As one of the most popular and influential rappers of the 1990s, Heavy D earned both respect and popularity in the music world with equal parts accessibility and integrity. He translated that appeal to become a highly watchable onscreen presence, slowly segueing to an acting career, beginning with cameos on television series and going on to featured roles in major motion pictures. One of his first notable onscreen performances was a recurring role on the acclaimed series, "Roc" (Fox, 1991-94), which he followed with a small part in the hip-hop comedy "Who's the Man?" (1993). Heavy D went on to more roles in the indie comedy "The Deli" (1997) and Robert Townsends' "B.A.P.S." (1997), while returning to the small screen with a recurring part on "Living Single" (Fox, 1993-98). After a role in the comedy "Life" (1999), Heavy D delivered an affecting performance in the Oscar-nominated drama "The Cider House Rules" (1999) and went on to become an audience favorite with a role on the acclaimed "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000-04). Meanwhile, a nearly 10-year absence from recording ended with the reggae album, Vibes (2008), which marked a resurgence in his music career, which unfortunately was never completed due to his untimely death in 2011. Even though his life was brief, Heavy D managed to earn widespread appreciation and respect because of his multi-faceted talents.