LeVar Burton Biography (1957-)

Full name, Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr.; born February 16, 1957, in Landsthul, West Germany (now Germany); son of Levardis Robert Martyn (a photographer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps) and Erma (an educator, social worker, andadministrator; maiden name, Christian) Burton; married Stephanie Cozart (a makeup artist), October 3, 1992; children: Eian, Michaela. Addresses: Agent: Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Manager: The Marion Rosenberg Office, P.O. Box 69826, Los Angeles, CA 90069.; Publicist: Jonas Public Relations, 240 26th St., Suite 3, Santa Monica,CA 90402.; Office: Eagle Nation Films, 5555 Melrose Ave., Dietrich Bldg Suite 207, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
February 16, 1957
Landstuhl, West Germany

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, Rebop, PBS, 1978-79
  • Himself in recurring appearances, The $50,000 Pyramid, syndicated,1981
  • Host, Reading Rainbow, PBS, c. 1983-2005
  • Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge, Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as The Next Generation and Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1987-94
  • Voice of Kwame and opening narrator, Captain Planet and the Planeteers (animated), TBS and syndicated, 1990-93
  • Voice of Kwame, The New Adventures of Captain Planet (animated), TBS and syndicated, 1993-96
  • Daniel "Dan" Scott, Christy (also known as Catherine Marshall's"Christy"), CBS, 1994-95
  • Miniseries
  • Kunta Kinte/Toby Reynolds, Roots, ABC, 1977
  • Richard Jefferson, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (also known as The Mad Messiah), CBS, 1980
  • Professor Slade Preston, The Jesse Owens Story, syndicated, 1984
  • Movies
  • Billy Peoples, Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid (also known as Ghetto Child), CBS, 1977
  • Andrew Sinclair, Battered, NBC, 1978
  • Ron LeFlore, One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (also known as Man of Passion), CBS, 1978
  • Donald Lang, Dummy, CBS, 1979
  • Charles "Tank" Smith, Grambling's White Tiger, NBC, 1981
  • Rodney, The Acorn People, NBC, 1981
  • Ray Walden, Emergency Room, syndicated, 1983
  • Vinnie Davis, The Midnight Hour (also known as In the MidnightHour), ABC, 1985
  • Robert Johnson, Liberty, NBC, 1986
  • Ben Sumner, A Special Friendship, CBS, 1987
  • Kunta Kinte, Roots: The Gift (also known as A Roots Christmas:Kunta Kinte's Gift), ABC, 1988
  • Redemption II, 1991
  • Fire chief J. Allan Mather, Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland (also known as Firestorm: A Catastrophe in Oakland), ABC, 1993
  • Dr. Franklin Carter, Parallel Lives, Showtime, 1994
  • Winstrom, Yesterday's Target, Showtime, 1996
  • Himself, Dancing in September, HBO, 2000
  • Television Appearances: Specials
  • Himself, Battle of the Network Stars, ABC, 1976
  • Himself, Battle of the Network Stars II, ABC, 1977
  • Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1977
  • The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour, ABC, 1977
  • Battle of the Network Stars V, ABC, 1978
  • Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1979
  • The Celebrity Football Classic, NBC, 1979
  • I Love Liberty, ABC, 1982
  • Booth, PBS, 1984
  • Breathing Easy, PBS, 1984
  • (As Levar Burton) Himself, Farm Aid '87, 1987
  • Living the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, 1988
  • (Uncredited) Himself, The Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special, syndicated, 1991
  • Geordi La Forge, Comic Relief VI, HBO, 1994
  • Himself, Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek--The Next Generation(documentary), 1994
  • Himself, Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond, UPN, 1996
  • It's a Wonderful Cyberlife: A Holiday Buying Guide, The DiscoveryChannel, 1996
  • LeVar Burton Presents: A Reading Rainbow Special (also known as LeVar Burton Presents "Act against Violence": A Reading Rainbow Special), PBS, 1996
  • 50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary (documentary), HBO, 1997
  • (As Levar Burton) Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his twenties, Our Friend, Martin (live action and animated), Starz!, 1999
  • (In archive footage) Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments,UPN, 1999
  • Snowfest 2000, PAX TV, 2000
  • The 70th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, syndicated, 2001
  • Host, Roots--Celebrating 25 Years: The Saga of an American Classic(documentary; also known as Roots: Celebrating 25 Years), NBC, 2002
  • Himself, Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television (documentary), TV Land, 2002
  • Presenter, ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration, ABC, 2003
  • Commentator, TV Revolution (documentary), Bravo, 2004
  • Host, Mission: Space (documentary), PAX TV, 2004
  • Himself, Emmy's Greatest Moments, 2004
  • Himself, The N-Word (documentary), Trio, 2004
  • Miracle's Boys: The Making of a Miniseries (documentary), 2004
  • Himself, Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (documentary), TNT andTCM, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards, 1987
  • Presenter, The 20th NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1988
  • The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1991
  • The 23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1991
  • The 19th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1992
  • Host, The American Television Awards, ABC, 1993
  • The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (also known as The 1996 Emmy Awards), ABC, 1996
  • The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards (also known as NAACP Image Awards), Fox, 1996
  • Presenter, Caribbean Music Awards, syndicated, 1997
  • Presenter, The 28th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1997
  • The Screen Actors Guild Awards (also known as 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards and The 33rd Screen Actors Guild Awards), NBC, 1997
  • The 29th NAACP Image Awards, 1998
  • The 30th NAACP Image Awards, 1999
  • The Second Annual Family Television Awards, CBS, 2000
  • Presenter, The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2002
  • Presenter, The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Himself, Dinah!, syndicated, 1977
  • Himself, The $20,000 Pyramid, ABC, 1977
  • Dave, "Almos' a Man," American Short Story, PBS, 1978
  • "A Salute to the Brownings," Anyone for Tennyson?, PBS, 1978
  • Himself, The American Sportsman, ABC, 1982
  • "A Piece of the Action," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1982
  • Himself, The $25,000 Pyramid, CBS, 1982
  • Edward Ross, Jr., "Edward/The Extraordinary Miss Jones," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1983
  • Davis, "Booker," WonderWorks, PBS, 1984
  • "Love Is Blind," The Love Boat, ABC, 1984
  • Glenn Scott, "And the Children Shall Lead," WonderWorks, PBS, 1986
  • Dave Robinson, "Death Takes a Dive," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987
  • Evans, "Bad Girl," Houston Knights, CBS, 1987
  • Voice of Hayden Sloane, "The Worry Men," Batman: The Animated Series (animated; also known as Batman), The WB, 1993
  • Mr. Metcalf, "The Boss," Deadly Games, UPN, 1995
  • Voice of Anansi, "Mark of the Panther," Gargoyles (animated), TheDisney Channel, 1996
  • Captain Geordi LaForge, "Timeless," Star Trek: Voyager (also knownas Voyager), UPN, 1998
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, PBS, 1998
  • Mr. Haller, "Beckerethics," Becker, CBS, 2000
  • Himself, "Star Trek Edition," Weakest Link, NBC, 2001
  • Himself, Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2001
  • Himself, "Indy Filmmakers," Mornings on IMC, 2003
  • Marvin Lloyd, "The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang," Boomtown, NBC, 2003
  • Himself, Mad TV, Fox, 2003
  • Himself, Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2004
  • Himself, "Hollywood Home Game," World Poker Tour, Travel Channel,2005
  • Himself, Tavis Smiley, PBS, 2005
  • Contributor of a voice characterization, "The Frog Prince," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO; appeared in episodes of other television series.
  • Pilots
  • Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge, Star Trek: The Next Generation--Encounter at Farpoint (also known as Encounter at Farpoint), syndicated, 1987
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer and contributing producer, Reading Rainbow, PBS, c. 1983-2005
  • Television Director
  • Miniseries
  • "Free Day," Miracle's Boys, Noggin, 2005
  • Movies
  • The Tiger Woods Story, Showtime, 1998
  • Smart House, The Disney Channel, 1999
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Producer, LeVar Burton Presents: A Reading Rainbow Special (also known as LeVar Burton Presents "Act against Violence": A Reading Rainbow Special), PBS, 1996
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "Pegasus," Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as The Next Generation and Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1993
  • "Second Chances," Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as The Next Generation and Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1993
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as DS9, Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, various episodes from 1995-99
  • Star Trek: Voyager (also known as Voyager), UPN, various episodes from 1995-2001
  • "Samurai Secrets," Soul Food, Showtime, 2000
  • "Nice Work If You Can Get It," Soul Food, Showtime, 2001
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (also known as Enterprise), UPN, various episodes from 2001-2005
  • "Pulse Rate," JAG, CBS, 2003
  • "Extreme Makeover: Worlds Edition," Charmed, The WB, 2005
  • Film Appearances
  • Cap Jackson, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Paramount, 1977
  • Tommy Price, The Hunter, Paramount, 1980
  • Private Michael Osgood, The Supernaturals, Republic EntertainmentInternational, 1986
  • Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge, Star Trek: Generations (alsoknown as Star Trek VII and Star Trek 7), Paramount, 1994
  • Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge, Star Trek: First Contact (also known as Star Trek: Borg, Star Trek: Destinies, Star Trek: Future Generations, Star Trek: Generations II, Star Trek: Resurrection), Paramount, 1996
  • Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge and himself, Trekkies (documentary), Paramount Classics, 1997
  • Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge, Star Trek: Insurrection (also known as Star Trek 9), Paramount, 1998
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Ali, Columbia, 2001
  • Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge, Star Trek: Nemesis, Paramount, 2002
  • (In archive footage) Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (documentary), 2004
  • Film Director
  • Blizzard, 2003
  • RECORDINGS
  • Video Games
  • Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge, Star Trek: The Next Generation--A Final Unity, 1995
  • Voice of Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge, Star Trek: Generations, 1997
  • (In archive footage) Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge, Star Trek:The Next Generation Companion, 1999
  • Music Videos
  • Police lieutenant, Cameo, "Word Up," c. 1986
  • Audiobooks
  • Arnold Rampersad, Jackie Robinson: A Biography, Random Audio, 1997
  • Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Bantam Audio, 1997
  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., Time Warner Audiobooks, 1999
  • George Dawson and Richard Glaubman, Life Is So Good, Audio Literature, 2000
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Wrote Malidoma and Masters of the Far East.
  • Film Music
  • Songs for Films
  • (With David Martin and Pamela Phillips Oland) "Center of My Heart," Blizzard, 2003
  • Novels
  • Aftermath, Warner Books, 1996, also produced as an audiobook
  • Nonfiction
  • (Author of introduction) Twila Christensen Liggett and Cynthia Mayer Benfield, Reading Rainbow Guide to Children's Books: The 101 Best Titles,Carol Publishing Group, 1994

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 8, Gale, 1995
    • Van Hise, James, Trek: The Next Generation, Pioneer Books, 1991
    Periodicals
    • Booklist, November 1, 1996, p. 459
    • DreamWatch, February, 1999, pp. 24-25
    • Library Journal, December, 1996, p. 152
    • Los Angeles Times, January 18, 2002
    • NEA Today, November, 1995, p. 7
    • Parade, June 20, 1999, pp. 4-5
    • People Weekly, March 7, 1988, p. 65
    • Publishers Weekly, December 9, 1996, p. 64
    • Starlog, January, 1991; May, 1997
    • Star Trek Communicator, March, 1997, pp. 18-21; April, 1998, pp. 32-34
    • TV Guide, August 13, 1988, p. 12; November 14, 1998, p. 4; June 21, 2003, p. 15
    • TV Zone, September, 1996, pp. 39-43

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