Born in Kansas City, MO
Raised in Lincoln, NE and Denver, CO
Had first acting role in a fifth grade production of "Charlotte's Web"; cast as the rat Templeton
Feature film debut, "Moving Violations"
Acted with the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN and with the New York Shakespeare Festival in NYC's Central Park
TV debut, guest shot on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)
Played pivotal role of Rocket, a murderous gang member, in the drama "Colors"
Starred and co-wrote the theme for the unsold NBC comedy pilot "In the House"
TV series debut as the overly competent hotel manager in "The Golden Palace," the CBS spin-off of "The Golden Girls"
Played recurring role of Bennie on "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" (ABC)
Played district attorney Jonathan Littleton on the CBS drama series "Picket Fences"
Breakthrough role as Mouse, the psychopathic sidekick to Denzel Washington's Easy Rawlings in "Devil in a Blue Dress"
Co-starred in John Singleton's underrated "Rosewood" as a piano teacher who stands up to racists
Appeared as porn star Buck Swope in "Boogie Nights"
Had featured role of L.D., a moralist gang leader, in "Bulworth"
Cast as Sammy Davis Jr in the HBO movie "The Rat Pack"; received Emmy nomination
Played Snoopy, a psychopathic killer in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight," co- starring George Clooney
Starred in the HBO adaptation of "A Lesson Before Dying"; received Emmy nomination
Reteamed with Soderbergh to play a DEA agent in "Traffic"
Wrote and directed the digital film "The Jesse Borr Story"
Portrayed the manager-lover of a troubled rock singer in "Things Behind the Sun"; screened at Sundance
Acted opposite Jeffery Wright in Suzan-Lori Parks' off-Broadway drama, "Topdog/Underdog"; was unable to recreate role on Broadway in 2002 due to scheduling conflicts
Again collaborated with Clooney and Soderbergh for the "Ocean's Eleven" remake
Had a recurring role on the NBC drama "ER" as Paul Nathan, a med student who suffers from Parkinson's disease; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2003)
Received Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for <i>Fear Itself</i>
Reunited with original cast for "Ocean's Twelve" again directed by Steven Soderbergh
Portrayed Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsis refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda"; received a Golden Globe, SAG and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor
Cast opposite Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Jack Thompson in "The Assassination of Richard Nixon"
Produced and starred in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash," a multicharacter study of L.A. race relations; earned a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actor
Re-teamed with the original cast for "Ocean's 13"
Portrayed Ralph 'Petey' Greene, a real-life ex-con-turned-radio and TV host in "Talk to Me"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Actor
Co-starred in "Hotel for Dogs," a film adaptation of the Lois Duncan novel of the same name
Cast in Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest"
Replaced Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes, best friend to Downey's Tony Stark for "Iron Man 2"
Cast as a highly successful and cutthroat management consultant on Showtime series "House of Lies"
Co-starred with Denzel Washington in "Flight"