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LeVar Burton (Kunta Kinte, young)
LeVar Burton was a sophomore at the University of Southern California when he won the role of Kunta Kinte in Roots. He shot to overnight stardom, landing on the cover of Time magazine at age 19. After Roots, LeVar went on to become the star of the long-running PBS hit Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Today, LeVar is a partner in Burton/Wolfe Entertainment, which produces motion pictures and Web content.