2011 Hall of Fame Inductee
2008 EMMY® Award winning Actor Glynn Turman started his career at the tender age of 12 in the legendary Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark Broadway production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN with Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. He has performed in such plays as Athol Fugard’s MY CHILDREN, MY AFRICA, CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN, Ron Milner’s WHAT THE WINE SELLERS BUY, EYES OF THE AMERICAN and Turman’s own autobiography-one man show MOVIN’ MAN. Among his many film credits are: Super 8, Burlesque, Takers, Sahara, Kings of the Evening (in which Turman won Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 San Diego Black Film Festival), Men of Honor, Deep Cover, Gremlins, J.D.’s Revenge, Light It Up, The Serpent’s Egg, The Inkwell, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and the cult classic Cooley High. Turman’s television series and roles include, ‘Colonel Taylor’ on “A Different World”, “Resurrection Blvd”, “Big Apple”, “The Wire”, “The Defenders”, “Scrubs”, “Southland”, “Flash Forward”, “In Treatment”, “CSI,” “The Bernie Mac Show”, “Law and Order, CI”, “Buffalo Soldiers”, and “The Minstrel Man.” Turman has also directed several films, plays and television shows.
In 2008 Turman scored his first Emmy win as Outstanding Guest Actor for the HBO series “In Treatment.” He’s won 3 NAACP Image Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre; the 2010 Pan African Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2010 LA Stage Ovation Award for Outstanding Lead Actor as ‘Memphis’ in August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running”, a Los Angeles Critics Award nomination; a Dramalogue Award; and multiple NAACP Image Award nominations.
Turman and his wife Jo-An co-founded and direct a free western style summer camp “Camp Gid D Up” for inner-city and at-risk youth since 1992. He is also a real cowboy and rodeo champion. In 2000, Turman won the state’s Regional Team Roping Finals and placed in the top 5 in the National US Team Roping Cowboy Finals in Oklahoma City.
Turman is currently working on his autobiography “Movin’ Man” and was just recently seen in the new J. J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg mega film titled “Super 8”. He has another upcoming feature opening soon titled “The Obama Effect” and is currently co-starring in a new Showtime series titled “House of Lies” starring Don Cheadle. The series began shooting this July 2011.
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