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Born: July 15, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Longview, Texas, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1985:
Made TV miniseries debut as Cuffey in "North and South" (ABC)
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
1991:
Feature producing debut (also acted), "A Rage in Harlem"; directed by Bill Duke
1992:
Played British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists in Neil Jordan's "The Crying Game"
1998:
Helmed second film "Hope Floats," starring Sandra Bullock
1998:
Signed development deal with Columbia-TriStar
1999:
Starred as the titular character of Jim Jarmusch's "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"
1999:
Played a Federal Marshall in HBO's "Witness Protection"
2000:
Portrayed Ker in "Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000," based on novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard
2001:
Starred opposite Jeremy Irons in the thriller "The Fourth Angel"
2001:
Featured in Sundance-screened "The Green Dragon"
2002:
Played one of a trio terrorizing a woman and her child while looking for missing money in "Panic Room"
2002:
Hosted classic mystery series "The Twilight Zone" (UPN)
2003:
Cast as senior officer Captain Ramey in the suspense thriller "Phone Booth"
2003:
Appeared in the Showtime movie "Deacons for Defense"; received a SAG nomination for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
2004:
Directed (also produced) Katie Holmes in "First Daughter"
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
2008:
Co-stared with Denzel Washington (who also directed) in "The Great Debaters"
2009:
Voiced Ira in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"
2009:
Executive produced Sundance Channel docu-series "Brick City"
2010:
Co-starred with Jude Law in futuristic thriller "Repo Men"
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"

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