in 1995. In the report, he revealed that he had lost most of his money and was living in a small apartment in South Central Los Angeles.
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was] seven of the most fun years of my career. If I had turned down the role, Bruce Geller
was going to ask a blond, blue-eyed Scandinavian. The part had nothing to do with the fact that I was black.
While in Seattle he starred as Walter Lee in a local production of "A Raisin in the Sun". It was very successful and ran for six months going from three performances a week to the Broadway standard of eight. It culminated with four sold-out weekend performances at the now defunct 1600-seat Palomar Theatre. The stage show eventually went to Los Angeles where he found an entry to film and TV.