- Attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, with plans to become a Dominican priest.
- Worked as a public school teacher in the Chicago area before his acting career took off.
- Co-founded Legacy Productions, a Chicago theatre that produces plays of historical significance to the black community, in 1989.
- Made his big-screen debut in the Gene Hackman thriller The Package (1989).
- Landed regular roles on the short-lived drama Commander in Chief and Joss Whedon's sci-fi series Dollhouse.
- Has an older sister and two older brothers.
- 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Lillian Lennix — Mother
- Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States (Communication, 1986)
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