Acted in CBS miniseries "Flesh and Blood"
Appeared in New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) production of "Coriolanus"
Worked in New York with New Federal Theater and Negro Ensemble Company
Originated role of PFC Melvin Peterson in Charles Fuller's Pulitzer-winning "A Soldier's Play" at the Negro Ensemble Theater
TV series debut as regular playing Dr Phillip Chandler on the NBC medical drama "St. Elsewhere"
Earned critical praise for reprising Peterson in Norman Jewison's film "A Soldier's Story"; adapted from Fuller's play
Made Broadway debut in disastrous run of Ron Milner's "Checkmates"
U.S. debut as feature lead, "The Mighty Quinn"
Founded Mundy Lane Entertainment, named for the street on which he grew up
Essayed title role in NYSF production of "Richard III"
Excelled as a carpet salesman in the small art film "Mississippi Masala"
Displayed his Shakespearean chops as Don Pedro in Kenneth Brannagh's film adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing"
Executive produced the TV documentary "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream" (TBS)
Acted opposite Whitney Houston in Penny Marshall's "The Preacher's Wife"
Re-teamed with Zwick for "Courage Under Fire"
Made directing debut with "In Harm's Way," a music video for the Winans
Re-teamed with Lee for "He Got Game"
Third film with Edward Zwick, "The Siege"
Portrayed Chief Detective Matt Whitlock in the thriller "Out of Time"
Starred as Brutus in the Broadway production of "Julius Caesar"
Re-teamed with director Tony Scott for the thriller, "Deja Vu"
Directed (also acted) "The Great Debaters"; a true story based on the Wiley College debate team in the 1930s
Played the lead role in "The Book of Eli," a post-apocalyptic drama directed by the Hughes brothers
Re-teamed with Tony Scott for "Unstoppable"
Played a fugitive on the run with a CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) in "Safe House"