Countless theater, television, film, and comedic endeavors have charted David Alan Grier's career’s path to stellar heights, and his ability to excel across all mediums and contexts is a testament to his inherent sense of comic timing
and creative drive. The Tony and GRAMMY Award nominee was trained
in Shakespeare at Yale where he received an MFA from the Yale School of
Drama. Given David’s experiential background and artistic capability, it came
as no surprise when Comedy Central named him as one of their “100 Greatest
Stand-ups of All Time.”
In May 2013, David will star in the comedy PEEPLES opposite Kerry Washington
and Craig Robinson. The film was produced by Tyler Perry. In addition to his film
and theater endeavors, 2013 will see David joining the cast of BAD TEACHER,
CBS’ single-camera comedy series adaptation of the hit 2011 movie by the
His television work is highlighted by a turn as principal cast member on the
Emmy Award winning In Living Color (1990–1994) where he helped to create
some of the show’s most memorable characters, DAG (2000–2001) and Life
with Bonnie (2003) which earned an Image and Golden Satellite nomination.
David created, wrote and executive produced a show for Comedy Central called
Chocolate News (2008).
Grier made his film debut in Streamers (1983), directed by Robert Altman for
which he won the Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. He
appeared in the Wayans Brothers’ spoof movie Dance Flick (2009) and recently
wrapped filming the comedy PEEPLES, produced by Tyler Perry,
opposite Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson.
Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in
The First, for which he earned a Tony Award-nomination for Best Featured
Actor in a Musical and won the Theatre World Award (1981). He then joined
the cast of Dreamgirls before going on to star opposite Denzel Washington in
A Soldier’s Play, for which both actors reprised their roles in the film adaptation
titled A Soldier’s Story.
In 2009/2010 Grier starred in David Mamet’s acclaimed play RACE opposite
James Spader and Kerry Washington at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on
Broadway for which he received his second Tony Award-nomination. Grier
received his third Tony Award-nomination in 2012 for his "stand-out role of
the rakish, drug-dealing Sporting Life" (NY Times) in The Gershwin's Porgy &
Bess. Grier received his first GRAMMY nomination when the cast recording of
The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess received a 2013 GRAMMY Award nomination for
Best Musical Theater Album.