Childish Gambino is the hip-hop alter ego of multi-hyphenate American entertainer Donald Glover, who is also known for acting roles on television shows like
Born Donald McKinley Glover Jr. is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper, and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ.
Childish Gambino first came to public attention for his work with Derrick Comedy while a student at New York University, and Tina Fey hired him at age 23 as a writer for the NBC sitcom 30 Rock.
He stars in the FX series Atlanta, which he created and occasionally directs.
Glover won various awards for his role in the FX series Atlanta, including Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series,and Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
Childish Gambino has appeared in films like Mystery Team (2009), The Lazarus Effect, Magic Mike XXL, The Martian (all 2015), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) as Aaron Davis, and as the young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
He released his first album, Camp, on November 15, 2011, to generally positive reviews.
Glover’s third album, “Awaken, My Love!”, was released on December 2, 2016, spawning the single “Redbone”, which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and eventually earned him a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
In 2017, Glover was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. In 2018, Glover released the song and video for “This Is America”, which debuted at number-one on the Hot 100.
Glover’s musical stage name, Childish Gambino, came from the Wu-Tang Clan’s name generator.
In 2008, Glover unsuccessfully auditioned to play President Barack Obama on the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live; the role went to cast member Fred Armisen.
Childish Gambino’s who will provide the voice of Simba in a remake of the Disney film The Lion King (2019) made the internet go crazy once more after he dropped the video for his new track, “Feels Like Summer.”