Actor, producer and humanitarian DANNY GLOVER (Benny) has
been a commanding
presence on screen, stage and television for more than 30 years. As an actor,
his film credits
range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent
features, some of
which Glover also produced. In recent years he has starred in an array of motion
including the critically-acclaimed Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and in the
for director Roland Emmerich. In addition to his film work, Glover is highly
sought after as a
public speaker, delivering inspirational addresses and moving performances in
venues as college campuses, union rallies and business conventions.
Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and
efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice and access
to health care
and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts Glover
2006 DGA Honor and was honored with a 2011 "Pioneer Award" from the National
Museum. Internationally Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the
Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and
development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Glover was presented in
2011 with the
prestigious Medaille des Arts et des Letters from the French Ministry of Culture
honored with a Tribute at the Deauville International Film Festival. In 2014
Glover received an
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco.
serves as UNICEF Ambassador.
In 2005, Glover co-founded NY-based Louverture Films with writer/producer
Barnes and more recent partners Susan Rockefeller and the Bertha Foundation. The
dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance,
commercial value and artistic integrity. Among the films Glover has executive-
at Louverture are the Cesar-nominated Bamako, Sundance Grand Jury Prize and
Emmy nominated Trouble The Water ; the award-winning The Black Power Mixtape
and Concerning Violence; Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The House I Live In;
Palme d'Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, the 2017 Sundance
Jury Award winner Strong Island, and the highly anticipated ZAMA by Lucrecia
A native of San Francisco, Glover trained at the Black Actors' Workshop of
American Conservatory Theatre. It was his Broadway debut in Fugard's Master
Boys that brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to
cast him in his
first leading role in 1984's Academy Award-nominated Best Picture, Places in the
following year Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominated films: Peter
and Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple. In 1987 Glover partnered with Mel
Gibson in the first
Lethal Weapon film and went on the star in three hugely successful Lethal Weapon
Glover starred in The Royal Tenenbaums and To Sleep With Anger which he
and for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor.
On the small screen, Glover won an Image Award, a Cable ACE Award and earned
Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of the HBO Movie Mandela.
He has also
received Emmy nominations for his work in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome
telefilm Freedom Song, and as a director he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for
Just a Dream. Glover also appeared in the HBO Original Movie Muhammad Ali's
Most recently Glover starred in Mr. Pig which had its debut at the 2016
Festival and which now appears on Netflix. Co-starring Maya Rudolph, Mr. Pig was
entirely on location in Mexico and is a tour de force for Glover.
Glover recently starred in Almost Christmas for Universal Studios. He was
also seen was
seen in Rage co-starring Nicolas Cage, Beyond the Lights and the independent
Unknown. He will soon be completing roles in Come Sunday opposite Chiwetel
Man & The Gun with Robert Redford and Proud Mary opposite Taraji P. Henson.
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