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      Glynn Turman

      Glynn Turman

      Highest Rated: 100% Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (2017)

      Lowest Rated: 20% The Serpent's Egg (1978)

      Birthday: Jan 31, 1947

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Boasting a résumé that would earn him the envy of any ambitious character actor, Glynn Turman was nothing if not an experienced performer. As if a storied screen career and rich history on the stage weren't enough, Turman also earned acclaim for his talents as a director, both theatrically and in the television industry. Revered likewise for his roles on the soap opera "Peyton Place" (ABC 1964-69), the sitcom "A Different World" (NBC 1987-1993), and the drama series "The Wire" (HBO 2002-08), Turman's is a fame that not only transcends time, but genre. Glynn Russell Turman was born on January 31, 1947 in New York City, New York. He began his acting career in 1959 with a role in the original Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun. He followed this turn with an appearance in a televised production of Black Monday in 1961, as part of the syndicated anthology series "Play of the Week" (NTA Film Network 1959-1961). Turman graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, located in Manhattan, and set anew to a life of stage and screen acting. He kicked off his television career with a substantial recurring role on the drama series "Peyton Place" (ABC 1964-69), on which he starred for 37 episodes as the character Lew Miles. Turman made his film debut with a minor part in the racially themed romantic drama "Honky" (1971), which he followed up with appearances on TV shows like "The Doris Day Show" (CBS 1968-1973) and "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS 1968-1980), as well as with roles in movies including "Five on the Black Hand Side" (1973), "Thomasine & Bushrod" (1974), "The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat" (1974), and "Together Brothers" (1974). Turman's first headlining role came with the coming-of-age dramedy "Cooley High" (1975), in which he played a high school student nicknamed Preach. Throughout the 1970s, Turman continued to explore stage productions, both as an actor and a director. He rounded out the decade with a role on the historical miniseries "Centennial" (NBC 1978-79). In 1978, Turman married musical superstar Aretha Franklin. The 1980s gave Turman a slew of one-off television roles, as well as parts in feature films including "Penitentiary II" (1982) and the popular horror comedy "Gremlins" (1984). In 1988, Turman began a four-season-long stint as Col. Brad Taylor on the family comedy series "A Different World" (NBC 1987-1993). In addition to his role on the series, Turman directed a number of its episodes, and went on to do the same for 1990s sitcoms including "The Parent Hood" (The WB 1995-99) and "The Wayans Bros." (The WB 1995-99). Returning to dramatic acting, Turman then amounted roles in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" (1998), "Light It Up" (1999), and "Men of Honor" (2000). Turman achieved favor with a new generation thanks to a substantial role as Baltimore Mayor Clarence V. Royce on the critically revered drama series "The Wire" (HBO 2002-08). Alongside a subsequent recurring role on the drama program "In Treatment" (HBO 2008-2010), Turman accumulated work in high profile films like the musical "Burlesque" (2010) and the science-fiction film "Super 8" (2011). At the inception of the dramedy series "House of Lies" (Showtime 2012-), Turman took on the part of Jeremiah Kaan, disapproving father to series star Don Cheadle's character Marty.

      Highest rated movies

      Ma Rainey's Black Bottom poster Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Cooley High poster
      Cooley High
      Deep Cover poster
      Deep Cover
      Gremlins poster Gremlins The Way Back poster The Way Back Super 8 poster Super 8 Kings of the Evening poster
      Kings of the Evening
      The Visit poster
      The Visit




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      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rustin Unknown (Character) - 2023
      33% 82% The Devil You Know Lloyd Cowans (Character) - 2022
      97% 72% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Toledo (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet 78% Justine Papa Don (Character) - 2020
      84% 84% The Way Back Doc (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Robeson Effect Executive Producer - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Windows on the World Lou (Character) - 2019
      20% 38% Sextuplets Leland (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King of Stage: The Woodie King Jr. Story Executive Producer - 2018
      100% No Score Yet Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Self - 2017
      No Score Yet 100% Solace Clay (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 74% Cowgirls 'N Angels 2 Isaac Benson (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 39% Act Like You Love Me David (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pastor's Secrets Unknown (Character) - 2012
      60% 54% John Dies at the End Detective Lawrence 'Morgan Freeman' Appleton (Character) $141.3K 2012
      No Score Yet 35% The Obama Effect Slim Sugar (Character) $103.0K 2012
      81% 75% Super 8 Dr. Woodward (Character) $127.0M 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bright Beamon (Character) - 2011
      37% 64% Burlesque Harold Saint (Character) $39.4M 2010
      28% 62% Takers Chief Detective Duncan (Character) $57.7M 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Preaching to the Pastor Bishop Hightower (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder 101: Locked Room Mystery Sheriff Bob Monroe (Character) - 2008
      73% 57% Kings of the Evening Clarence Brown (Character) $98.7K 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet City Teacher Kevin Sawyer (Character) - 2006
      38% 53% Sahara Dr. Frank Hopper (Character) $68.6M 2005
      No Score Yet 83% Fire and Ice Robert Aimes Sr. (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 62% Freedom Song T-Bone Lanier (Character) - 2000
      42% 81% Men of Honor Chief Floyd (Character) $48.8M 2000
      72% 45% The Visit Reingold (Character) $186.4K 2000
      39% 75% Light It Up Principal Armstrong (Character) $5.9M 1999
      50% 66% How Stella Got Her Groove Back Dr. Shakespeare (Character) $37.7M 1998
      No Score Yet 55% Buffalo Soldiers Sgt. Joshua "Joyu" Judges Ruth (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 94% Rebound -- The Legend of Earl The Goat Manigault Coach Powell (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 64% Race to Freedom: The Story of The Underground Railroad Solomon (Character) - 1994
      22% 83% The Inkwell Spencer Phillips (Character) $8.9M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Someone Else's Child Judge Roullard (Character) - 1994
      87% 77% Deep Cover Russell Stevens Sr. (Character) $16.6M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Court Martial Maj. Dennis Orlando (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 42% Out of Bounds Lieutenant Delgado (Character) $4.2M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ask Max Lloyd Lyman (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlotte Forten's Mission Joshua (Character) - 1984
      86% 78% Gremlins Roy Hanson (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 40% Secrets of a Married Man Jesse (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Penitentiary II Charles Johnson (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thornwell James Thornwell (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grand Baby Unknown (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 33% Attica Unknown (Character) - 1980
      20% 56% The Serpent's Egg Monroe (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold Preston de Cordiva (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Smith and the Fritter Tree Unknown (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 67% A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich Nigeria (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Minstrel Man Harry Brown Jr. (Character) - 1977
      44% 61% J.D.'s Revenge Isaac (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 44% The River Niger Jeff Williams (Character) - 1976
      88% 89% Cooley High Preacher (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 44% Thomasine & Bushrod Jomo J. Anderson (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 45% Five on the Black Hand Side Gideon (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 38% In Search of America Bodhi (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 30% Black Brigade Pvt. George Brightman (Character) - 1969


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      No Score Yet 41% FBI: Most Wanted Terry Daniels (Guest Star) 2022
      91% 73% Women of the Movement Mose Wright (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 1st Look Guest 2021
      92% 51% black-ish Billy Blade (Guest Star) 2020
      72% 76% The Red Line Nathan Gordon (Guest Star) 2019
      89% 85% How to Get Away With Murder Nate Lahey Sr. (Guest Star) 2018
      90% 86% Suits Vic (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 68% Queen Sugar Ernest Bordelon (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 83% House of Lies Jeremiah Kaan (Character) 2012-2016
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 69% NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      100% No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents Chief Huckey (Character) 2011
      74% 73% The Defenders Judge Owens (Guest Star) 2010-2011
      81% 100% Detroit 1-8-7 Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      80% 78% FlashForward Senator Noland (Guest Star) 2009
      90% 54% In Treatment Alex Prince Sr. (Guest Star) 2008-2009
      83% 86% Scrubs George (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 84% ER Mr. Holmes (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 93% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      94% 96% The Wire Mayor Clarence V. Royce (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2004 2006 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All of Us Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2004-2005
      No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange World Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 35% JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Apple Agent Teddy Olsen (Character) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Resurrection Blvd. Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      33% No Score Yet The Magnificent Seven Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wayans Bros. Director 1996-1997
      No Score Yet 90% Millennium Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Parent 'Hood Director 1995-1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985-1986 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet 100% The Twilight Zone Unknown (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Unknown (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet 100% Greatest American Hero Captain Le Clerc (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Chase Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Jamal (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Lonnie (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1970-1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daktari Unknown (Guest Star) 1968