David Alan Grier

Nov 5, 2008 by     Comments Off on David Alan Grier    Posted under: Comedian, Male Black Comedians

DavidAlanGrierDavid Alan Grier may be best known as a dexterous TV comedy star, but he is also a multi-talented veteran of musicals, plays, and numerous films. Born in Detroit, Grier graduated with a B.A. in radio, TV, and film from the University of Michigan. Shortly after earning his master’s degree at the Yale School of Drama, Grier made his Tony award-nominated Broadway debut in 1981, starring in the musical +The First. Along with a stint in the hit musical +Dreamgirls, Grier also did Shakespeare and acted in the off-Broadway drama +A Soldier’s Play. Moving to film, Grier earned the Venice Film Festival’s Best Actor prize for his first feature, Robert Altman’s Streamers (1983). Grier was subsequently one of several cast members to make the transition from stage to screen when +A Soldier’s Play was adapted into the critically lauded, Best Picture nominee A Soldier’s Story (1984). Grier moved to lighter cinematic fare with a starring role in the advertising parody Beer (1985) and appeared in a series of undistinguished films, including From the Hip (1986) and Almost an Angel (1990).

Grier’s brief role in Keenen Ivory Wayans’ dead-on blaxploitation spoof I’m Gonna Git You Sucka! (1988), however, turned into an even more fruitful collaboration when Wayans cast Grier in his comedy sketch show In Living Color. Throughout In Living Color’s 1990-1994 run, Grier created some of the show’s most memorable characters, including flamboyant, circle-snapping critic Antoine Merriweather of “Men On. . .” Grier maintained his film career by appearing as himself in Altman’s Hollywood satire The Player (1992) and co-starring in the Eddie Murphy vehicle Boomerang (1992), as well as Damon Wayans’ superhero spoof Blankman (1994). After the show ended, Grier continued to alternate between TV and films, executive producing and starring in the short-lived series The Preston Chronicles (1995), as well as appearing in the Robin Williams hit Jumanji (1995). Grier re-teamed with his “Men On” cohort Damon Wayans for the latter’s 1998 sitcom Damon, but it failed to match In Living Color’s popularity. Grier notched a ratings hit, and got to display his dramatic chops with his performance as a Black Panther in the miniseries The 60s (1999). After appearing in the lackluster Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000) and Return to Me (2000), Grier took another shot at sitcom success as the title Secret Serviceman in DAG (2000). Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide – Starpulse.com

He can now be seen on his Comedy Central TV show Chocolate News (2008).

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