|Name:||Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr.|
|Born:||February 16, 1957|
|Birth Hometown:||Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany|
|Known for:||Hosting Reading Rainbow, starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Roots|
|Website/URL:||His Official Website|
Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. (born 16 February 1957 from Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany) is an American actor, presenter, director, and author. His first major part was the role of a young Kunta Kinte in the 1977 ABC television miniseries Roots, a role he reprised in the 1988 television film Roots: The Gift. In 1983 he became the host of the long-running PBS children's series Reading Rainbow, and again performed a lead role in 1987 as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation (from which he took Reading Rainbow viewers on a behind-the-scenes look). He has also directed several television episodes for various iterations of Star Trek, among other programs.
He will be hosting this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee.
- Hollywood Squares
- The Weakest Link
- The $10,000 Pyramid
- The $25,000 Pyramid
- The $100,000 Pyramid
- Shoot for the Stars
- Capital One College Bowl