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Danny Glover
Forecourt Ceremony held on Tuesday, July 7, 1998
Born: July 22, 1946, in San Francisco, California
Age at the time of the ceremony: 51
Who doesn't like Danny Glover? A wonderful presence in any film, Glover has become one of the best-known performers in movies and television. He has also become an activist for many causes; he keeps busy.

Born in San Francisco, Glover's parents were both postal workers, devoted to the local NAACP chapter. He attended George Washington High School, then went to San Francisco State University, dropping out to study acting with the Black Actor's Workshop at the American Conservatory Theatre. He also trained with Jean Shelton.

Moving to Los Angeles, Glover quickly joined the cast of Clint Eastwood's Escape from Alcatraz (released in June, 1976); he did four episodes on Hill Streets Blues aired over NBC in November, 1981, starred in the low-budget actioner Out (released in 1982) with Peter Coyote, and was in The Face of Rage aired over ABC in March, 1983. Glover was in the ensemble of Memorial Day aired over CBS in November, 1983.

Ramping up, Glover had a supporting role in Iceman (released in April, 1984) with Timothy Hutton, then had a wonderful turn in Places in the Heart (released in October, 1984) with Sally Field. Now, the big Hollywood boys were looking for Mr. Glover: he played the bad guy in Witness (released in February, 1985) with Harrison Ford, and was in the ensemble of Silverado (which played the Chinese in July, 1985) with Kevin Kline.

But in what would be a feature of Glover's method, he starred in a low-budget film: The Stand-In (released in 1985), where he played a dithering film director. Then, he was selected to play "Mister" in Steven Spielberg's film of The Color Purple (which played the Chinese in December, 1985) with Whoopi Goldberg.

Glover became a worldwide celebrity playing mild-mannered detective Roger Murtaugh opposite wildman Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon (which played the Chinese in March, 1987), and played the title role in Mandela aired on HBO in September, 1987). He was in the war film Bat 21 (released in October, 1988) with Gene Hackman, and played the role of Walter Lee Younger in a television version of A Raisin in the Sun aired over PBS in February, 1989.

Glover played Joshua Deets in the television version of Lonesome Dove aired over CBS in February, 1989, then appeared in Leathal Weapon 2 (which played the Chinese in July, 1989). He contrasted this blockbuster with the small indie To Sleep with Anger (released in October, 1990).

Glover was top billed in the action flick Predator 2 (released in November, 1990) with Gary Busey, then did the big budget Flight of the Intruder (released in January, 1991) with Willem Dafoe, then did the low budget film A Rage in Harlem (which played the Chinese in May, 1991).

Director Lawrence Kasdan had Glower in the ensemble cast of his Grand Canyon (released in January, 1992), and he returned to face Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 3 (which played the Chinese in May, 1992). Still devoted to the stage, Glover co-founded the Robey Theatre Company in 1994, to focus on the staging of plays about the Afsrican-American experience. The company is still producing plays in downtown Los Angeles.

Glover starred in Angels in the Outfield (released in July, 1994) with Brenda Fricker, and Operation Dumbo Drop (released in July, 1995) with Ray Liotta; he then broke a wall of sorts, playing Philip Marlowe (with Kelly Lynch) in Red Wind, on an episode of Fallen Angels, aired over Showtime in November, 1995.

Glover co-starred in Gone Fishin' (released in May, 1997) with Joe Pesci, and the action thriller Switchback (released in October, 1997) with Dennis Quaid, then appeared in a film about the Buffalo Soldiers with Lamont Bentley, aired over TNT in December, 1997).

Glover again joined Mel Gibson for Lethal Weapon 4 (which played the Chinese in July, 1998), stopping off at the Chinese before the picture's playdate for his footpringing ceremony. He then starred in Beloved (released in October, 1998) with Oprah Winfrey, and did the voice of Jethro in The Prince of Egypt (released in December, 1998). Glover has done a great deal of children's programming.

Boesman and Lena (released in November, 2000) with Angela Bassett, was an intimate adaptation of an Athol Fugard play, then joined the ensemble for director Wes Anderson's The Royal Tannenbaums (released in January, 2002). Glover had directed a number of short films, but he finally directed a feature: the charming Just a Dream (released in March, 2002) with Robby Benson.

Continuing his plan of genre pictures to pay for the little ones, Glover starred in the first installment of the Saw franchise (which played the Chinese in October, 2004) with Cary Elwes, and was in the comedy The Cookout (played the Chinese in September, 2004) with Tim Meadows.

He played Eddie Murphy's manager in Dreamgirls (released in December, 2006) with Beyoncé, and had a role in the micro movie Be Kind Rewind (released in February, 2008) with Jack Black. He guest starred as Isaac Marshall on Brothers and Sisters aired over ABC from November, 2007 to April, 2008, and starred in Night Train (released direct to video in April, 2009).

Glover finally got to play the president of the United States in Roland Emmerich's disaster film 2012 (released in November, 2009) with John Cusack, and does a semi-nude scene at the end of Death at a Funeral (released in April, 2010) with Peter Dinklage.

Switching gears once more, Glover played Justice Thurgood Marshall in Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight aired over HBO in October, 2013), then appeared in the action flick Ninja Immovable Heart (released direct to video in February, 2014), and Bad Ass 3: Bad Asses on the Bayou (released in March, 2015) with Danny Trejo.

He starred in the comedy Waffle Street (released in March, 2016) with James Lafferty, and had supporting roles in Dirty Grandpa (released in January, 2016) with Robert De Niro, Sorry to Bother You (released in July, 2018) with Lakeith Stanfield, and The Old Man and the Gun (released in October, 2018) with Robert Redford.
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Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Danny Glover Forecourt ceremony, Tuesday, July 7, 1998. Danny Glover glances at the cameras while placing his hands in the cement.
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