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    • Danny has been nominated for two SAG Awards. In 2001, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Freedom Song. In 2007, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Dreamgirls.

    • Danny has been nominated for five Emmy Awards. In 1988, he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for Mandela. In 1989, he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for Lonesome Dove. In 1996, he was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Fallen Angels. In 2000, he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Freedom Song. In 2003, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special for Just a Dream.

    • Danny is the oldest of five children.

    • Danny was arrested when he sixteen for riding around on a stolen motor scooter.

    • Danny graduated from George Washington High School.

    • Danny attended City College of San Francisco.

    • Danny was a member of the Black Students Union while attending San Francisco State University.

    • Danny participated in the longest student strike in United States history. While Danny was a member of Black Students Union at San Francisco State University, while alongside the Third World Liberation Front led a five month strike to get a class about Ethnic Studies.

    • Danny graduated from San Francisco State University in 1968 with a BA in economics.

    • Danny was an evaluator for the San Francisco Model Cities program, he quit to pursue his acting career.

    • Danny trained with Jean Shelton at the Shelton Actors Lab. He also credits he for much of his development as an actor.

    • Danny has portrayed Nelson Mandela in two different movies, one for PBS and another for HBO. In both cases actress Alfre Woodard portrayed Nelson Mandela's wife.

    • Danny appeared in Michael Jackson's music video for "Liberian Girl".

    • Danny formed the Robey Theatre Company in 1994 with actor Ben Guillory.

    • Danny has stated that he did Operation Dumbo Drop and Gone Fishin' strictly for the money.

    • Danny received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University in May 0f 1997.

    • Danny has accused New York City cab drivers of not picking up black passengers. He made this accusation after a cab driver would not let him sit in the front seat of the cab. Interestingly, on that note, Glover was born on exactly the same day as screenwriter-director Paul Schrader, whose scripts include Taxi Driver.

    • Danny is a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations.

    • Danny signed a petition protesting the United States "campaign of destabilization" against Cuba. This led to Joe Scarborough to call for his firing at MCI, a company that Glover had been appearing in commercials for.

    • Danny mentored actor Eli Harris while filming 16 Blocks.

    • In 2007 Danny endorsed former United States Senator John Edwards for the Democratic nomination.

    • Danny is a fan of the San Francisco Giants.

    • Danny is 6' 3 1/2" (1.92 m).

    • Danny has appeared in the following plays:
      The Blood Knot
      -Master Harold...and the Boys
      -Macbeth
      -Suicide in B Flat
      -The Island

    • Danny got paid seven million dollars to reprise his role in Lethal Weapon 4.

    • Danny is good friends with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and fellow actor Alfree Woodard.

    • He suffers from epilepsy.

  • Quotes

    • [On how he became an actor]
      Danny Glover: I never thought about being an actor. In 1967, the students at San Francisco State invited the poet Amiri Baraka to the campus for a semester. He attracted other influential black writers such as Sonia Sanchez, Ed Bullins, Eldridge Cleaver. What emerged was something we called the community communications program. That's how I got involved; I got involved in a little play. As the BSU [Black Students Union] went through restructuring, I was named the minister of culture. At 20 or 21 years old, I wasn't even imaginative enough to know what that meant. But that's how I first got involved in acting.

    • Danny: It would be extraordinary for [the American] film culture to unravel slavery but it doesn't. People are afraid to deal with it. There is no framework for people to unravel it.

    • Danny: Every day of my life I walk with the idea I am black no matter how successful I am.

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