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