From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Van Leer, Darryl

(born: 1961) 

Darryl Van Leer, an actor, vocalist, writer, and photographer, was born in Madisonville, KY. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Van Leer began his career on BET's "Bobby Jones Gospel Show" and later appeared in First Time, a Nickelodeon movie and HBO's The Second Civil War and Up Against the Wall. He was nominated for a 1996 NAACP Theatre Award and was recognized by the National Association of Campus Activities.

Van Leer's one-man plays, which he wrote and produced, represent African Americans such as Malcolm X, Nat Turner, and Marcus Garvey. His works include Rubycat Lawson’s Roadhouse Lounge. Several videos of Van Leer's performances can be found on YouTube.

Darryl Van Leer is also a public speaker, musician, and stand-up comic.

For more see the Darryl Van Leer website; and Jim Munson, "BWW Interview: Darryl Van Leer of The Escape of Frederick Douglass at The Marsh Brings the Iconic Abolitionist Thrillingly to Life," 4/20/2021, at the Broadway World website.

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Last modified: 2022-06-22 17:19:32