Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman

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

Lowest Rated: 14% Sextuplets (2019)

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
Deep Cover
Cooley High
The Way Back Super 8
Kings of the Evening
The Visit




No Score Yet 79% Justine Papa Don (Character) - 2020
98% 73% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Toledo (Character) - 2020
84% 84% The Way Back Doc (Character) - 2020
14% 39% Sextuplets Leland (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Windows on the World Lou (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Robeson Effect Executive Producer - 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 73% 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
No Score Yet 35% The Obama Effect Slim Sugar (Character) $103.0K 2012
60% 54% John Dies at the End Detective Lawrence 'Morgan Freeman' Appleton (Character) $141.3K 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bright Beamon (Character) - 2011
81% 75% Super 8 Dr. Woodward (Character) $127.0M 2011
36% 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
72% 45% The Visit Reingold (Character) $186.4K 2000
42% 81% Men of Honor Chief Floyd (Character) $48.8M 2000
No Score Yet 62% Freedom Song T-Bone Lanier (Character) - 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 53% 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 No Score Yet Someone Else's Child Judge Roullard (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 60% Race to Freedom: The Story of The Underground Railroad Solomon (Character) - 1994
25% 83% The Inkwell Spencer Phillips (Character) $8.9M 1994
86% 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 No Score Yet Ask Max Lloyd Lyman (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 40% Secrets of a Married Man Jesse (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlotte Forten's Mission Joshua (Character) - 1984
85% 78% Gremlins Roy Hanson (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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold Preston de Cordiva (Character) - 1978
20% 56% The Serpent's Egg Monroe (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Smith and the Fritter Tree Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 64% A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich Nigeria (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Minstrel Man Harry Brown Jr. (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 44% The River Niger Jeff Williams (Character) - 1976
57% 61% J.D.'s Revenge Isaac (Character) - 1976
85% 89% Cooley High Preacher (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 50% Thomasine & Bushrod Jomo J. Anderson (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 42% 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


No Score Yet No Score Yet Women of the Movement Mose Wright (Character) 2022
No Score Yet 37% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet 1st Look Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2020
92% 55% black-ish Billy Blade (Guest Star) 2020
72% 75% The Red Line Nathan Gordon (Guest Star) 2019
88% 85% How to Get Away With Murder Nate Lahey Sr. (Guest Star) 2018
90% 87% Suits Vic (Guest Star) 2018
98% 91% Queen Sugar Ernest Bordelon (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 84% House of Lies Jeremiah Kaan (Character) 2012-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet 87% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 72% 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% 77% FlashForward Senator Noland (Guest Star) 2009
90% 53% In Treatment Alex Prince Sr. (Guest Star) 2008-2009
83% 87% Scrubs George (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 83% ER Mr. Holmes (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
94% 97% 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 93% 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
30% 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 No Score Yet 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