Played Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Episode V and Star Wars Episode VI. He has appeared in numerous films during his career, including Nighthawks, Undercover Brother, Batman and The Prince.
He graduated from Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art. In 1959, he made his debut in the Academy Award-nominated film, The Last Angry Man.
He starred as a football player Gale Sayers in Brian's Song before being cast in Star Wars.
He has a twin sister named Loretta and was raised by his grandmother. After divorcing his second wife, he married Teruko Nakagami. He has a son named Corey and a daughter named Hanako.
Actress Diahann Carroll was his high school classmate.