American actor and comedian David Alan Grier was born on this day, June 30, 1956 in Flint, Michigan.
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
Beginning his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in “The First”, Grier 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).
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 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.
David Alan Grier is 51 years old today.