NASSAU, Bahamas, Friday November 22, 2013 – The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will honour actor/humanitarian Danny Glover with the Career Achievement Award during this year’s festival, scheduled to run December 5 through 13.
The veteran actor, who has starred in such blockbusters as Lethal Weapon, Dreamgirls and The Colour Purple, will be present at the special tribute and presentation at the Atlantis Theatre, Paradise Island on December 6.
“Danny Glover is an extraordinary man whose accomplishments in Hollywood are equalled by his humanitarian achievements,” said Leslie Vanderpool, festival founder and executive director. “We’re honoured to recognize his amazing career at the Bahamas International Film Festival.”
Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on stage, screen and television for more than 25 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed Dreamgirls and in the futuristic 2012.
In addition to his acting career, Glover is a public speaker and community activist/philanthropist, with special emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, health care and education programmes in the US and Africa.
He is the recipient of several tributes including the 2011 Pioneer Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.
Glover is currently a UNICEF ambassador and has served as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme from 1998 to 2004. He was presented with the Medaille des Arts et des Letters from the French Ministry of Culture in 2011.
In 2005, Glover co-founded New York-based Louverture Films with writer/producer Joslyn Barnes. The company strives to develop and produce films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity.
His many accolades include an Image Award, Cable ACE Award and he has been nominated for four Emmys and a Daytime Emmy.
A native of San Francisco, Glover trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre. It was his Broadway debut in Fugard’s Master Harold…and the Boys that brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to cast him in his first leading role in 1984’s Academy Award-nominated Best Picture, Places in the Heart. The following year Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominated films: Peter Weir’s Witness and Steven Spielberg’s The Colour Purple.
In 1987 Glover partnered with Mel Gibson in the first Lethal Weapon film and went on to star in three hugely successful Lethal Weapon sequels.
Other major projects include the award-winning To Sleep With Anger which he executive produced and for which he won and Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor; Bophal¸ Manderlay, Missing in America and the film version of Athol Fugard’s play Boseman and Lena. He also starred in The Royal Tenenbaums, Saw, Shooter, and Death at a Funeral.
On the small screen, Glover recently co-starred in the popular television series Touch, and will appear in the upcoming HBO Original Movie Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
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