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LEVAR BURTON BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
LeVar Burton was born on February 16th, 1957 in Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palarinate in Germany with birth name Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. born to Erma Jean and Levardis Robert Martyn Burton.  He was raised in Sacramento, California and at the age of thirteen he enrolled at St. Pius X Seminary with the intention of pursuing a career as a Catholic priest.  After graduating from Christian Brothers High School he went on to earn a college degree from the University of Southern California School of Theatre. 
 
He is most well known for his role on, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) as Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge.  Other well known roles he added to his resume were as the host of, "Reading Rainbow" (1983), "How I Met Your Mother", "Fantasy Island" and the television movies, "One in a Million: The Ron Leflore Story" (1978), "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" (1980) and the breakthrough TV mini-series about the life of Alex Haley "Roots" (1977), for which he received a nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

"Reading Rainbow" ran for twenty one seasons and won twenty six Emmy Awards, ten of which were in the, "Outstanding Children's Series". 
 
Along with his career as an actor he has also worked on the other side of the industry as a director and has directed more than two-dozen episodes of Star Trek and has also worked as an assistant director on such series as, "Profiler", "Providence", "Crossing Jordon", "Las Vegas", "Charmed", "JAG" and "Baywatch".  He remains on the board of directors for the, Directors Guild of America.
 
Burton is also a published author with the science fiction novel, "Aftermath" and is also a strong supporter of literacy in children.  He has also worked on a variety of voice over projects such as lending his voice to, "Captain Planet and the Planeteers", "Family Guy", "Batman: The Animated Series", "Gargoyles" and "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies".  
 
More recently, Burton has focused on directing working on the television series, "Karen Sisco" (2003) and "Sleeper Cell" (2005).  He also made an appearance on the television series, "Big Bang Theory" (2011).
 
LeVar Burton has married only once to Stephanie Cozart in 1992 and they have one daughter and remain together today residing in Sherman Oaks, California.  
 

Filmography

2011   Perception 

2011-2012  Transformers: Rescue Bots

2010   The Jensen Project

2009   The Super Hero Squad Show 

2009   Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

2009   Taken in Broad Daylight 

2009   Simple Wishes

2008   Reach for Me

2006   How I Met Your Mother

2005   Family Guy

2003   Boomtown

2003   Blizzard

2002   Star Trek: Nemesis

2001   Ali 

2000   Becker

1999   Our Friend, Martin

1998   Star Trek: Insurrection 

1998   Star Trek: Voyager 

1998   Star Trek the Experience: The Klingon Encounter 

1997   Star Trek: Generations 

1996   Star Trek: First Contact 

1990-1996  Captain Planet and the Planeteers

1996   Yesterday's Target

1996   Gargoyles 

1995   Deadly Games 

1995   Christy

1995   Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity 

1994   Star Trek: Generations 

1994   Parallel Lives

1987-1994  Star Trek: The Next Generation 

1993   Batman 

1993   Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland 

1988   Roots: The Gift

1987   Houston Knights 

1987   A Special Friendship

1987   Murder, She Wrote 

1986   Liberty 

1986   The Supernaturals

1985   The Midnight Hour 

1985   And the Children Shall Lead

1984   Booker 

1984   The Jesse Owens Story 

1984   The Love Boat 

1983   Emergency Room 

1983   Fantasy Island 

1982   Trapper John, M.D.

1981   Grambling's White Tiger 

1981   The Acorn People 

1980   The Hunter 

1980   Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones 

1979   Dummy 

1978   Battered

1978   One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story 

1977   Looking for Mr. Goodbar 

1977   Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid

1977   Roots

1976   Almos' a Man

1976   Rebop





Matinee Classics - Roots starring LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Louis Gossett Jr., Ben Vereen, Vic Morrow, John Amos, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Edward Asner, Lynda Day George, Robert Reed, Madge Sinclair, Chuck Connors, Sandy Duncan, Leslie Uggams, Carolyn Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Georg Sanford Brown
Matinee Classics - Roots starring LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Louis Gossett Jr., Ben Vereen, Vic Morrow, John Amos, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Edward Asner, Lynda Day George, Robert Reed, Madge Sinclair, Chuck Connors, Sandy Duncan, Leslie Uggams, Carolyn Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Georg Sanford Brown
Matinee Classics - Roots starring LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Louis Gossett Jr., Ben Vereen, Vic Morrow, John Amos, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Edward Asner, Lynda Day George, Robert Reed, Madge Sincalir, Chuck Connors, Sandy Duncan, Leslie Uggams, Carolyn Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Georg Stanford Brown, Brad Davis, Lane Binkley, Tracey Gold, Hilly Hicks, Lynne Moody, Austin Stoker, Ralph Waite, Cicely Tyson, Thalmus  Rasulala, Moses Gunn, Hari Rhodes, Ren Woods, Ernest Lee Thomas, Lorne Greene, Scatman Crothers,


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