Played the role of Ron Carver on the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent and guest starred on TNT's The Closer. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Johnnie Cochran on the FX limited series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
He graduated from Harvard University and worked as an actor at the Boston Shakespeare Company.
He earned two Tony Award nominations for his roles in Fences and Six Degrees of Separation.
He married Angela Bassett in 1997 and together they have twins named Bronwyn and Slater.
He appeared in Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys (2000).