- Began professional stage career in 1952 at a nightclub in Greenwich Village.
- Originated the role of Ronnie in the 1964 Broadway musical Golden Boy.
- Made film debut in the 1966 drama A Man Called Adam.
- Was a cast member on the 1969 CBS variety program The Leslie Uggams Show.
- Starting in 1970, appeared on the NBC comedy series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In for two seasons.
- Appeared alongside mentor Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1975 variety program Sammy and Company.
- Played Nathan Bookman on the CBS comedy Good Times; appeared on the show from 1977 to the end of the series.