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Reading Rainbow (TV Series 1983– ) Poster

(1983– )

Full Cast & Crew

Series Directed by 

Larry Lancit ... (27 episodes, 1983-1993)
Mark Mannucci ... (15 episodes, 1989-2000)
Gabrielle DeCuir ... (3 episodes, 2012)
Nicholas Jacobs ... (2 episodes, 1996)
Ed Wiseman ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Herk Harvey ... (1 episode, 1983)
Michael Sporn ... (1 episode, 1983)
Steve Zink ... (1 episode, 1983)
Dean Parisot ... (1 episode, 1989)
Fred Surr ... (1 episode, 1992)

Series Writing Credits  

Jill Gluckson ... (6 episodes, 1989-2001)
Barbara DeRubertis ... (2 episodes, 2012)
Loriann Champagne Smith ... (1 episode, 1989)
Andrew Gutelle ... (1 episode, 1989)
Kristin Laskas Martin ... (1 episode, 1991)
Fred Surr ... (1 episode, 1992)
Ronnie Krauss ... (1 episode, 2005)
Twila Liggett ... (1 episode, 2005)
Julie Danneberg ... (1 episode)
Grace Lin ... (1 episode)
Catherine Urdahl ... (1 episode)
Rob Stork ... (multiple episodes) (unknown episodes)

Series Cast  

LeVar Burton ...  Himself - Host 152 episodes, 1983-2015
Jennifer Betit Yen ...  Herself 5 episodes, 2012
Arnold Stang ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1986-1995
Fred Newman Fred Newman ...  Himself / ... 3 episodes, 1986-1991
Michael Ansara ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1983-1993
Vincent Gardenia ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1983-1991
Doug Parvin Doug Parvin ...  Camper / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Ruby Dee ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1984-1992
Laura Haymann Laura Haymann ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1986
Lisa Drew Lisa Drew ...  Singer in Fourtune 1 episode, 1983
Charisma Largy Charisma Largy ...  Singer in Fourtune 1 episode, 1983
Larry Mabrey Larry Mabrey ...  Singer in Fourtune 1 episode, 1983
Eric Mabrey Eric Mabrey ...  Singer in Fourtune 1 episode, 1983
Maya Angelou ...  Herself 1 episode, 1983
Harry Blackstone Jr. Harry Blackstone Jr. ...  Himself 1 episode, 1983
Harrod Blank ...  Himself 1 episode, 1983
Ruth Buzzi ...  Herself 1 episode, 1983
Robert Tree Cody Robert Tree Cody ...  Flute Player 1 episode, 1983
Bill Cosby ...  Himself 1 episode, 1983
Linda Gelman Linda Gelman ...  Narrator 1 episode, 1983
Herk Harvey Herk Harvey ...  Policeman (segment "Puddle Hopping") 1 episode, 1983
Stephen Horelick Stephen Horelick ...  Himself 1 episode, 1983
James Earl Jones ...  Himself 1 episode, 1983
Madeline Kahn ...  Herself 1 episode, 1983
Kaleena Kiff ...  Herself 1 episode, 1983
Jane Lind Jane Lind ...  Poem Narrator 1 episode, 1983
Carolyn McMahon Carolyn McMahon ...  Herself 1 episode, 1983
Marilyn Michaels Marilyn Michaels ...  Herself 1 episode, 1983
Stephanie Mills Stephanie Mills ...  Herself 1 episode, 1983
Cassandra Murray Cassandra Murray ...  Dancer 1 episode, 1983
Lou Rawls ...  Himself 1 episode, 1983
Phoebe Snow ...  Herself 1 episode, 1983
Jerry Stiller ...  Dinosaur Comic 1 episode, 1983
Lauren Tom ...  Herself 1 episode, 1983
Ben Vereen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1983
Byron Easley Byron Easley ...  Dancer 1 episode, 1984
Esther Elise ...  Dancer 1 episode, 1984
Lorne Greene ...  Himself 1 episode, 1984
Raul Julia ...  Himself 1 episode, 1984
Amy Linker ...  Herself 1 episode, 1984
Bobby McFerrin Bobby McFerrin ...  Himself 1 episode, 1984
William Windom ...  Himself 1 episode, 1984
James Coco ...  Himself 1 episode, 1985
Buddy Ebsen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1985
Fernando Escandon Fernando Escandon ...  Himself 1 episode, 1985
Jim Henson ...  Kermit the Frog 1 episode, 1985
Gilda Radner ...  Herself 1 episode, 1985
Isabel Sanford ...  Herself 1 episode, 1985
John Sebastian ...  Himself 1 episode, 1985
Marv Albert ...  Himself 1 episode, 1986
Eric Bogosian ...  Conan the Librarian 1 episode, 1986
Lenora Claire ...  Herself 1 episode, 1986
Imogene Coca ...  Herself 1 episode, 1986
Darryl McDaniels ...  DMC 1 episode, 1986
Jessica Mercado Jessica Mercado ...  Herself 1 episode, 1986
Jason Mizell Jason Mizell ...  Jam Master Jay 1 episode, 1986
Timothy Oakes Timothy Oakes ...  Himself 1 episode, 1986
Michael Opal ...  Cab Driver 1 episode, 1986
Jerry Orbach ...  Himself 1 episode, 1986
Penny Patterson Penny Patterson ...  Herself 1 episode, 1986
Alaina Reed-Hall ...  Herself 1 episode, 1986
Pete Seeger ...  Himself 1 episode, 1986
Martin Short ...  Himself 1 episode, 1986
Paul Sidoriak Paul Sidoriak ...  Himself 1 episode, 1986
Joseph Simmons ...  Run 1 episode, 1986
Pamela Stagner Pamela Stagner ...  Herself 1 episode, 1986
Michael Winslow ...  Himself 1 episode, 1986
Man-Wai Wong Man-Wai Wong ...  Dancer 1 episode, 1986
Hoyt Axton ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Orson Bean ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Georgia Engel ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Barbara Feldon ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Ron Foster Ron Foster ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Kelly Hrudey Kelly Hrudey ...  Himself - a New York Islanders' goalie 1 episode, 1987
Keye Luke ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Jenny Maki Jenny Maki ...  Wench 1 episode, 1987
Tim Maki Tim Maki ...  Young Peasant 1 episode, 1987
Todd Maki Todd Maki ...  Peasant 1 episode, 1987
Kenn Michael Kenn Michael ...  Himself - Book Reviewer 1 episode, 1987
Zelda Rubinstein ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Liza Siegler Liza Siegler ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Sada Thompson ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Ralph Waite ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Kevin Clash ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Denise Crosby ...  Herself 1 episode, 1988
Michael Dorn ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Hector Elizondo ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Peter Falk ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Jonathan Frakes ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Jack Gilford ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Gene Klavan Gene Klavan ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Edward Moldonado Jr. Edward Moldonado Jr. ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Robert Niosi Robert Niosi ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Marina Sirtis ...  Herself 1 episode, 1988
Brent Spiner ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Patrick Stewart ...  Himself 1 episode, 1988
Becky Wible Becky Wible ...  Herself 1 episode, 1988
Steve Albert Steve Albert ...  Baseball Announcer 1 episode, 1989
Edward Asner ...  Himself 1 episode, 1989
Alex Borg Alex Borg ...  Himself 1 episode, 1989
Fran Brill Fran Brill ...  Herself 1 episode, 1989
Jose Canseco ...  Himself 1 episode, 1989
Roy Clark ...  Himself 1 episode, 1989
Jane Curtin ...  Herself 1 episode, 1989
Phyllis Diller ...  Herself 1 episode, 1989
David Hyman David Hyman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1989
Victoria Jackson ...  Herself 1 episode, 1989
Michele Mariana Michele Mariana ...  Herself 1 episode, 1989
Mark McGwire ...  Himself 1 episode, 1989
Corinne Orr ...  Herself 1 episode, 1989
Jane Pauley ...  Herself 1 episode, 1989
Peter Pitofsky ...  Himself 1 episode, 1989
Phylicia Rashad ...  Herself 1 episode, 1989
Josh Saviano ...  Himself 1 episode, 1989
Bree Walker Bree Walker ...  Herself 1 episode, 1989
Mike White Mike White ...  Himself 1 episode, 1989
Bob Ballard Bob Ballard ...  Himself 1 episode, 1990
Philip Bosco ...  Himself 1 episode, 1990
Julia Child ...  Herself 1 episode, 1990
Keshia Knight Pulliam ...  Herself 1 episode, 1990
Tom Matsusaka Tom Matsusaka ...  Himself 1 episode, 1990
Robert Morse ...  Himself 1 episode, 1990
Leslie Uggams ...  Herself 1 episode, 1990
Shaddi Albawab Shaddi Albawab ...  Himself 1 episode, 1991
Dominic Arquero Dominic Arquero ...  Himself 1 episode, 1991
Julia Barr Julia Barr ...  Herself 1 episode, 1991
Erma Campbell Erma Campbell ...  Machine's Voice 1 episode, 1991
Lacey Chabert ...  Herself 1 episode, 1991
Kevin Chamberlin ...  Ted the Grateful Head 1 episode, 1991
Brian Dennehy ...  Himself 1 episode, 1991
Lisa Ferrerio Lisa Ferrerio ...  Herself 1 episode, 1991
Lena Horne ...  Herself 1 episode, 1991
Mike Kinney Mike Kinney ...  Himself 1 episode, 1991
Marilyn Pasekoff Marilyn Pasekoff ...  Herself 1 episode, 1991
Alisa Reyes ...  Herself 1 episode, 1991
Nicole Wilson ...  Herself - Panelist (1991) 1 episode, 1991
Hattie Winston ...  Herself 1 episode, 1991
James Avery ...  Himself 1 episode, 1992
Dixie Carter ...  Herself 1 episode, 1992
Lola Falana ...  Herself 1 episode, 1992
Tovah Feldshuh ...  Herself 1 episode, 1992
Andrew Lei Andrew Lei ...  Himself 1 episode, 1992
Maya Lin Maya Lin ...  Herself 1 episode, 1992
Viveca Lindfors ...  Herself 1 episode, 1992
Jason Robards ...  Himself 1 episode, 1992
Walter J. Turnbull Walter J. Turnbull ...  Himself 1 episode, 1992
Reizl Bozyk ...  Herself 1 episode, 1993
Tyne Daly ...  Herself 1 episode, 1993
Keith David ...  Himself 1 episode, 1993
Jamie Duneier ...  Himself 1 episode, 1993
Whoopi Goldberg ...  Herself 1 episode, 1993
Reggie Alvin Green ...  Newspaper Hawker 1 episode, 1993
Beth Howland ...  Herself 1 episode, 1993
Candice Nichole Hughes Candice Nichole Hughes ...  Herself 1 episode, 1993
Ron Eric Hughes Ron Eric Hughes ...  Himself 1 episode, 1993
Charles Kimbrough ...  Himself 1 episode, 1993
Eartha Kitt ...  Herself 1 episode, 1993
Robin Leach ...  Himself 1 episode, 1993
Lea Salonga ...  Herself 1 episode, 1993
Terrylene Terrylene ...  Herself 1 episode, 1993
Lynne Thigpen ...  Herself 1 episode, 1993
Robert M. Watson Robert M. Watson ...  African-American Interpreter 1 episode, 1993
Gamil al-Kutiny Gamil al-Kutiny ...  Himself 1 episode, 1994
Ossie Davis ...  Himself 1 episode, 1994
Rona Figueroa Rona Figueroa ...  Herself 1 episode, 1994
Jane Goodall ...  Herself 1 episode, 1994
Robert Guillaume ...  Himself 1 episode, 1994
Anne Jackson ...  Herself 1 episode, 1994
Linda Lavin ...  Herself 1 episode, 1994
Michael Learned ...  Herself 1 episode, 1994
Olga Merediz ...  Herself 1 episode, 1994
Faith Prince ...  Herself 1 episode, 1994
Al Roker ...  Himself 1 episode, 1994
Eli Wallach ...  Himself 1 episode, 1994
Angela Bassett ...  Herself 1 episode, 1995
Marjory Collado Marjory Collado ...  Herself 1 episode, 1995
Jamie Farr ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Jo Haden Jo Haden ...  Herself 1 episode, 1995
Francisco Rivela Francisco Rivela ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Jesse Spielman Jesse Spielman ...  Himself - Reviewer 1 episode, 1995
Cecilia Arana Cecilia Arana ...  Herself 1 episode, 1996
Matthew Broderick ...  Himself 1 episode, 1996
B.J. Crosby B.J. Crosby ...  Herself 1 episode, 1996
John Cunningham ...  Himself 1 episode, 1996
Kristian Damian Kristian Damian ...  Young Levar 1 episode, 1996
Gregory Hines ...  Himself 1 episode, 1996
Patricia Icia Patricia Icia ...  Young LeVar's Mother 1 episode, 1996
Carol Kane ...  Herself 1 episode, 1996
Helen Mirren ...  Herself 1 episode, 1996
David Reivers ...  Young LeVar's Teacher 1 episode, 1996
Daniel Saltzman Daniel Saltzman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1996
Nick Sullivan ...  Himself 1 episode, 1996
Regina Taylor ...  Herself 1 episode, 1996
Ann Duquesnay Ann Duquesnay ...  Herself 1 episode, 1997
Anna Holbrook ...  Herself 1 episode, 1997
Joshua Redman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Jossie DeGuzman Jossie DeGuzman ...  Herself 1 episode, 1998
Scott Irby-Ranniar Scott Irby-Ranniar ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Michelle Trachtenberg ...  Herself 1 episode, 1998
Jason Alexander ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Susan Sarandon ...  Herself 1 episode, 2000
Andrea McArdle ...  Herself 1 episode, 2001
Jeff Bridges ...  Himself - Book Reader (voice) 1 episode, 2002
Ed Harris ...  Himself - Book Reader 1 episode, 2002
Alfre Woodard ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Wayne Brady ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Eliza Dushku ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Jordan Nia Elizabeth ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Freddie Prinze Jr. ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Diahann Carroll ...  Herself 1 episode, 2006
Stephanie Cozart Burton ...  Herself 1 episode, 2006
Kassidy Hassell Kassidy Hassell ...  Kid 1 episode, 2015
Andrei Patterson ...  Kid 1 episode, 2015
Emil Pinnock Emil Pinnock ...  Story Teller (1997-1999) unknown episodes
Jami Simon ...  Diner (uncredited) 1 episode, 1988

Series Produced by 

Jill Gluckson ... producer (39 episodes, 1985-1997)
Aaron Levine ... associate producer (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ed Wiseman ... producer / assistant producer (3 episodes, 1983-2005)
Nan Schweiger ... producer (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ronnie Krauss ... associate producer / field producer (2 episodes, 1983-1986)
Sudie Anning ... producer (2 episodes, 2005)
Sherman Bryce ... associate producer (1 episode, 1983)
Lynne Brenner Ganek ... associate producer (1 episode, 1983)
Ellen Schecter ... associate producer (1 episode, 1983)
Orly Berger ... producer (1 episode, 1990)
Tony Buttino ... executive producer (1 episode, 1990)
Kathy Kinsner ... producer (1 episode, 1996)
Don Boswell ... producer (1 episode, 2004)
David C. McCourt ... supervising producer (1 episode, 2004)
Lauren Elbaum ... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Andrew Ames ... producer (unknown episodes)
Larry Lancit ... producer (unknown episodes)
Twila Liggett ... producer (unknown episodes)
Guy Merrill ... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Stacey Raider ... producer (unknown episodes)
Nikki Silver ... coordinating producer (unknown episodes)
Rob Stork ... producer (unknown episodes)
Cecily Truett ... producer (unknown episodes)
Orly Wiseman ... producer (unknown episodes)

Series Music by 

Daniel Shklair ... (69 episodes, 1986-1994)
Stephen Horelick ... (16 episodes, 1983-1986)
Darryl McDaniels ... (1 episode, 1986)
Jason Mizell ... (1 episode, 1986)
Rick Rubin ... (1 episode, 1986)
Joseph Simmons ... (1 episode, 1986)

Series Cinematography by 

Jordan Klein Jr. ... (2 episodes, 2000)
Ari Haberberg ... (unknown episodes)
Kevin Lombard ... (unknown episodes)
Joel Shapiro ... (unknown episodes)
Jimmy O'Donnell ... (unknown episodes)

Series Film Editing by 

Ira Epstein ... (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
James C. Wright ... (1 episode, 1990)
Douglas Schuetz ... (1 episode, 2002)
Robert Wetteland ... (1 episode, 2004)
Tony Breuer ... (unknown episodes)
Michael Chomet ... (unknown episodes)
Joe Comperiati ... (unknown episodes)
Richard A. Fernandes ... (unknown episodes)
Kenneth Hatlee ... (unknown episodes)
Matt Hensel ... (unknown episodes)
Sarah Kaylor ... (unknown episodes)
Juantxo Royo ... (unknown episodes)
Laura Young ... (unknown episodes)

Series Casting By 

Laura Frame Sullivan ... (104 episodes, 1984-1996)
Stacey Raider ... (unknown episodes)

Series Production Design by 

Richard D. Bluhm ... (10 episodes, 1993-1996)

Series Makeup Department 

Stephanie Cozart Burton ... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1995)
Randy Houston Mercer ... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1995)
Tim Nelson ... make-up (1 episode, 1983)

Series Production Management 

Yuma Morita ... production manager (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Rick Birmingham ... post-production supervisor (5 episodes, 2006)
Dana Eshghi ... production manager / production supervisor (2 episodes, 1996)
Orly Berger ... production manager (1 episode, 1983)
Louise Fenton ... production manager (unknown episodes)
Erica Levin ... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Elizabeth O'Mara ... production manager (unknown episodes)

Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Neil Daly ... first assistant director (10 episodes, 2004-2006)
Richard Spector ... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1988-1992)
John Paul Cayetano ... assistant director (6 episodes, 2004-2012)
Amy Cutler ... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2006)

Series Art Department 

Kailin Gow ... production (1 episode, 1992)
Marj Kleinman ... assistant art director (1 episode, 1993)

Series Sound Department 

Gary Silver ... production sound mixer / sound (60 episodes, 1990-2006)
Billy Gardner ... re-recording mixer (20 episodes, 2000-2006)
Paul Cote ... production sound mixer (11 episodes, 1997-2006)
John Sutton ... sound mixer (5 episodes, 1984)
Lee Murphy ... sound (1 episode, 1990)
Buzz Turner ... production mixer (1 episode, 1995)
Jared Seidman ... re-recording mixer (1 episode, 2006)
Brandon Loulias ... sound mixer (1 episode, 2012)
Bill Ivie ... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Brian Miksis ... sound mixer (unknown episodes)

Series Camera and Electrical Department 

Peter Boynton ... lighting technician (3 episodes, 2000-2002)
Kelly J. Richardson ... camera operator: jib (3 episodes, 2001-2004)
Doug Joseph ... video engineer (1 episode, 1983)
David Satin ... video engineer (1 episode, 1983)
Carlos Sanchez ... animation photography (1 episode, 1988)
Alan Pierce ... assistant camera (1 episode, 2000)
Tom McGrath ... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Wesley Ortiz ... gaffer: NYC/DC unit (unknown episodes)

Series Animation Department 

Bill Davis ... animator (10 episodes, 1984-1988)
Aldin Baroza ... animator (1 episode, 1988)
Colleen Davis ... animator (1 episode, 1988)
Mike de Seve ... animator (1 episode, 1988)
Simi Gulati ... animator (1 episode, 1988)
Masako Kanayama ... animator (1 episode, 1988)

Series Editorial Department 

Rick Birmingham ... post-production coordinator (5 episodes, 2006)
Jacob Steingroot ... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Jason Locke ... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Erik Emond ... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)

Series Music Department 

Stephen Horelick ... composer: main title theme / composer: theme music / conductor / music composer / music director / music producer (17 episodes, 1983-1991)
Daniel Lentz ... composer: song "Is it Love?" (1 episode, 1986)

Series Other crew 

Cory Nahoum ... production auditor (30 episodes, 1991-1995)
Bobby Bastarache ... production assistant (17 episodes, 1992-1994)
Jerôme Vignac ... production assistant (10 episodes, 1996)
Wesley H. Crump ... production assistant (8 episodes, 2001-2002)
John Paul Cayetano ... production staff: Washington DC / production staff (6 episodes, 2004-2012)
Marj Kleinman ... production assistant (5 episodes, 1993-1994)
Mimi Borowich ... production intern (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sara Enright ... production coordinator (5 episodes, 2006)
Dan Kowalski ... production assistant (5 episodes, 2006)
Simone Barros ... production assistant (4 episodes, 2002)
Samantha Higgins ... production intern (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ellen Bialo ... research coordinator (1 episode, 1983)
M. Virginia Biggy ... instructional design (1 episode, 1983)
Loriann Champagne Smith ... production assistant (1 episode, 1983)
Paula Cohen ... production research assistant (1 episode, 1983)
Marisa Genna ... assistant to the producers (1 episode, 1983)
Jill Gluckson ... production coordinator (1 episode, 1983)
Gavrielle Levine ... research coordinator (1 episode, 1983)
Andrea Moll ... production intern (1 episode, 1983)
Gina Pressman ... production assistant (1 episode, 1983)
Joseph Sobrido ... production intern (1 episode, 1983)
Michele Gardner-Smith ... production associate (1 episode, 1986)
Kailin Gow ... production assistant (1 episode, 1992)
Matt Haslam ... production assistant (1 episode, 1992)
Heather Maidat ... production staff (1 episode, 1992)
Yvette Edery ... development assistant (1 episode, 2002)
Phil Kubel ... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Bari Winter ... intern (unknown episodes)
Kris King ... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Peter Hagen ... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Kenneth Hatlee ... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Ben Hoskins ... key background production assistant (unknown episodes)
Patrick Huber ... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Amy Spielholtz ... production secretary (unknown episodes)
B.J. Steiner ... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Anne Marie Ugarte ... production intern (unknown episodes)
Andrea Garay ... production intern (uncredited) (5 episodes, 2006)
Michael Richartz ... production assistant (uncredited) (1 episode, 1987)

Series Thanks 

Dan T. Hall ... special thanks (1 episode, 1990)
Robert Bryce Milburn ... kickstarter funder (unknown episodes)

See also

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