- Taught at the Netherlands Institute for 4 years. Has also taught at the Royal Conservatory of Performing Arts at The Hague.
- Worked as a theatre artist before turning to movies.
- In the early 1980s, performed with a group of stand-up comedians called the Bhaya Mama Group.
- In 1999, his portrayal of Othello in Othello - a Play in Black and White directed by Roysten Abel was termed as the best piece of Shakespearean acting by the newspaper The Scotsman.
- Received worldwide recognition for his role as the protagonist's father in Ang Lee's movie Life of Pi (2012).