- At 13, performed on Soul Train with the Lockers, a dance troupe that also included Fred Berry (who went on to play Rerun on What's Happening!!).
- Landed his first professional acting audition, which was for a guest role on Starsky & Hutch in an episode entitled "Black and Blue."
- Appeared on Hill Street Blues as Officer Ron Garfield for three seasons.
- Gained weight and wore prosthetic lips for his breakout role as Bubba in 1994's Forrest Gump.
- Reunited with his Forrest Gump costar Gary Sinise during a series of guest-starring spots on CSI: NY starting in 2007.
- Appeared on a 2010 episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories to tell his tale of a mysterious phone call he received in the early 1980s.
- 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Maya Williamson — Daughter
- Olivia Brown — Ex-wife
- Jacqueline Williamson — Sister
- Booker T. Marshall — Stepfather
- Elaine Marshall — Mother
- Sondra Spriggs — Wife
- Jerry Williamson — Brother
- Cheryl Chisholm — Ex-wife
- Nicole Skye Williamson — Daughter
- Phoenix Williamson — Daughter
- Attended Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA; atttended University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
- Birth Place: St. Louis, MO
- Profession: Actor
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