Donald McKinley “Childish Gambino” Glover, Jr. is an American rapper and actor. Glover was born in Edwards, California, on September 25, 1983, to Donald Glover Sr. and Beverly Glover. He has a brother named Stephen Glover and a sister named Brianne Glover. Glover attended Avondale High School in DeKalb County, Georgia, as a child. Later, he transferred to DeKalb School of the Arts in Dekalb County, Georgia. Glover attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts after graduating from high school. In 2006, he graduated from the University with a degree in Dramatic Writing.
Glover’s work piqued the interest of television producer David Miner in 2006. After viewing his writing samples, which included a spec piece he wrote for The Simpsons. Glover’s work attracted producer Miner and actress Elizabeth “Tina” Fey, who hired him as a writer for the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. Glover was a regular on the show from 2006 through 2009, making cameo appearances on occasion.
Glover received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Series Writing in 2008. Glover appeared as former high school jock Tory Barnes on the television show Community the following year, in 2009. Glover was a regular on the show until its fifth season in 2013.
Glover created the television show Atlanta, which airs on the FX Network, in 2016. The show stars Glover as Earnest “Earn” Marks, a college dropout who had previously attended Princeton University. It followed his daily life in Atlanta and starred Brian Tyree Henry as Mark’s cousin Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles and Zazie Beetz as Mark’s girlfriend Vanessa Keefer.
Many accolades were nominated for the show, including the Golden Globes and the NAACP Image Awards. Glover has also appeared in films such as Mystery Team (2009), The Muppets (2011), Magic Mike XXL (2015), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), and The Lion King (2019).
Glover’s music career began with the publication of his debut album, Camp, in 2011. The album, which includes singles such as “Bonfire,” “Heartbeat,” and “Fire Fly,” failed to sell 500,000 copies after its release. Because The Internet, Glover’s second album, was released in 2013, and included the singles “3005”, “Crawl,” “Sweatpants,” and “Telegraph Ave.” This album was certified gold after selling over 500,000 units.
Awaken My Love, his third album, was released in 2016 and featured the singles “Me and Your Mama,” “Redbone,” and “Terrified.” This would be his most successful album to that point, selling over a million units and being certified platinum. At the 2018 Grammy Awards, the album was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Glover’s single “This Is America” was the biggest hit of his career when it was released in 2018. It sold approximately three million units, was certified triple platinum, and won four Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019 for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Song Performance, and Best Music Video.
Glover released his fourth album, 3.15.20, in 2020, which included the singles “Time,” “12.38,” and “Sweet Thang.” However, the album failed to sell at least 500,000 units.
Glover and Michelle White began dating in 2015, and the couple has three sons together, born in 2016, 2018, and 2020.