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LeVar Burton
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Burton at the Schlow Centre Region Library, January 29, 2007
Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr.

(1957-02-16) February 16, 1957 (age 65)
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Stephanie Cozart Burton
(m. 1992–present) «start: (1992)»"Marriage: Stephanie Cozart Burton
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Levardis Robert Martyn "LeVar" Burton Jr. (born February 16, 1957) is an American actor. He first became famous for acting in the television series Roots. He is probably best known for his role in the popular television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the host of the PBS show Reading Rainbow.

LeVar Burton has also written a book called The Aftermath. He has also done work as a television director.

LeVar Burton has two children, a son and a daughter.[1] He lives with his wife and daughter in California.



  • 1977 Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Performance in a Drama or Comedy Series —' Roots ' (Part 1, "Kunta Kinte")
  • 1996, 1999 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Children's Series —' Reading Rainbow ' (Executive Producer)
  • 1999, 2003, 2005 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 '


  • Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7030 Hollywood Blvd. for television achievement (unveiled 1990)
  • 1992 Peabody AwardReading Rainbow (as executive producer of episode, "The Wall")
  • 1995-1996, 1999, 2002-2003 Image Awardvariously for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series and Outstanding Youth or Children's Series/Special —' Reading Rainbow ' (both as Self and as Executive Producer)
  • 2000 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album - The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 2001-2003, 2005 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Children's Series—' Reading Rainbow ' (Executive Producer)
  • 2001-2002 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series — ' Reading Rainbow ' (Self)
  • 2003 Television Critics Association Award — Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming —' Reading Rainbow ' (Executive Producer)
  • 2004 Chicago International Children's Film Festival — Best of Fest — ' Blizzard ' (Director)


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