- Started dancing professionally at the age of 22; appeared in more than 50 music videos.
- Got his facial scar in a bar fight on his 25th birthday.
- Worked for Pfizer pharmaceuticals for a time.
- Made his feature-film debut in 1996's Bullet, after being discovered by Tupac Shakur.
- Was nominated for the NAACP Image Award twice for his portrayal of Omar Little on HBO's The Wire.
- 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
- 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie: Nominee
- 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series or Special: Nominee
- 2015, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
- 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie: Nominee
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