Forceful black character player whose film career had just begun to flourish in middle age when he died of a heart attack; best remembered as the rough master sergeant in "A Soldier's Story" (1984), for which he received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor.
TV-movie debut, "The Challenge"
Feature debut, (voice only), "La Honte de la jungle"
First appearance in a feature, "Fist of Fear, Touch of Death"
Breakthrough role: portrayed Master Sergeant Vernon C. Waters in "A Soldier's Story"
Episodic TV debut, "Fortune Dane"
Final feature film, "Club Paradise"
Final TV appearance in "The Twilight Zone" episode, "A Matter of Minutes"