Glynn E. Turman

Lowest Rated: 25% The Inkwell (1994)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
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.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet August 28th: A Day in the Life of a People Actor 2018
100% Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Actor 2017
61% Race Harry Davis $14.4M 2016
No Score Yet Dakota's Summer Issac 2014
61% John Dies at the End Detective $0.2M 2013
No Score Yet Act Like You Love Me David 2013
No Score Yet The Obama Effect Slim $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet The Pastor's Secrets Actor 2012
No Score Yet Preaching to the Pastor Actor 2012
81% Super 8 Dr. Woodward $127M 2011
29% Takers Chief Det. Duncan $57.8M 2010
80% Kings of the Evening Clarence $99.2K 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
No Score Yet City Teacher Actor 2007
38% Sahara Dr. Frank Hopper $68.7M 2005
No Score Yet Air Rage Bigelow 2001
No Score Yet Fire & Ice Robert Aimes Sr 2001
72% The Visit Al Rheingold 2000
42% Men of Honor Chief Floyd 2000
No Score Yet Freedom Song T-Bone Lanier 2000
39% Light It Up Principal Armstrong 1999
49% 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
86% 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
84% Gremlins Hanson 1984
No Score Yet Penitentiary 2 Charles Johnson 1982
No Score Yet Attica Raymond Franklin 1980
25% 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


97% Better Things
  • 2019
93% How to Get Away With Murder
Nate Lahey Sr. Nate Lahey Senior
  • 2018
77% House of Lies
Jeremiah Kaan
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Charles Johnson
  • 2013
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
James Pierce
  • 2012
72% The Defenders
Judge Owens Judge Bob Owens
  • 2011
  • 2010
83% Detroit 1-8-7
Clinton P. Huey
  • 2010
81% FlashForward
Sen. Nolan
  • 2009
84% Scrubs
George Valentine
  • 2009
84% In Treatment
Alex's Father Alex Sr.
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Cold Case
Al Towert
  • 2008
96% The Wire
Mayor Clarence Royce
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Roy Hines
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Wayans Bros.
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet A Different World
Director Col. Clayton Taylor
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Earl Browder Ben Coleman
  • 1989
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
  • 1985
No Score Yet Dynasty
  • 1983
No Score Yet American Playhouse