High School of Performing Arts
Cast as Don Cheadle's father on "House of Lies" (Showtime)
Cast opposite Cher and Christina Aguilera in the musical feature "Burlesque"
Gave an 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 the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire"
Landed a regular role on the CBS police drama "Big Apple"
Cast as Bobby Davis on the Showtime drama "Resurrection Blvd."
Portrayed Taye Diggs' father in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"
Played Colonel "Dr. War" Taylor on the popular "Cosby Show" spin-off "A Different World" (NBC)
Cast as Secretary of State LaRue Hawkes on the ABC comedy "Hail to the Chief"
Played the title role in the TV movie "Thornwell" (CBS)
Co-wrote the 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 his Broadway debut as the 12-year-old son of Sidney Poitier in "Raisin in the Sun"
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."
Auditioned for the role of Han Solo, and allegedly almost got the part: "Apparently George Lucas had me in mind for the role, and then thought that there might be too much controversy between a white Princess Leia and a black Han Solo – because those were the times – and he didn't want to get into that." (Creative Loafing, July 18, 2007)