FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       Date:  March 14, 2002

Contact:  Cheryl D. Peck

Actor Danny Glover to present motivational program at UIS

SPRINGFIELD – Actor Danny Glover will make a special appearance at the University of Illinois at Springfield on Wednesday, April 3.  Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the motivational performance, “An Evening with Danny Glover,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium.

            The performance is free to all UIS students, faculty and staff with a valid I-card. Tickets are $10 for the general public and are available at the Sangamon Auditorium Box Office, located on the second floor of the Public Affairs Center, or call (217) 206-6160.

            A native of San Francisco, Glover attended San Francisco State College and trained at the Black Actor’s Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre.  He appeared in numerous stage productions, including The Island and Macbeth at the Los Angeles Actors’ Theater and Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Eureka Theatre.  However, it was Glover’s performance in the New York production of Athe Rugard’s Master Harold and the Boys that brought the actor national recognition.

            Some of the actor’s early film credits were Escape From Alcatraz and Chu Chu and the Philly Flash, followed by Fred Scepisi’s  Iceman starring Timothy Hutton.  In 1984, Glover received widespread critical acclaim for his portrayal of Moze, a cotton farmer who allies himself with Sally Field, in the Academy Award-winning Places in the Heart. Other films of his include: the Lethal Weapon series, Witness, The Color Purple, Mandela, BAT-212, Dead Man Out, Predator2, Flight of the Intruder, A Rage in Harlem, Pure Luck, Grand Canyon, Dumbo Drop, Bophal, Gone Fishin’ and The Saint of Fort Washington.

            In recent years, Glover’s influence has extended behind the camera as well.  He made a strong impression with his debut as executive producer for the critically acclaimed 1990 film To Sleep with Anger, in which he portrayed a man struggling with the dark side of his nature.  For the 1996 HBO project titled American Dream, he took on the amazing triple role of executive producer/director and actor. He also worked with HBO as executive producer for the original film Deadly Voyage that recounts the true story of eight African stowaways aboard a cargo ship in search of a better life in America.  Most recently, he has worked as executive producer for the HBO film Buffalo Soldiers and was reunited with Oprah Winfrey for the acclaimed film adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Glover is the recipient of several prestigious honors for his extensive body of work. They include two NAACP Image Awards, the Independent Feature Project/West’s Best Actor Award, the Phoenix Award from the Black American Cinema Society and induction into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.  He earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the mini-series Lonesome Dove and was appointed the first Goodwill Ambassador to the United States Development Programme.

            Off-screen, Glover is a powerful advocate for literacy and has spoken to grammar and high school students around the nation about the joys of reading and education.  As an activist, he received the first annual William Kunstler Racial Justice Award for his work on a variety of social issues including the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

In addition to his individual presentations focusing on the arts and community development, Glover regularly teams with long-time friend and actor Felix Justice in An Evening with Langston and Martin.  This powerful and moving program consisting of dramatic readings from the work of Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr. stands among America’s most acclaimed theatrical presentations.