actor best recognized for his role as Dr. Dre, the rap mogul, in the 2015 movie Straight Outta Compton. In 2014, he also made his widely recognized debut in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet adaption.
PRIOR TO FAME
He studied at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts prior to attending college. Following that, he studied at the esteemed Juilliard School, where he was honored with the John Houseman Award for excellence in classical theater.
Robert Kirkman, the creator of comic books, cast him as Heath in the sixth season of the popular AMC series The Walking Dead.
His mother, a police officer, reared him when he was born in Washington, D.C.
In the movie Kong: Skull Island, he was paired with Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson.