In 2000, Charles won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special in his work on The Corner.
In 1999 Charles was nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for Blind Faith.
Before marrying actress Debbie Morgan, Charles dated fellow actress Angela Bassett.
Charles, tv directorial debut was the HBO movie 'First time Felon'.
Charles had a two scene cameo in the movie Menace II Society.
In 1991, Charles, founded Roc Productions to develop and produce film and TV projects.
Charles film debut was in 1986, movie 'No Mercy'.
Charles served a prison sentence for possession of deadly weapons.
After seven and half years in prison Charles was paroled in 1976.
Charles, founded, acted and directed theater workshops while in prison.
While in prison Charles, was stabbed in the neck by a fellow inmate with an icepick.
Charles performed stand-up comedy with his then partner Reg E. Cathy in New York.
One of Charles hobbies is boxing.
Charles spent two years in reform school.
Charles, sister's name is Barbara.
Charles was accecpted into Yale School of Drama in 1978.
Charles was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Charles first stage debut was in 1985.
Charles was nominated for a Tony Award in 1990, for his role in the movie Piano Lesson.
Charles owns a farm in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Charles's astrological sign is Aquarius.
Charles was cast as a detective in Halloween H20, but because of cast reductions and script changes the role was cut.
Charles did a two year college course while in prison.
Charles is 5' 10" tall.
His nickname is Roc.
He was married to fellow actress Debbie Morgan since 1989, until their divorce in 1994.
He served seven and a half years in prison for stabbing a man during a street fight.