Roger Guenveur Smith is an actor and writer who was born on July 27, 1959, in Berkeley, California. Roger attended Yale Drama School after working on his doctorate in American studies. His first role was as Yoda in the 1988 film "School Daze." Roger is best known for the films "Do the Right Thing" (1989), "He Got Game" (1998), "Final Destination" (2000) and "American Gangster" (2007). Roger has worked in several television series, including "A Different World" (1990), "New York Undercover" (1997), "All My Children" (1997 to 1998) and "City of Angels" (2000). In 2001, Roger wrote the television documentary and play "A Huey P. Newton Story." In 2002, Roger received the Black Reel Award for Network/Cable Best Actor for his role in "A Huey P. Newton Story." The film also won him a nomination for the Black Reel Award for Network/Cable Best Screenplay. In 2005, Roger received a nomination for the Black Reel Award for Best Actor in Network/Cable Television for his role in the 2004 film "Justice." Most recently, in 2012, Roger and the cast of "Mooz-Ium" received a nomination for the Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble.