) $2,000,000
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) $7,000,000

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