Rosey Grier

Rosey Grier

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1932-07-14 (89 years old) · Place of Birth: Cuthbert, Georgia

15 Movies · 18 TV shows

Also Known As: Rosie Grier · Roosevelt Grier · Reverend Rosey Grier · Rosie Greer

Biography

Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier (born July 14, 1932) is an American actor, singer, Protestant minister, and former professional football player. He was a notable college football player for The Pennsylvania State University who earned a retrospective place in the National Collegiate Athletic Association 100th anniversary list of 100 most influential student athletes. As a professional player, Grier was a member of the New York Giants and the original Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams. He played in the Pro Bowl twice.After Grier's professional sports career, he worked as a bodyguard for Senator Robert Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign. Grier was guarding Ethel Kennedy when Senator Kennedy was shot. Although unable to prevent the assassination, Grier took control of the gun and subdued the shooter, Sirhan Sirhan.Grier hosted his own Los Angeles television show and made approximately 70 guest appearances on various shows during the 1960s and 1970s.As a singer, Grier first released singles on the A label in 1960, and over the following twenty-five years he continued to record on various labels including Liberty, Ric, MGM, and A&M. His recording of a tribute to Robert Kennedy, "People Make the World" (written by Bobby Womack), was his only chart single, peaking at No. 128 in 1968.Grier is known for his serious pursuit of hobbies not traditionally associated with men. He has authored several books, including Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men in 1973. Grier became an ordained Protestant minister in 1983 and travels as an inspirational speaker. He founded American Neighborhood Enterprises, a nonprofit organization that serves inner city youth. He was also a featured speaker at the 1984 Republican National Convention; during its evening session on August 20, 1984, he endorsed President Ronald Reagan for re-election.

Personal Life

Grier was well known in the 1970s for his hobbies of needlepoint and macrame.Grier has a daughter from a previous relationship named Sherryl Brown-Tubbs. He later married Bernice Lewis, who had one child, Denise, whom he adopted before he and Lewis divorced. He then married Margie Grier and had a son, Roosevelt Kennedy Grier, in 1972. He and Margie divorced in 1978 and remarried in 1980. Margie Grier died on June 10, 2011. He married Wichita school teacher Cydnee Seyler on April 30, 2013. A nephew, Mike "Big Daddy" Grier, followed his uncle's career in sports when he enrolled as a student at Boston University, but he played ice hockey instead of football.Grier released his autobiography Rosey: The Gentle Giant in 1986.

Early Life

Born in Cuthbert, Georgia as one of twelve children, Grier was named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt.He played high school football at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, New Jersey, graduating in 1951.

Movies & TV shows

2013.

1 Movie
SampleThis

SampleThis

2013
A documentary shows how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc played them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.

1996.

1 Movie
Reggie's Prayer

Reggie's Prayer

1996
Reggie White plays a pro football player who retires because he hasn't won a championship. He befriends a troubled student while coaching a high school football program. Reggie fights ruffians with Ch...

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Saved by the Bell: The New Class

Saved by the Bell: The New Class

1993
The Saved by the Bell series ran from September 11, 1993 to January 8, 2000 The series was part of the Saturday morning line-up on NBC. The fourth incarnation of the franchise featured a new group of ...

1989.

1 TV show
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.24
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...

1981.

1 TV show
TV
Aloha Paradise

Aloha Paradise

1981
Aloha Paradise aired on ABC from February 25, 1981 to April 22, 1981 The series was created by Tom. The Love Boat was produced by Cramer and Spelling.

1980.

1 Movie
The Gong Show Movie

The Gong Show Movie

1980
A week in the life of Chuck Barris, the creator of "The Gong Show".

1979.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Roots: The Next Generations

Roots: The Next Generations

6
1979
The story of the family of Alex Haley and their life in Tennessee from 1882 to the 1960s was fictionalized in Roots: The Next Generations. The budget for Roots: The Next Generations was three times la...
The Seekers

The Seekers

1979
The sons and grandchildren of Philip Kent make a life for themselves in America.
The Glove

The Glove

1979
A bounty hunter is assigned to bring back an angry ex-convict who wore a leather glove and stole. Chaos ensues.

1978.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Flying High

Flying High

1978
Flying High is an American comedy-drama series that aired on CBS from August 28, 1978 until January 23, 1979. Created by Dawn Aldredge and Martin Cohan, the series stars Connie Sellecca, Pat Klous, an...
TV
To Kill a Cop

To Kill a Cop

1978
Police drama concerning a maverick chief of detectives dealing with two cop killings and a spate of bank robberies. He's also fighting a back stabbing police commissioner and a revolutionary leader pl...
To Kill a Cop

To Kill a Cop

1978
Earl Eischied is a man with his hands full. As the Chief of Detectives in New York City he is trying to break up a group of black militants that are on a crime spree including the killing of a police ...
TV
The White Shadow

The White Shadow

1978
The White Shadow is an American drama television series that ran on the CBS network from November 27 1978, to March 16 1981.
Rabbit Test

Rabbit Test

1978
Lionel was on top of a pinball table. He is the first man to have a baby.

1977.

1 TV show
TV
CHiPs

CHiPs

1
1977
There are two Highway Patrol officers. Jon Baker and Frank Poncherello are motorcycle officers who save lives.

1976.

1 TV show
TV
Quincy, M.E.

Quincy, M.E.

5.85
1976
Quincy, M.E. The American television series was filmed at Universal Studios.

1975.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Timber Tramps

Timber Tramps

1975
A tough, hard-drinking Alaska logging foreman likes fighting only slightly less than working.
TV
The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons

6.6
1975
George and Louise "Weezy" Jefferson, a successful African-American couple, moved to a fancy Manhattan apartment. There is a spinoff of All in the Family.
The Treasure of Jamaica Reef

The Treasure of Jamaica Reef

1975
An adventure film about the search for a more than 200-year-old treasure on the ocean floor.

1974.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Movin' On

Movin' On

1974
Movin' On is an American drama series that ran for two seasons, between 1974 and 1976. It originally appeared on the NBC television network. The pilot episode for the series was known as In Tandem.
TV
Tony Orlando and Dawn

Tony Orlando and Dawn

1974
CBS gave the group a television variety show (entitled Tony Orlando and Dawn) from the summer of 1974, after The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour ended its run, until December 1976. The show was in the same...
Free to Be… You and Me

Free to Be… You and Me

1974
Free to Be…You and Me, a project of the Ms. Foundation for Women, is a record album, and illustrated book first released in November 1972, featuring songs and stories from many current celebrities of ...

1973.

1 TV show
TV
Kojak

Kojak

6
1973
Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak is assigned to investigate crimes in New York City.

1972.

3 Movies
Second Chance

Second Chance

1972
A rich stockbroker buys a Nevada ghost town as a community for people who need a second chance in life.
The Thing with Two Heads

The Thing with Two Heads

3
1972
A man with a plan to transplant his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorated rapidly and he had to have his head transplant.
Skyjacked

Skyjacked

1972
A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes and demands to be taken to Russia.

1970.

1 Movie
Carter's Army

Carter's Army

1970
The officer was put in charge of a squad of black troops charged with blowing up a hydro dam in Nazi Germany. They would prolong the war if they failed to advance into Germany. Captain Beau Carter has...

1969.

1 Movie
The Desperate Mission

The Desperate Mission

1969
A man who has lost everything joins other people who are paid to bring a wealthy man's wife and a mysterious treasure to safety in San Francissco.

1965.

2 TV shows
TV
I Dream of Jeannie

I Dream of Jeannie

6.18
1965
I Dream of Jeannie is an American sitcom with a fantasy premise. The show starred Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom she falls i...
TV
Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo

1965
Hullabaloo is an American musical variety series that ran on NBC from January 12, 1965 through August 29, 1966. Similar to Shindig! it ran in prime time in contrast to ABC's American Bandstand.

1964.

2 TV shows
TV
The Hollywood Palace

The Hollywood Palace

1964
The Hollywood Palace is an hour-long American television variety show that was broadcast weekly on ABC from January 4, 1964 to February 7, 1970. Originally titled The Saturday Night Hollywood Palace, ...
TV
Shindig!

Shindig!

1964
Shindig!, an American musical variety series, aired on ABC from September 16, 1964 to January 8, 1966. Jimmy O'Neill, a disc jockey in Los Angeles at the time who also created the show along with his ...

1958.

1 TV show
TV
Kraft Music Hall

Kraft Music Hall

1958
In the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s, several television series were aired by NBC in the musical variety genre, which was sponsored by the producers of a well-known line of cheeses and rel...
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