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      David Alan Grier

      David Alan Grier

      Highest Rated: 98% The Big Sick (2017)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jun 30, 1955

      Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

      Actor David Alan Grier turned from early dramatic roles to carve out a decades-long career in comedy. A Detroit native, he found acclaim early on the New York stage, earning a Tony nomination for playing baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the musical "The First." He moved onto film acting with a role in Robert Altman's Vietnam drama "Streamers" (1983). He later joined the cast of Norman Jewison's critically acclaimed "A Soldier's Story" (1984), playing a role that he had done on stage in Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize winning play. He began moving towards comedy with his next role opposite Rip Torn and Loretta Swit in "Beer" (1985). After appearing in the short-lived sitcom "All Is Forgiven" (NBC, 1986), Grier began a run of supporting roles in films like "From the Hip" (1987) and "Amazon Women on the Moon" (1987), and television shows such as "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-93), "ALF" (NBC,1986-90), and "Tour of Duty" (CBS, 1987-90). A small role in the action-spoof comedy "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988) brought him into the circle of actor/director/producer Keenan Ivory Wayans. Grier's relationship with Wayans and his siblings would prove to be extremely fruitful. He joined the cast of Wayans' influential sketch comedy show "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94) at the show's inception, and was one of the few performers to stay for the show's entire run. With his profile raised, he filmed a cameo for Altman's black comedy "The Player" (1992) before embarking on a successful run of supporting parts in films like "Boomerang" (1992), alongside Eddie Murphy, "Blankman" (1994), with Damon Wayans, and "In the Army Now" (1994), opposite Pauly Shore. He also played a recurring character on Martin Lawrence's hit sitcom, "Martin" (Fox, 1992-97). After "In Living Color" ended, he appeared on film in the Robin Williams' blockbuster "Jumanji" (1995), as well as the film adaption of the 1960s sitcom "McHale's Navy" (1997). On TV, he starred in the short-lived sitcoms "The Preston Episodes" (Fox, 1995) and "Damon" (Fox, 1998), again with Damon Wayans. He found more sustained success with "Life With Bonnie" (ABC, 2002-04) and a recurring role on "My Wife and Kids" (ABC, 2001-05). He enjoyed something of a resurgence in the 2010s, starting with a starring role opposite Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson in "Peeples" (2013). He landed the role of the Cowardly Lion in the television musical "The Wiz Live!" (NBC, 2015), and joined the cast of Jerrod Carmichael's edgy sitcom "The Carmichael Show" (NBC, 2015-17), playing the main character's opinionated father. Similar to "The Wiz," Grier played Santa Claus in the TV musical "A Christmas Story Live!" (Fox, 2017). He subsequently joined the cast of "The Cool Kids" (Fox, 2018-) playing a retiree opposite fellow veteran performers Vicki Lawrence and Martin Mull.

      Highest rated movies

      The Big Sick They Cloned Tyrone
      The Wiz Live!
      Baadasssss!
      A Soldier's Story
      The Woodsman
      The Color Purple
      Sprinter

      Photos

      David Alan Grier David Alan Grier at arrivals for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Premiere, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA May 18, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection David Alan Grier at arrivals for FOX Winter TCA 2019 All-star Party, The Fig House, Los Angeles, CA February 6, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection David Alan Grier at arrivals for 2017 NBC Universal Summer Press Day, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA March 20, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier at arrivals for NBC Network Upfronts 2015 - Part 2, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY May 11, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier at arrivals for NBC Network Upfronts 2015 - Part 2, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY May 11, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection MCHALE'S NAVY, David Alan Grier, 1997, (c)Universal A SOLDIER'S STORY, David Alan Grier (center), 1984, (c)Columbia Pictures MCHALE'S NAVY, David Alan Grier, Dean Stockwell, Debra Messing, 1997, (c)Universal BLANKMAN, David Alan Grier, 1994, (c)Columbia Pictures Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, David Alan Grier, 'Branded', Season 12, Ep. #6, 10/20/2010, ©NBC Funniest Wins, David Alan Grier, 'Get Animated', Season 1, Ep. #7, 08/08/2014, ©TBS TALES FROM THE HOOD, David Alan Grier, 1995, (c)Savoy Pictures BLANKMAN, David Alan Grier, Damon Wayans, 1994. BOOMERANG, from left: Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy, David Alan Grier, 1992, © Paramount BLANKMAN, David Alan Grier, Jason Alexander, 1994, (c)Columbia Pictures MCHALE'S NAVY, Henry Cho, French Stewart (top), Debra Messing, Tom Arnold, David Alan Grier, 1997, (c)Universal BLANKMAN, Christopher Lawford, Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, 1994, (c) Columbia IN THE ARMY NOW, from left: David Alan Grier, Esai Morales, Pauly Shore, Lori Petty, 1994, © Buena Vista The Carmichael Show, from left: Lil Rel Howery, David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber Stevens-West, 'Guns', Season 1, Ep. #5, 09/09/2015, ©NBC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      35% No Score Yet The American Society of Magical Negroes Roger (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet 60% 2023: Back That Year Up Self - 2023
      82% 95% The Color Purple Rev. Avery (Character) $60.6M 2023
      46% 45% Candy Cane Lane Unknown (Character) - 2023
      95% 100% They Cloned Tyrone The Preacher (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 41% Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration Cogsworth (Character) - 2022
      58% 94% Clifford the Big Red Dog Packard (Character) $48.9M 2021
      21% 29% Coffee & Kareem Captain Hill (Character) - 2020
      73% 92% Sprinter Coach Miller (Character) - 2018
      43% 45% Arizona Coburn (Character) - 2018
      98% 88% The Big Sick Andy Dodd (Character) $42.9M 2017
      91% 72% The Wiz Live! Unknown (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 97% An En Vogue Christmas Marty (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An En Vogue Chrstmas Marty (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 76% The Watsons Go to Birmingham Mr. Robert (Character) - 2013
      39% 49% Peeples Virgil Peeples (Character) $9.1M 2013
      No Score Yet 45% Something Like a Business 3D (Character) - 2010
      18% 30% Dance Flick Sugar Bear (Character) $25.6M 2009
      No Score Yet 89% The Hustle Rev. Isaac Montgomery Paid (Character) - 2008
      63% 65% The Poker House Stymie (Character),
      Screenwriter
      - 2008
      No Score Yet 41% Kissing Cousins The Griller (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 55% Gym Teacher: The Movie Shelly Bragg (Character) - 2008
      12% 48% An American Carol Rastus Malone (Character) $7.0M 2008
      30% 36% The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Uncle Henry (Character) - 2005
      24% 28% Bewitched Jim Fields (Character) $62.3M 2005
      88% 77% The Woodsman Bob (Character) $1.6M 2004
      20% 23% Tiptoes Jerry Robin Jr. (Character) - 2003
      91% 84% Baadasssss! Clyde Houston (Character) $365.2K 2003
      50% 42% King of Texas Unknown (Character) - 2002
      32% 37% 15 Minutes Mugger (Character) $24.4M 2001
      No Score Yet 41% Angels in the Infield Bob Bugler (Character) - 2000
      43% 21% The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Measures (Character) $26.0M 2000
      62% 79% Return to Me Charlie Johnson (Character) $32.7M 2000
      0% 67% 3 Strikes Detective Jenkins (Character) $9.8M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East of A Brother James (Character) - 2000
      36% 63% Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby Mr. Butz (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 60% A Saintly Switch Dan Anderson (Character) - 1999
      67% 41% Stuart Little Red (Voice) $140.0M 1999
      No Score Yet 14% Top of the World Detective Augustus (Character) - 1998
      3% 38% McHale's Navy Ens. Charles T. Parker (Character) $4.4M 1997
      58% 68% Tales From the Hood Carl (Character) $10.7M 1995
      51% 63% Jumanji Carl Bentley, Shoe Factory Cobbler 1969/Police Officer 1995 (Character) $100.3M 1995
      12% 41% Blankman Kevin Walker (Character) $7.4M 1994
      6% 44% In the Army Now Fred Ostroff (Character) $28.9M 1994
      48% 59% Boomerang Gerard (Character) $66.7M 1992
      33% 49% Almost an Angel Det. Bill (Character) $6.5M 1990
      45% 32% Off Limits Rogers (Character) $6.9M 1988
      65% 58% Amazon Women on the Moon Don 'No Soul' Simmons (Character) $388.2K 1987
      30% 60% From the Hip Steve Hadley (Character) $7.0M 1987
      No Score Yet 45% Beer Elliott Morrison (Character) - 1985
      91% 82% A Soldier's Story Corporal Cobb (Character) - 1984
      55% 44% Streamers Roger (Character) - 1983

      TV

      Credit
      100% 78% Joe Pickett Vern Dunnegan (Character) 2021 2023
      89% 67% The Patient Charlie (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2014-2016 2018 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest,
      Host
      2003 2008-2009 2012 2017-2019 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018 2020-2021
      25% 47% Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! Pops Dixon (Character) 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crank Yankers Landanlius 'The Truth' Truefeld (Guest Voice) 2002-2005 2019-2020
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2018 2020
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 26% Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2014 2019
      No Score Yet 75% The Resident Lamar Broome (Guest Star) 2019
      65% 79% The Cool Kids Hank (Character) 2018-2019
      98% 92% Catastrophe Tim Cabot (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 51% Busy Tonight Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2009 2011-2013 2015 2018
      96% 87% A Series of Unfortunate Events Hal (Guest Star) 2018
      87% 92% The Carmichael Show Joe Carmichael (Character) 2015-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 90% The Eric Andre Show Music Performer 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2012 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Game Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cutthroat Kitchen Judge 2015
      58% 60% The McCarthys Dr. Hugh Morris (Guest Star) 2015
      100% 29% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 92% Comedy Bang! Bang! Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Funniest Wins Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      56% 35% Bad Teacher Principal Carl Gaines (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sing Your Face Off Judge 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soul Man Jesse (Guest Star) 2014
      76% 84% Happy Endings Terry Chuckles (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
      Guest
      2009 2011-2012
      90% 83% Bones Professor Bunsen Jude (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2008-2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bollywood Hero Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Contestant 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Head Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      25% No Score Yet Thank God You're Here Host 2007
      No Score Yet 73% My Wife and Kids Unknown (Guest Star) 2003 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet MADtv Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      71% No Score Yet Life With Bonnie David Bellows (Character) 2002-2004
      93% 95% Samurai Jack Da Samurai (Voice) 2003
      No Score Yet 40% The Proud Family Reuben (Guest Voice) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boston Public Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      23% No Score Yet DAG Jerome Daggett (Character) 2000-2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 1999-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1995 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Damon Bernard (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet 92% Martin Unknown (Guest Star) 1995 1997
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1995 1997
      67% No Score Yet The Preston Episodes David Preston (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Living Color Unknown (Character) 1990-1994
      No Score Yet 83% ALF FBI 1 (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Boom Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tour of Duty Harold (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All Is Forgiven Oliver Royce (Character) 1986