Tony Award nominee and graduate of Yale School of Drama, actor/comedian David Alan Grier is one of those unique actors who has yet to be typecast in one dramatic realm. Over the -years, he has successfully made the jump from comedy to television to film and still alternates between all three.
Grier is currently in production on his new series, THE PRESTON EPISODES, which is part of his overall deal with 20th Century Fox including a series commitment from the Fox Network and a feature film deal from the studios film division THE PRESTONT EPISODES which will be produced by Twentieth Television in association with Griers production company, has received a firm thirteen episode order from FBC.
Grier just finished filming JUMANJI with Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt for TRISTAR coming out December 15th and he was last seen this past May staring in Spike Lees anthology film, "Tales From The Hood". Last summer Grier was extremely busy: He starred in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in Central Park -- the comedy play marked the festivals first free production of the summer. .Grier also debuted as Americas newest superhero in Columbia Pictures. "Blankman" starring alongside Damon Wayans and in Hollywood Pictures "In The Army Now" with Pauley Shore.
Perhaps best known for his work on the acclaimed Fox TV series "In Living Color." David Alan Grier has helped create some of their most memorable characters, including AntoineMerriwether of "Men On...," old Calhoun Tubbs the blues singer and fast-talking Clavell of "Funky Finger Productions." "I never did a show like this before," he notes. "Im art actor. I come on, you give me my lines and I do them. In this show, the actors took a much more active role in the creative process of shaping the characters and the dialogue."
Despite extensive credits on television and Broadway, Grier gained recognition for his numerous roles in such films as "Boomerang," "A Soldiers Story," "Off Limits," "From The Hip," "Im Gonna Git You Sucka," "Almost An Angel," "Loose Cannons," "Amazon Women on the Moon" and "Streamers" for which he won a Golden Lion Award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.
A native of Detroit, Grier attended the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film. He received his masters degree from the Yale School of Drama and soon after, began his professional career on Broadway in "The First," a musical about Black baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson. Griers portrayal of Robinson earned him both critical praise and a Tony nomination in 1981.
Following "The First," Grier joined the cast of Michael Bennetts hit musical "Dreamgirls." He then went on to star with Adolph Cesar and Denzel Washington in the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway production of "A Soldiers Play," roles which all three actors continued in Norman Jewisons highly successful film version, "A Soldiers Story."
Trained in Shakespeare at Yale, Grier performed the role of Richmond in Richard III with Kevin Kline at the New York Shakespeare Festival. He also starred in "Peer Gynt" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and "Distant Fires" at the Hartford Stage Company.