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Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. (b. February 16, 1957) is an American actor and children's television host. He is known for his roles in Roots, the Star Trek: The Next Generation franchise, and as the host of Reading Rainbow. He competed on Celebrity Jeopardy! in Season 12, and served as interim host on Jeopardy! from July 26 to July 30, 2021.


  • According to WatchMojo, they listed LeVar Burton as #1 on the Top 10 Jeopardy Guest Hosts.
  • His charity, Reading is Fundamental, received a record $204,800 in one week, largely thanks to the fact that 38-game champion Matt Amodio played his fourth through eighth games with LeVar as host. Additionally, with a $77,000 payday in Amodio’s seventh game, RiF received the largest single-game donation.
  • His first game as host saw Patrick Pearce break the record for lowest score with -$7,400 during the Double Jeopardy! round.