Remembered for his roles in such 1960s and '70s films as The Landlord, Gordon's War, and Superfly, Lee also appeared in episodes of the television series Good Times, The Defenders, and Mannix.
He began his screen acting career with an uncredited appearance in the 1954 film Human Desire.
Tragically, he died in his late fifties after overdosing on heroin.
Born in New York City as Carl Vincent Canegata, he was the son of Juanita Waller and civil rights activist, boxer, and actor
He and Cicely Tyson were both in the cast of the 1966 feature A Man Called Adam.