Famous for his portrayal of Rollo Larson in the comedy series Sanford and Son (1972-1977) and in its sequel, Sanford (1980), he is also notable for his roles in films such as Willie Dynamite (1974) and The Hunter (1980).
He made his screen acting debut in the 1969 movie Listen to the Man.
In the 1970s and '80s, he made several appearances on both What's Happening!! and The Redd Foxx Show.
He spent his early years in St. Louis, Missouri.
He appeared with Robert Hooks in the 1972 action movie Trouble Man.