David Alan Grier

Actor, Comedian
David Alan Grier created some of the most iconic sketch comedy characters of the early 1990s - from the flamboyant film critic Antoine Merriweather to obnoxious shop teacher Al MacAfee - and helped push the envelope of ... Read more »
Born: 06/30/1955 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (127)

The Carmichael Show 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wiz Live! 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Road Hard 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bad Teacher 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Delivery 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Kissing Cousins 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rocking Horsemen 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Soul Man 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Peeples 2013 (Movie)

Virgil Peeples (Actor)

Top of the World 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 - 2005, 2012 (Tv Show)

Host

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil 2011 (Movie)

Moss the Troll (Voice)

A Different World 1987 - 1994, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bones 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cedric The Entertainer Presents 1987 - 1994, 1996 - 1999, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1987 - 1994, 1996 - 1999, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crank Yankers 1989 - 1994, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

In Living Color 1987 - 1999, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza 1989 - 1994, 2002 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martin 1987 - 1999, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Kilborn File 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Astro Boy 2009 (Movie)

Math Cowboy/Boxer Robot (Voice)

Black to the Future 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Dance Flick 2009 (Movie)

Sugar Bear (Actor)

Dancing With the Stars 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gym Teacher 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Something Like A Business 2009 (Movie)

3D (Actor)

The Poker House 2009 (Movie)

Stymie (Actor)

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

Rastus Malone (Actor)

Head Case 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paul Mooney: Know Your History 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Eddie Murphy: The Making of Delirious 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Thank God You're Here 2007 (Tv Show)

Host

Little Man 2006 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Premium Blend 1997 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chelsea Handler Show 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hustle 2006 (Movie)

Rev. Isaac Montgomery (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

Jim Fields (Actor)

Crank Yankers Christmas Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

My Wife and Kids 2003, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

Clyde Houston (Actor)

The Woodsman 2004 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Life With Bonnie 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Family Television Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Public 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

15 Minutes 2001 (Movie)

Mugger (Actor)

Dag 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Later 1993 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Laugh Track: 20 Years of Comedy on MTV 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Icon: Janet Jackson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

My VH1 Music Awards Pre-Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Host

3 Strikes 2000 (Movie)

Jenkins (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Random Acts of Comedy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Me 2000 (Movie)

Charlie Johnson (Actor)

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 (Movie)

Meaures (Actor)

Freeway 2 1999 (Movie)

Mr Butz (Actor)

NFL All-Star Comedy Blitz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Pulp Comics: David Alan Grier 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

of Red (Voice)

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 60s 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

Damon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

East of A 1998 (Movie)

Brother James (Actor)

Elmopalooza 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

When New Year's Eve Attacks! 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme Comedy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mchale's Navy 1997 (Movie)

Ensign Charles T Parker (Actor)

The 11th Annual American Comedy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Rodman World Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox Fall Preview Party 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Preston Episodes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumanji 1995 (Movie)

Bentley (Actor)

Tales From the Hood 1995 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

Blankman 1994 (Movie)

Kevin Walker (Actor)

In the Army Now 1994 (Movie)

Fred Ostroff (Actor)

TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

Gerard (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Pure Insanity II 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Loose Cannons 1990 (Movie)

Drummond (Actor)

Pure Insanity! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Boom 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Me and Him 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 (Movie)

Newsman (Actor)

Kingpins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Off Limits 1988 (Movie)

Rogers (Actor)

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Don Simmons (Actor)

From the Hip 1987 (Movie)

Steve Hadley (Actor)

All Is Forgiven 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Beer 1985 (Movie)

Elliot Morrison (Actor)

A Soldier's Story 1984 (Movie)

Corporal Cobb (Actor)

Streamers 1983 (Movie)

Roger Hicks (Actor)

A Saintly Switch (TV Show)

Actor

Angels in the Infield (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

En Vogue Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

King Of Texas (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (TV Show)

Actor

Top of the World (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Chocolate News 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Poker House 2009 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (1)

The Poker House 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Peeples 2013 (Movie)

("Wade In The Water (Traditional)") (Song Performer)

Biography

David Alan Grier created some of the most iconic sketch comedy characters of the early 1990s - from the flamboyant film critic Antoine Merriweather to obnoxious shop teacher Al MacAfee - and helped push the envelope of TV programming with the comedy variety show "In Living Color" (FOX, 1990-94). To many, Grier was a workingman's comic, giving his zany characters and impeccable celebrity impressions a realistic twist. He was also a radio personality, a stage and film actor, and political commentator on the satirical news program "Chocolate News" (Comedy Central, 2008- ). By 2009, Grier went from stand-up comedy to ballroom dance, joining the eighth season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2004- ), where he retained his comic genius on the dance floor without losing a step.

Relationships

Maritsa Grier

Wife
Previously married divorced in 1987

William Grier

Father
Co-author of book, Black Rage

Luisa Grier-Kim

Daughter
Born January 10, 2008 mother, Christine Kim

Christine Y Kim Actor

Wife
Married July 2007 filed for divorce in July 2009

Aretas Ruth

Mother

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1981
Attended the Yale School of Drama

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan
Graduated

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Audra McDonald in the Broadway revival of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"

2010

Guest starred on "Bones" (Fox) as the host of a kids' TV show who wants Brennan (Emily Deschanel) to appear on his program

2009

Joined the eighth season of the ABC competition series "Dancing with the Stars"

2009

Returned to Broadway to co-star in David Mamet’s "Race"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Play

2009

Starred in the TBS comedy special "David Alan Grier: Comedy You Can Believe In"

2008

Hosted the short-lived Comedy Central show "Chocolate News"

2008

Feature writing debut, co-writing with Lori Petty in "The Poker House"

2006

Cast in the revival production of "The Wiz" at the La Jolla Playhouse

2005

Starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the big screen adaptation of "Bewitched"

2004

Cast opposite Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick in "The Woodsman"

2003

Starred in Mario Van Peebles's half documentary/half homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles "Baadasssss!"

2003

Headlined his own Comedy Central stand-up special "The Book of David: The Cult Figure's Manifesto"

2002

Co-starred on the improv-based ABC sitcom "Life With Bonnie"

2002

Appeared frequently on the Comedy Central show "Crank Yankers"

2001

Hosted Comedy Central's "Premium Blend"

2000

Co-starred with Delta Burke on the NBC series "DAG"

1998

Joined "In Living Color" co-star Damon Wayans for the short-lived sitcom "Damon" (Fox)

1997

Returned to Broadway in the musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

1995

Returned to TV as star of the short-lived "The Preston Episodes" (Fox)

1994

Co-starred with Damon Wayans in Mike Binder's "Blankman"

1992

Cast as Eddie Murphy's shy friend Gerard in the comedy "Boomerang"

1990

Re-teamed with Keenan Ivory Wayans, when he joined cast of the sketch comedy series "In Living Color" (Fox)

1988

Cast in minor role in Keenan Ivory Wayans' "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"

1987

Appeared in the cult film "Amazon Women on the Moon"

1986

Debuted as a series regular on the short-lived "All is Forgiven" (NBC)

1985

Made TV debut with a guest spot on "Hometown" (CBS)

1984

Reprised his stage role for the film "A Soldier's Story"

1983

Made feature film debut in Robert Altman's "Streamers"

1981

Appeared opposite Denzel Washington in the off-Broadway production of "A Soldier's Play"

1981

Landed first stage role, portraying Jackie Robinson in the Broadway musical "The First"; earned a Tony nomination

1981

Starred as James 'Thunder' Early in the hit Broadway musical "Dreamgirls"

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