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Danny Glover
This week on One on One we meet the famous actor and human rights campaigner.
Last Modified: 18 May 2008 09:02 GMT

Danny Glover grew up in a government
housing project until he was 10

Being one of the best-known African-American actors in Hollywood is not enough for this staunch human rights campaigner.

This week on One on One, meet the actor and activist, Danny Glover.
 
Like in the movies, the start was tough for young Danny Glover, as he grew up in a government housing project until he was 10. With much family encouragement, he studied hard - looking to graduate in economics.
 
When the acting bug bit him in his late 20's, Glover began taking classes and appearing on stage where he honed his skills.

His acting career has taken him through a wide number of roles from his early days training with the Black Actors Workshop in California to portraying Nelson Mandela, the legendary South African leader.

Danny Glover played Roger Murtaugh in
the blockbuster Lethal Weapon

However, it was as persistent cop, Roger Murtaugh, partnering Mel Gibson for the blockbuster Lethal Weapon series that Danny Glover became a household name. 
 
Social activism began in Glover's teen years, but became more of a focus following his rise to Hollywood stardom.

He has been a Goodwill Ambassador since 1998 for the UN Development Programme, and a vocal advocate in the fight against HIV-Aids.
 
Though still a member of the Hollywood clan, the actor has also actively turned his energies to making movies that reflect his strong social conscience. 

Watch part one of this episode of One on One

Watch part two of this episode of One on One

 
This episode of One on One aired on Saturday, May 17, 2008


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