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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 Glover 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.

Keeping busy, Glover took a supporting role in The Last Black Man in San Francisco (released in June 2019) with Jimmie Fails, the television movie Strive, aired over in May 2019 with Michelle Joyner, and has a supporting role in Jumanji: The Next Level (which played the Chinese in December 2019) with Dwayne Johnson. He plays a war veteran in The Drummer with Sam Underwood. He's in the bizarro comedy American Dreamer along with Matt Dillon and Shirley MacLaine (released in June 2022).
Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Danny Glover Forecourt block. Executed by unknown, Tuesday, July 7, 1998. 49 x 44 inches.
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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