David Alan Grier

BirthDay:

30 Jun 1955

BirthPlace:

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Bio:

David Alan Grier was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Aretas Ruth (Dudley), a schoolteacher, and William Henry Grier, a psychiatrist and writer. He trained in Shakespeare at Yale University, where he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in "The First", for which he earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won the Theatre World Award (1981). He then joined the Broadway cast of "Dreamgirls", before going on to star opposite Denzel Washington in "A Soldier's Play", for which both actors reprised their roles in the film adaptation titled A Soldier's Story (1984). He appeared in Robert Altman's Streamers (1983) as "Roger", a role for which he won the Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival (1983).

His television work is highlighted by a turn as a principal cast member on the Emmy Award-winning In Living Color (1990) (1990-1994), where he helped to create some of the show's most memorable characters, "DAG" (2000-2001) and "Life with Bonnie" (2002-2004), for which he earned Image and Golden Satellite nominations. David also created, wrote and executive-produced a show for Comedy Central called Chocolate News (2008). Grier also won America's votes as a smooth, debonair, and outrageously irreverent contestant on ABC's smash hit, Dancing with the Stars (2005), in 2009. But Grier didn't hang up his dance shoes just then - he later appeared in the Wayans Brothers' spoof movie, Dance Flick (2009), which hit theaters in May 2009.

In Grier's first book, "Barack Like Me: The Chocolate Covered Truth" (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster; October 6, 2009), the acclaimed comedian expounds on politics, culture and race while recounting his own life story in this edgy, timely, timeless, and hilarious memoir and look at all things Barack Obama.

Grier returned to his theatrical roots 2009/2010; he starred in David Mamet's acclaimed play, "Race", opposite James Spader and Kerry Washington, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award nomination.

He has been named one of Comedy Central's "100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time".
Filmography

Actor ( 171 credits )

Road Hard (2015)
The Carmichael Show (2015)  Joe Carmichael (19 episodes, 2015-2016)
The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore (2015)  Himself - Panelist (1 episode, 2015)
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (2015)  Himself - Presenter, Best Time Ever Awards (1 episode,
Guilty Pleasures (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Delivery (2014) Himself - Comedian
Bad Teacher (2014)  Principal Carl Gaines (13 episodes, 2014)
Sing Your Face Off (2014)  Himself - Guest Judge (1 episode, 2014)
Funniest Wins (2014)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Celebrity Name Game (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Ben Carson (1 episode, 2015)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
The McCarthys (2014)  Dr. Hugh Morris (1 episode, 2015)
Friends of the People (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Peeples (2013) Virgil Peeples
Hollywood Game Night (2013)  Himself - Panelist (1 episode, 2014)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Cutthroat Kitchen (2013)  Himself - Judge (1 episode, 2015)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012)  Network Executive (1 episode, 2014)
The Soul Man (2012)  Jesse (1 episode, 2014)
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (2012)  Rudd Rhymez (1 episode, 2013)
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Gotham Comedy Live (2012)  Himself - Comedian / ... (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Good Afternoon America (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Steve Harvey (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011) Moss the Troll (voice)
Happy Endings (2011)  Terry Chuckles (1 episode, 2013)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
The Chew (2011)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Chris Gethard Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Thugs, the Musical! (2011) Peppermint
Something Like a Business (2010) 3D
The Talk (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Access Hollywood Live (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Astro Boy (2009) Mr. Squirt / Math Cowboy / Boxer Robot (voice)
Dance Flick (2009) Sugar Bear
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2009-2012)
Watch What Happens: Live (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Bollywood Hero (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Black to the Future (2009)  Himself - Host (4 episodes, 2009)
An American Carol (2008) Rastus Malone
The Hustle (2008) Rev. Isaac Montgomery Paid
Kissing Cousins (2008) The Griller
The Poker House (2008) Stymie
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2009-2013)
The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Chocolate News (2008)  Himself - Host / ... (12 episodes, 2008)
Heckler (2007) Himself
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Head Case (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Reel Junkie (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Thank God You're Here (2007)  Himself - Host (7 episodes, 2007)
Littleman (2006) Jimmy
Tom Green's House Tonight (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Comics Unleashed (2006)  Himself - Comedian (2 episodes, 2007)
Hooked (2006) Himself
Bewitched (2005) Jim Fields
Bones (2005)  Professor Bunsen Jude (1 episode, 2010)
Dancing with the Stars (2005)  Himself (14 episodes, 2009)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Unscripted (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Too Late with Adam Carolla (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Woodsman (2004) Bob
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Baadasssss! (2003) Clyde Houston
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (2003) Limo Driver
Tiptoes (2003) Jerry Robin Jr.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself / ... (24 episodes, 2003-2009)
Chappelle's Show (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Clean House (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza (2003)  Himself - Comedian (1 episode, 2003)
Art City 3: A Ruling Passion (2002)
Crank Yankers (2002)  Landanlius 'The Truth' Truefeld / ... (12 episodes, 20
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2007)
Life with Bonnie (2002)  David Bellows / ... (44 episodes, 2002-2004)
Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (2002)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Cedric the Entertainer Presents (2002) (1 episode, 2003)
15 Minutes (2001) Mugger in Central Park
I Shaved My Legs for This (2001) Strip Club Owner
My Wife and Kids (2001)  Jimmy (3 episodes, 2003-2005)
The Proud Family (2001)  Reuben (1 episode, 2002)
Samurai Jack (2001)  Da Samurai / ... (1 episode, 2003)
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Isaac Mizrahi Show (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Damned If You Do (2000) The Devil
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) Measures
Return to Me (2000) Charlie Johnson
East of A (2000) Brother James
3 Strikes (2000) Detective Jenkins
Boston Public (2000)  Laurence Williams (1 episode, 2002)
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000)  Tubunch (1 episode, 2000)
DAG (2000)  Jerome Daggett (17 episodes, 2000-2001)
Pajama Party (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Stuart Little (1999) Red (Alley Cat) (voice)
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999) Mr. Butz
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself / ... (8 episodes, 2000-2004)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999)  Himself - Contestant (1 episode, 2001)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Jeremy Swift (1 episode, 2010)
Random Acts of Comedy (1999)  Host
Hercules (1998) (1 episode, 1998)
Hollywood Squares (1998)  Himself (5 episodes, 1999)
Damon (1998)  Bernard (13 episodes, 1998)
Top of the World (1997) Detective Augustus
McHale's Navy (1997) Ensign Charles Parker
The View (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2008)
Premium Blend (1997)  Himself - Host (7 episodes, 2001-2002)
The Chris Rock Show (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
Kenan & Kel (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Cosby (1996)  Gil (1 episode, 1998)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (8 episodes, 1997-2002)
The Rodman World Tour (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
E! News Live (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 1997-2000)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1995) Spike
Jumanji (1995) Carl Bentley
Tales from the Hood (1995) Carl
MADtv (1995)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2002-2004)
Pinky and the Brain (1995)  Marlon (1 episode, 1995)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)  Bongo / ... (3 episodes, 1995-2000)
The Preston Episodes (1995)  David Preston (2 episodes, 1995)
Blankman (1994) Kevin Walker
In the Army Now (1994) Fred Ostroff
Howard Stern (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The X-Files (1993)  Cinema Audience (uncredited) (1 episode, 2000)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1997-2004)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (8 episodes, 1994-2005)
Boomerang (1992) Gerard
The Player (1992) Himself
Martin (1992)  Rev. Leon Lonnie Love / ... (4 episodes, 1993-1997)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Rock 'n' Roll Cities (1992)  Himself
Almost an Angel (1990) Det. Bill
Loose Cannons (1990) Drummond
In Living Color (1990)  Various / ... (140 episodes, 1990-2001)
Dream On (1990)  Marshall (1 episode, 1995)
Equal Justice (1990)  Stone (1 episode, 1990)
The Word (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Me and Him (1988) Peter Conklin
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) Newsman
Off Limits (1988) Rogers
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Tanner '88 (1988)  Secret Serviceman (2 episodes, 1988)
Baby Boom (1988) (1 episode, 1988)
The Dictator (1988) (1 episode)
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Don 'No Soul' Simmons (segment "Blacks Without Soul,' '
From the Hip (1987) Steve Hadley
A Different World (1987)  Prof. Byron Walcott (1 episode, 1987)
Tour of Duty (1987)  Harold (1 episode, 1988)
Duet (1987)  Gordon (1 episode, 1988)
CBS Summer Playhouse (1987)  Deter Phibin (1 episode, 1987)
ALF (1986)  FBI #1 (1 episode, 1989)
All Is Forgiven (1986)  Oliver Royce (9 episodes, 1986)
Beer (1985) Elliott Morrison
The Equalizer (1985)  Desk Sergeant (1 episode, 1985)
A Soldier's Story (1984) Corporal Cobb
Streamers (1983) Roger
Ebony/Jet Showcase (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
The South Bank Show (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Working in the Theatre (1976)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2012)
AM Northwest (1976)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1995-1997)
Sesame Street (1969)  Aladdin (1 episode, 2002)
Today (1952)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Rocking Horsemen (0)

Producer ( 4 credits )

The Poker House (2008) co-producer
Chocolate News (2008) executive producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Thank God You're Here (2007) producer (6 episodes, 2007)
The Preston Episodes (1995) executive producer (2 episodes, 1995)

Writer ( 5 credits )

The Poker House (2008) (writer)
Chocolate News (2008) (creator) (12 episodes, 2008)
Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza (2003) (1 episode, 2003)
Premium Blend (1997) (7 episodes, 2001-2002)
In Living Color (1990) (3 episodes, 1992-1993)