LeVar Burton

Burton in 2013, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

Birth  Name: Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr.

Place of Birth: Landstuhl, West Germany (now Germany)

Date of Birth: February 16, 1957

Ethnicity: African-American

LeVar Burton is an American actor, filmmaker, director, presenter, and author.

LeVar was born in Landstuhl, West Germany (now Germany), to American parents, Erma Gene (Christian) and Levardis Robert Martyn Burton. His parents are both African-American. He was raised in Sacramento, California. LeVar is married to make-up artist Stephanie Cozart-Burton, and has two children.

His nephew (wife’s sister’s son) is actor Omar Benson Miller.

According to a DNA test taken by LeVar, he has ancestry from the Hausa people of Nigeria. He has also said:

I was surprised to discover that fully 25 percent of my genetic code, my DNA, comes from Britain and Ireland…


Curious about ethnicity

1 Response

  1. Aleksandr says:

    CORRECTION. LeVar Burton is of Nigerian ancestry.

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