Full Name: Danny Lebern Glover

Description: Actor, Film Director, PoliticalAactivist, USA

Known For: Known for his “Leathal Weapon” films with with Mel Gibson.

Location: CA, United States of America

Date Born: 22nd July 1947

Location Born: San Francisco, California, United States of America

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Danny Glover

Daniel Lebern “Danny” Glover (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director and political activist. Glover is well known for his roles as Detective Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film series, Mr. Albert Johnson in The Color Purple, cowboy Mal Johnson in Silverado, Michael Harrigan in Predator 2, corrupt cop James McFee in Witness, Colonel Isaac Johnson in Shooter, Detective David Tapp in Saw, and George Knox in Angels in the Outfield. He has also appeared in many other movies, television shows, and theatrical productions. He is an active supporter of various humanitarian and political causes.

Glover was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Carrie and James Glover. His parents, postal workers, were active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), working to advance equal rights. Glover’s mother, daughter of a midwife, was born in Louisville, Georgia and graduated from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.

Glover attended George Washington High School in San Francisco. He attended San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the late 1960s but did not graduate. SFSU later awarded him an honorary degree. Glover trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater.

As an adolescent and a young adult, Glover suffered from epilepsy but has not suffered a seizure since age 35.

Glover originally worked in city administration working on community development[citation needed] before transitioning to theater. He has said:

“I didn’t think it was a difficult transition. Acting is a platform that can become a conveyer for ideas. Art is a way of understanding, of confronting issues and confronting your own feelings—all within that realm of the capacity it represents. It may have been a leap of faith for me, given not only my learning disability (dyslexia) but also the fact that I felt awkward. I felt all the things that someone that’s 6’3″ or 6’4″ feels and with my own diminished expectations of who I could be [and] would feel. Whether it’s art, acting or theater that I’ve devoted myself to I put more passion and more energy into it.”

His first theater involvement was with Conservatory Theater, a regional training program in San Francisco. Glover also trained with Jean Shelton at the Shelton Actors Lab in San Francisco. In an interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Glover credited Jean Shelton for much of his development as an actor. Deciding that he wanted to be an actor, Glover resigned from his city administration job and soon began his career as a stage actor. Glover then moved to Los Angeles for more opportunities in acting, where he would later go on to co-found the Robey Theatre Company with actor Ben Guillory in honor of the actor and concert singer Paul Robeson in Los Angeles in 1994.

Glover has had a variety of film, stage, and television roles, and is best known for playing Los Angeles police Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon series of action films. He also starred as the husband to Whoopi Goldberg’s character Celie in the celebrated literary adaptation The Color Purple, and as Lieutenant James McFee in the film Witness. In 1994 he made his directorial debut with the Showtime channel short film Override. Also in 1994, Glover and actor Ben Guillory formed the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles, focusing on theatre by and about Black people. During his career, he has made several cameos, appearing, for example, in the Michael Jackson video “Liberian Girl” of 1987. Glover earned top billing for the first time in Predator 2, the sequel to the sci-fi action film Predator. That same year he starred in Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, for which he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.

In common with Humphrey Bogart, Elliott Gould and Robert Mitchum, who have played Raymond Chandler’s private eye detective Philip Marlowe, Glover played the role in the episode “Red Wind” of the Showtime network’s 1995 series Fallen Angels. In 1997, under his former production company banner Carrie Films, Glover executive produced numerous films of first time directors including Pamm Malveaux’s neo-noir short film Final Act starring Joe Morton, which aired on the Independent Film Channel. In addition, Glover has been a voice actor in many children’s movies. Glover was featured in the popular 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums, also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

In 2004, he appeared in the low-budget horror film Saw as Detective David Tapp. In 2005, Glover and Joslyn Barnes announced plans to make No FEAR, a movie about Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo’s experience. Coleman-Adebayo won a 2000 jury trial against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The jury found the EPA guilty of violating the civil rights of Coleman-Adebayo on the basis of race, sex, color and a hostile work environment, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Coleman-Adebayo was terminated shortly after she revealed the environmental and human disaster taking place in the Brits, South Africa, vanadium mines. Her experience inspired passage of the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No-FEAR Act). As of 2013 the No Fear title has not appeared but The Marsha Coleman-Adebayo Story was announced as the next major project of No Fear Media Productions.

Glover portrayed David Keaton in the film The Exonerated – a real life story of Keaton’s experience of being arrested, jailed and then freed from death row.

In 2009, Glover performed in The People Speak a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”.

Glover played President Wilson, the President of the United States in 2012, a disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and released in theaters November 13, 2009. In 2010, Glover participated in a Spanish film called I Want to Be a Soldier. In 2012, he starred in the film Donovan’s Echo.

Planned directorial debut

Glover sought to make a film biography of Toussaint Louverture for his directorial debut. In May 2006, the film had included cast members Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Roger Guenveur Smith, Mos Def, Isaach de Bankolé, and Richard Bohringer. Production, estimated to cost $30 million, was planned to begin in Poland, filming from late 2006 into early 2007. In May 2007, President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez contributed $18 million to fund the production of Toussaint for Glover, who is a prominent U.S. supporter of Chávez. The contribution annoyed some Venezuelan filmmakers, who said the money could have funded other homegrown films and that Glover’s film was not even about Venezuela. In April 2008, the Venezuelan National Assembly authorized an additional $9,840,505 for Glover’s film, which is still in planning.

Glover appeared at London Film and Comic Con 2013 at Earls Court 2 over 2.5 days during Friday 5th to Sunday July 7.

Personal life

Glover purchased a 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) house in Dunthorpe, Oregon, in 1999.[15][16] As of 2011, he no longer lived in Oregon.

On September 2, 2009, Glover signed an open letter of objection to the inclusion of a series of films intended to showcase Tel Aviv at the Toronto International Film Festival.

On April 16, 2010, Glover was arrested in Maryland during a protest by SEIU workers for Sodexo’s unfair and illegal treatment of workers. He was given a citation and later released. The Associated Press reports “Glover and others stepped past yellow police tape and were asked to step back three times at Sodexo headquarters. When they refused, Starks says officers arrested them.”

Films include

Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Blindness (2008)
Trumbo (2008)
Bamako (2007)
Honeydripper (2007)
Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (2007)
Poor Boy’s Game (2007)
Shooter (2007)
Terra (2007)
Barnyard: The Original Party Animals (2006)
Marty (2006)
The Shaggy Dog (2006)
Earthsea (2005)
Missing in America (2005)
Where Others Wavered (2005)
The Peace (2005)
Saw (2004)
The Cookout (2004)
Good Fences (2003)
Robert Johnson – The Life and Music of Robert Johnson: Can’t You Hear The Wind Howl? (2003)
3 A.M. (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Battu (2000)
Boesman and Lena (2000)
Freedom Song (2000)
The People vs. Shintech (1999)
Antz (1998)
Beloved (1998)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl? (1997)
Champagne and The Talking Eggs (1997)
Going West in America (1997)
Gone Fishin’ (1997)
Switchback (1997)
Wild America (1997)
America’s Dream (1996)
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)
The Frog Prince (1995)
Angels in the Outfield (1994)
Maverick (1994)
Bopha! (1993)
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Flight of the Intruder (1991)
Grand Canyon (1991)
Pure Luck (1991)
A Rage in Harlem (1991)
Lonesome Dove (1990)
Predator 2 (1990)
To Sleep With Anger (1990)
Dead Man Out (1989)
Lethal Weapon 2 (19890
A Raisin in the Sun (1989)
Bat 21 (1988)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Mandela (1987)
Silverado (1985)
Witness (1985)
The Color Purple (1985)
Iceman (1984)
Places in the Heart (1984)
The Stand-In (1984)
Memorial Day (1983)
Out (1982)
Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981)
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)