Glynn Turman is an American actor best known for his starring role as Col. Bradford 'Brad' Taylor in the television sitcom A Different World, from 1988-1993.
He is also known for his role as Mayor Clarence V. Royce on the fourth season of the drama The Wire, which began as a recurring role and later turned into a fully credited role.
He currently stars as Marty Kaan's (Don Cheadle) father Jeremiah Kaan in the dark comedy television series House of Lies, since 2012.
Turman started his career at the tender age of 12 in the landmark Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun with Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. He has performed in such plays as Athol Fugard's My Children, My Africa; Ceremonies in Dark Old Men; What the Wine Sellers Buy; Eyes of the American; and Turman's own autobiographical one-man show, Movin' Man.
George Lucas originally cast Turman as Han Solo in Star Wars (1977), but eventually changed his mind and cast Harrison Ford instead.
His many film credits include Super 8, Burlesque, Takers, Sahara, Kings of the Evening, Men of Honor, Deep Cover, Gremlins, J.D.'s Revenge, Light It Up, The Serpent's Egg, The Inkwell, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and the cult classic Cooley High.
Turman can also be seen in John Dies in the End and The Obama Effect.
In 2008, Turman scored his first Emmy win as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for In Treatment. Other television series and roles include, A Different World, Resurrection Blvd., Big Apple, The Wire, The Defenders, Scrubs, Southland, FlashForward, In Treatment, CSI, The Bernie Mac Show, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Buffalo Soldiers, and Minstrel Man.
He's won three NAACP Image Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre; the 2010 Pan-African Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2010 LA Stage Ovation Award for Outstanding Lead Actor as Memphis in August Wilson's Two Trains Running; a Los Angeles Critics Award nomination, a Dramalogue Award, and multiple NAACP Image Award nominations.
Turman is currently working on his autobiography Movin' Man. He was married to soul singer Aretha Franklin from 1978-1984.