Oscar-winning star of Ray who gained recognition for his role in the TV series, In Living Color, and starred in Django Unchained. He also appeared in the films Dreamgirls, Collateral, and The Soloist.
When he was five, he began playing the piano. He broke several school records while playing quarterback in high school.
In 2003, he was charged with trespassing, battery, and resisting arrest after neglecting to show ID upon entering Harra's casino in New Orleans.
His single, "Gold Digger," which he made in collaboration with Kanye West, hit number one on the U.S. Billboard in 2004.