Acted alongside James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson in "The River Niger", a feature film based on the 1972 Tony-winning play
Co-starred as the alien Dehay (alias Walt Shepherd) on NBC sci-fi series, "The Powers of Matthew Star"
Contributed to the Showtime anthology drama "Love Songs", directing the "A Love Song For Champ" segment and acting in the other two segments of the dramatic trilogy
Executive produced and starred in two Showtime movies, "Inside", directed by Arthur Penn, and "Run For the Dream: The Gail Devers Story", in which he played track coach Bob Kersee
Film debut, "A Raisin in the Sun"
Narrated the AMC special "Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood"
Played Vernon Jordan in the Showtime original film "Strange Justice"
TV series regular on "The Young Rebels" (ABC), set during the American Revolutionary War era; played blacksmith Isak Poole
Was a nightclub singer at the Bitter End, Folk City, Gaslight Club, Black Pussy Cat and Cafe Id in New York during the 1960s
Wrote protest song, "Handsome Johnny", performed by Richie Havens at Woodstock music festival
Acted on Broadway in musical version of "Golden Boy", starring Sammy Davis Jr
Co-produced and starred in feature film "Managua"
Executive produced and starred in the CBS TV-movie "The Color of Love: Jacey's Story"
Featured in "Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy", aired on HBO
First producing credit (as co-executive producer), the NBC movie "Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice"; also starred
Had a recurring role in "Stargate SG-1"
Offered a feature sci-fi turn as the lizard-like Jeriba Shiban in "Enemy Mine"
Played 'Honey' Roy Palmer in "Diggstown", with Bruce Dern and James Woods; then-wife Cyndi played on-screen wife
Played the tough owner of a telemarketing firm with a cameo in the Canadian independent thriller "The Highwayman"
Played Willie Nurse on Broadway in Sidney Poitier's directorial debut, "Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights"
Portrayed legendary baseball pitcher Satchel Paige in ABC movie "Don't Look Back"
Raised in Brooklyn, New York
Reprised his Emmy-winning role as Fiddler in the ABC holiday TV-movie, "Roots: The Gift"
Returned to Broadway playing Billy Flynn in the long-running revival of "Chicago"; left production after about a week reportedly due to ill health
Starred as an anthropologist in the rotating ABC adventure series "Gideon Oliver"
Starred in Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls"
TV debut on "Philco Television Playhouse"
Broadway debut, "Take a Giant Step"
Cast in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues" based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson autobiographical one man show
Created the role of Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair in "Iron Eagle"; reprised role in two feature sequels and one TV-movie
Played Fiddler on the landmark ABC miniseries "Roots"; garnered Emmy Award
Returned to Broadway supporting Shirley Booth in "The Desk Set"
Starred in and was executive producer of the sequel "For Love of Olivia"
Was executive producer and star of the Showtime original thriller "The Inspectors"; reprised role and producer duties in the 2000 sequel "The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence"
Earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Anwar Sadat in the synicated miniseries "Sadat"
Executive produced and starred in the TV-movies "To Dance With Olivia" (CBS) and "In His Father's Shoes" (Showtime); latter won a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Children's Special
Picked up another Emmy nomination for his performance in "A Gathering of Old Men" (CBS)
Provided comic relief in George Cukor's "Travels With My Aunt", playing Maggie Smith's fortune-telling companion
Received an offer to play for the New York Knicks but turned it down to take a stage role in "A Raisin in the Sun"
Starred as Dr MacArthur St Clair on the short-lived ABC medical series "The Lazarus Syndrome"
Won Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the tough drill sergeant in "An Officer and a Gentleman"
Appeared in "Shannon's Rainbow"
Landed a guest spot on HBO's gangster drama "Boardwalk Empire"
Played Detective Haven in "Boiling Pot"