Late actor most famous for his roles as persnickety old men like Mr. Vernon Gaines in the NBC sitcom A Different World. He won an NAACP Image Award for his role as the Stool Pigeon in the stage play King Hedley II.
He started out as a stage actor and gained notoriety after playing Reverend Mosely in a production of The First Breeze of Summer.
He was named as one of the 50 Most Outstanding Creative Artists from West Virginia by the Appalachian Education Initiative.
His mother is Dorothy Jeffries. He has a son named Mevlin.
He co-starred with Lisa Bonet on A Different World in the late 80's and early 90's.