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Born: July 15, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Longview, Texas, USA Profession: Cast ...
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2003:
Cast as senior officer Captain Ramey in the suspense thriller "Phone Booth"
2004:
Directed (also produced) Katie Holmes in "First Daughter"
1991:
Feature producing debut (also acted), "A Rage in Harlem"; directed by Bill Duke
2006:
Played a principal of a violent inner-city school in Aric Avelino's film debut "American Gun"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Male Lead
2001:
Starred opposite Jeremy Irons in the thriller "The Fourth Angel"
2003:
Appeared in the Showtime movie "Deacons for Defense"; received a SAG nomination for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
2010:
Co-starred with Jude Law in futuristic thriller "Repo Men"
1998:
Helmed second film "Hope Floats," starring Sandra Bullock
2002:
Played one of a trio terrorizing a woman and her child while looking for missing money in "Panic Room"
1985:
Made TV miniseries debut as Cuffey in "North and South" (ABC)
2009:
Voiced Ira in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"
2008:
Co-stared with Denzel Washington (who also directed) in "The Great Debaters"
1988:
Directed music video for Cheryl Pepsii Riley ("Thanks For My Child"); also for rappers Low Key, Soula, and M.C. Supreme for Warner Bros. Records
2001:
Featured in Sundance-screened "The Green Dragon"
2002:
Hosted classic mystery series "The Twilight Zone" (UPN)
1999:
Played a Federal Marshall in HBO's "Witness Protection"
1992:
Played British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists in Neil Jordan's "The Crying Game"
2000:
Portrayed Ker in "Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000," based on novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard
1998:
Signed development deal with Columbia-TriStar
1999:
Starred as the titular character of Jim Jarmusch's "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"
2009:
Executive produced Sundance Channel docu-series "Brick City"
2013:
Co-starred in action thriller "A Dark Truth"
2013:
Cast opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in action feature "The Last Stand"
2013:
Led the large cast of "The Butler"
1986:
Directed first major stage production "Dreams Across the Realm"
1994:
Returned to the world of jazz as trumpeter Buddy Chester, a top sideman who discovers he has a malignant brain tumor, testing his friendship with Jeff Goldblum and Kathy Baker in Showtime's "Lush Life"
1987:
Cast in high-profile supporting role in "Good Morning, Vietnam" opposite Robin Williams
1993:
Made TV-movie directing debut on HBO urban drama "Strapped"; earned director's award for best first feature at Toronto Film Festival; Kiefer Sutherland acted in film and Whitaker repaid the favor by appearing that year in Sutherland's directorial debut "Last Light"
1986:
Acted in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money"
1983:
Appeared on various TV series including " Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC), "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, directed by Bill Duke), "Cagney and Lacey" (CBS), and "Amazing Stories" (NBC)
1995:
Made feature film directorial debut in "Waiting to Exhale," co-starring Angela Bassett and Whitney Houston
1982:
Made film acting debut as a high school football player in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
1988:
Landed first starring feature role as jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's "Bird"
2005:
Joined the cast of FX's "The Shield" for the fifth season, playing a cop from internal affairs
2006:
Guest-starred on five episodes of NBC medical drama "ER" as a carpenter who ends up being paralyzed by a stroke after being admitted for a cough; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2006:
Gave an Oscar-winning performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland"
1986:
Appeared in Oliver Stone's "Platoon"
2016:
Cast as Fiddler on TV mini-series "Roots"
2016:
Had supporting role in sci-fi drama "Arrival"
2016:
Played resistance fighter Saw Gerrera in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
2017:
Reprised role of Saw Gerrera on animated series "Star Wars: Rebels"

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