While plans following a viral campaign last year didn’t pan out for him to become the rightful next host of Jeopardy!, veteran actor LeVar Burton still has managed to remain a fixture in the public eye and even landed a gig as host of the revered Scripps National Spelling Bee.
For his decades of work in Hollywood, highlighted by a career-defining role as Kunta Kinte in the iconic miniseries Roots, Burton will be receiving a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the first annual Children’s & Family Emmy Award ceremony happening later this year.
The Children’s & Family Emmys marks the first new expansion made by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences since 1979. Burton himself has received multiple Emmys throughout his career, mainly for his work as executive producer and performer on the long-running children’s series Reading Rainbow.
Burton’s acting career is more than deserving of the honor, which kicked off at the age of 17 when he switched career paths from being a practicing priest after questioning the Catholic faith. It would only be a few years later at age 19 that he landed the coveted role as Kunta Kinte in the still-culturally significant ABC miniseries that originally aired over multiple nights in January 1977. The performance would land him his very first Emmy nomination in the “Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series” category.
We can’t wait for LeVar Burton to receive all the flowers he deserves by way of a Lifetime Achievement honor at the first-ever Children’s & Family Emmy Awards, set to be held on December 11 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles.
Congrats again, OG LB!
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