Wrote Never Can Say Goodbye, Lookin' Through the Windows, and several other hit songs for The Jackson Five.
He wrote a piece for Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul in which he described suffering through racism.
He starred in the 1970s TV show That's My Mama as the barber.
He married Monica Durant in 2000.
He played Cornelius in the Broadway version of Hello, Dolly!, who was portrayed by Michael Crawford in the film.