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David Alan Grier

Although David Alan Grier has been known for his ability to create comedy and humor, the graduate of the Yale School of Drama has successfully made the diverse jump from theatre to television to film and still alternates between all three.

Trained in Shakespeare at Yale, Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in The First, for which he earned a Tony nomination in 1981. He then starred opposite Denzel Washington in A Soldier's Play, and both actors continued their roles in the film version, A SOLDIER'S STORY. Grier starred on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He has also performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival in productions of Richard III and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Central Park.

Grier's television credits are abundant, from recent comedy specials such as The Book of David to starring in DAG. He is currently co-starring with Bonnie Hunt in Life With Bonnie on ABC, but most audiences will recognize him as one of the principle cast members of

the acclaimed television series In Living Color - where he helped to create some of that show's most memorable characters. Keeping his close comedic relationship with the Wayans' brothers, he co-starred with Damon Wayans in Damon.

In addition, Grier has gained recognition for his numerous feature film roles, including 15 MINUTES, BOOMERANG, JUMANJI, RETURN TO ME and STREAMERS, for which he won a Golden Lion Award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.

He will next be seen in TIPTOES with Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman and Kate Beckinsale, and THE WOODSMAN with Kevin Bacon, Benjamin Bratt, Mos Def and Eve.

Grier was born in Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in Los Angeles. When not in production on a series or film, he continues to travel the country on his comedy tour.

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David Alan Grier Facts

BirthdayJune 30, 1955 (68)
BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA
Height6' 1½" (1m87)  How tall is David Alan Grier compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Black NRA
Tales from the Hood
In The Army Now
Road Hard
The Poker House
Return to Me
The Muppets' Wizard Of Oz
Animal Friends 8-Movie Collection
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