Daniel Lebern Glover, or more commonly known as Danny Glover, is an American actor who has starred in over 70 Hollywood films. Born in San Francisco, California on July 22, 1946, the 68 year old actor officially started a career in acting in 1979. Glover also occasionally enjoys the role of director, having directed several high-profile films in the past few decades. Glover attended the renowned George Washington High School in San Francisco, and later went to the prestigious San Francisco State University, but never got around to complete a formal degree. In addition, he has also trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater, one of the most famous non-profit theater company providing acting classes and various degrees in Arts.
Given Glover’s medical struggles with epilepsy and dyslexia, it is surprising as well as impressive to see him rise up to such unparalleled significance and recognition. What becomes even more baffling is the fact that Glover himself never saw it coming, seeing how he began his professional working career in Community Development where acting seemed like a far-fetched fantasy. With an outstanding 35-year long career in the balance, the actor describes the profession of acting to be one which involves sharing the truest of feelings and emotions. He first began casting in Sci-Fi and Drama films such as Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Iceman (1984) and Places in the Heart (1984), only partially being recognized as a major contributor in the film business. However, Glover got some considerable recognition after he played the role of a corrupt cop named Det. Lt. James McFee in the 1985 classic Witness. With an exceptional performance, the film went on to be nominated for eight Academy Awards and winning awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. In the same year, he starred in Steven Spielberg’s epic production, The Color Purple, which tells the story of how African-Americans faced problems of racism, poverty and sexism in the early 1900s.
Danny Glover also showcased an exceptional talent for acting in the 1990 Sci-Fi Action Thriller and sequel to the already acclaimed series of Predator. Predator 2 marked a turning point in Glover’s acting career, as it demonstrated his tremendous capability to be flexible with roles. He continued to be on an impressive acting spree, with a lead role in the Charles Burnett classic, To Sleep with Anger (1990), subsequently winning the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead. In 1994, Glover made his directorial debut with a short film called Override. He was equally active in the acting arena, further experimenting with an appearance in one of the episodes for the hit TV serial Fallen Angels. What he has most notably been acknowledged for is his role of Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon series, beginning work on the first film in 1989 and working under the same name all the way till the release of Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998. In 2002, he directed a film called Just a Dream, subsequently being nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Children/Youth/Family Special. Glover also starred as Colonel Isaac Johnson in the 2007 Action film Shooter, acting besides Mark Walberg.
Due to his impeccable personality not just inside the acting world but even outside it, Danny Glover has been awarded several Lifetime Achievement Awards and other Humanitarian Awards for contributions to areas of race, equality, women and related themes.