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.