Fast Facts

  • Played the role of James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls on Broadway in the early 1980s.
  • Made his film debut in Robert Altman's Streamers in 1983.
  • A cast member on the groundbreaking Fox sketch comedy In Living Color.
  • Was a frequent guest on the radio programs Loveline and the Adam Corolla Show.
  • Published his first book, Barack Like Me: The Chocolate Covered Truth, in 2009.
  • Is an art collector.


  • 2010, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 1983, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
  • 1982, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee


  • Luisa Danbi Grier-Kim — Daughter
  • Maritza Rivera — Ex-wife
  • Christine Kim — Wife (separated)


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (BA in Radio and Film, 1978); Yale University, New Haven, CT (MA in Drama, 1981)

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  • Birth Name: David Alan Grier
  • Birth Place: Detroit, MI
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Producer

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