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Actor and comedian David Alan Grier is an accomplished Broadway and film actor who rose to fame as a cast member of the TV sketch-comedy show In Living Color.
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Amidst all of his comedic work, Grier never turned his back on dramatic roles. In 2010, he teamed up with David Mamet for the Broadway production of Race, which cast Grier as a lawyer grappling with having to defend a white man who's been charged in a crime against a black woman. The role earned Grier his second Tony nomination. Grier made critics gush again in 2012, playing the role of Porgy in the Broadway production of Porgy and Bess.
In 2009, Grier published his first book, Barack Like Me: The Chocolate Covered Truth, which details the actor's life and looks at issues related to race and culture.
Grier has been married twice and is the father of a daughter, Luisa Danbi Grier-Kim, who was born in 2008.
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