LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Highest Rated: 92% Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Lowest Rated: 38% Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Birthday: Feb 16, 1957

Birthplace: Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

At the age of 19, actor LeVar Burton was catapulted to stardom as the lead in the monumental television miniseries "Roots" (ABC, 1977), only to be confronted by a dearth of satisfying roles for over a decade. That is, until he took on the iconic character of Geordi La Forge in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated, 1987-1994). In the few years that followed the airing of "Roots" - a landmark in television history and American culture - the young actor found himself blessed with several starring roles in telepics such as "Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid" (CBS, 1977) and "One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story" (CBS, 1978). However, by the early 1980s those choice parts had all but disappeared, and Burton was forced to reconcile himself with series guest spots and supporting roles in television movies. Although his lengthy commitment to the children's educational program "Reading Rainbow" (PBS, 1982-2005) provided personal satisfaction, it was not until he landed the integral role of the U.S.S. Enterprise's Lt. Commander La Forge on "The Next Generation" that Burton truly made his pop culture comeback. In an industry known for its paucity of affirming characters for African-Americans, and in which landing one, much less two, career-making roles was all but unheard of, Burton's talent, diversity and perseverance served him exceptionally well in Hollywood.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brentwood Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 15% Rise of the Zombies Dr. Dan Halpern (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 25% And They're Off... Himself (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jensen Project Kendrick (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 34% Taken in Broad Daylight Mike Timbrook (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 80% Reach for Me Nathaniel (Character),
Director
- 2008
67% 53% Blizzard Director - 2003
38% 49% Star Trek: Nemesis Lieutenant Commander Geordi LaForge (Character) $500K 2002
68% 65% Ali Martin Luther King, Jr. (Character) $58.2M 2001
No Score Yet 73% Dancing in September Himself (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 65% Our Friend, Martin Martin at age 26 (Voice) - 1999
No Score Yet 53% Smart House Director - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tiger Woods Story Director - 1998
54% 44% Star Trek: Insurrection Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (Character) $70.2M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yesterday's Target Winstrom (Character) - 1996
92% 89% Star Trek: First Contact Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge (Character) $92M 1996
48% 57% Star Trek Generations Geordi (Character) $74.6M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland Fire Chief J. Allan Mather (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 80% Roots: The Gift Kunta Kinte (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Special Friendship Ben Sumner (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 31% The Supernaturals Pvt. Michael Osgood (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Liberty Robert Johnson (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 69% The Midnight Hour Vinnie Davis (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 60% The Jesse Owens Story Professor Preston (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Emergency Room Ray Walden (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Acorn People Rodney (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grambling's White Tiger Charles "Tank" Smith (Character) - 1981
50% 49% The Hunter Tommy Price (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dummy Donald Lang (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Battered Andrew Sinclair (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story Ron LeFlore (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid Billy Peoples (Character) - 1977
65% 74% Looking for Mr. Goodbar Cap Jackson (Character) - 1977

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2020
No Score Yet 66% NCIS: New Orleans Nero (Guest Star),
Director
2017-2020
No Score Yet 94% Explained Narrator 2018
61% 78% Scorpion Director 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miles From Tomorrowland Dr. Consilium (Guest Voice) 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Transformers Rescue Bots Doc Greene (Voice) 2014-2016 2011-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2016 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matter of Fact With Fernando Espuelas Guest 2016
100% 30% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Guest 2016
82% 82% The Big Bang Theory LeVar Burton (Guest Star) 2014 2011-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Host 2014
No Score Yet 84% Perception Paul Haley (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2014 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet William Shatner's Brown Bag Wine Tasting Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2013-2014
88% 88% Community Himself (Guest Star) 2014 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet InnerVIEWS With Ernie Manouse Guest 2013
100% 93% Adventure Time Bubble (Guest Voice) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet EP Daily Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2012-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Face Off Guest 2012
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Vern (Guest Voice) 2009 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reading Rainbow Host 2004-2006 2000-2002 1983-1998
No Score Yet 88% Charmed Director 2005-2006
57% 78% Star Trek: Enterprise Director 2003-2005 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miracle's Boys Director 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Director 2003
77% 75% Star Trek: Voyager Capt. Geordi LaForge (Guest Star),
Director
2000-2001 1995-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Food Director 2000-2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
90% 86% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Director 1999 1995-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Planet and the Planeteers Kwame (Voice) 1990-1996
50% No Score Yet Deadly Games Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
82% No Score Yet Christy Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
89% 90% Star Trek: The Next Generation Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge (Character),
Director
1987-1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jesse Owens Story Professor Preston (Character) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The $25,000 Pyramid Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roots Kunta Kinte / Toby (Character) 1977

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