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
A Soldier's Story
The Wiz Live!
Baadasssss!
The Woodsman
Sprinter
Amazon Women on the Moon
The Poker House

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Color Purple Rev. Avery (Character) - 2023
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% 44% Arizona Coburn (Character) - 2018
98% 88% The Big Sick Andy Dodd (Character) $42.9M 2017
91% 74% The Wiz Live! Unknown (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet An En Vogue Christmas Marty (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 76% The Watsons Go to Birmingham Mr. Robert (Character) - 2013
38% 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
No Score Yet 41% Kissing Cousins The Griller (Character) - 2008
63% 64% The Poker House Stymie (Character),
Screenwriter
- 2008
No Score Yet 55% Gym Teacher: The Movie Shelly Bragg (Character) - 2008
12% 47% 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% 22% 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% 20% The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Measures (Character) $26.0M 2000
62% 79% Return to Me Charlie Johnson (Character) $32.7M 2000
0% 66% 3 Strikes Detective Jenkins (Character) $9.8M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet East of A Brother James (Character) - 2000
36% 64% Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby Mr. Butz (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 63% A Saintly Switch Dan Anderson (Character) - 1999
67% 41% Stuart Little Red (Voice) $140.0M 1999
No Score Yet 16% 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
52% 62% Jumanji Carl Bentley, Shoe Factory Cobbler 1969/Police Officer 1995 (Character) $100.3M 1995
6% 44% In the Army Now Fred Ostroff (Character) $28.9M 1994
12% 41% Blankman Kevin Walker (Character) $7.4M 1994
44% 59% Boomerang Gerard (Character) $66.7M 1992
33% 48% Almost an Angel Det. Bill (Character) $6.5M 1990
45% 32% Off Limits Rogers (Character) $6.9M 1988
27% 60% From the Hip Steve Hadley (Character) $7.0M 1987
65% 57% Amazon Women on the Moon Don 'No Soul' Simmons (Character) $388.2K 1987
No Score Yet 44% Beer Elliott Morrison (Character) - 1985
92% 81% A Soldier's Story Corporal Cobb (Character) - 1984
60% 45% Streamers Roger (Character) - 1983

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Patient Charlie (Character) 2022
No Score Yet 81% Joe Pickett Vern Dunnegan (Character) 2021
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018 2020-2021
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2014-2016 2018 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Netflix Afterparty Guest 2021
25% 49% Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! Pops Dixon (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2008 2013 2015 2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008-2009 2012 2017-2019 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crank Yankers Landanlius 'The Truth' Truefeld (Guest Voice) 2002-2005 2019-2020
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2015 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2018 2020
No Score Yet 25% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2020
No Score Yet 25% 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 77% The Resident Lamar Broome (Guest Star) 2019
65% 79% The Cool Kids Hank (Character) 2018-2019
98% 91% Catastrophe Tim Cabot (Character) 2019
No Score Yet 50% Busy Tonight Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet GMA Day Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2009 2011-2013 2015 2018
96% 92% A Series of Unfortunate Events Hal (Guest Star) 2018
87% 91% The Carmichael Show Joe Carmichael (Character) 2015-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today's Take Guest 2017
No Score Yet 91% The Eric Andre Show Music Performer 2016
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2012 2016
No Score Yet 83% Match Game Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black and White Guest 2016
No Score Yet 48% 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 91% Comedy Bang! Bang! Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Funniest Wins Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
56% 38% Bad Teacher Principal Carl Gaines (Character) 2014
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2014
No Score Yet 75% Sing Your Face Off Judge 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Morning Buzz Live Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2012 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Soul Man Jesse (Guest Star) 2014
76% 86% Happy Endings Terry Chuckles (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell Guest 2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
Guest
2009 2011-2012
90% 82% Bones Professor Bunsen Jude (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kilborn File Guest 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 42% 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 66% My Wife and Kids Unknown (Guest Star) 2003 2005
No Score Yet 43% MADtv Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
71% No Score Yet Life With Bonnie David Bellows (Character) 2002-2004
93% 96% Samurai Jack Da Samurai (Voice) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proud Family Reuben (Guest Voice) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boston Public Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
23% No Score Yet DAG Jerome Daggett (Character) 2000-2001
No Score Yet 100% 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 83% Martin Unknown (Guest Star) 1995 1997
No Score Yet 44% 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 81% 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