Cast in first starring film role, as New Jersey high school principal Joe Clark in "Lean on Me"
Had featured role in the Broadway play "The Mighty Gents"; received rave reviews and a Tony nomination, but play closed after nine performances
Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "The Atlanta Child Murders"
Played God in the feature "Bruce Almighty"
Played the enigmatic project head in "Chain Reaction"
Portrayed the U.S. President coping the imminent destruction of Earth by an oncoming meteor in "Deep Impact"
Co-starred with Brad Pitt as homicide detectives in David Fincher's "Se7en"
Made debut as an executive producer with the NBC TV-movie "Mutiny," based on the real-life Port Chicago Mutiny
Co-starred with Bruce Willis in "Red," an adaption of the comic book mini-series of the same name
Originated role of the Messenger in the off-Broadway staging of "The Gospel at Colonus"; reprised role in the 1985 PBS TV adaptation
Played 'The Boss' opposite Josh Hartnett in the thriller "Lucky Number Slevin"
Played the title role in "Purlie!" when it was staged by the American National Theater Academy in New York
Reprised the role of chaffeur Hoke, opposite Jessica Tandy in "Driving Miss Daisy," the film version of the award-winning play; received Best Actor Academy Award nomination
Appeared in support of Robert Redford in "Brubaker"
Cast as a nameless actor in Brad Silberling's low-budget feature "10 Items or Less"
Cast as the Judge in "Bonfire of the Vanities," Brian De Palma's screen version of Tom Wolfe's novel
Portrayed former South African President Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus," about the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa
Portrayed the director of the CIA in "The Sum of All Fears"; adapted from the Tom Clancy best-seller
Reteamed with Ashley Judd in "High Crimes"
Returned to Broadway in a Mike Nichols directed revival of Clifford Odets's play "The Country Girl"
With Gene Hackman, co-executive produced and co-starred in "Under Suspicion"
Cast as an assassin in the comic book adaptation "Wanted"
Co-starred with Owen Wilson in "The Big Bounce"
Made feature directorial debut with "Bopha!"
Formed Revelations Entertainment with Lori McCreary
Reprised his role as God in "Evan Almighty," the sequel to "Bruce Almighty" starring Steve Carell in the lead role
Starred as the villain in "The Dreamcatcher"; adapted from a Stephen King novel
Narrated the fantasy action feature "Conan the Barbarian," starring Jason Momoa in the title role
Co-starred with Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd in the family drama "Dolphin Tale"
Featured in the sci-fi movie "Oblivion"
Appeared in the crime caper "Now You See Me"
Starred in "Last Vegas" with Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas
Reprised role of Alex Cross in "Along Came a Spider"
Co-starred as a Union soldier in an all-black unit in "Glory"
Made film acting debut as Afro in "Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow?"
Played a Boston Police Chief in Ben Affleck's feature directing debut "Gone, Baby, Gone"
Reprised role of Lucius Fox opposite Christian Bale in the Nolan directed sequel "The Dark Knight"
Broadway debut, played Rudolph in all-black production of "Hello, Dolly!" with Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway at the St James Theatre
Cast as Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris opposite Hilary Swank in "Million Dollar Baby"; directed by Clint Eastwood who also co-starred
Cast as Wayne Enterprises inventor Lucius Fox opposite Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins"
Tapped by Steven Spielberg to portray an abolitionist in "Amistad"
Originated role of the black chauffeur hired to take around an elderly Jewish woman in the Pulitzer-winning, off-Broadway hit "Driving Miss Daisy"
Played Easy Reader on TV's "The Electric Company" (PBS)
Portrayed police detective Alex Cross in "Kiss the Girls"; film based on James Patterson's novel; Ashley Judd co-starred
Acted in the ABC miniseries "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry"
Cast opposite Clint Eastwood's gunslinger William Munny in the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Unforgiven"
Co-starred in the ABC movie "Attica"
Earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for turn as the pimp Fast Black in "Street Smart"
Earned second Best Actor Oscar nomination as inmate Ellis 'Red' Redding in "The Shawshank Redemption"; film was adapted from a short story by Stephen King
Made off-Broadway debut as Creampuff opposite Viveca Lindfors in "The Niggerlovers"
Portrayed Azeem the Moor, friend to the title character in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"
Worked as an extra on the feature film "The Pawnbroker"
Reprised role of Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"
Played the Speaker of the House in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"
Reprised his role from "Olympus Has Fallen" for the sequel "London Has Fallen"
Appeared opposite Diane Keaton in New York apartment-hunting drama "5 Flights Up"
Played Patrick Meighan in Ted 2
Reprised role of Thaddeus Bradley in "Now You See Me 2"