David Alan Grier

June 30, 1956

David Alan Grier(born June 30, 1956),is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his work on the sketch comedy television showIn Living Color.

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 David Alan Grier's Early life

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Grier graduated from Detroit's magnet high school, Cass Tech , and received a B.A. from the University of Michigan , and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in 1981.

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 David Alan Grier's Career

Immediately after graduating from Yale, Grier landed the role of Jackie Robinson in the short-lived Broadway musicalThe First, directed by Martin Charnin and written by Joel Siegel .

Grier got his start on the National Public Radio radio drama adaptation ofStar Warsin 1980. He was the voice of a nameless X-wing fighter pilot during the Battle of Yavin .

Grier was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won the Theatre World Award forThe First. He later starred as James "Thunder" Early in the hit Broadway musicalDreamgirls. Grier made his film debut in 1983 inStreamers, directed by Robert Altman . He won the Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for the film. He also appeared in the Negro Ensemble Company productionA Soldier's Playand reprised his role in the film versionA Soldier's Story. Grier also appeared as a geology professor at the fictitious Hillman College in the showA Different Worldwhere he was a crush of several of the girls on the show including lead character Denise Huxtable played by actress Lisa Bonet .

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Amazon Women on the MoonandI'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Keenen Ivory Wayans , the director ofSucka, cast Grier in his new variety showIn Living Color. It became a ratings hit and won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series. Grier became a popular cast member through his characters, which ranged from hyperactive children to crotchety old men. Among his prominent characters were obnoxious, megaphone-blaring shop teacher Al MacAfee; the elderly Mr. Brooks, whose autumn years are a never-ending verbal battle with his wife; Calhoun Tubbs , a blues musician with very limited creativity; a member of Funky Finger Productions, a production company with more ambition than resources; and, most famously, flamboyant and effeminate Antoine Merriweather in the " Men on... " sketch series. He also played Rev. Leon Lonnie Love on the TV seriesMartin. After his success on the show, Grier began appearing in comedies such asBoomerang(as Eddie Murphy 's shy friend Gerard),Blankman(with Damon Wayans ),In the Army Now(as Fred Ostroff) along with Pauley Shore and Andy Dick in 1994, and as a policeman whose car is memorably crushed and eaten by a giant pod inJumanji. Grier also gave a strong dramatic performance as an abusive father in Rusty Cundieff 's horror anthology Tales from the Hood . Grier appeared with Tom Arnold in the 1997 comedyMcHale's Navyas Ensign Charles Parker. In 1999, he made a guest appearance as himself on theAw, Here it Goes to Hollywoodepisode of Nickelodeon 's sitcom,Kenan & Kel.

Acting careeredit

After the cancellation ofIn Living Color, Grier starred in the short-lived sitcomsThe Preston Episodes,Damon(withIn Living Colorco-star Damon Wayans ), andDAG.

Grier had a cameo in the Robert De Niro and Edward Burns movie15 Minutesas a Central Park mugger. In a departure from the childlike roles he often played onIn Living Color, he portrayed an abusive father in Rusty Cundieff 's anthology filmTales from the Hood. He began doing stand-up comedy and began hostingthe Comedy Central seriesPremium Blend. He was ranked no. 94 on Comedy Central 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.

Grier returned to Broadway to perform in the musicalA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In 2002, Grier joined the cast of the improv-based ABC sitcom and Bonnie Hunt vehicleLife with Bonniewhich ran only two seasons. During this time, he continued to appear in comedy films but also returned to drama in the filmsBaadasssss!andThe Woodsman. He starred in his own Comedy Central stand-up specialThe Book of David: The Cult Figure's Manifesto. He is also a frequent guest on the Comedy Central showCrank Yankers. Grier was the host of the NBC showThank God You're Here .He also appeared in the revival production ofThe Wizat the La Jolla Playhouse directed by Des McAnuff .

Grier starred inGym Teacher: The Movieplaying the villain, Shelly Bragg. He appeared as Uncle Henry in the ABC 2005 television movieThe Muppets' Wizard of Oz.

In October 2008, Grier hostedChocolate News, a Comedy Central spoof of a TV news magazine show. Comedy Central did not renew the show for a second season.

Grier appeared as Sugar Bear in the 2009 movieDance Flick. He also provided the voice for Kobe Bryant in the Nike puppet commercials.

Race, written and directed by David Mamet , opposite James Spader , Kerry Washington , and Richard Thomas , which opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on December 6, 2009. Grier received his second Tony Award nomination for his role.

In addition to his Tony Award nomination, Grier received a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album for his performance on the cast recording of the play.

Bones. He played Professor Bunsen Jude the Science Dude, the host of a children's TV program. This character was inspired by Bill Nye "the Science Guy".

In May 2013, Grier appeared inTyler Perry Presents Peeples, playing the role of Virgil Peeples, alongside Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson . Also in 2013, Grier appeared inThe Watsons Go To Birmingham, a Hallmark Channel adaptation of Christopher Paul Curtis ' 1995 Newbery Medal -winning novel,The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963.

Bad Teacher, playing the role of principal Carl Gaines.The series also features actors Sara Gilbert , Ryan Hansen , Kristin Davis , and Sara Rodier .

Lovelineedit

He was often referred to as the third host of the radio showLoveline, as he was a frequent guest and guest host (usually filling in for Adam Carolla). One of his most famous contributions was a bit where he began calling out various pharmaceutical drugs Dr. Drew was recommending to a caller as though they were the names of black children being yelled at by their parents. The episode aired on September 7, 2005, towards the end of the show.

In another notable episode - that of September 25, 2002 - Grier stopped by to lament his recent breakup with his girlfriend of four years. He had just found out she had been cheating on him with several famous actors; he coughed while saying the names to avoid legal difficulties. During the show Engineer Anderson slowed down the recording and played it back, and the listeners were able to discern the names Tom Sizemore , Colin Farrell , and Cuba Gooding Jr. .

was April 16, 2006.On his MySpace page, Grier posted:

On March 3, 2009, Grier was a guest onThe Adam Carolla Podcast. He explained that the reason he was not asked back onLovelinewas that the producers of the show did not want him back on despite Dr. Drew pressing for him to continue to be a guest. While Dr. Drew was not open with him about this at the beginning, Grier felt no resentment toward him and Dr. Drew has since apologized for what happened. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Drew explained what had happened on Loveline and expressed his intent to petition the producers for Grier to return. On August 10, 2009, after a gap of over three years, Grier was once again on Loveline, joining former host Adam Carolla and Dr. Bruce Heischober .

The Adam Carolla Showedit

Grier has made many guest appearances on theAdam Carolla Show, usually to plug his improv performances. One of his recurring bits is where he enacts a heavy-set black woman named Peanut who does a terrible job answering the phones forThe Adam Carolla Show. He also frequently antagonized the former co-host Alison Rosen. He did this by snoring loudly while Alison read the news and also by referring to her as "Teresa" or "Fake Teresa," the name of Alison's predecessor.

Dancing with the Starsedit

,partnered with Kym Johnson . By the fourth week of the competition, Grier announced that he had lost 26 pounds.He was eliminated in the fifth week.

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Grier co-starred with Jon Stewart inElmopalooza, as the director of Jon's production crew.

In 2008 Grier starred in the Comedy Central TV seriesChocolate Newswhich had satirical sketches about current events and news stories. It lasted for 1 season (10 episodes).

The book recounts Grier's own life story, and was written with Alan Eisenstock .

Grier appeared in an episode of Clean House along with his brother and his brother's family. Grier invited the show to help his brother due to his severe problems with clutter, and the family received a home makeover.

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 David Alan Grier's Personal life

On June 9, 2009, according to TMZ, Kim filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[citation needed]

On the August 10, 2009, episode of Loveline, Greer agreed to auction it to aid Bryan Bishop's Tumor Fund, but walked off set while Carolla and the audio engineer bickered on air.[citation needed]

where James Spader helped to critique the food Grier made.

He is also a black belt in taekwondo . Grier was able to showcase his skills in the 1994 filmBlankmanas his character, Kevin Walker, "The Other Guy," was shown to be particularly adept in martial arts.[citation needed]

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 David Alan Grier's In Living Color

Charactersedit

  • Al MacAfee
  • Antoine Merriweather ("Men on...")
  • Calhoun Tubbs
  • Cephus (Cephus & Reesie)
  • Clavelle (Funky Finger Productions)
  • David (Life with Bonnie)
  • Doug McPherson (Hemorrhoid Guy)
  • Hoke (Driving Miss Schott)
  • Jazz Mo' (Life with Bonnie)
  • Lamont Hightower
  • Leon (Snack 'n Shack)
  • Lil' Magic's Mom
  • Little Kid (Homey D. Clown)
  • Lonnie Anderson
  • Loomis Simmons
  • Mac
  • Mr. Brooks
  • Muhammed Ali
  • Phat Man (Chocolate News)
  • Sammy (Zodiac Comedy Shack)
  • Tiny (Prison Cable Network)
  • Don 'No Soul' Simmons (Amazon Women on the Moon)
  • Candleopra (Chocolate News)
  • Seemingly homeless man in the soul diner (blurts out such lines as "I pop my pimples cuz they tell me to" and "I have a boil with an eye on it.")
  • Silky (Forever Silky)

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 David Alan Grier's Other notable roles / characters

  • Da Samurai (Samurai Jack)
  • Memnon (Hercules: The Animated Series)
  • Jimmy (My Wife and Kids)
  • Kevin Walker / That Other Guy (Blankman)
  • Sugar Bear (Dance Flick)
  • Carl (Jumanji)
  • Rev. Leon Lonnie Love (Martin)
  • Don "No Soul" Simmons (Amazon Women on the Moon)
  • . The work was originally commissioned by Gallery 400at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was later shown at the 2008 Whitney Biennial .

Impressionsedit

  • Al Sharpton
  • Kobe Bryant in Nike MVPuppets Commercials
  • Clarence Thomas
  • Colin Powell
  • Dr. Dre
  • Gary Coleman
  • Ike Turner
  • Joe Jackson
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Marion Barry
  • Maya Angelou
  • Michael Winslow
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Ray Charles
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • Rodney King
  • Sinbad

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 David Alan Grier's Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983 Streamers Roger Venice Film Festival Award for Best Actor
1984 A Soldier's Story Corporal Cobb
1985 Beer Elliott Morrison
1986 From the Hip Steve Hadley
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Don 'No Soul' Simmons
1988 Off Limits Rogers
1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Newsman
1988 Me and Him Peter Conklin
1990 Loose Cannons Drummond
1990 Almost an Angel Det. Bill
1994 In the Army Now Fred Ostroff
1994 Blankman Kevin Walker
1995 Goldilocks and the Three Bears Spike
1992 Boomerang Gerard
1995 Tales from the Hood Carl
1995 Jumanji Carl Bentley
1999 Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby Mr. Butz
1999 Stuart Little Red Voice
1997 McHale's Navy Ensign Charles Parker
1997 Top of the World Detective Augustus
2000 3 Strikes Detective Jenkins
2000 Return to Me Charlie Johnson
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Measures
2001 15 Minutes Mugger in Central Park
2003 Baadasssss! Clyde Houston
2003 "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie" Himself/Announcer
2003 Tiptoes Jerry Robin, Jr.
2004 The Woodsman Bob
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Uncle Henry
2005 Bewitched Jim Fields
2008 Kissing Cousins The Griller
2008 The Hustle Rev. Isaac Montgomery Paid
2008 The Poker House Stymie
2008 An American Carol Rastus Malone
2009 Dance Flick Sugar Bear
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Moss the Troll
2013 Peeples Virgil Peeples
2015 Road Hard Michael

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985 The Equalizer Desk Sergeant Episode: "The Lock Box"
1986 All Is Forgiven Oliver Royce 9 episodes
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Deter Phibin Episode: "Kingpins"
1987 A Different World Prof. Bryan Walcott Episode: "Romancing Mr. Stone"
1988 Tour of Duty Harold Episode: "Soldiers"
1988 Duet Gordon Episode: "Oh My God, I Left the Baby on the Bus"
1988 Tanner '88 Secret Serviceman 2 episodes
1989 ALF FBI Agent #1 Episode: "Wanted: Dead or Alive"
1990 Equal Justice Stone Episode: "A Sucker's Bet"
1990–2001 In Living Color Various 143 episodes
1993–1997 Martin Reverend Leon Lonnie Love 4 episodes
1995 Saturday Night Live Antoine Meriweather Episode: "Damon Wayans/Dionne Farris"
1995 Dream On Marshall Episode: "Take Two Tablets, and Get Me to Mt. Sinai"
1995 The Preston Episodes David Preston 2 episodes
1995 Pinky and the Brain Marlon Episode: "TV or Not TV"
1995–2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Bongo 2 episodes
1998 Damon Bernard 13 episodes
Nominated –Image Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
1998 Cosby Gil Episode: "Chemistry"
1999 A Saintly Switch Dan Anderson Television movie
1999 The '60s Fred Hampton Movie
1999 Kenan & Kel Himself Episode: "Aw, Here It Goes To Hollywood : Part 2"
2000 Angels in the Infield Bob Bugler Movie
2000 The X-Files Cinema Audience Episode: "Hollywood A.D."
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Tubunch Episode: "Stress Test"
2000–2001 DAG Jerome Dagget 17 episodes
2002 King of Texas Rip Movie
2002 Sesame Street Aladdin Episode: "#33.45"
2002 Boston Public Laurence Williams Episode: "Chapter Forty-Two"
2002–2004 Life with Bonnie David Bellows 44 episodes
Nominated –Image Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television Series
2002–2005 Crank Yankers Various 15 episodes
2003–2005 My Wife and Kids Jimmy 3 episodes
2007 Thank God You're Here Host
2010 Bones Professor Bunsen Jude Episode: "The Body and the Bounty"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jeremy Swift Episode: "Branded"
2013 Happy Endings Terry Chuckles Episode: "In the Heat of the Noche"
2014 Bad Teacher Carl Gaines 13 episodes
2014–present Comedy Bang! Bang! Network President Recurring role

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 David Alan Grier's References

  1. Katsilometes, John (July 1, 2010). "Albino gorillas? Farrakhan: The Musical? With Grier, anything is possible". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  2. David Alan Grier Biography (1955?-)
  3. King, Larry (19 May 2014). "David Alan Grier" (Video interview). Larry King Now. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  4. "Aww, Here It Goes to Hollywood: Part 2" at the Internet Movie Database
  5. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/139245-2010-Tony-Nominations-Announced-Fela-and-La-Cage-Top-List
  6. http://www.broadway.com/buzz/awards/tony-awards/nominees/275/david-alan-grier/
  7. http://www.grammy.com/nominees?genre=19
  8. "Bones Exclusive: David Alan Grier to Woo Brennan?". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  9. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bad-teacher-cbs-david-alan-grier-421988,
  10. http://lovelinearchive.com/
  11. "Dancing’s Season Eight Cast Is Revealed! - PEOPLE TV Watch", 2009-02-09
  12. "Dancing with the Stars Contestant Loses 26 Pounds" Us Weekly, March 31, 2009
  13. "Albino gorillas? Farrakhan: The Musical? With Grier, anything is possible
  14. http://books.simonandschuster.com/Barack-Like-Me/David-Alan-Grier/9781439154922
  15. David Alan Grier brings funny to Chicago, TBS
  16. Comedian David Alan Grier Welcomes a Girl - Babies, David Alan Grier : People.com
  17. http://roadracingworld.com/news/article/?article=23484
  18. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/303/1447/Motorcycle-Article/2005-Seattle-100-Charity-Ride.aspx
  19. http://roadracingworld.com/news/article/?article=26542
  20. Gay, Nancy (July 23, 2007). "MOTOGP AT LAGUNA SECA NOTEBOOK / Sponsor re-energizes series at racetrack". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  21. Diamond, Jamie (August 13, 2006). "A NIGHT OUT WITH -- Adam Carolla; Is a Scallop an Animal?". The New York Times. 
  22. Adam Carolla Podcast, 2009-05-29
  23. http://www.uic.edu/aa/college/gallery400/01_exhibit-past.htm
  24. http://www.whitney.org/www/2008biennial/www/?section=artists&page=artist_arceneaux
  25. 5/12/08 The Adam Carolla Show

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