Daniel Lebern Glover also known as Danny Glover is a prolific American actor, film director, and political activist. This article covers Danny Glover net worth, biography, career and other interesting facts about him.
He became popular for his portrayal of Roger Murtaugh who is the role in the Lethal Weapon film series. He is widely known for his work in political activism circles Danny Glover net worth is estimated at $40 million as at February 2020.
Danny Glover Biography
Born on July 22, 1946 in San Francisco, Danny Glover is the son of Carrie (nee Hunley) and James Glover, who were both postal workers. His parents were also active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), working hard in the advancement of equal rights.
His father who was a World War II veteran was a graduate of George Washington High School while his mother Carrie graduated from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.
Glover who suffered epilepsy as an adolescent and young adult attended San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the late 1960s. Unfortunately, he did not graduate but was later honored by the SFSU with the Presidential Medal of San Francisco State University for his service to education.
Danny Glover’s acting Career
Glover initially worked in city administration in the aspect of community development before he transitioned into theater. He would later say that the transitioning wasn’t difficult for him as he saw acting as a platform that can convey ideas.
His first involvement with theater was at the Black Actors’ Workshop with the American Conservatory Theater, which is a regional training program in San Francisco. He later went on to train under Jean Shelton at the Shelton Actors Lab also in San Francisco. He later credited Jean Shelton for developing his acting skills. He then moved to Los Angeles in 1994 after resigning from his job in city administration for more acting opportunities. Once there, he co-founded the Robey Theatre Company alongside fellow actor, Ben Guillory. The company was so named in honour of the late actor and concert singer Paul Robeson. The theater was focused on theatre by and about Black people. Most of Danny Glover net worth has come from his acting career.
From 1994 to date, Glover has been involved in a variety of film, stage, and television roles but he is best known for playing the role of Roger Murtaugh, a Los Angeles police sergeant in the action film series Lethal Weapon. He also starred alongside Gary Busey in the blockbuster movie Predator 2 where he earned top billing as an actor as well as Whoopi Goldberg’s husband in the movie The Colour Purple. Also in 1994, he made his directorial debut in the short film Override for the channel Showtime.
While with Carrie Films, Glover executive produced various movies for first-time directors such as Pamm Malveaux in his movie Final Act starring Joe Morton, which was aired on the Independent Film Channel. Glover also featured in the popular 2001 movie The Royal Tenenbaums, alongside actors such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston and Owen Wilson.
Other roles from the screen
Danny Glover attended the London Film and Comic Con which was held at Earls Court on Friday 5th to Sunday, July 7 2013. He also participated in a panel discussion at an event that was co-sponsored by The Gloster Project and Jubilee Performing Arts Center. The event was held in Mississippi and it included notable authors such as Terry McMillan and Quincy Troupe.
On January 30, 2015, Glover who was the Keynote speaker as well as the 2015 Honoree for the MLK Celebration Series at the Rhode Island School of Design, used his career and personal story to talk about the topic: “Creativity and Democracy: Social Change through the Arts”.
Danny Glover Marriage, Relationships and Personal Life
Glover got married to Asake Bomani in 1975. The marriage produced a daughter, Mandisa before they went to the divorce courts in 2000. He remarried in 2009 to Eliane Cavalleiro.
Though as at 2011 Glover no longer lives in Oregon, he has a 6,000 -square-foot (560 m2) house in Dunthorpe, Oregon.
Danny Glover’s Activism
Glover ran foul of the law on April 16, 2010. He was arrested in Maryland during a protest by SEIU workers for Sodexo’s alleged unfair and illegal treatment of workers but he was only given a citation and released.
He got involved in activism while he was attending the San Francisco State University (SFSU). He was a member of the Black Students’ Union who collaborated with the Third World Liberation Front as well as the American Federation of Teachers to launch a five-month student-led strike culminating in the establishment of a Department of Black Studies. The strike is the longest student walkout in U.S. history till date.
He also used his leverage as a former San Francisco cab driver to raise awareness about African Americans being refused rides in favor of white passengers. In response to these claims, Rudolph Giuliani launched Operation Refusal, which suspended the licenses of cab drivers who favored white passengers over black ones.
Glover has had a long and colorful history in union activism. These include support for the United Farm Workers, support for the 375 Union workers in the Ohio Hugo Boss manufacturing plant by calling upon all actors at the 2010 Academy Awards to boycott Hugo Boss suits.
Honours and Awards
Danny Glover’s long and varied life and career had garnered different awards from various walks of life.
In 2010, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Utah State University while also giving the Commencement Address. He was awarded another honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the Starr King School for the Ministry also in 2010.
The Cuban Council of State on December 29, 2016, awarded him the Cuban National Medal of Friendship in a ceremony held in Havana for his support to Cuban 5 during their time of incarceration in the United States.
His feature in various movies has earned him various nominations and he has won awards such as Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for the movie To Sleep with Anger.
Danny Glover Net Worth
Currently, Danny Glover net worth is estimated at $40 million. His wealth has largely been garnered from his successful portrayal of different roles in his 25-year acting career.
Some of the career earnings that have contributed to Danny Glover net worth are;
Lethal Weapon 4 $ 7,000,000
Gone Fishin’ $ 2,000,000