LeVar Burton Biography – LeVar Burton Wiki
LeVar Burton (born Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr.) is an American actor, director, and children’s television host. He is best known for his roles as Kunta Kinte in the ABC miniseries Roots (1977), Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation franchise (1987–1994), and as host of the PBS Kids educational television series Reading Rainbow (1983–2006), for which he has received 12 Daytime Emmy Awards, and a Peabody Award as host and executive producer of the show. Over the course of his career, he has earned 13 Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, and a Grammy Award.
His other roles include Cap Jackson in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Donald Lang in Dummy (1979), Tommy Price in The Hunter (1980), which earned him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, and Martin Luther King Jr. in Ali (2001). Burton received the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards for his narration of the book, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1990, Burton was honored for his achievements in television with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
LeVar Burton Jeopardy!
Actor and Former Host of “Reading Rainbow” LeVar Burton is scheduled to fill in at the Jeopardy! host’s lectern from July 26, 2021, to July 30, 2021. Starting the week of March 8, 2021, as a part of each guest host’s appearance, Jeopardy! will make a contribution to the charity of their choice. That amount will match the cumulative winnings of all contestants who compete during the guest host’s tenure.
LeVar Burton Age
Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. was born on February 16, 1957, at the U.S. Army Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. LeVar Burton’s father, Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Sr., was serving as a photographer for the U.S. Army Signal Corps and was stationed in West Germany at the time of LeVar’s birth in 1957.
LeVar Burton Wife
Is LeVar Burton married? He has been married to Stephanie Cozart Burton, a professional make-up artist, since October 3, 1992. He met his wife, Stephanie Cozart Burton, during the filming of Roots: The Gift (1988). They have one child.
LeVar Burton Children
LeVar Burton has two children, a son Eian Burton Smith from a previous relationship with his ex Chimara P. Smith, and a daughter Michaela “Mica” Jean Burton with his wife Stephanie Cozart Burton.
LeVar Burton Parents
LeVar Burton’s parents are Erma Gene (Christian) and Levardis Robert Burton Senior. His father was a United States Army NCO from 1954 to 1976. He retired in the rank of Sergeant First Class, just as his son’s acting career was beginning to gain notoriety. His mother was a social worker, administrator, and English teacher.
His mother instilled in him a love for reading and education. In an interview with The Kickstarter Blog, Burton said that his love for reading was something he learned from his mother at a young age.
“My mother was an English teacher, and it was expected in her house that you read,” he said. “As an avid reader, my mother always read in front of me when I was a child. I just absorbed that example that reading is part of being human. She always had several books going for her own enjoyment and entertainment, and I really believe that is, in a large measure, responsible. I grew up understanding the value of a relationship with the written word.”
LeVar Burton Net Worth
LeVar Burton’s net worth is estimated to be $6 million. He earned a salary of $100,000 per episode playing Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation franchise (1987–1994).
LeVar Burton Height
He stands at a height of 5′ 7″ (1.7 m).
LeVar Burton Religion
He does not identify with any religion, stating: “I walked away from the seminary, I walked away from Catholicism, I walked away from organized religion because I felt that there was more for me to explore in the world, and that I could do that without adhering to one specific belief system or another.” He was a Roman Catholic. He had entered a Catholic seminary to study for the priesthood at age 13.
LeVar Burton Gay
Is LeVar Burton gay? He is not gay in real life. In the original Star Trek: The Next Generation script, Burton’s character, Geordi LaForge, was going to be gay.
LeVar Burton Instagram
LeVar Burton’s Instagram handle is @levar.burton.