Oscar-nominated actor who became among the initial black stars following appearing in the 1985 film, THE COLOUR Purple. The next year, he performed Solomon in Membership Paradise. He is at the brand new York-based Negro Outfit Company, showing up in over 300 stage productions without very much identification. His portrayal of the spiteful sergeant within a Soldier’s Story gained him an Oscar nomination. He previously three children along with his wife Diane. He previously his initial major Hollywood function as Aged Mister in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 acclaimed film THE COLOUR Purple.