Born: September 25, 1983 in Edwards Air Force Base, CA
“I’m probably going to get in trouble for this but American Dad is one of my favorite shows. It gets very dark in places but the jokes are there.”
Did You Know?
Raps under the stage name Childish Gambino, which was the name he got from a Wu-Tang Name Generator he found online.
Second African-American performer to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. (2017). He followed Robert Guillaume, who won in this category in 1985.
Donald Glover is a man of many talents, having already recorded successful endeavors as a writer, actor, musician, comedian, producer and director in his young career. If you were a regular viewer of the hit TV show 30 Rock, you may have seen him portraying a multitude of minor roles while also writing behind the scenes under the direction of the show’s creator, Tina Fey. Continuing his emergence on the small screen, Glover went on to land a prominent role on another hit comedy series, Community. From there, he successfully juggled careers as both an actor and musician, with several smaller movie rolls, a soaring career in the R&B and Hip-Hop music genres, and the creation of the award-winning TV series Atlanta.
While Glover’s star is certainly shining bright, it’s about to get much brighter. Making his move on the big screen, Glover is receiving a lot of positive buzz for his role as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. He’ll also be providing the voice for “Simba” in 2019’s live-action The Lion King, and there’s even talk about a Lando movie in the future.
Best Known For: 30 Rock TV Series (“Young Tracy Jordan”), Community TV Series (“Troy Barnes”), Ultimate Spider-Man Animated TV Series (“Miles Morales”), The Martian (“Rich Purnell”), Atlanta TV Series<(“Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks” / “Theodore Perkins”)
Breakout Role: Community
Next Project to Look Out for: Solo: A Star Wars Story (In theaters May 25)
Most Famous Scene: Word on the street is that Glover knocks it out of the park with his performance as Lando Calrissian; however, since the Solo movie hasn’t come out yet, let’s take a look back at a few classic “Troy” moments from the hit comedy show Community:
Won for Best Traditional R&B Performance (Grammy Awards) in 2018 for “Redbone”
Won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Golden Globes) and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Primetime Emmy Awards) in 2017 for Atlanta
Wanna catch up with a few Donald Glover flicks on your favorite streaming services?
• The Lazarus Effect
• Spider-Man: Homecoming
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• The Martian
ONE LAST THING:
Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, debuted his new song “This Is America” while he was the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live on May 5. The music video has garnered a lot of attention and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.