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David Alan Grier



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
55% 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
49% 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
  • Stymie
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
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
25% 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
No Score Yet David Alan Grier - The Book of David: The Cult Figure's Manifesto
  • Actor
2003
60% King of Texas
  • Rip
2002
33% 15 Minutes
  • Mugger
2001
56% Dagon
  • Actor
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
66% 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
No Score Yet Rodman World Tour
  • Actor
1997
48% Jumanji
  • Carl Bentley
1995
38% Tales From the Hood
  • Carl
1995
13% Blankman
  • Kevin
1994
6% In the Army Now
  • Fred Ostroff
1994
40% 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
50% Off Limits
  • Rogers
1988
63% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
  • Newsman
1988
60% Amazon Women on the Moon
  • Don Simmons
1987
29% From the Hip
  • Steve Hadley
1987
No Score Yet Beer
  • Elliott Morrison
1985
89% A Soldier's Story
  • Cpl. Cobb
1984
56% Streamers
  • Roger
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
Chopped Junior
2015
  • Judge
No Score Yet Funniest Wins
2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Soul Man
2012
  • Jesse
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • Host
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
2012-2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Prof. Bunsen Jude
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Martin
1997
  • Rev. Love Preacher Pam's Cousin Justice of the Peace
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Reality cast member
  • Actor
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
67% Happy Endings
2011-2013
  • Terry
83% Match Game
2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
57% The McCarthys
2014-2015
  • Dr. Hugh Morris
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Jeremy Swift
57% Bad Teacher
2014
  • Principal Carl Gaines Principal Carl Gains
No Score Yet Art in the Twenty-First Century
2001-2016
  • Appearing
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
84% The Carmichael Show
2015-2016
  • Joe Carmichael
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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