Turman, Glynn 1946-

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Turman, Glynn 1946-


Full name, Glynn Russell Turman; born January 31, 1946, in New York, NY; married Aretha Franklin (a singer) April 11, 1978 (divorced, 1984); married Jo-Ann Allen (a real estate broker); children: (second marriage) Glynn, Jr. (deceased), Delena Joy, Darryl, Stephanie. Education: Attended High School of the Performing Arts.


Manager—Elkins Entertainment, 134 S. Rossmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004.


Actor, director, and composer. Inner City Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, member of company and teacher, 1972-73; also worked at Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN. Camp Gid D Up (a non profit children's cam), cofounder with Jo-Ann Allen.


Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors:

TOR Award, best actor in the black theatre, 1974; Image Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1978; AUDELCO Award, 1979, for A Raisin in the Sun; Image Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, 2007, for The Wire; Image Award and Drama-Logue Award, both for Eyes of the American; Los Angeles Critics Award nomination and Dramalogue Award, both for The Wine Sellers; Image Award, direction, for Deadwood Dick.


Film Appearances:

Muhammed G, A.W.O.L. (also known as A.W.O.L.—Avhopparen), 1972.

Gideon, Five on the Black Hand Side, United Artists, 1973.

Jomo, Thomasine and Bushrod, Columbia, 1974.

Dr. Johnson, The Together Brothers, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974.

Voice, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (animated), American International Pictures, 1974.

Jeff Williams, The River Niger, Cine Artists, 1975.

Robert "Preach" Morris, Cooley High, American International Pictures, 1975.

Isaac "Ike," J. D.'s Revenge, American International Pictures, 1976.

Nigeria, A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich, New World, 1977.

Monroe, The Serpent's Egg (also known as Das Schlangenei), Paramount, 1977.

Charles, Penitentiary II (also known as Championship Fight), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982.

Roy Hanson, Gremlins, Warner Bros., 1984.

Lieutenant Delgado, Out of Bounds, Columbia, 1986.

Russell Stevens, Sr., Deep Cover, New Line Cinema, 1992.

Spencer Phillips, The Inkwell (also known as No Ordinary Summer), Buena Vista, 1994.

Psalms from the Underground, Humble Journey Films, 1996.

Stallworth Hubbs, Subterfuge, 1996.

Dr. Shakespeare, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.

Principal Armstrong, Light It Up, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999.

Al Rheingold, The Visit, Urbanworld Films, 2000.

Chief Floyd, Men of Honor (also known as Men of Honour), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000.

Air Rage, New City Releasing, 2001.

Derrick's dad, The Seat Filler, DEJ Productions, 2004.

Himself, TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (documentary), Koch Vision, 2004.

Himself, Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted (documentary), 2004.

Dr. Frank Hopper, Sahara (also known as Sahara—Abenteuer in der wuste), Paramount, 2005.

Himself, Black Theater Today: 2005, 2005.

Kevin Sawyer, City Teacher, 2007.

Clarence Brown, Kings of the Evening, 2007.

Himself, Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age (documentary; also known as B.G.A. 2 and Broadway: The Golden Age Two), 2008.

Television Appearances; Series:

Lew Miles, Peyton Place, ABC, 1968-69.

Secretary of State LaRue Hawkes, Hail to the Chief, ABC, 1985.

Colonel Bradford "Brad" Taylor, A Different World, NBC, 1988-93.

Bobby Davis, Resurrection Blvd., 2000-2002.

Ted Olsen, Big Apple, CBS, 2001.

Mayor Clarence V. Royce, The Wire, HBO, 2004-2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Nate Person, Centennial, NBC, 1978.

Television Appearances; Movies:

George Brightman, Carter's Army (also known as Black Brigade), ABC, 1970.

Bodhi, In Search of America, ABC, 1971.

Theo, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, 1975.

Edwin Beall, The Blue Knight, 1975.

This Far by Faith, 1977.

Harry Brown, Jr., Minstrel Man, CBS, 1977.

Preston de Cordiva, Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold, NBC, 1978.

Raymond Franklin, Attica, ABC, 1980.

James Thornwell, Thornwell, CBS, 1981.

Righteous Apples, 1981.

Jesse, Secrets of a Married Man (also known as Portrait of a John and Trick Eyes), NBC, 1984.

Joshua, Charlotte Forten's Mission: Experiment in Freedom (also known as Half-Slave, Half-Free 2), PBS, 1985.

Joe Franklin, 1985.

Essence, 1986.

Solomon, Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad, Family Channel Black Entertainment, 1994.

Judge Roullard, Someone Else's Child (also known as Lost and Found), 1994.

Circle of Pain, 1996.

Coach Powell, Rebound: The Legend of Earl "the Goat" Manigault (also known as Rebound), HBO, 1996.

Sergeant Joshua "Joyu" Judges Ruth, Buffalo Soldiers, TNT, 1997.

"T-Bone" Lanier, Freedom Song, TNT, 2000.

Robert Aimes, Sr., Fire and Ice, Black Entertainment Television, 2001.

Made television debut in Sing a Song.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Richard Pryor Special, 1977.

Lenny Johnson, "The Rag Tag Champs," ABC Afterschool Special, ABC, 1978.

Two of Hearts, HBO, 1982.

Lloyd Lyman, Ask Max, ABC, 1986.

Eric, "Gwendolyn," AFI Comedy Special (also known as NBC Presents the AFI Comedy Special), NBC, 1987.

Ebony/Jet Showcase, 1987.

The 7th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, syndicated, 1992.

Rough Riders & Black Cowboy Legends, 2004.

Black in the 80s, VH1, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Edwin Beall, The Blue Knight, CBS, 1975.

Officer Woodrow Freeman, Cass Malloy, CBS, 1982.

Tyrone C. Earl, Manimal, CBS, 1983.

Jonathan Kingsley, Poor Richard, CBS, 1984.

Roger Donnely, "The Doctors Wilde" (also known as "Zoo Vets"), CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS, 1987.

Lieutenant Caspersons, J. J. Starbuck, NBC, 1987.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Jimmy James, "The Undergraduate," Julia, NBC, 1969.

Jackson, "Sadbird," CBS Playhouse, CBS, 1969.

"Dreams of Glory," Room 222, ABC, 1970.

"Marathon," Storefront Lawyers (also known as Men at Law), CBS, 1971.

"Kill Gently, Sweet Jessie," Mod Squad, ABC, 1972.

Jamal, "Deadly Hostage," Cannon, CBS, 1973.

Harley Dartson, "Tricks Are No Treats," Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 1973.

Jimmy, "Blood Brother," The Rookies, ABC, 1973.

Axis, "The Tapestry/Circles," Visions, 1976.

"New Found Franklin," The Tony Randall Show, CBS, 1977.

"Charlie Smith and the Fritter Tree," Visions, PBS, 1978.

Mr. Livingston, "Moot Court," The Paper Chase, CBS, 1978.

Ron Taylor, "A Few Good Men," The White Shadow, CBS, 1980.

"The Old Sister," Palmerstown, U.S.A., CBS, 1980.

Captain, "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," The Greatest American Hero, ABC, 1982.

Ben Pettit, "Class Act," Fame, NBC, 1982.

Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1983.

"Detroit: The Price of Freedom" (also known as "The Prisoner"), Lottery, ABC, 1983.

"Bojangles and the Dancer," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1984.

"Hit or Miss America," The Love Boat, ABC, 1984.

"Anatomy of a Killing," T. J. Hooker, ABC, 1984.

"Goodbye, I Love You," Hot Pursuit, NBC, 1984.

"Reprise for the Lord," This Is the Life, 1984.

Tyrone Diamond, "Prisoner of War," Riptide, NBC, 1985.

Ben Coleman, "Murder to a Jazz Beat," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985.

Joshua, "Charlotte Forten's Mission: Experiment in Freedom" (also known as "Half-Slave, Half-Free 2"), American Playhouse, PBS, 1985.

"Whatever Happened to …?," Detective in the House, CBS, 1985.

"Games People Play," Detective in the House, CBS, 1985.

Riptide, NBC, 1985.

Billy Kinetta, "Paladin of the Lost Hour," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985.

"High School Blues," The Redd Foxx Show, ABC, 1986.

Lloyd Lyman, "Ask Max," The Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1986.

Stan Lassiter, "Deadline for Murder," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986.

Major Dennis Orlando, "The Court-Martial: Parts 1 & 2," Matlock, NBC, 1987.

Earl Browder, "Jack and Bill," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

Dr. Redman, "Life Sentence," Freddy's Nightmares (also known as Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street), 1990.

Storytime, 1994.

James Glen, "Wide Open," Millennium, Fox, 1997.

Wade Beecher, "Skin," Strange World, ABC, 1999.

Achilles Thompson, "Achilles," The Magnificent Seven, CBS, 1999.

Negro y Moreno, Resurrection Blvd., 2000.

Himself, "Ben Vereen: The Hard Way," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Sheriff Guthrie, "Finger of God," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000.

Sub captain, "Mixed Messages," JAG, CBS, 2001.

Roy Hines, "Pravda," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2003.

Calvin, Bernie's brother, "Family Reunion," The Bernie Mac Show, Fox, 2004.

Carl, "Who Gives This Bride," The Bernie Mac Show, Fox, 2005.

Dr. Young, "Infected," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2006.

Earl, "The Courtship of Robert's Father," All of Us, 2006.

Earl, "Like Father, Like Son, Like Hell!," All of Us, 2006.

Earl, "My Two Dads," All of Us, 2006.

Also appeared as Phil Cherot, "Duty to Serve," The Lyon's Den, NBC.

Television Director; Movies:

Buffalo Soldiers, TNT, 1997.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Sister to Sister, Sister," A Different World, NBC, 1991.

"Prisoner of Love," A Different World, NBC, 1992.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside," A Different World, NBC, 1992.

"Great X-Pectations," A Different World, NBC, 1993.

"Security," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, 1997.

Also directed episodes of The Parent 'Hood, The WB; The Wayans Bros., The WB.

Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Travis Younger, A Raisin in the Sun, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Tim, Jr., Who's Got His Own, Theatre at St. Clements Church, New York City, 1966.

Junebug, Junebug Graduates Tonight!, Chelsea Theatre Center, New York City, 1967.

The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1968-69.

Revolution, Center Theatre Group, New Theatre for Now, Music Center, Los Angeles, 1972-73.

Steve Carlton, What the Wine-Sellers Buy, New Federal Theatre, New York City, 1973, later Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1974.

Steve Carlton, The Wine Sellers, Center Theatre Group, New Theatre for Now, Mark Taper Forum, 1973.

A Raisin in the Sun, Pilgrim Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Do Lord Remember Me, American Place Theatre, then Town Hall Theatre, New York City, 1982-83.

Proud, 1984.

James Horsford Ottley III, Eyes of the American, Negro Ensemble Company, Theatre Four, New York City, 1985, then Los Angeles Theatre Center, 1986.

Nat Turner and other roles, Do Lord Remember Me, New Federal Theatre, Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, New York City, 1997.

The Sons of Lincoln, Lillian Theatre, Hollywood, CA, 2000.

Thomas Thurman, Good Boys, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 2002.

Also appeared as member of chorus, Puccini's Tosca, Amato Opera; in Good Boys, Repertory Theatre; Harper's Ferry, Repertory Theatre; The Visit, Repertory Theatre; The House of Atreus, Repertory Theatre; Ceremonies in Dark Old Men; Don't Get God Started; One in a Crowd; Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, Los Angeles; The Toilet.

Major Tours:

I'm Not Rappaport, 1987.

Stage Director:

Directed Deadwood Dick, Inner City Cultural Center, Los Angeles.


Film Music:

Stickin' Together, 1992.

Television Episodes:

Writer for Peyton Place, ABC.


Coauthor of the song "I'm Your Speed," recorded by Aretha Franklin on the album Almighty Fire.