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2010
SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010
Live at Radio City Music Hall

David Alan Grier — Nominee for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

David Alan Grier

Show:
Race

Role:
Henry Brown, a straight-talking law partner who must defend a rich white man after his firm takes on a high profile rape case in which the issue of race is called into play.

Bio Brief:
A Yale Drama School graduate with musical chops (he made his Broadway debut in the Jackie Robinson musical The First), Grier is better known to audiences as a mainstream funnyman whose numerous screen credits include edgy ’90s sketch comedy show In Living Color and series such as Martin, DAG and Chocolate News.

Other Honors for this Role:
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award

Tony History:
1982: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, The First

Fun Fact:
The son of psychiatrist and seminal late-1960s race manifesto Black Rage author William Henry Grier, David marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. as a child.

Quotable Quote:
"My whole career, I’ve wanted to do a straight dramatic play on Broadway. Most people know me from In Living Color or Comedy Rules, but I’m a classically trained actor. I wish I could tell you [Race] was some master plan, but it all kind of fell into place." —Grier in an Q&A interview with Broadway.com, 12/07/09

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