Danny Glover

Danny Glover

Position: Co-Founder, Board of Directors

Actor and Humanitarian, Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 30 years.  A native of San Francisco, Glover trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre. It was his Broadway debut in Fugard’s Master Harold…and the Boys that brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to cast him in his first leading role in 1984’s Academy Award-nominated Best Picture, Places in the Heart. The following year Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominated films: Peter Weir’s Witness and Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple.  In 1987 Glover partnered with Mel Gibson in the first Lethal Weapon film and went on the star in three hugely successful Lethal Weapon sequels.  Glover starred in The Royal Tenenbaums and To Sleep With Anger which he executive produced and for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. 

In 1994, Glover joined forces with friend and colleague, Ben Guillory to cofound The Robey Theatre Company: Los Angeles’ longest operating and most award-winning African American led theatre arts organization.  In 1999, Glover starred in The Robey Theatre Company and East West Players, Yohen and recently reprised that role in 2017.  

On the small screen, Glover won an Image Award, a Cable ACE Award and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of the HBO Movie, Mandela.  He has also received Emmy nominations for his work in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove, the telefilm Freedom Song, and as a director he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Showtime’s Just a Dream.  Glover also appeared in the HBO Original Movie Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.

Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.  He has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, and currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador and Ambassador for the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

Most recently Glover starred in Almost Christmas for Universal Studios.  He has completed roles in the feature films Proud Mary opposite Taraji P. Henson and Come Sunday with Chewitel Ejiofor. He can be seen in the upcoming films Sorry to Bother You by director Boots Riley this July, and in October will be seen in The Old Man & The Gun.