- Was inspired to pursue an acting career when, as a youngster, he saw Denzel Washington in A Soldier's Story; 22 years later, he got to meet Washington.
- Appeared in the plays A Taste of Honey, Frankenstein and A Midsummer's Night Dream while at the University of South Carolina.
- Played boxer Big Willie Little in 2004's Million Dollar Baby.
- Viola Davis — Niece
- Iva Colter — Wife
- University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, United States (BA, 1999); Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden, New Jersey, United States (MFA)
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