- 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.
- 1982, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
- 1983, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
- 2012, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
- 2010, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
- 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Nominee
- Luisa Danbi Grier-Kim — Daughter
- Maritza Rivera — Ex-wife
- Christine Kim — Wife (separated)
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States (BA in Radio and Film, 1978); Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (MA in Drama, 1981)
- Birth Name: David Alan Grier
- Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
- Profession: Actor, Comedian, Producer
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