Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr. (born February 16, 1957), professionally known as LeVar Burton, is an American actor, director and author who first came to prominence portraying Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries Roots, based on the novel by Alex Haley. He is also well known for his portrayal of Geordi La Forge on the syndicated science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation and as the host of the PBS children's program Reading Rainbow.
Let me preface these next few paragraphs by saying that this isn't really a review of LeVar Burton. It is more like a big thank you to the man from me. He had a very big impact on my life growing up, and this is the story of that impact. When I was growing up in rural Louisiana back in the late 70's/early 80's, I didn't have many television channels to choose from when it was time to sit in front of the television. In fact, … more