Danny Lebern Glover was born on July 22, 1947 in San Francisco, CA to James and Carrie Glover, both postal workers and active in the NAACP. The pair would also have four more children. The family lived in housing projects in San Francisco until Danny reached the age of 10.

Danny attended San Francisco State University and majored in economics. After graduating he worked as a Civil Servant. While working, he met his wife, Asake Bomani. The two married in 1975 and gave birth to a daughter in the following year. They named their daughter Mandisa, the Swahili word for sweet.

While things were looking good, He had a job, wife and a beautiful daughter, Danny still felt as if something were missing. He dabbled in acting in college, but never thought seriously of it until he started taking classes at the Black Actors' Workshop at the American Conservatory Theatre at the age of 28. He started slowly, working in in productions at the Los Angeles Actors Theater and the Eureka Theater.

His first movie role was a part as an inmate in the 1979 film, Escape from Alcatraz. He would slowly start working in bigger and bigger movies. In 1985, he got his big break with parts in four consecutive big-name films: "Places in the Heart," "Silverado," "Witness", and as Albert in "The Color Purple."

By the time The Color Purple was out, Danny Glover's name was beginning to be recognized. However, it wasn't until he paired with heartthrob Mel Gibson in the movie Lethal Weapon that his stardom would be fulfilled. Glover portrayed Captain Murtaugh, a cop with a family, whereas Gibson was the opposite, a young reckless cop who didn't care about his life.

Glover followed this up with a portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Mandela, a made for TV movie. This showed how versatile Glover was as an actor. Throughout his career he would bounce from genre to genre, doing action flicks like the Lethal Weapon series and Predator 2, to family oriented movies like Operation Dumbo Drop and Antz to the dramatic The Color Purple and comedic The Royal Tannenbaums.

Danny Glover received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from San Francisco State University May 31, 1997.

Danny was struck a harsh blow in 1983, when his mother passed away. 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 school's 120th commencement, and shook the hands of all of 100 graduates.

Not only this, but Danny has traveled around, speaking at various colleges against the Death Penalty, which he feels is inhumane. He has worked on movies which highlight black history and has done his part to shatter any stereotypes of blacks on the big screen.


1982: Theatre World Award: Master Harold...and the Boys
1986: NAACP Image Award: Mandela
1987: CableACE Award: Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, Mandela
1989: NAACP Image Award: Lethal Weapon 2
1990: Independent Spirit Award: Best Actor, To Sleep with Anger
1993: MTV Movie Award: Best On-Screen Duo, Lethal Weapon 3; award shared with Mel Gibson
1996: CableACE Award: Best Dramatic or Theatrical Special, America's Dream: Long Black Song; shared award; Glover was co-executive producer
1996: CableACE Award: Best Actor in a Drama Special or Series, America's Dream: Long Black Song

1998 - Image Award - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Drama Special - "Buffalo Soldiers"
1998 - Image Award - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - "The Rainmaker"
1996 - Emmy - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - "Fallen Angels"
1996 - Image Award - Outstanding Performance in an Animated/Live-Action/Dramatic Youth or Children's Series/Special - "Happily Ever After Fairy Tales for Every Child"

Acting Filmography:

Good Fences (2003) (TV) .... Tom
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002) (TV) .... Himself
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) .... Henry Sherman
3 A.M. (2001) .... Hershey
Boesman and Lena (2000) .... Boesman
... aka Boesman & Lena (2001) (France)
Bàttu (2000)
Freedom Song (2000/I) (TV) .... Will Walker
Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration (1999) (TV)
The Monster (1999) .... Henry Johnson
Our Friend, Martin (1999) (V) (voice) .... Train Conductor
Scared Straight! 20 Years Later (1999) (TV) (voice) .... Narrator
The Prince of Egypt (1998) (voice) .... Jethro
Beloved (1998) .... Paul D Garner
Antz (1998) (voice) .... Barbatus
"Hollywood Squares" (1998) TV Series .... Guest Regular
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) (scenes deleted)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) .... Detective Sergeant Roger Murtaugh
... aka Lethal 4 (1998) (USA: promotional abbreviation)
"Life by the Numbers" (1998) (mini) TV Series .... Host
Can't You Hear the Wind Howl? The Life & Music of Robert Johnson (1997) (voice) .... Narrator
Buffalo Soldiers (1997) (TV) .... Sergeant Wyatt
Rainmaker (1997) (uncredited) .... Judge Tyrone Kipler
... aka John Grisham's The Rainmaker (1997)
Switchback (1997) .... Bob Goodall
Wild America (1997) (uncredited) .... Bigfoot, the Mountain Man
Gone Fishin' (1997) .... Gus Green
America's Dream (1996) (TV) .... Silas (segment "Long Black Song")
American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, The (1995) (TV) .... Himself
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995) .... Captain Sam Cahill
... aka Dumbo Drop (1995)
Kidnapped (1994)
Angels in the Outfield (1994) .... George Knox
... aka Angels (1995) (UK)
Maverick (1994) (uncredited) .... Bank Robber
"Civil War Journal" (1993) TV Series .... Host
Bopha! (1993) .... Micah Mangena
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993) .... Jerry/Narrator
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame (1993) (TV) .... Himself
"Queen" (1993) (mini) TV Series .... Alec Haley
... aka "Alex Haley's Queen" (1993) (mini)
Talking Eggs (1992) .... Narrator
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) .... Detective Sergeant Roger Murtaugh
Lonesome Dove: The Making of an Epic (1991) (TV) .... Himself
Mel Gibson's Video Diary 2: Lethal Weapon 3 (1991) (TV) .... Himself
Grand Canyon (1991) .... Simon
Party for Richard Pryor, A (1991) (TV) .... Himself
Pure Luck (1991) .... Raymond Campanella
A Rage in Harlem (1991) .... Easy Money
63rd Annual Academy Awards, The (1991) (TV) (uncredited) .... Himself
Flight of the Intruder (1990) .... Commander Frank 'Dooke' Camparelli
Predator 2 (1990) .... Lieutenant Mike Harrigan
To Sleep with Anger (1990) .... Harry Mention
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) .... Detective Sergeant Roger Murtaugh
Dead Man Out (1989) (TV) .... Alex
... aka Dead Man Walking (1989) (TV)
"Lonesome Dove" (1989) (mini) TV Series .... Joshua Deets
A Raisin in the Sun (1989) (TV) .... Walter Lee Younger
Bat*21 (1988) .... Captain Bartholomew Clark
Place at the Table (1987) (TV)
Shelley Duvall Presents: American Tall Tales and Legends: John Henry (1987) (TV) .... John Henry
Mandela (1987) (TV) .... Nelson Mandela
Lethal Weapon (1987) .... Sergeant Roger Murtaugh
And the Children Shall Lead (1985) (TV) .... Father
... aka Wonderworks: And the Children Shall Lead (1985) (TV)
The Color Purple (1985) .... Albert
Silverado (1985) .... Malachi 'Mal' Johnson
Witness (1985) .... McFee
Places in the Heart (1984) .... Moze
Iceman (1984) .... Loomis
Memorial Day (1983) (TV) .... Willie Monroe
"Chiefs" (1983) (mini) TV Series .... Marshall Peters
Face of Rage (1983) (TV) .... Gary
Out (1982) .... Jojo/Roland
... aka Deadly Drifter (1982)
Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981) .... Morgan
Keeping On (1981) (TV)
Oscar Micheaux, Film Pioneer (1981) .... Oscar Micheaux
"Palmerstown, U.S.A." (1980) TV Series .... Harley
... aka "Palmerstown" (1980) (USA: short title)
Escape from Alcatraz (1979) .... Inmate

Producing Filmography

Good Fences (2003) (TV) (producer)
3 A.M. (2001) (executive producer)
"Courage" (2000) TV Series (executive producer)
Freedom Song (2000/I) (TV) (executive producer)
Buffalo Soldiers (1997) (TV) (executive producer)
Deadly Voyage (1996) (TV) (executive producer)
America's Dream (1996) (TV) (executive producer)
To Sleep with Anger (1990) (executive producer)

Directing Filmography

Just a Dream (2002)
Override (1994) (TV)

TV Appearances

"Oprah Winfrey Show, The" (1986) playing "Himself" 2/27/2001
"Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" (1995) in episode: "Frog Prince, The"
"Inside the Actors Studio" (1994)
"Fallen Angels" (1993) playing "Phillip Marlowe" in episode: "Red Wind"
"Montel Williams Show, The" (1991) playing "Himself" 1991
"Gimme a Break!" (1981) playing "Bill" in episode: "Man in Nell's Room, A" (episode # 1.6) 12/3/1981
"Hill Street Blues" (1981) playing "Jesse John Hudson" in episode: "Second Oldest Profession, The" (episode # 2.4) 11/19/1981
"Hill Street Blues" (1981) playing "Jesse John Hudson" in episode: "Last White Man on East Ferry Avenue, The" (episode # 2.3) 11/12/1981
"Hill Street Blues" (1981) playing "Jesse John Hudson" in episode: "Blood Money" (episode # 2.2) 11/5/1981
"Hill Street Blues" (1981) playing "Jesse John Hudson" in episode: "Hearts and Minds" (episode # 2.1) 10/29/1981
"The Greatest American Hero" (1981) playing "Joyner" in episode: "Fire Man" (episode # 1.7) 5/6/1981
"Lou Grant" (1977) playing "Leroy" in episode: "Slammer" (episode # 3.3) 10/1/1979

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