02-16 Happy birthday to LeVar Burton, Born: February 16, 1957.
Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr. is the American actor who played Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation throughout the show’s entire seven-year run, from 1987 to 1994. He also played La Forge in the four TNG-era Star Trek films, in the TNG video game A Final Unity, and in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Timeless”, which he directed. In addition, he directed two episodes for Next Generation as well as numerous episodes for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise.
Besides his affiliation with Star Trek, Burton is known for his star-making, Emmy Award-nominated performance as Kunta Kinte in the acclaimed 1977 mini-series Roots. He is also well known as the long-time host of the popular, Daytime Emmy Award-winning children’s educational program Reading Rainbow.
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