A descendant of Harriet Powers, an African-American slave who created a series of quilts that are on display in museums like the Smithsonian. Became an actor after an injury ended an aspiring football career. Worked with the Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, R.I. First TV role was in 1975, appearing in Robert Penn Warren's "Brother to Dragons" on the PBS series Great Performances. Was cast in the short-lived 1977 revival of NBC's variety show Laugh-In. Appeared in the last season (1978-79) of the iconic CBS comedy Good Times as Keith Anderson. Made film debut in the 1980 comedy Cheech and Chong's Next Movie.