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LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton
Burton at the Schlow Centre Region Library, January 29, 2007
Personal information
Birth nameLevardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr.
Birth dateFebruary 16, 1957(age 59)
Place of birthLandstuhl, West Germany
Other namesLeVar Burton
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActor, director, producer, author
Years active1977 present
SpouseStephanie Cozart Burton

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Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr. (born February 16, 1957), professionally known as LeVar Burton, is an American actor, director, producer and author who first came to prominence portraying Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries Roots, based on the novel by Alex Haley. He is also well known for his portrayal of Geordi La Forge on the syndicated science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation and as the host of the PBS children's program Reading Rainbow.


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