Danny Glover

Actor, Producer, Director
Having developed his craft on the stage during the 1970s, actor Danny Glover emerged in the following decade as a commanding lead and supporting player capable of portraying a wide variety of roles. After playing a ... Read more »
Born: 07/21/1946 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (201)

Bad Asses on the Bayou 2015 (Movie)

Bernie Pope (Actor)

Mentryville 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Locke (Actor)

Monster Trucks 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Age of the Dragons 2014 (Movie)

Captain Ahab (Actor)

Andron--The Black Labyrinth 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Asher 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses 2014 (Movie)

Bernie Pope (Actor)

Beyond the Lights 2014 (Movie)

Captain Nicol (Actor)

Chasing Shakespeare 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Donovan's Echo 2014 (Movie)

Donovan Matheson (Actor)

Gridlocked 2014 (Movie)

Sully (Actor)

Highland Park 2014 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

Killing Winston Jones 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. Pig 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Train 2014 (Movie)

Miles (Actor)

Rage 2014 (Movie)

Detective St. John (Actor)

Scout 2014 (Movie)

Red (Actor)

Space Warriors 2014 (Movie)

Commander Phillips (Actor)

The People vs. Shintech 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Where Others Wavered 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Yellowbird 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

2047 - Sights of Death 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Dad 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Day Of The Mummy 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

From Above 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

LUV 2013 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Norman Rockwell's Shuffleton's Barbershop 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Supremacy 2013 (Movie)

Mr. Walker (Actor)

The Ninja: Immovable Heart 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Deal or No Deal 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extraction 2012 (Movie)

Harding (Actor)

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 2005 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2005 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touch 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Down for Life 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Leverage 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mooz-lum 2011 (Movie)

Dean Francis (Actor)

Psych 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Act of Vengeance 2010 (Movie)

Marcus (Actor)

Alpha and Omega 2010 (Movie)

Winston (Voice)

Bill Cosby: Mark Twain Prize 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Alice 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Death at a Funeral 2010 (Movie)

Uncle Russell (Actor)

Human Target 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Legendary 2010 (Movie)

Harry "Red" Newman (Actor)

The Harimaya Bridge 2010 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2012 2009 (Movie)

President Thomas Wilson (Actor)

Battle for Terra 2009 (Movie)

Voice of President Chen (Actor)

Gospel Hill 2009 (Movie)

John Malcolm (Actor)

My Name is Earl 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

16th Annual Trumpet Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

Mr. Fletcher (Actor)

Blindness 2008 (Movie)

Man with Black Eye Patch (Actor)

Brothers & Sisters 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saw V 2008 (Movie)

David Tapp (Actor)

Sex: The Revolution! 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The People Speak 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

Dalton Trumbo (Actor)

Africa Unite 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bamako 2007 (Movie)

Cowboy (Actor)

Honeydripper 2007 (Movie)

Tyrone 'Pinetop' Purvis (Actor)

Shooter 2007 (Movie)

Colonel Isaac Johnson (Actor)

2006 BET Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Miles the Mule (Actor)

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

Marty Madison (Actor)

Manderlay 2006 (Movie)

Wilhelm (Actor)

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation 2006 (Movie)

Father Elias (Actor)

Poor Boy's Game 2006 (Movie)

George Carvey (Actor)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

DA Ken Hollister (Actor)

ER 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Missing in America 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saw 2004 (Movie)

Detective David Tapp (Actor)

The Cookout 2004 (Movie)

Judge Crowley (Actor)

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

3 AM 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Courage 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

Henry Sherman (Actor)

Boesman and Lena 2000 (Movie)

Boesman (Actor)

Great Railway Journeys 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 ESPY Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Battu 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Cowboys 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Antz 1998 (Movie)

of Barbatus (Voice)

Beloved 1998 (Movie)

Paul D (Actor)

Buffalo Soldiers (TNT) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Weapon 4 1998 (Movie)

Roger Murtaugh (Actor)

Life By the Numbers 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

of Jethro (Voice)

Going West in America 1997 (Movie)

Bob Goodall (Actor)

Gone Fishin' 1997 (Movie)

Gus Green (Actor)

Can't You Hear the Wind Howl? 1996 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Heroes & Legends 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Celebrate Storytelling With Danny Glover 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Civil War Journal 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Operation Dumbo Drop 1995 (Movie)

Sam Cahill (Actor)

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Angels in the Outfield 1994 (Movie)

George Knox (Actor)

Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Untold West 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

VH1 Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo Theater Hall of Fame 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bopha! 1993 (Movie)

Micah Mangena (Actor)

Long Ago and Far Away 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 26th Annual Victor Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Saint of Fort Washington 1993 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

A Party For Richard Pryor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

First Person With Maria Shriver (05/06/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Hotshots 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

Roger Murtaugh (Actor)

The 13th Annual ACE Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Rage in Harlem 1991 (Movie)

Easy-Money (Actor)

Flight of the Intruder 1991 (Movie)

Commander Frank Camparelli (Actor)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Pure Luck 1991 (Movie)

Campanella (Actor)

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Emperor's New Clothes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

2nd Annual Valvoline National Driving Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Br'er Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

How the Leopard Got Its Spots 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Predator 2 1990 (Movie)

Mike Harrigan (Actor)

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual Victor Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The R.A.C.E. 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

To Sleep With Anger 1990 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

16th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Raisin in the Sun 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Weapon 2 1989 (Movie)

Roger Murtaugh (Actor)

Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Place at the Table 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bat 21 1988 (Movie)

Captain Bartholomew Clark (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1988 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Mandela 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

John Henry 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Weapon 1987 (Movie)

Roger Murtaugh (Actor)

Mandela 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbour Report 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

Mal (Actor)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Witness 1985 (Movie)

McFee (Actor)

Chiefs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Iceman 1984 (Movie)

Loomis (Actor)

Places in the Heart 1984 (Movie)

Moze (Actor)

The Stand-In 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chu Chu and the Philly Flash 1981 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

Out 1981 (Movie)

Roland (Actor)

Escape From Alcatraz 1979 (Movie)

Inmate (Actor)

America's Dream (TV Show)

Actor

And the Children Shall Lead (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Man Out (TV Show)

Actor

Earthsea (TV Show)

Actor

Freedom Song (TV Show)

Actor

Good Fences (TV Show)

Actor

Hannah's Law (TV Show)

Actor

Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

Our Friend, Martin (TV Show)

Voice

Paul Bunyan (TV Show)

Actor

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Red Riding Hood/Goldilocks (TV Show)

Actor

The Exonerated (TV Show)

Actor

The Face of Rage (TV Show)

Actor

The Fisherman and His Wife (TV Show)

Actor

Thumbelina (TV Show)

Actor

What's Going On? (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (17)

Cemetery of Splendor 2015 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Concerning Violence 2014 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Final Act 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Toussaint 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The House I Live In 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 2011 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2011 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Salt of This Sea 2010 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Soundtrack From A Revolution 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Harimaya Bridge 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Trouble the Water 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Africa Unite 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bamako 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

To Sleep With Anger 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Deadly Voyage (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (3)

Toussaint 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Just a Dream (TV Show)

Director

Override (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Having developed his craft on the stage during the 1970s, actor Danny Glover emerged in the following decade as a commanding lead and supporting player capable of portraying a wide variety of roles. After playing a sweet-natured cotton farmer in "Places in the Heart" (1984) and a murderous cop in "Witness" (1985), Glover put himself on the map as the brutal, but ultimately redemptive Mister in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" (1985). But it was his world-weary portrayal of aging Detective Roger Murtaugh opposite a crazed Mel Gibson in the blockbuster action movie, "Lethal Weapon" (1987) that turned Glover into an international star. Setting the bar high for all action thrillers to follow, the film spawned three sequels that saw an ever-increasingly bored Glover going through the motions with each successive installment. Regardless, the actor turned in numerous fine performances on screens both large and small, most notably in "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT, 1997), which earned him an Emmy nomination, and Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble drama, "Grand Canyon" (1991). While Glover spent most of the 1990s producing and starring in critically acclaimed films that explored different historical issues black people have faced in the United States and in Africa, he remained a vital force in higher-profile movies like "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) and "Saw" (2004), a testament to the gifted actor's long and venerable career.

Relationships

Asake Bomani

Wife
Met at San Francisco State University Married 1975 Divorced 2000

Eliane Cavalleiro

Wife
Met 2003 at World Social Forum in Brazil Married 2009

James Glover

Father
Active in NAACP

Carrie Glover

Mother
Active in NAACP Died 1983

Mandisa Glover

Daughter
Born Jan. 5, 1976; mother, Asake Bomani; name meant "sweet" in Swahili

EDUCATION

Shelton Actors Lab

San Francisco , California
Trained with Jean Shelton

Black Actors Workshop at the American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco , California
Member in the mid-1970s

American University

Washington , Washington D.C.

San Francisco State University

San Francisco , California
Was active with the Black Students Union

George Washington High School

San Francisco , California

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Common in drama feature "LUV"

2012

Appeared on Fox mystery drama series "Touch"

2010

Co-starred in Chris Rock produced black comedy "Death at a Funeral," a remake of 2007 British film of the same name

2010

Voiced character of Winston in animated feature "Alpha and Omega"

2009

Played the U.S. President in Roland Emmerich's disaster film "2012"

2008

Co-starred with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo in Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness"

2007

Acted opposite Mark Wahlberg in political thriller "Shooter"

2006

Co-starred as James 'Thunder' Early's (Eddie Murphy) manager in Bill Condon's adaptation of 1981 Broadway musical "Dreamgirls"

2006

Produced "Bamako," a film about the African debt

2003

Reunited with "Color Purple" co-star Whoopi Goldberg in "Good Fences" (Showtime)

2002

Helmed Showtime original movie "Just a Dream"

2001

Starred opposite Anjelica Huston and Gene Hackman in Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums"

2001

Starred in and executive produced "3 AM" (Showtime), a crime drama produced by Spike Lee

2000

Starred in film adaptation of Fugard's play "Boesman & Lena," about two homeless people surviving the harsh terrain of the Cape Flats in South Africa; filmed 1999 and premiered at 2000 Cannes Film Festival

2000

Played a corrupt African president in Cheick Oumar Sissoko's film "Battu" (shown at the Toronto International Film Festival)

2000

Earned Emmy nomination for his performance in TNT original production "Freedom Song"

1999

Starred in world premiere of Philip Kan Gotanda's "Yohen" with L.A.'s East West Players

1998

Co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in film adaptation of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel "Beloved"

1998

Reprised signature role in "Lethal Weapon 4"

1998

Voiced character of Barbatus in animated feature "Antz"

1997

Co-starred in lackluster comedy "Gone Fishin'"; re-teamed with "Lethal Weapon 2" co-star Joe Pesci

1997

Starred in superior made-for-cable period drama "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT)

1996

Executive produced HBO movies "The Deadly Voyage" and "America's Dream"; acted in one segment of the latter

1995

Played detective Philip Marlowe in "Red Wind" episode of Showtime series "Fallen Angels"

1994

Helmed "Override" for Showtime series "Directed By"

1993

Narrated "Civil War Journal" (A&E)

1993

Played Alec Haley in CBS miniseries "Queen"

1992

Returned to play Murtagh in popular "Lethal Weapon 3"

1991

Appeared opposite Alfre Woodard in Lawrence Kasdan's "Grand Canyon"

1990

Feature debut as an executive producer, "To Sleep With Anger"

1989

Starred in PBS adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," directed by Bill Duke for "American Playhouse"

1989

Reteamed with Gibson and Donner for second outing "Lethal Weapon 2"

1989

Co-starred in made-for-TV blockbuster Western "Lonesome Dove" (CBS)

1987

First collaboration with co-star Mel Gibson and director Richard Donner, "Lethal Weapon"; played LAPD officer Roger Murtaugh opposite Gibson's Martin Riggs

1987

Reteamed with Woodard in HBO biopic "Mandela"

1986

First screen collaboration with co-star Alfre Woodard, PBS semi-documentary "Mandela"

1985

Played a cowboy in Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado"

1985

First feature lead in a theatrical release, Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple"

1984

Landed breakthrough role as Moze in Robert Benton's "Places in the Heart"

1984

First lead role in a feature, straight-to-video comedy "The Stand-In"

1983

TV-movie acting debut, "The Face of Rage" (ABC)

1983

Made miniseries debut in "Chiefs" (CBS)

1982

Made Broadway debut in Fugard's "Master Harold...and the Boys"

1980

Made off-Broadway debut in Athol Fugard's play "The Blood Knot"

1979

Film acting debut, "Escape From Alcatraz"

1970

Worked as reseacher for the mayor's office in San Francisco, CA

Was an evaluator for the San Francisco Model Cities program; quit to study at the Black Actors' Workshop

Worked for a planning agency in Berkeley, CA

Suffered from dyslexia as a child

Performed in "Macbeth" (Los Angeles Actors Theater) and in Sam Shepard's "Suicide in B Flat" (Magic Theatre)

Bonus Trivia

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While attending San Francisco State University, Glover was a member of the Black Students Union which, along with the Third World Liberation Front and the American Federation of Teachers, collaborated in a five-month student-led strike to establish a Department of Black Studies. The strike was the longest student walkout in U.S. history. It helped create not only the first Department of Black Studies but also the first School of Ethnic Studies in the country.

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Glover was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1990.

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In November 1999, Glover filed a racial-bias complaint with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, claiming he had been by-passed by several drivers while attempting to hail a cab in Harlem.

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In 2004, Glover was arrested outside the Sudan Embassy in Washington during a protest over Sudan's humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

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On April 6, 2009, Glover was given a chieftaincy title in Imo State, Nigeria. Glover was given the title Enyioma of Nkwerre, which meant "A Good Friend" in the language of the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria.

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On April 16, 2010, the actor was arrested in Maryland during a protest by SEIU workers for Sodexo's unfair and illegal treatment of workers. Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said Glover and others stepped past yellow police tape and were asked to step back three times at Sodexo headquarters. When they refused, the officers arrested them. Glover was issued a citation for trespassing and released.

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"He has a kind of laid-back comic dryness to him that really works." – Mel Gibson on Glover, to Premiere, February 1992

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"Danny believes that he's an important part of the fabric of what's possible for black filmmakers." – Bill Duke to Premiere, February 1992

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"Racial progress in Hollywood is mostly cosmetic. Hollywood has always been a conservative place, because it doesn't consider itself art. It's about making money and getting people to buy something." – Glover in Parade, Feb. 11, 1996

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"Art is supposed to challenge conventional thinking. I like to illuminate the human experience with my work – to create dialogue, to stop people from thinking that our experiences are limited to 125th and Lenox." – Glover to the Daily News, Nov. 2, 1997

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"I'm a child of the civil rights movement. My grandfather was born before the turn of the century, with memories of slavery in his mind, and my mother and father, they made me feel part of this continuum. They made me feel what was important. They brought me to this place where I am, right now." – Glover to The San Francisco Examiner, Oct. 18, 1998

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"I don't live an extravagant life. But you still face choices. With movies, you sometimes reach a point when it becomes difficult to say no. You don't want to make a film just because you think it will be a commercial success, but it's not always that simple. Maybe you have a daughter in college or a brother who needs an operation. It's easy to be noble about turning down a $10 million film if you have a whole lineup of $10 million films in front of you. But most of the time you don't." – Glover to the Daily News, June 13, 2000

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