Derricks began his career in the theatre, performing first with local tours before moving to Off-Broadway productions. His hard work paid off when he won a Tony Award for his performance in Dreamgirls. His additional Broadway credits include such productions as Jesus Christ Super Star, Big Deal, I Have A Dream and Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God.
On television, Derricks has starred in such series as Drexell's Cl@ss and Whoops, and has had a recurring role on the Gene Wilder's sitcom Something Wilder. He has guest-starred on several series, including Thea, L.A. Law, Roseanne, A Different World and The Equalizer.
In film, Derricks starred in Wes Craven's Carnival of Souls. In addition, he co-starred with Robin Williams as Lionel, the Bloomingdale's security guard who befriends a Soviet defector in Moscow on the Hudson and was featured in Neil Simon's The Slugger's Wife with Rebecca de Mornay.
He has a CD of original love songs which are available exclusively on the Internet. The cd is title Beginnings. Look for more information on the cd at his offical website
Derricks currently resides in Agoura Hills, California.