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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 February 1957Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Birth NameLevardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr.
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

LeVar Burton was born on February 16, 1957 in Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany as Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. He is an actor and director, known for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Reading Rainbow (1983) and Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990). He has been married to Stephanie Cozart Burton since October 3, 1992. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

Stephanie Cozart Burton (3 October 1992 - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)

Trivia (24)

Has one daughter: Michaela Jean-Estelle Burton (born 1994).
Attended and graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, California in 1974.
LeVar Burton's father, Levardis Robert Burton Senior, was a United States Army NCO from 1954 to 1976. Levardis Burton retired in the rank of Sergeant First Class, just as his son's acting career was beginning to gain notoriety.
As of November 2003, he holds the record for the most number of Star Trek episodes directed by a Star Trek actor. He has directed more than two-dozen episodes for every one of the four "modern era" Trek series.
While co-starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), he was also continuing his role as host of Reading Rainbow (1983).
His character Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) was named after George La Forge, a Star Trek fan who died from muscular dystrophy.
Is a strong supporter of literacy in children.
On Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), his character's parents were played by two of his Roots (1977) co-stars: Ben Vereen played his father on "Star Trek TNG" and his grandson in Roots (1977) and Madge Sinclair played his character's wife in Roots (1977) and his mother on "Star Trek TNG".
At age 13, he entered a Catholic seminary to study for the priesthood.
In the original Next Generation script, Burton's character, Geordi LaForge, was going to be gay.
Attended and graduated from the University of Southern California School of Theatre.
Met his wife, Stephanie Cozart Burton, during the filming of Roots: The Gift (1988). They were married on the same day as Barack Obama and Michelle Obama (October 3, 1992).
Has played Madge Sinclair's son in four different productions: Almos' a Man (1976), One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (1977), Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). He also played her character's husband in Roots (1977), though by that time the role of the older Kunta Kinte had been assumed by John Amos.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 15, 1990.
His daughter, Mica Burton, will graduate from the University of Michigan in 2016.
His mother, Erma Gene (Christian), was a social worker, administrator and English teacher.
He was Kevin Pollak's first guest on Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (2009).
Three years before taking on the role of blind helmsman/engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), he played a blind passenger on The Love Boat (1977), in the episode segment "Love Is Blind".
Named Ralph Nelson's Lilies of the Field (1963) with Sidney Poitier as his favorite film for the American Film Institute.
Is a regular guest as himself on The Big Bang Theory (2007).
Is a huge fan of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
Currently lives in Sherman Oaks, California.
Has a son Eian (b. 1980) from a previous relationship.
As an avid supporter of children's development, Levar showcased his exceptional general knowledge in an episode of The Weakest Link - Star Trek Edition, aired on 26 November 2001 and won a record-breaking $167,500 for his charity, Junior Achievement Southern California.

Salary (1)

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) $100,000 per episode

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