- Was originally a music major at the High School of Performing Arts in New York.
- First professional acting job was in an off-Broadway production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest after graduating from high school.
- Is the first cousin of Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr.
- The play for which he won an NAACP Theater Award, Indigo Blues, was written by his wife, Michele.
- Learned to play drums for the 2009 cable movie Flying By.