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Levardis Robert Martyn "LeVar" Burton Jr. (born February 16, 1957) is an American actor, presenter, director and author. He is best known for his roles as the host of the long-running PBS
children's series Reading Rainbow, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Geordi La Forge
in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the young Kunta Kinte
Kunta Kinte
in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries Roots. He has also directed a number of television episodes for various iterations of Star Trek, among other programs.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early work 2.2 Reading Rainbow 2.3 Star Trek: The Next Generation 2.4 Other appearances 2.5 Directing

3 Personal life 4 Philanthropy 5 Filmography

5.1 Film 5.2 Television

6 Director 7 Awards

7.1 Nominations 7.2 Wins

8 Books 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Early life[edit] Burton was born to American parents at the U.S. Army Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in West Germany. His mother, Erma Gene (née Christian), was a social worker, administrator, and educator.[1] His father, Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, was a photographer for the U.S. Army Signal Corps at the time he was stationed at Landstuhl.[2][3][4] Burton and his two sisters were raised by his mother in Sacramento, California.[5] Burton was raised Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
and, at the age of thirteen, entered St. Pius X Minor Seminary in Galt, California, to become a priest.[6][7] While in seminary, he read works by the philosophers Laozi, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Søren Kierkegaard, which caused him to question the Catholic dogma that Catholicism is the only true religion.[8] At seventeen, Burton graduated with the class of 1974 and enrolled at the University of Southern California
University of Southern California
with a drama scholarship.[9] While at the University of Southern California, Burton was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu
Sigma Alpha Mu
fraternity. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Theatre.[10] Career[edit] Early work[edit] Burton first appeared on television in a drama about a misunderstood deaf boy. LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
made his film acting debut in 1977 when he played Kunta Kinte
Kunta Kinte
in the ABC award-winning drama series Roots, based on the novel by Alex Haley. Burton's audition for the role of Kinte was the first of his professional career.[11] As a result of his performance, he was nominated for the Emmy
for Best Actor
in a Drama Series. Burton reprised the role of Kunta Kinte
Kunta Kinte
in the 1988 television film Roots: The Gift. When asked about the societal impacts of Roots, Burton is quoted as saying, "It expanded the consciousness of people. Blacks and whites began to see each other as human beings, not as stereotypes. And if you throw a pebble into the pond, you're going to get ripples. I think the only constant is change, and it's always slow. Anything that happens overnight is lacking in foundation. Roots is part of a changing trend, and it's still being played out."[12] Burton played a role as a visitor to Fantasy Island, was a participant in Battle of the Network Stars, a guest of the Muppet Show's televised premiere party for the release of The Muppet Movie, and a frequent guest on several game shows. In 1986, he appeared in the music video for the song "Word Up!" by the funk/R&B group Cameo. Burton accepted an invitation to host Rebop, a multicultural series designed for young people ages 9–15, produced by WGBH for PBS. Reading Rainbow[edit] Burton was the host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
starting in 1983 for PBS.[13] The series ran for 23 seasons, making it one of the longest-running children's programs on the network. The series garnered over 200 broadcast awards over its run, including a Peabody Award and 26 Emmy
Awards, 11 of which were in the Outstanding Children's Series category.[14][15] Burton himself won 12 Emmy
awards as host and producer of the show.[16] After Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
went off the air in 2006, Burton and his business partner, Mark Wolfe, acquired the global rights to the brand and formed RRKIDZ, a new media company for children. Reading Rainbow was reimagined as an all new application for the iPad in 2012, and was an immediate success, becoming the number-one educational application within 36 hours. At RRKIDZ, Burton serves as co-founder and curator-in-chief, ensuring that the projects produced under the banner meet the high expectations and trust of the Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
brand.[17] On May 28, 2014, Burton and numerous coworkers from other past works started a Kickstarter
campaign project to bring back Reading Rainbow. To keep with the changing formats to which young children are exposed, his efforts are being directed at making this new program web-based, following the success of the tablet application he helped create in recent years. His desire is to have the new Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
be integrated into the classrooms of elementary schools across the country, and for schools in need to have free access.[18] The Kickstarter
campaign has since raised over $5 million, reaching triple its goal in only three days.[19] Star Trek: The Next Generation[edit] In 1986, Gene Roddenberry
Gene Roddenberry
approached Burton with the role of the then Lieutenant Junior Grade Geordi La Forge
Geordi La Forge
in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. The character is blind but is granted "sight" through the use of a prosthetic device called a VISOR
worn over his eyes. La Forge started out serving as the USS Enterprise's helmsman, and as of the show's second season, had become its chief engineer. At the time, Burton was considerably better known than Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
in the United States, due to his roles in Roots
and Reading Rainbow. The Associated Press
Associated Press
stated that Burton's role was essentially the "new Spock".[20] Burton also portrayed La Forge in the subsequent feature films based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, beginning with Star Trek Generations (1994) through Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). He directed two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. Other appearances[edit]

Burton with social activist and former Second Lady Tipper Gore

On television, Burton has helped dramatize the last days of Jim Jones's suicide cult in Guyana, the life and times of Jesse Owens, and the life of the nine-year-old Booker T. Washington. He portrayed Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
in the 2001 film Ali. He also portrayed Detroit Tiger Ron LeFlore
Ron LeFlore
in the television movie One in a Million, The Ron LeFlore Story. In 1987, Burton played Dave Robinson, a journalist (sports writer), in the third season of Murder, She Wrote, episode 16 – "Death Takes a Dive", starring Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
as Jessica Fletcher. In 1992, a clip of Burton's voice was sampled by DC Talk
DC Talk
for the track "Time is..." on their album Free at Last. The sample is at the very end of the song, in which Burton can be heard saying: "Whoa, wait a minute." He has also lent his voice to several animated projects, including Kwame in the cartoon series Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990–1993) and The New Adventures of Captain Planet (1993–1996), Family Guy, Batman: The Animated Series and Gargoyles. Burton is on the audio version of The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. Burton has been cast as voice actor for Black Lightning
Black Lightning
in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies DVD. In an ironic twist, Burton taped a recycling field trip for YouTube. Burton appeared several times as a celebrity guest on the Dick Clark-hosted $25,000 Pyramid, from 1982 until 1988. Burton also was the strongest link in the special Star Trek
Star Trek
episode of The Weakest Link. He defeated his final opponent Robert Picardo
Robert Picardo
and won $167,500 for his charity, a record for the show at that time and the largest amount won in any Celebrity Edition of the show (it was later surpassed by a $188,500 win in a "Tournament of Losers" episode). He has made appearances in such sitcoms as Becker.

Burton at the Schlow Centre Region Library, January 29, 2007

Burton is the host and executive producer of a documentary titled The Science of Peace, which was in production as of 2007. It investigates the science and technology aimed at enabling world peace, sometimes called peace science. The film explores some of the concepts of shared noetic consciousness, having been sponsored in part by the Institute of Noetic Sciences.[21] He appeared in an April Fool's episode of Smosh
pretending to have taken over the channel and making various edits at popular Smosh videos.[22] He makes occasional appearances on This Week in Tech, where he is a self-proclaimed "nerd", and also participated in the Consumer Electronics Show 2010.[23] In 2010, he made an appearance on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as the ghost of himself in the episode "Greene Machine". In February 2011, Burton made an appearance as himself on NBC's Community in the episodes "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" and "Geothermal Escapism". Burton has appeared as a fictionalized, humorous version of himself on The Big Bang Theory, first appearing in the episode "The Toast Derivation", in which he almost attends a party thrown by Sheldon (before swearing off Twitter), in November 2012 in the episode "The Habitation Configuration", in which he appears on "Fun With Flags" in exchange for lunch and gas money, and again in the November 2014 episode "The Champagne Reflection", in which he returns for the 232nd episode of "Fun With Flags" in exchange for Sheldon deleting his contact details. In 2012, he had a recurring role as dean Paul Haley on the TNT series Perception. For the second season (2013), he became part of the regular cast. In 2014, he had a guest appearance in an introduction section for the 200th episode of Achievement Hunter's show, Achievement Hunter Weekly Update (AHWU). In May 2014, he appeared as a guest on the YouTube channel SciShow, explaining the science behind double, tertiary, and quaternary rainbows. Late in 2014, he had another guest appearance on a 24-hour Extra Life, a fund-raising organization for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, stream by Rooster Teeth. In 2017, Burton began a podcast titled " LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
Reads".[24] Each episode features Burton reading a short story. Directing[edit] Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Burton directed episodes for each of the various Star Trek
Star Trek
series then in production. He has directed more Star Trek
Star Trek
episodes than any other former regular cast member.[25] He has also directed episodes of Charmed, JAG, Las Vegas, and Soul Food: The Series, as well as the miniseries Miracle's Boys
Miracle's Boys
and the documentary The Tiger Woods Story. He also directed the 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House starring Katey Sagal, Kevin Kilner and Jessica Steen. His first theatrical film direction was Blizzard (2003), for which he received a "Best of Fest" award from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and a Genie Award nomination for his work on the film's theme song, "Center of My Heart". Burton is on the board of directors for the Directors Guild of America. Personal life[edit] LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
married Stephanie Cozart-Burton,[26] a professional make-up artist, in 1992. He and his wife currently live in Sherman Oaks, California.[9] LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
has two children, a daughter Michaela "Mica" with his wife, and a son, Eian Burton (born 1980) from a previous relationship.[27] Mica is currently an employee of Rooster Teeth's news division, The Know.[28] Burton is also a fan of English football club Arsenal.[29][30] Philanthropy[edit] Burton serves on the board of directors for the AIDS Research Alliance, a non-profit, medical research organization dedicated to finding a cure for AIDS.[31] Filmography[edit] Main article: LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
filmography Film[edit]

Year Film Role Note

1976 Almos' a Man Dave Alternative title: Richard Wright's Almos' a Man

1977 Looking for Mr. Goodbar Cap Jackson

Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid Billy Peoples

1978 One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore
Ron LeFlore
Story Ron Leflore The Man of Passion

Battered Andrew Sinclair

1979 Dummy Donald Lang

1980 Guyana
Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Richard Jefferson

The Hunter Tommy Price

1981 The Acorn People Rodney

Grambling's White Tiger Charles 'Tank' Smith

1983 Emergency Room Ray Walden

1984 The Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens
Story Professor Preston

Booker Davis

1985 And the Children Shall Lead Glenn Scott Alternative title: PBS
Wonderworks: And the Children Shall Lead

The Midnight Hour Vinnie Davis Alternative title: In the Midnight Hour

1986 The Supernaturals Pvt. Michael Osgood

Liberty Robert Johnson

1987 A Special
Friendship Ben Summer

1988 Roots: The Gift Kunta Kinte Alternative title: A Roots
Christmas: Kunta Kinte's Gift

1993 Firestorm: 72 Hours In Oakland Fire Chief J. Alan Mathers Alternative title: Firestorm: A Catastrophe in Oakland

1994 Parallel Lives Dr. Franklin Carter

Star Trek
Star Trek
Generations Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge

1996 Yesterday's Target Winstrom

Star Trek: First Contact Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge

1998 Star Trek: Insurrection Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge

1999 Our Friend, Martin Martin, Age 26 (voice)

2000 Dancing in September Himself

2001 Ali Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2002 Star Trek: Nemesis Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge

2003 Blizzard Night Watchman Elf Directed by Burton

2008 Reach for Me Nathaniel

2009 Taken in Broad Daylight Mike Timbrook

Superman/ Batman
Public Enemies Jefferson Pierce/ Black Lightning
Black Lightning

2011 And They're Off Himself

2012 Rise of the Zombies Dr. Dan Halpern Television movie

2015 Practice Makes Perfect Principal Healy

2018 In Saturn's Rings Narrator Documentary, Premier 4 May 2018


Burton with Brent Spiner
Brent Spiner
and William Shatner
William Shatner
in July 2010


Year Title Role Notes

1976–1979 Rebop Host

1977 Roots Kunta Kinte TV miniseries

1982 Trapper John, M.D. Luther Peacock Episode: "A Piece of the Action"

1983 Fantasy Island Edward Ross Jr. Episode: "Edward/The Extraordinary Miss Jones"

1983–2006 Reading Rainbow Host 155 episodes

1984 The Love Boat Darnell Episode: "Love is Blind"

1987 Murder, She Wrote Reporter Dave Robinson Episode: "Death Take a Dive"

1987 Houston Knights Jason Evans Episode: "Bad Girl"

1987–1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Geordi La Forge 178 episodes

1990–1996 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Kwame (voice) 113 episodes

1993 Batman
the Animated Series Hayden Sloane/Hatter Henchman (voice) Episode: "The Worry Men"

1995 Christy Daniel Scott 7 episodes

1995 Deadly Games Mr. Metcalf Episode: "The Boss"

1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Voice Episode: "The Frog Prince"

1996 Gargoyles Anansi Episode: "Mark of the Panther"

1997 Pinky and the Brain Murray Episode: "The Real Life"

1998 Star Trek: Voyager Captain Geordi LaForge Episode: "Timeless"

1998 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Himself Episode: "Giving and Receiving"

2000 Becker Mr. Haller Episode: "Beckerethics"

2003 Boomtown Marvin Lloyd Episode: "The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang"

2005–2009 Family Guy Vern / Himself (voice) Episodes: "Petarded" and "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven"

2009 The Super Hero Squad Show War Machine
War Machine
(voice) Episode: "Tales of Suspense"

2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Ghost of LeVar Burton Episode: "Greene Machine"

2010 The Jensen Project Kendrick James TV film (brokered programming from Procter & Gamble/Wal-Mart)[32]

2011–2014 Community Himself Episodes: "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" and "Geothermal Escapism"

2011 & 2012 & 2014 The Big Bang Theory Himself Episodes: "The Toast Derivation", "The Habitation Configuration" and "The Champagne Reflection"

2012 Face Off Himself Episode: "Alien Interpreters"

2012–present Transformers: Rescue Bots Doc Greene (voice) 26 episodes

2012–2015 Perception Paul Haley 30 episodes

2013 Adventure Time Bubble (voice) Episode: "BMO Lost"

2014 Hell's Kitchen Himself Season 13 Episode 14: "5 Chefs Compete"

2016 Roots Ephraim Episode: "1 episode"

2017 OK KO! Let's Be Heroes Kwame (voice) Episode: "The Power Is Yours"


Year Work Note

1987–1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation 2 episodes

1993–1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 10 episodes

1995–2001 Star Trek: Voyager 8 episodes

1998 The Tiger Woods Story Alternative title: Son, Hero, and Champion

2005–2006 Charmed 3 episodes

1999 Smart House Disney Channel Original Movies

2000–2004 Soul Food 2 episodes

2001–2005 Star Trek: Enterprise 9 episodes

2003 Blizzard

JAG 1 episode

2005 Miracle's Boys 1 episode

2006 Las Vegas 1 episode

2008 Reach for Me

2014 Perception 2 episodes

2017 NCIS: New Orleans 3 episodes

Awards[edit] Nominations[edit]

1977 Emmy
— Outstanding Lead Actor
for a Single Performance in a Drama or Comedy Series — Roots
(Part 1, "Kunta Kinte") 1998, 2001, 2005 Image Awards variously for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series and Outstanding Youth or Children's Series/Special — Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
(both as Self and as Executive Producer) 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1999 Daytime Emmy
— Outstanding Children's Series — Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
(Executive Producer) 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 – Daytime Emmy
— Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series — Reading Rainbow (Self) 2004 Genie Award — Best Achievement in Music-Original Song — Blizzard (Co-composer "Center of My Heart") 2006 Black Reel Award — Best Director-Television — Miracle's Boys


1990 Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 7030 Hollywood Blvd. for television achievement 1992 Peabody Award
Peabody Award
Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
(as executive producer of episode, "The Wall") 1994, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003 Image Award — variously for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series and Outstanding Youth or Children's Series/ Special
Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
(both as Self and as Executive Producer) 2000 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
– The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. 1990, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 Daytime Emmy
— Outstanding Children's Series — Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
(Executive Producer) 2001, 2002 Daytime Emmy
— Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series — Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
(Self) 2003 Television Critics Association Award — Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming — Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
(Executive Producer) 2004 Chicago International Children's Film Festival — Best of Fest — Blizzard (Director)


Aftermath, 1997, ISBN 0-446-67960-7 The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, 2014, ISBN 0-990-53950-4


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a 'You live in LA now, but Sacramento comes up regularly in your tweets.' "-It's my hometown, my home base. It's where I grew up. I was born in Landstuhl, Germany
in '57, came to Sacramento in '59—we lived in Glen Elder—then went back to [Germany] in '64, then [returned to Sacramento] in '66. [Burton's father was a photographer in the Army.] My parents split up during that second tour of duty when I was in the third or fourth grade. So my mom, my sisters and I settled in West Sacramento, in Broderick. Then we moved to South Sacramento when I was in the sixth grade—St. Anne's Elementary."

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Further reading[edit]

Star Trek
Star Trek

Nishikawa, Kinohi. "LeVar Burton." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Ed. Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey Jr., 5 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. 219.

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(1990) Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
(1992) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1993) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1994) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1996) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1997) Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
(1998) Danny Glover
Danny Glover


Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2000) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2001) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2002) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2003) Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
(2004) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2005) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(2006) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2007) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2008) Will Smith
Will Smith


Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2010) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2011) Laz Alonso
Laz Alonso
(2012) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2013) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2014) David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
(2015) Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan
(2016) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2017) Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya

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