The part of Troy Barnes was originally written for a white guy. When you think of the former high school football star, you think 6-foot-2, white, meathead as the model for that kind of character. Since I'm not 6-foot-2 or white, I just thought about what I could bring to it.
— Donald Glover
Donald Glover (full name Donald McKinley Glover, Jr.) was born on September 25, 1983 at the Edwards Air Force Base in California. He was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His father is a postal worker and his mother runs a daycare center. He graduated from New York University with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006. Before being cast on "Community" he was best known for his work with the sketch comedy troupe "Derrick Comedy". He was a former writer on the Tina Fey sitcom "30 Rock" but left to pursue a career in stand up. Sometime later he was contacted by Dan Harmon to audition for the part of Troy Barnes, a role which he has played for four Seasons. He is also a rap artist who continues to perform under the stage name "Childish Gambino" and is signed to the label Glassnote Records. He also voices Marshall Lee on "Adventure Time". It was reported by online entertainment news site Vulture that he will be having a reduced role in Season Five of Community.