- Was cast in Apocalypse Now when he was 14 by telling director Francis Ford Coppola he was 18.
- Turned down the role of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It five times. When he heard Angela Bassett would be playing Tina, he reconsidered.
- First African-American to play Shakespeare's Othello on film, in the 1995 movie.
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Critics' Choice Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
What’s Love Got to Do with It
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Independent Spirit Awards
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