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Is Donald Glover Related To Danny Glover?

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Is Donald Glover Related To Danny Glover?

Is Donald Glover related to Danny Glover? One is a beloved actor, director, and activist who starred in the Lethal Weapon movies. The other is known as "Childish Gambino" and is an innovative actor, singer, and comedian who produces and stars in the hit show Atlanta. There's no doubt about it: Both of them are super-talented. But are the two men actually related?

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Since the two share a last name, fans have speculated that the two are related. Danny Glover has been in the business for awhile whereas Donald Glover first came on the scene with NBC's 30 Rock. 

Let's get to the bottom of this theory:


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1. Donald Glover's IMDB bio literally says they're not related. 

“Donald McKinley Glover was born at the Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (Smith), ran a daycare center, and his father, Donald Glover, was a postal worker. He is, despite rumors, not related to actor Danny Glover. Donald graduated from New York University with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006.” 

2. Donald Glover grew up in Georgia. Danny Glover's from Northern California.

Danny Glover is from the Northern California Bay Area whereas Childish Gambino, while born in California, grew up near Atlanta, the city in which his hit show is based around. "Atlanta is a very specific type of place, and I wanted to make a show with a regional theme,” he says. 

3. There was a joke made about the rumor on Saturday Night Live. 

When Donald Glover was the guest host (and also musical guest!) on Saturday Night Live, he made a joke about being Danny Glover's father.

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4. Donald Glover's real father is a postal worker. 

His Wikipedia and IMDB page both state he was raised in Georgia. His mother is a retired daycare provider and his father, Donald Glover Sr. is a retired postal worker. 

5. He raps about not being related to Danny Glover.

In his song 'Sunrise', Glover raps "Donald Glover no relation” - a direct reference to the fact that he is not related to actor Danny Glover despite people often assuming he is. Lyrics often have hidden meanings, but this one seems pretty straightforward.

6. Donald straight-out denies Danny is his father. 

"People think I’m Danny Glover’s son. I get called Danny all the time because it’s a name that makes more sense than Donald." he said in an interview. 

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Molly Given is a writer living in Philadelphia and lover of all things to do with mystery and magic in life. When she’s not writing her fingers off she can be found planning her next adventure in a new part of the world.