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David Alan Grier: “Living Color” Actor and Comedian | Know Him Better

aisha Published On Thu May 21 2020   Modified On Thu May 21 2020
David Alan Grier: “Living Color” Actor and Comedian | Know Him Better

David Alan Grier is an actor and comedian best known for his role in 'In Living Color', 'Jumanji', 'The Wiz Live', and so on. He was in the list of 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time

Grier was born on June 30, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan, and has a sun sign Cancer. He has produced six and wrote nine series, TV movies, and documentary. 

Some of his produced and written work are 'Comedy You Can Believe In', 'The Poker House', 'The Davey Gee Show', and others. 

Net Worth: $6 million 

David Alan Grier has earned a whopping net worth of $6 million from his varied career as an actor, comedian, writer, producer, and author. He has earned his worth through various movies and series while earned $20,000 per episode from 'In Living Color'. 

Grier has appeared in 140 episodes for eleven years and earned $2.8 million from the movie. 

Education & Alma Mater 

Coach from 'Sprinter' got enrolled in Detroit's magnet high school, Class Tech from where he got graduated. He then joined the University Of Michigan where he studied Radio, Television, and Film and got his Bachelor of Marts degree.

In 1981, Grier earned his Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama.

Parents: William and Ruth Grier

Grier is the son of late William Henry Grier and Aretas Ruth Dudley Grier. His father William was a psychiatrist and an author of the book 'Black Rage' and worked in Detroit before moving to San Francisco. 

On September 3, 2015, his father William died in Carlsbad, California. Likewise, his mother Aretas was a normal school teacher. 

A picture of David Alan Grier father William Henry Grier.
A picture of David Alan Grier father William Henry Grier.
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Was Married To Two Woman 

The 'Road Hard' actor was married to Maritza Rivera, an actress best known for her work in 'Floundering', 'In Living Color', and 'Losing Ground'. The former pair got married in 1987, and stayed together for over ten years while got separated in 1997. 

David Alan Grier with his first wife Maritza Rivera.
David Alan Grier with his first wife Maritza Rivera.
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Then on July 29, 2007, Grier married his second wife Christine Y. Kim, an associate curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and an author. 

Their marriage lasted for only two years as Kim filed for divorce on July 9, 2009, citing irreconcilable differences between them. From two years of marriage, the pair gave birth bo their first child. 

David Alan Grier with his second wife Christine Y. Kim.
David Alan Grier with his second wife Christine Y. Kim.
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Children: Luisa Danbi Grier-Kim

On January 10, 2008, Grier and Kim gave birth to a daughter and named her Luisa Danbi Grier-Kim. It seems like, after the divorce of the pair, their daughter's custody was given to Kim as Luisa isn't seen with her father much and her private life has been kept secret by the parents.

David Alan Grier with his daughter Luisa Danbi Grier-Kim.
David Alan Grier with his daughter Luisa Danbi Grier-Kim.
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However on November 16, 2011, the daughter and father were spotted out together and since then the former pair are seen together on carnival and in Grier's movie premier. 

Started His Career Since 1983

In 1983, Grier started his first acting debut in the movie 'Streamers' as Roger and since then he has appeared in more than One Hundred movies, television series, short movies, and videos. 

Throughout his acting career, Grier is well-recognized by his performance in 'A Solider's Story' as Corporal Cobb, 'Boomerang' as Gerard, 'The Woodsman' as Bob, and so on. 

David Alan Grier as Captain Hill in 'Coffee & Kareem'.
David Alan Grier as Captain Hill in 'Coffee & Kareem'.
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Captain Hill from 'Coffee & Kareem' is also a voice actor and has acted in more than ten series, movies, and TV movies. He is the voice of Landanlius 'The Truth' Truefeld / Danny / Stompie in 'Crank Yankers', 'Stuart Little' as Red, 'Astro Boy' as Mr. Squirt / Math Cowboy and Boxer Robot.

Broadway Play

Before starting his movie debut, Grier landed in Broadway play after graduating from Yale and his first role was in short Broadway musical 'The First' as Jackie Robinson. He also was nominated for Tony awards for his role in the play.  Grier then acted in the hit Broadway musical 'Dreamgirls' as  James "Thunder" Early.

Author Of 'Barack Like Me'

Andy Dodd from 'The Big Sick' is also an author of 'Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth'. He wrote his book in 2009, which was published by Simon & Schuster. The book is about his growing progress from a ten-year-old boy who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama. 

David Alan Grier book 'Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth'.
David Alan Grier book 'Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth'.
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Social Media Presence

As for his social media presence, Grier is active on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. He has gained 154k followers on Instagram and has a username 'davidalangrier' while he has gained 132,4k followers with the username 'davidalangrier'. 

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