David Alan Grier

Highest Rated: 98% The Player (1992)
Lowest Rated: 0% 3 Strikes (2000)
Birthday: Jun 30, 1955
Birthplace: Not Available
David Alan Grier may be best known as a dexterous TV comedy star, but he is also a multi-talented veteran of musicals, plays, and numerous films. Born in Detroit, Grier graduated with a B.A. in radio, TV, and film from the University of Michigan. Shortly after earning his master's degree at the Yale School of Drama, Grier made his Tony award-nominated Broadway debut in 1981, starring in the musical The First. Along with a stint in the hit musical Dreamgirls, Grier also did Shakespeare and acted in the off-Broadway drama A Soldier's Play. Moving to film, Grier earned the Venice Film Festival's Best Actor prize for his first feature, Robert Altman's Streamers (1983). Grier was subsequently one of several cast members to make the transition from stage to screen when A Soldier's Play was adapted into the critically lauded, Best Picture nominee A Soldier's Story (1984). Grier moved to lighter cinematic fare with a starring role in the advertising parody Beer (1985) and appeared in a series of undistinguished films, including From the Hip (1986) and Almost an Angel (1990). Grier's brief role in Keenen Ivory Wayans' dead-on blaxploitation spoof I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! (1988), however, turned into an even more fruitful collaboration when Wayans cast Grier in his comedy sketch show In Living Color. Throughout In Living Color's 1990-1994 run, Grier created some of the show's most memorable characters, including flamboyant, circle-snapping critic Antoine Merriweather of "Men On. . ." Grier maintained his film career by appearing as himself in Altman's Hollywood satire The Player (1992) and co-starring in the Eddie Murphy vehicle Boomerang (1992), as well as Damon Wayans' superhero spoof Blankman (1994). After the show ended, Grier continued to alternate between TV and films, executive producing and starring in the short-lived series The Preston Chronicles (1995), as well as appearing in the Robin Williams hit Jumanji (1995). Grier re-teamed with his "Men On" cohort Damon Wayans for the latter's 1998 sitcom Damon, but it failed to match In Living Color's popularity. Grier notched a ratings hit, and got to display his dramatic chops with his performance as a Black Panther in the miniseries The 60s (1999). After appearing in the lackluster Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000) and Return to Me (2000), Grier took another shot at sitcom success as the title Secret Serviceman in DAG (2000). He subsequently tried starring in a number of sitcoms that failed to take off, but always found consistent supporting work, with recurring roles on Life with Bonnie, Crank Yankers, and in several feature films. Grier also returned to the stage in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and in 2008, he was given his own show, a no-holds-barred mock-news program in the style of the Daily Show called Chocolate News, which presented both real and fictional news stories from an African American perspective. In 2009 he competed on the eighth season of the reality show Dancing With the Stars, and also appeared in the spoof film Dance Flick. He lent his voice to the animated project Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
50% Road Hard Michael Gerard 2015
91% The Wiz Live! Cowardly Lion 2015
No Score Yet Delivery Actor 2014
No Score Yet En Vogue Christmas Marty 2014
37% Peeples Virgil Peeples 2013
No Score Yet The Watsons Go to Birmingham Mr. Robert 2013
11% Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil Moss the Troll 2011
No Score Yet Something Like a Business Actor 2010
50% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) Mr. Squirt/Math Cowboy/Boxer Robot 2009
18% Dance Flick Sugar Bear 2009
No Score Yet Bollywood Hero Himself 2009
11% An American Carol Rastus Malone 2008
No Score Yet Gym Teacher: The Movie Shelley Bragg 2008
57% The Poker House Screenwriter Producer Stymie 2008
No Score Yet If Love Hadn't Left Me Lonely Actor 2008
No Score Yet Kissing Cousins Actor 2007
12% Little Man David 2006
No Score Yet Thugaboo Actor 2006
24% Bewitched Jim Fields 2005
38% The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Uncle Henry 2005
88% The Woodsman Bob 2004
29% Tiptoes Jerry Robin Jr. 2004
No Score Yet David Alan Grier: The Book of David: The Cult Figure's Manifesto Actor 2003
91% Baadasssss! Clyde 2003
92% Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie Actor 2003
50% King of Texas Rip 2002
32% 15 Minutes Mugger 2001
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Measures 2000
No Score Yet Angels in the Infield Bob Bugler 2000
61% Return to Me Charlie Johnson 2000
0% 3 Strikes Det. Jenkins 2000
No Score Yet East of A Brother James 2000
67% Stuart Little Red 1999
No Score Yet Top of the World Augustus 1999
No Score Yet The '60s Actor 1999
No Score Yet A Saintly Switch Dan Anderson 1999
30% Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trickbaby (Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby) Mr. Butz 1999
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Elmopalooza! Actor 1998
3% McHale's Navy Ensign Charles T. Parker 1997
53% Jumanji Carl Bentley 1995
47% Tales From the Hood Carl 1995
13% Blankman Kevin 1994
6% In the Army Now Fred Ostroff 1994
44% Boomerang Gerard Jackson 1992
98% The Player Himself 1992
0% Loose Cannons Drummond 1990
29% Almost an Angel Actor 1990
No Score Yet Me and Him Peter Conklin 1988
56% Off Limits Rogers 1988
64% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Newsman 1988
59% Amazon Women on the Moon Don Simmons 1987
22% From the Hip Steve Hadley 1987
No Score Yet Beer Elliott Morrison 1985
90% A Soldier's Story Cpl. Cobb 1984
56% Streamers Roger 1983

TV

CREDIT
65% The Cool Kids
2018
Hank
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Busy Tonight
2018
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Host Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Chopped Junior
2015-2017
Judge
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
86% The Carmichael Show
2015-2017
Joe Carmichael
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Match Game
2016
Panelist
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012-2016
  • 2015
57% The McCarthys
2014-2015
Dr. Hugh Morris
  • 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
56% Bad Teacher
2014
Principal Carl Gaines Principal Carl Gains
  • 2014
No Score Yet Funniest Wins
2014
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Soul Man
2012-2016
Jesse
  • 2014
No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
2012-2013
Guest
  • 2013
78% Happy Endings
2011-2013
Terry
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2012
90% Bones
2005-2017
Prof. Bunsen Jude
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Jeremy Swift
  • 2010
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
Reality cast member Appearing
  • 2009
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Art in the Twenty-First Century
2001-2018
Host Appearing
  • 2005
No Score Yet My Wife and Kids
2001-2005
Jimmy
  • 2005
  • 2003
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Boston Public
2000-2005
Laurence Williams
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1997
  • 1995
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
Rev. Love Preacher Pam's Cousin Justice of the Peace
  • 1997
  • 1995
  • 1993
No Score Yet In Living Color
1990-1994
Performer
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet ALF
1986-1990
FBI Agent #1
  • 1989
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
  • 1987

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