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Glynn E. Turman



African American character actor Glynn R. Turman was first introduced to the general public as Lew Miles, teen-aged son of Dr. Harry Miles (Percy Rodrigues) and his wife, Alma (Ruby Dee), during the 1968-1969 season of the prime-time TV soap opera Peyton Place. Turman went on to star as Chicago high schooler Leroy "Preach" Jackson in the 1975 film sleeper Cooley High. Settling into character roles in the 1980s, Turman was most often seen as judges, military officers, police detectives, and well-to-do patriarches. A departure from these "establishment" assignments was Turman's star turn in the 1981 TV-movie Thornwell, in which he portrayed real-life soldier James Thornwell, who accused the U.S. Army of subjecting him to illegal mind-controlling drugs. Turman's weekly series roles have included Secretary of State LaRue Hawkes in 1985's Hail to the Chief, and Colonel Bradford Taylor (aka "Dr. War") in the popular Cosby Show spin-off A Different World (1988-1993); he also appeared in the 1983 pilot episode of Manimal as Ty Earl, a role essayed by Michael D. Roberts in the series proper. In the 2000s, Turman played the memorable role of fictional Baltimore mayor Clarence V. Royce on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire. Also on HBO, he appeared in a few episodes of the psychotherapy drama In Treatment, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as the tough, strict father of Blair Underwood's troubled fighter pilot. In the years to come, Turman would remain active on screen, appearing on shows like The Defenders and House of Lies.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
61% Race
  • Harry Davis
2016
No Score Yet Dakota's Summer
  • Issac
2014
60% John Dies at the End
  • Detective
2013
No Score Yet Act Like You Love Me
  • David
2013
No Score Yet The Obama Effect
  • Slim
2012
No Score Yet The Pastor's Secrets
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Preaching to the Pastor
  • Actor
2012
82% Super 8
  • Dr. Woodward
2011
28% Takers
  • Chief Det. Duncan
2010
80% Kings of the Evening
  • Clarence
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet City Teacher
  • Actor
2007
39% Sahara
  • Dr. Frank Hopper
2005
No Score Yet Air Rage
  • Bigelow
2001
No Score Yet Fire & Ice
  • Robert Aimes Sr
2001
72% The Visit
  • Al Rheingold
2000
41% Men of Honor
  • Chief Floyd
2000
No Score Yet Freedom Song
  • T-Bone Lanier
2000
38% Light It Up
  • Principal Armstrong
1999
48% How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • Dr. Shakespeare
1998
No Score Yet Buffalo Soldiers
  • Joju
1997
No Score Yet Rebound: The Legend of Earl the Goat Manigault
  • Coach Powell
1996
25% The Inkwell
  • Spencer
1994
No Score Yet Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad
  • Solomon
1994
85% Deep Cover
  • Russell Stevens Sr.
1992
No Score Yet Out of Bounds
  • Lieutenant Delgado
1986
No Score Yet Secrets of a Married Man
  • Actor
1984
85% Gremlins
  • Hanson
1984
No Score Yet Penitentiary 2
  • Charles Johnson
1982
No Score Yet Attica
  • Raymond Franklin
1980
23% The Serpent's Egg
  • Monroe
1978
No Score Yet A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
  • Nigeria
1978
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Nate Person
1978
No Score Yet The River Niger
  • Jeff Williams
1976
No Score Yet J.D.'s Revenge
  • Isaac
1976
82% Cooley High
  • Leroy "Preach" Jackson
1975
No Score Yet The Blue Knight
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Together Brothers
  • Dr. Johnson
1974
43% The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Thomasine and Bushrod
  • Jomo J. Anderson
1974
No Score Yet Five on the Black Hand Side
  • Gideon
1973
No Score Yet In Search of America
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Carter's Army
  • Pvt. George Brightman
1970
No Score Yet Black Brigade
  • Brightman
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
73% The Defenders
2010-2011
  • Judge Owens Judge Bob Owens
83% Detroit 1-8-7
2010-2011
  • Clinton P. Huey
84% In Treatment
2008-2010
  • Alex's Father Alex Sr.
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • George Valentine
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Roy Hines
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Al Towert
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • James Pierce
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Charles Johnson
89% FlashForward
2009-2010
  • Sen. Nolan
No Score Yet House of Lies
2012-2016
  • Jeremiah Kaan
96% The Wire
2002-2008
  • Mayor Clarence Royce
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor

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