- Raised by a single mother on the south side of Chicago.
- Wanted to play football, but decided to pursue acting instead at the urging of his mother.
- Worked as a ditch-digger for a gas company.
- Worked as personal security for such stars as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
- Won the 1999 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Green Mile.
- Suffered a heart attack on July 13, 2012; remained hospitalized before passing away on September 3, 2012.
- 2000, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
- 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
- 1999, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth — Fiancée
- Judith Duncan — Sister
- Jean Duncan — Mother
- Attended Alcorn State University, Alcorn State, MS
- Birth Place: Chicago, IL
- Birthday: December 10, 1957, Sagittarius
- Died: September 3, 2012
- Profession: Actor
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Grey's Anatomy is obviously a big influence on Tay Tay