Host of the 1975 CBS game show, "Musical Chairs," and the first African American host of a TV show. He played the character Roscoe in the 1982 movie Kiss Me Goodbye. He has amassed over 30 acting credits throughout his long acting career.
He was divided in his attentions as a young man, working in a lab for polio research and recording music.
He was also involved in drama and starred on stage in "The Color Purple" and in "Shaft" and "Kojak" on screen. He is credited on the soundtrack of multiple movies and TV shows.
He married Kay in 1956 and they had three children together: Sheldon, Patrice, and Michael; the couple divorced in 1973.