Donald Glover

Donald Glover
Donald Glover TIFF 2015.jpg
Glover in September 2015
Donald McKinley Glover Jr.

(1983-09-25) September 25, 1983 (age 35)
Other names
  • Childish Gambino
  • mcDJ
EducationDeKalb School of the Arts
Alma materNew York University
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
  • director
  • rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • DJ
Years active2002–present
Partner(s)Michelle White[1]
RelativesStephen Glover (brother)
Comedy career
Musical career
OriginStone Mountain, Georgia, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • drums
Associated acts

Donald McKinley Glover Jr. (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, musician, and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ.[2]

After coming to public attention for his work with Derrick Comedy while a student at New York University, he was hired at age 23 by Tina Fey as a writer for the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. He later portrayed community college student Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community. He stars in the FX series Atlanta, which he created and occasionally directs.[3] For his work on Atlanta, Glover won various accolades, including Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series,[4] and Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.[5] In film, Glover has appeared in Mystery Team (2009), The Lazarus Effect, Magic Mike XXL, The Martian (all 2015), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and as the young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).[6] He will also provide the voice of the adult Simba in a remake of the Disney film The Lion King (2019).

After several self-released albums and mixtapes, Glover signed to Glassnote Records in 2011. He released his first album, Camp, on November 15, 2011, to generally positive reviews. His second studio album, Because the Internet, was released on December 10, 2013.[7] Glover's third album, "Awaken, My Love!", was released on December 2, 2016, spawning the single "Redbone", which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100,[8] and eventually earned him a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance. In 2017, Glover was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.[9] In May 2018, Glover released the song and video for "This Is America", which debuted at number-one on the Hot 100. The song was nominated and won four Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video.[10] In early July 2018, Glover's EP Summer Pack was released which included the Grammy nominated for Best R&B Song song "Feels Like Summer".[11]

Early life

Donald McKinley Glover Jr.[12] was born on September 25, 1983 at Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, California.[13] He was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (née Smith),[14] is a retired daycare provider, and his father, Donald Glover Sr.,[15] was a retired postal worker.[16] His parents also served as foster parents for 14 years. Glover was raised as a Jehovah's Witness.[13][17] He attended Lakeside High School and DeKalb School of the Arts and was captioned "Most Likely to Write for The Simpsons" in his high school yearbook.[18][19]

Glover graduated from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Dramatic Writing (2006).[20] While at Tisch, Glover self-produced the independent mixtape The Younger I Get, which was not released and was disowned by Glover for being "too-raw ramblings" of what he calls a "decrepit Drake".[21] Glover also began disc jockeying and producing electronic music under the moniker MC D—later as mcDJ—remixing Sufjan Stevens' album Illinois (2005).[22]

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