LeVar Burton

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr.
  • Birth Place: Landstuhl, West Germany
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 02/16/1957, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor; TV host; producer; director
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LeVar Burton Fast Facts:
  • At 13, decided to become a priest and studied for four years in a Catholic seminary.
  • While a college sophomore, landed the pivotal role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark miniseries Roots; it was his TV debut.
  • For more than 20 years, served as host and co-executive producer of PBS's multi-Emmy-winning children's series Reading Rainbow, which also earned NAACP Image Awards and a Peabody.
  • Made TV directorial debut with a 1993 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called "The Pegasus."
  • Published the novel Aftermath in 1997.
  • Launched RRKidz, an interactive book app for children, in 2011.
  • LeVar Burton Relationships:
  • Eian Burton Smith - Son
  • Erma Christian - Mother
  • Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Sr. - Father
  • Stephanie Cozart Burton - Wife
  • Michaela Jean Burton - Daughter
  • LeVar Burton Awards:
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Children's Program - Nominee
  • 2003 Genie Awards: Best Achievement in Music/Original Song - Nominee
  • 1999 Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album - Winner
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

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