On this day in 1957, LeVar Burton was born in Germany

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LeVar Burton arrives at the premiere of the third and final season of "Star Trek: Picard" on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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LeVar Burton was born on February 16, 1957, in Germany. Burton pursued his education at the University of Southern California, supported by a theater scholarship.

Shortly after graduating, he secured his first role in Alex Haley’s “Roots,” marking the beginning of his illustrious career. Burton gained fame for his portrayal of Kunta Kinte in the iconic mini-series. His performance earned him an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

Burton’s achievements extended beyond acting; he garnered 12 Emmy Awards as the host and executive producer of “Reading Rainbow,” which aired for 23 seasons.

Throughout his career, Burton has not only entertained but also educated and inspired audiences of all ages. His dedication to promoting literacy and diversity in media has made him a revered figure, earning him numerous accolades and awards.


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