Levardis Robert Martyn Burton is a famous American director, author, actor, and presenter. He is renowned for his roles in the children series and many more. He has also played award-winning performance in ABC TV series. He has also been the director of a number of TV shows till now. He has been a famous person in the entertainment world, and if you want to know about life, career, biography and net worth of Levar Burton in 2019, then you can read this article further.
Early Life & Biography
He was born on 16th February in the year 1957 in West Germany. He is the son of Erma Gene and Levardis Robert Martyn Burton. His father was a photographer, and his mother was an educator, social worker, and administrator. His mother raised him and his two sisters in Sacramento in California because his father was stationed in Landstuhl.
He was raised a Roman Catholic, and when he was 13 years old, he decided to become a priest. When he was in Seminary, he started reading the books by great philosophers like Friedrich Nietzsche and Laozi. When he was 17 years old, he completed his graduation and then got himself enrolled in Southern California University with having a drama scholarship. He has completed his graduation from Southern Californian School Theater.
He got married to Stephanie Cozart Burton who was a professional makeup artist. Both of them married each other in the year 1992. Both of them live together in Sherman Oaks in California. He has two children, a daughter from his wife and a son named Eian with his past relationship. He is also a great fan of the Football club, Arsenal. He is a great philanthropist who serves as a board of director for NGO, AIDS Research Alliance.
Career, Awards & Nominations
He appeared as a deaf boy on a television drama at first and then he made his acting debut in the year 1977. Later on, he was nominated for Emmy awards for his performance in Roots which was a drama series. In the year 1983, he became the executive producer and host of Reading Rainbow. This series went on for 23 seasons and is known as one of the longest time running programs of children. He has made appearances in various other movies and TV shows.
Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of Levar Burton is around $7.5 million which he has earned by working as a director, producer, and author along with being a hit actor. He did his acting debut in the year 1977, and he has also got nominated for best actor Emmy award. He is very famous for his roles in the TV shows but hasn’t won any awards till now.
Levar Burton is a great actor but other than acting, he has also directed TV shows. He has also directed a theatrical movie in the year 2003. He is among the board of directors for Director’s Guild of America. He has won numerous awards in his career, and he is going to win many more ahead.