Childish Gambino has proven that he is a jack of all trade. He has carved a niche in every aspect of entertainment; from writing to singing, acting, and djing. He took his first steps into the entertainment world as a scriptwriter for NBC and has gone ahead to write a lot of other films. As an actor, Gambino has not only proven his acting prowess on set but has also voiced roles in a lot of animated films including The Lion King, where he voiced the character, Simba.
For his numerous and outstanding performances, he has bagged a lot of awards and many more nominations. And, given the status he has attained in the competitive industry, it is only natural that he has accumulated massive followers who keep up with his personal life as much as they have followed his career. Among other things, people wonder how he derived his stage name.
Childish Gambino Got His Stage Name From The Wu-Tang Name Generator
The African American singer was born on the 25th of September 1983 in Edwards Air Force, located in Kern County in Southern California. As you will easily find, his real name is Donald McKinley Glover Jr. and he was raised with his brother as a Jehova Witness in Stone Mountain where he also schooled at Stephenson High School before he proceeded to study arts at the DeKalb School of the Arts in Georgia.
Donald also studied dramatic writing in the New York Tisch School of the Arts. During his stay at Tisch, he produced his first mixtape titled, The Younger I Get which was never released. Also, he indulged himself with disc jockeying and the production of electronic music under the moniker mcDJ.
He is still known by that name in some quarters but Childish Gambino is the stage name that has come to dominate. As the entertainer confirmed in an interview with Jimmy Fallon in 2011, he got the name from an online Wu-Tang name generator while he was in college.
He Began His Career as a Writer for a Satirical Sitcom Television Series
Immediately Donald graduated from college, he got a job offer to work with David Miner and Tina Fey as a writer for the NBC series, 30 Rock. Apart from writing, he also made cameo appearances in the series.
For his excellence in the series, Glover was honored with the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy in 2009. He worked with NBC for three years before deciding to play the role of Troy Barnes in the NBC sitcom, Community.
While working for NBC, Childish Gambino founded an internet comedy sketch group known as DERRICK Comedy. Also, since 30 Rocks, he has been a part of many small-screen projects and a handful of films. Nonetheless, his most notable works have come to include Mystery Team (2009), The To Do List (2013), The Muppets (2009), and Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014).
You will also find Childish Gambino in The Lazarus Effect (2015), Magic Mike XXL (2015), The Martian (2015), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Amongst his numerous voice acts, he is popularly known for lending his voice to Simba in the 2019 remake of The Lion King.
His Music Career Has Won Him No Less Than 5 Grammys
Glover started a Comedy Central standup special in 2010 and in the following year, he decided to tread the path of a music artist under the stage name Childish Gambo and signed up with Glassnote Records. He has released four full-length studio albums, numerous E.Ps, and mixtapes. His first album titled Camp dropped in 2011. In 2013, he released Because the Internet, his second studio album. His third titled Awaken, My Love! came in 2016 and 3.15.20 followed in 2020.
For a career that only began in 2005, Donald Glover has received many awards for his efforts. The first time he was nominated for a Grammy was in 2005 when his second studio album earned him a nomination for Best Rap Album and for Best Rap Performance; this was for the song 3005.
Nonetheless, the first time he bagged the gong was in 2018 when Redbone received a thumbs-up as the Best Traditional R&B Performance. The following year, he won four Grammys for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Music Video, and Best Rap/Sung Performance; these were for his song This Is America.
In all, his first three albums have sold about 2.4 million copies in the US alone. After he dropped This Is America, Billboard reported that his album sales had climbed by a massive 419 percent.
As an actor, he has received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series; this was in 2017. That same year, he won the same award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. This was also the year he received two Golden Globes Awards and a Producers Guild Award for his role in Atlanta. As a writer, he has won at least five Writers Guild Awards.
Disregarding the foregoing, Childish Gambino has received many of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry from TV Guide to NAACP Image, MTVs, Critics’ Choice Television, Billboard Music, BET Hip Hop, and what have you. In all, he has received over 150 nominations out of which he has won at least 44.
Stephen Glover Is a Versatile Entertainer Like His Older Brother
Childish Gambino’s parents are both retirees. His father, Donald Glover Sr. was as a postal worker while his mom, Beverly worked as a daycare provider.
Donald Glover wasn’t born as an only child, he is one of two children born to his parents. His younger brother Stephen Glover is notable for his skills in writing. He is popularly known as a screenwriter and rapper with credits in mixtape works like Frequent Flyer LP (2011), Summer of Steve (2012), High Art (2014), and DJ Rhetorik Presents: Rich Black American (2016).
Also an actor and a producer, Stephen has so far found more success as a screenwriter. He has won two Writers Guild of America Awards thus far with multiple nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards.
Gambino Is a Father of Two
Childish Gambino has decided to keep the affairs of his personal life off the spotlight. While much isn’t known about his love life, it is known that he has two children with a lady named Michelle.
It is hard to tell if he is married to Michelle White whom he has been with for quite a long time. The couple’s first child is named Legend and the second is named Drake.