American actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, director, rapper, and DJ. Donald McKinley Glover Jr. was born on September 25, 1983 at Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, California .He was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (née Smith), is a retired daycare provider, and his father, Donald Glover Sr.,is a retired postal worker. His parents also served as foster parents for 14 years. Glover was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. He attended DeKalb School of the Arts and was captioned “Most Likely to Write for The Simpsons” in his high school yearbook. Glover graduated from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Dramatic Writing (2006) 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” Glover also began disc jockeying and producing electronic music under the moniker MC D—later as mcDJ—remixing Sufjan Stevens’ album Illinois.
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 directed. In 2006, Glover was contacted by producer David Miner, to whom he sent writing samples including a spec script that he had written for The Simpsons. Miner and Tina Fey were impressed by Glover’s work and invited him to become a writer for the NBC sitcom 30 Rock from 2006 to 2009 and also had occasional cameo appearances. He was presented the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Series at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the third season.Glover’s musical stage name, Childish Gambino, came from the Wu-Tang Clan’s name generat. In 2008, he released the independent mixtape Sick Boi and unsuccessfully auditioned to play President Barack Obama on the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live. Glover also became a member of the sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy, having appeared in their sketches on YouTube since 2006, along with Dominic Dierkes, Meggie McFadden, DC Pierson, and Dan Eckman and also appeared in their film mystery Team, With Bobby Moynihan and Aubrey Plaza
In 2009 Glover also appeared in Dan Harmon’s NBC sitcom Community, Portraying Troy Barnes, a former high school star quarterback who quickly abandons his former jock mentality and embraces his nerdy, childish side as the result of his friendship with Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi) Glover appeared in the first five of the season’s 13 episodes before departing.
In 2009, he released his second mixtape Poindexter. A pair of mixtapes, titled I Am Just a Rapper and I Am Just A Rapper 2, were released in close succession in 2010 and followed that July by his fifth mixtape Culdesac. In 2010, Glover performed a 30-minute set on the stand-up showcase program Comedy Central Presents. In May 2010, a fan suggested Glover for the role of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man film. Glover was not given an audition and the role instead went to Andrew Garfield. Then Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, later announced Miles Morales, an African-American version of Spider-Man, a year later. Glover later voiced this incarnation of Spider-Man on the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. Glover received the Rising Comedy Star award at the Just for Laughs festival in July 2010. Glover released his first extended play, titled EP, in 2011 featuring the song “Freaks and Geeks”.
Glover also hosted the mtvU Wooodie Awards, held live at South By Southwest and embarked on a nationwide tour of his IAMDONALD one man show featuring rap, comedy, and video segments. Glover appeared at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival as both Childish Gambino and as a comedian, performing a set with Bill Bailey and His one-hour stand-up special, Weirdo, aired on Comedy Central. During 2011 Glover also worked with friend and film composer Ludwig Göransson on his debut studio album. Glover also released his album, Camp, in 2011, featuring the songs “Bonfire” and “Heartbeat”, Glover also released the songs “Eat Your Vegetables” and “Fuck Your Blog” and released his sixth mixtape, Royalty. The album featured several artists, including his brother Stephen, under the alias Steve G. Lover III. The single “Trouble” by British artist Leona Lewis from her album Glassheart (2012) also featured Gambino with a guest rap performance. In 2013, Glover signed on to create a music-themed show for FX titled Atlanta which he would star in, write, and executive produce. Consequently, Glover decided to reduce his work for NBC, and only appeared in the first five episodes of Community’s fifth season. Glover appeared in the romantic comedy The To Do List (2013) and guest starred in two episodes of the comedy-drama television series Girls, as a Republican who is the love interest to Lena Dunham’s character.
In 2013 He released his second studio album, Because the Internet, featuring the songs “3005”, “Crawl” and “Sweatpants” and released the short film Clapping for the Wrong Reasons, to promote the album. Additionally, a 72-page screenplay designed to sync up with the album was also released. Glover also embarked on The Deep Web Tour during 2014 and also directed the music video for the song “The Pressure” by Jhené Aiko, whose previous single, “Bed Peace”, had featured a guest appearance by Glover Who then released a mixtape titled STN MTN and an EP titled Kauai, featuring the song “Sober”. Glover also received his first Grammy nominations for Best Rap Album for Because the Internet and Best Rap Performance for “3005 at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
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, 20 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, and eventually earned him a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Glover has also won various other accolades, For his work on Atlanta, including Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedY film. In September 2016, Glover held three performances – known as the “Pharos Experience” – in Joshua Tree, California, featuring songs from his third studio album. In 2017, Glover was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. In 2018, Glover released the song and video for “This Is America”, Its lyrics addressed a variety of topics including gun violence in the United States and being black in the United States, and the promo video, was directed by Japanese filmmaker and frequent collaborator Hiro Murai.
In 2018 Glover released the album Awaken, My Love!”Which contains the songs “Me and Your Mama”, “Redbone” and “Terrified”And was influenced by Funkadelic, psychedelic soul, funk and R&B music. The vinyl release featured a virtual reality headset and an accompanying app that allowed owners access to virtual reality live performances from the Pharos Experience. Awaken my Love was nominated for both the 2018 Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album, while “Redbone” won for Best Traditional R&B Performance and received nominations for Record of the Year and Best R&B Song, Glover performed “Terrified” at the award show’s 60th ceremony
In 2018, Glover released the EP Summer Pack which contained the songs “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer”, the former of which is the lead single from Glover’s fourth studio album. The music video for “Feels Like Summer” was released on September 1, 2018, and features cartoon cameos from numerous prominent rappers and R&B vocalists. The video is meant to symbolize Glover’s departure from the rap community and depicts his animated rendition as he walks down a neighborhood street, passing by several big names like Will Smith, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and Michael Jackson.
Glover has appeared in many films includingMystery Team (2009), he portrays a scientist working with a team of researchers who bring someone back to life in The the science fiction horror The Lazarus Effect, he portrayed a singer in Magic Mike XXL and performed a cover of the Bruno Mars song “Marry You”. He also portrayed a Jet Propulsion Laboratory astrodynamicist in Ridley Scott’s science fiction film The Martian. Glover contributed to the soundtrack of Creed (2015) which was composed by Ludwig Göransson, providing vocals to the song “Waiting For My Moment” and co-wrote another titled “Breathe”. Glover also played Aaron Davis in the superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Davis is the uncle of the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, whom Glover had voiced in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. The casting was described as “a surprise treat for fans” by the film’s director Jon Watts, aware of his 2010 campaign to play the superhero. In April 2017, Time named Glover to its annual “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Tina Fey wrote the entry on Glover, who she said “embodies his generation’s belief that people can be whatever they want and change what it is they want, at any time. Glover portrayed a young version of Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018); Calrissian was previously played by Billy Dee Williams in two films in the original Star Wars trilogy. Glover will star in the upcoming 2019 remake of the epic musical Disney film The Lion King (1994) as the voice of Simba, a young lion.
Glover has been awarded various accolades, including Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy and Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series,