First acting role, playing a thug on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)
First professional job, a breakdancer on stage with Lionel Richie at the 1984 Olympic Games
Played an ambitious psychiatrist trying to penetrate the mind of Anthony Hopkins in "Instinct"
Began acting in Drama Teachers' Association of Southern California drama festival competition
Cast as Paul Hogan's sidekick in "Lightning Jack"; role purportedly was originally intended for a dog
First film with Tom Cruise, "A Few Good Men"
First role in a Canadian TV-movie, "No Means No" (CBC)
First significant role in a feature film, "Sing"
Made a cameo in "Pearl Harbor" as Doris 'Dorrie' Miller
Played a Miami dentist who inherits a dog sled team in "Snow Dogs"
Portrayed a gay art dealer in James L. Brooks' "As Good As It Gets"
Produced and starred as a plagiarizing lawyer in "A Murder of Crows" (aired on Cinemax)
Breakthrough role as outspoken football player Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's "Jerry Maguire"; second collaboration with Cruise
Feature film debut, "Coming to America"
Had a recurring role on ABC's "MacGyver"
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Appeared as a spirit guide escorting Robin Williams through the afterlife in "What Dreams May Come"
Landed lead part in the gospel feature "The Fighting Temptations"
Played a gangbanger-turned-cop in the crime drama "Dirty"
Played the title role in the TNT movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," based on the life story of the world-renowned neurosurgeon; earned a SAG nomination for Best Actor in a TV Movie
Starred opposite Helen Mirren in Lee Daniels' indie film "Shadowboxer"
Breakthrough role as the emotionally tortured Tre Styles in John Singleton's feature debut "Boyz N the Hood"
Co-starred in the comedy film "Harold"
Co-starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy "Norbit"
Played the title character in the heart-felt drama "Radio"
Starred in "Daddy Day Camp," a sequel to the Eddie Murphy vehicle "Daddy Day Care"
Starred in the biopic "Men of Honor" as Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy's first African-American salvage-and-retrieval diver
Starred in the action thriller "The Hit List"
Acted in the historical drama "The Tuskegee Airmen" (HBO), based on the true story of a group of African American pilots overcoming racism during WWII
Co-starred in the WWII drama "Red Tails," about a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program; executive produced by George Lucas