The multitalented David Alan Grier can currently be seen on Broadway in The Gershwins’© PORGY AND BESS©, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. Grier is thrilled to have returned to his theatrical roots once again in 2012 to share the stage with Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis in Time Magazine’s Musical of the Year in a role The New York Times described David “in the stand-out role of the rakish, drug-dealing Sporting Life.”
In 2009/2010, David Alan Grier starred in David Mamet’s acclaimed play RACE, opposite James Spader and Kerry Washington at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, for which he received his second Tony Award-nomination. Last fall he wrapped filming the comedy WE THE PEEPLES produced by Tyler Perry opposite Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson.
Trained in Shakespeare at Yale, where he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, the multi talented Grier was subsequently named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.”
Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in THE FIRST, for which he earned a Tony Award-nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won the Theatre World Award (1981). He then joined the cast of DREAMGIRLS before going on to star opposite Denzel Washington in A SOLDIER’S PLAY, for which both actors reprised their roles in the film adaptation of the same name. He appeared in Robert Altman’s STREAMERS and won the Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival (1983).
His television work is highlighted by a turn as principal cast member on the Emmy Award winning IN LIVING COLOR (1990-1994) where he helped to create some of the show’s most memorable characters, as well as DAG (2000-2001) and LIFE WITH BONNIE (2003) which earned an Image and Golden Satellite nomination. David created, wrote and executive produced a show for Comedy Central called CHOCOLATE NEWS (2008). Grier also won America’s votes as a smooth, debonair, and outrageously irreverent contestant on ABC’s smash hit DANCING WITH THE STARS (2009). Grier didn’t hang up his dance shoes just then as he later appeared in the Wayans Brothers’ spoof movie DANCE FLICK which hit theatres in May 2009.
In Grier’s first book, “Barack Like Me: The Chocolate Covered Truth” (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster; October 6, 2009), the acclaimed comedian expounds on politics, culture and race while recounting his own life story in this edgy, timely, timeless, and hilarious memoir and look at all things Barack.