High School of Performing Arts
Cast as Don Cheadle's father on "House of Lies" (Showtime)
Cast opposite Cher and Christina Aguilera in musical feature "Burlesque"
Gave Emmy-winning performance as Blair Underwood's father on HBO's "In Treatment"
Cast opposite Matthew McConaughey and Penélope Cruz in "Sahara"
Played Mayor Clarence V. Royce on acclaimed HBO series "The Wire"
Landed regular role on CBS police drama "Big Apple"
Cast as Bobby Davis on Showtime drama "Resurrection Blvd."
Portrayed Taye Diggs' father in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"
Played Colonel 'Dr. War' Taylor on popular "The Cosby Show" spin-off "A Different World" (NBC)
Cast as Secretary of State LaRue Hawkes on ABC comedy "Hail to the Chief"
Played title role in TV movie "Thornwell" (CBS)
Co-wrote song "I'm Your Speed" with then-wife Aretha Franklin for her album Almighty Fire
Starred as a Chicago high school Preacher in the sleeper "Cooley High"
Cast as the teenage son of Dr. Harry Miles (Percy Rodriguez) and his wife Alma (Ruby Dee) on "Peyton Place" (ABC)
Made Broadway debut as 12-year-old son of Sidney Poitier in "Raisin in the Sun"
"I was a member of the only black family in the 'Peyton Place' television series. 'Peyton Place' went off the air almost immediately; we used to joke that the series closed because black people moved in." – Turman to The New York Times, April 10, 1980
"There is no overnight success, white or black, in this business. Any overnight success has been working at it for 12 or 15 years. But that goes doublefold for blacks. I kept thinking that one day I'd get my shot. I was dreaming in Technicolor. I should have been dreaming in black and white." – Turman quoted in The New York Times, April 10, 1980
Won multiple NAACP Awards for his achievements in theatrical directing.
Founded the Los Angeles-based nonprofit camp for underpriveleged children, Camp Gid D Up.
Cowrote the Aretha Franklin song "I'm Your Speed."