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Net Worth:
$4 Million
Jun 30, 1956 (67 years old)
6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter, Television producer, Voice Actor, Singer
United States of America
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David Alan Grier is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer who has a net worth of $4 million. Grier first became famous from his work on "In Living Color," the pioneering sketch comedy television show that aired from 1990 to 1994.

David has more than 110 acting credits to his name, including the films "Boomerang" (1992), "Jumanji" (1995), "Bewitched" (2005), and "Peeples" (2013) and the television series "DAG" (2000–2001), "Life with Bonnie" (2002–2004), "The Carmichael Show" (2015–2017), and "Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!" (2021).

He hosted, wrote, and produced Comedy Central's "Chocolate News" (2008), and he also wrote and produced the TV movie "The Davey Gee Show" (2005), the film "The Poker House" (2008), and the comedy special "David Alan Grier: Comedy You Can Believe In" (2009).

Grier has starred in six Broadway productions, and he has earned Tony nominations for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for "The First" (1982) and "Porgy And Bess" (2012) and Best Featured Actor in a Play for "Race" (2010). In 2021, he won the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for "A Soldier's Play." In 2009, David published the book "Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth" and competed on "Dancing with the Stars," finishing in ninth place.

Early Life

David Alan Grier was born on June 30, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan. His mother, Aretas, was a teacher, and his father, William, was a psychiatrist and the co-author of the 1968 book "Black Rage." David has two siblings, and he attended Cass Tech, a magnet high school. After graduation, Grier enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he earned a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film. He then attended the Yale School of Drama, graduating with an MFA in 1981. When David was 6 years old, the Grier family marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the March on Poverty in Detroit.


After graduating from Yale, David was cast as Jackie Robinson in the 1981 Broadway musical "The First," and that year he also voiced an X-wing fighter in a radio adaptation of "Star Wars." He made his film debut in 1983's "Streamers," and the following year, he appeared in "A Soldier's Story," the film adaptation of "A Soldier's Play," which he also starred in. Grier appeared in all nine episodes of the NBC sitcom "All Is Forgiven" in 1986, then he guest-starred on "A Different World" (1987), "Tour of Duty" (1988), "Duet" (1988), "Tanner '88" (1989), and "ALF" (1989). He appeared in the films "From the Hip" (1986), "Off Limits" (1988), and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988), and in 1990, he joined the cast of Fox's "In Living Color." Created by Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans, the series aired 127 episodes over five seasons and starred many members of the Wayans family as well as Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx. David co-starred with Eddie Murphy in 1992's "Boomerang," then he appeared in the films "In the Army Now" (1994), "Blankman" (1994), "McHale's Navy" (1997), and "Stuart Little" (1999). He also starred in the hit 1995 film "Jumanji," which grossed $262.8 million at the box office. In 1998, Grier was a series regular on Damon Wayans' Fox sitcom "Damon," and in 1999, he portrayed Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in the miniseries "The '60s."

David Alan Grier Net Worth

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From 2001 to 2002, David starred as Secret Service agent Jerome Daggett on the NBC sitcom "DAG," and he played David Bellows on ABC's "Life with Bonnie" from 2002 to 2004. In the early 2000s, he also starred in the stand-up comedy special "The Book of David: The Cult Figure's Manifesto" and hosted Comedy Central's "Premium Blend." In 2005, Grier appeared in the TV movie "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" and the film adaptation of "Bewitched," followed by "Little Man" in 2006 and "The Poker House" and "An American Carol" in 2008. He hosted NBC's "Thank God You're Here" in 2007, then he guest-starred on "Bones" (2010), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2010), "Happy Endings" (2013), and "The Soul Man" (2014). David played Carl Gaines on the CBS sitcom "Bad Teacher" in 2014, and he portrayed The Cowardly Lion in "The Wiz Live!" in 2015. He starred as Joe Carmichael on NBC's "The Carmichael Show" from 2015 to 2017, and he played Santa Claus in "A Christmas Story Live!" in 2017. Grier co-starred with Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington in 2013's "Peeples," and he appeared in the films "The Big Sick" (2017), "Arizona" (2018), "Sprinter" (2018), "Native Son" (2019), and "Coffee & Kareem" (2020). From 2018 to 2019, he was a series regular on the Fox sitcom "The Cool Kids," and in 2021, he played Pops Dixon on the Netflix series "Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!" alongside Jamie Foxx.

Personal Life

David was married to Maritza Rivera from 1987 until 1997, and he wed Christine Y. Kim on July 29, 2007. Kim has served as the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 2019. David and Christine welcomed daughter Luisa Danbi Grier-Kim on January 10, 2008. Kim filed for divorce in July 2009, and the divorce was finalized in November 2010. Grier enjoys cooking, and while he was starring in "Race" on Broadway, he started a food blog named "Chocolate Glutton," which he described as "my place to discuss, obsess and share the love I have for all things gluttonous."

Awards and Nominations

Grier has been nominated for six NAACP Image Awards, winning Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for "The Wiz Live!" in 2016. His other nominations were for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "Damon" (1999), "Life with Bonnie" (2003), and "The Carmichael Show" (2016 and 2017) and Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series for "Queen Sugar" (2020). "The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess: New Broadway Cast Recording" received a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album in 2013, and David won a Best Actor award for "Streamers" at the 1983 Venice Film Festival.

"In Living Color" earned a TV Land Award for Groundbreaking Show in 2012, and "King of Texas" won a Western Heritage Award for Television Feature Film in 2003. Grier has received two Black Reel Award nominations, Outstanding Actor, TV Movie or Mini-Series for "An En Vogue Christmas" (2015) and Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie or Limited Series for "The Wiz Live!" (2016), as well as Black Reel Awards for Television for Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series for "Queen Sugar" (2020) and Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy Series for "Dad Stop Embarrassing Me" (2021).

David has also received nominations from the Critics Choice Television Awards ("The Wiz Live!"), Satellite Awards ("Life with Bonnie"), and Women's Image Network Awards ("The Muppets' Wizard of Oz"), and Grier and his "The Big Sick" co-stars earned a BAM Award nomination for Best Cast.

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