Was cast as Paul Hogan's sidekick in "Lightning Jack"; the role purportedly was originally intended for a dog
Made first film with Tom Cruise, "A Few Good Men"
Made a cameo in "Pearl Harbor" as Doris 'Dorrie' Miller
Played a Miami dentist who inherits a dog sled team in "Snow Dogs"
Produced and starred as a plagiarizing lawyer in "A Murder of Crows" (aired on Cinemax)
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"
Co-starred in the comedy film "Harold"
Co-starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy "Norbit"
Played an ambitious psychiatrist trying to penetrate the mind of Anthony Hopkins in "Instinct"
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
Had a recurring role on "American Horror Story"
First significant role in a feature film, "Sing"
Portrayed a gay art dealer in James L. Brooks' "As Good As It Gets"
Had breakthrough role as outspoken football player Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's "Jerry Maguire"; second collaboration with Cruise
Made feature film debut in the barber shop scene of "Coming to America"
Had a recurring role on ABC's "MacGyver"
Received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Portrayed the emotionally tortured Tre Styles in John Singleton's feature debut, "Boyz N the Hood"
Appeared in separate roles on two episodes of "Hill Street Blues"
Had first professional job as a breakdancer on stage with Lionel Richie at the Olympic Games
Had first screen-acting role as a bully on "Better Days"
Co-starred with Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in Lee Daniels' "The Butler"
Appeared in grindhouse flick "Machete Kills"
Played civil rights attorney Fred Gray in Ava DuVernay's "Selma"
Co-starred on TV mini-series "The Book of Negroes"
Made a splash as former athlete O.J. Simpson on "American Crime Story"