American screen actor, writer, and occasional singer. He appeared in such films as Deep Impact (in 1998) and Spectres (in 2004) and also had guest spots on Babylon 5 and Seinfeld.
He served in the United States Army Airborne Infantry during the late 1960s and was wounded in the Vietnam War.
He penned a memoir entitled The Return to Eden.
He was raised in Washington, D.C.
He and Maurice Hines both appeared in the 1984 film The Cotton Club.