Daniel Lebern Glover, or more commonly known as Danny Glover, is an American actor who has starred in over 70 Hollywood films. Born in San Francisco, California on July 22, 1946, the 68 year old actor officially started a career in acting in 1979. Glover also occasionally enjoys the role of director, having directed several high-profile films in the past few decades. Glover attended the renowned George Washington High School in San Francisco, and later went to the prestigious San Francisco State University, but never got around to complete a formal degree. In addition, he has also trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater, one of the most famous non-profit theater company providing acting classes and various degrees in Arts.
Given Glover’s medical struggles with epilepsy and dyslexia, it is surprising as well as impressive to see him rise up to such unparalleled significance and recognition. What becomes even more baffling is the fact that Glover himself never saw it coming, seeing how he began his professional working career in Community Development where acting seemed like a far-fetched fantasy. With an outstanding 35-year long career in the balance, the actor describes the profession of acting to be one which involves sharing the truest of feelings and emotions. He first began casting in Sci-Fi and Drama films such as Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Iceman (1984) and Places in the Heart (1984), only partially being recognized as a major contributor in the film business. However, Glover got some considerable recognition after he played the role of a corrupt cop named Det. Lt. James McFee in the 1985 classic Witness. With an exceptional performance, the film went on to be nominated for eight Academy Awards and winning awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. In the same year, he starred in Steven Spielberg’s epic production, The Color Purple, which tells the story of how African-Americans faced problems of racism, poverty and sexism in the early 1900s.