David Alan Grier was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1956. He is now called an accomplished stage performer who is received two Tony nominations, and his credits incorporate a number of movies, a strong lineup of plays and characters on various television programs.
His father, William H. Grier, was a psychiatrist and writer of the novel Black Rage, which analyzes the continuing impact of captivity and societal oppression on the African American people.
With his parents intent on giving their kids a well rounded instruction, Grier and his two siblings were heavily steeped in culture and politics. The older Grier, particularly, made sure his kids were subjected to literature, films and music.
Following high school graduation, Grier registered in the University of Michigan, but left school to get a period to move to Nyc to pursue his dream of playing. After getting a number of small parts, he returned to Ann Arbor to finish his undergraduate work, earning a diploma in television and movie.
Grier went to enrol at Yale University’s School of Drama, where he pursued a master’s a degree. “I never wished to lose out on an acting job,” he later told The New York Times, describing his pursuit of a graduate degree.
While far from a success, the play offered Grier incredible visibility and earned him a Tony nomination.
During the the next couple of years, Grier continued to do mostly stage work. In 1983, nevertheless, he made his movie debut in Streamers, directed by Robert Altman. The next year, he starred in A Soldier’s Story, taking about an identical job he’d for an earlier stage production of the exact same work.
During the following several years, Grier started taking on more comedic parts in various films, most notably I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), which matched the performer with Keenen Ivory Wayans. While the film never delivered in the box office, it propelled Wayans and Grier to reunite two years later on the landmark TV sketch comedy show In Living Color. The show featured a robust lineup of up and coming comics, including Damon Wayans, Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx. Following the show’s ending in 1994, Grier went into movie almost completely. His credits in this time contain Blankman (1994), Jumanji (1995) and McHale’s Navy (1997).
In the early 2000s, Grier returned to the little display, first as the star of the NBC comedy DAG and afterwards as a co star on ABC’s Bonnie Hunt situation comedy Life with Bonnie.
Amidst all his comedic work, Grier never turned his back on dramatic roles. The part earned Grier his second Tony nomination.
In 2009, Grier released his first novel, Barack Like Me: The Chocolate Covered Truth, which details the performer’s life and looks at problems associated with race and culture.
Grier has been married twice and is the dad of a daughter, Luisa Danbi Grier-Kim, who was born in 2008.