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Born: February 16, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: Cast ...


On his success in the landmark miniseries "Roots", LeVar Burton told the Los Angeles Times (January 18, 2002): "Well, let's just say that because of 'Roots,' I know what it feels like to be a rock star, and just leave it at that. Look, I was 19. I have no apologies for how I reacted. Am I a better person having gone through that? Absolutely. A lot of who I am was forged by that experience."

Burton is the president of the production company Eagle Nation Films.

In a TV broadcast from the early 1980s bemoaning the paucity of film roles for Black actors, reviewers Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel of "Sneak Previews" revealed that Burton's supporting role in "The Hunter" (1980), Steve McQueen's swan song, was originally written for a dog.

Burton established a scholarship at the University of Southern California.

"I will always want to act, but I plan to do a lot more writing, producing and directing in the future. I want to be one of those people who always does some acting, but I don't plan to give myself the lead in every one of my projects, nor do I want to." --Burton quoted in an Web interview posted at

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