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Sunday Profile: Actor LeVar Burton

Updated: Oct 8, 2022

Video from CBS Sunday Morning

When LeVar Burton switched his career ambitions from the seminary to the stage, his first audition was for the TV miniseries “Roots,” which brought him instant fame as the enslaved Kunta Kinte. Since then the actor became renowned for his role in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and as host of the PBS literacy series “Reading Rainbow.” Correspondent Mo Rocca talks with Burton about the broad sweep of his career, including his podcast, “LeVar Burton Reads.” from video introduction.

Can entertainment be a way to minister the Gospel to the world? Levar Burtons mentor Mr. Rogers told him yes and LeVar Burton went on to do just that.

Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. (1957) is an American actor, director, and children's television host. Best known for his role as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, his role as Kunta Kinte in the ABC miniseries Roots (1977), and as host of Reading Rainbow for 23 years.


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