Feature directorial debut. "Blizzard" (lensed 2002)
First substantial feature role, "The Hunter", starring Steve McQueen (in his final film)
First TV special, guest on "The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour"
Hosted "The American Television Awards" on ABC
Reprised the role of Geordi La Forge for the feature "Star Trek: Generations"
Served as host and producer (began as contributing producer and evolved to co-executive producer) of "Reading Rainbow", a multi-award-winning children's educational series
TV directorial debut, "Second Chances", a sixth season episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (date approximate)
Was briefly seen as Martin Luther King Jr in "Ali"
Acting debut, played Kunta Kinte, the first American progenitor of author Alex Haley's family, in the acclaimed landmark ABC miniseries, "Roots"
Directed a "Star Trek: The Next Generation" seventh season episode entitled "The Pegasus" (date approximate)
Provided the voice of Kwame for "Captain Planet and the Planeteers"
Reprised role of Geordi La Forge in "Star Trek: Insurrection"
Again played the role of Geordi La Forge in the feature "Star Trek: Nemesis"
Co-starred as Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge, part of the futuristic ensemble of the syndicated sci-fi series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Directed "Smart House" for The Disney Channel
Directed episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" spin-offs, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager" and later "Enterprise"
Helmed the Showtime biopic "The Tiger Woods Story"
Once again portrayed Geordi La Forge in "Star Trek: First Contact"
Reprised the role of Kunta Kinte for "Roots: The Gift", an ABC TV-movie Christmas special
Entered a Catholic seminary to study for the priesthood at age 13 (date approximate)
Feature debut, "Looking For Mr. Goodbar"
Joined the CBS period drama, "Christy", as a recurring character
Left the seminary to become an actor (date approximate)
Played title role in the TV biopic, "One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story" about a street kid who becomes a convict before making it as a major league baseball player
TV-movie debut, starred in "Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid"