- NAME: LeVar Burton
- OCCUPATION: Actor, Director, Television Personality, Television Producer
- BIRTH DATE: February 16, 1957 (Age: 57)
- Did You Know?: LeVar Burton has won 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and five NAACP Awards.
- Did You Know?: LeVar Burton was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990.
- Did You Know?: By 2013, 10 million books and video field trips had been utilized through the Reading Rainbow app, an initiative spearheaded by LeVar Burton.
- EDUCATION: University of Southern California
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Landstuhl, Germany
- Full Name: Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr.
- AKA: Levardis Burton
- AKA: LeVar Burton
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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LeVar Burton is an actor known chiefly for starring in Roots, hosting Reading Rainbow and appearing on the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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Already a household name to thousands of grade-school children, Burton became a household name for science-fiction fans in 1987 when he began starring on Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek: The Next Generation, as blind chief engineer Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge on the series. In 1993, he got to direct an episode of the show, on which he cast Dr. Mae C. Jemison,
the first African-American female astronaut, as a guest star.
Following The Next Generation's cancelation in 1994, Burton directed several film and TV projects, including the 1998 TV movie The Tiger Woods Story, the series Soul Food (2000-2001), the dramedy Reach for Me (2008) and the Star Trek spin-offs Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995-1999), Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005).
In 2011, Burton announced the launch of RRKidz, a reading and exploration platform/company aimed at motivating kids to "experience literature via the digital devices they love," offering hundreds of books through a subscription service. The following year saw the launch of a free Reading Rainbow app, designed specifically for the iPad and for children ages 3-9. "Reading will never go out of style, but the tools used for learning are changing," Burton said in a statement released at the time. "I am excited to bring Reading Rainbow back so that parents who watched the show can now share that same feelgood experience with their own children, but on platform that resonates with today's digital kids."
In 2013, RRKidz announced that 10 million books and video field trips had been utilized through the app.
In addition to his recent work with RRKidz, Burton stays active through social media. In 2014, his Twitter page boasted 1.8 million followers.
Married to makeup artist Stephanie Cozart Burton since 1992, Burton has two children, Michaela Jean and Ian.
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