Most recent projects: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009); directed episodes of The Starter Wife (USA), Gossip Girl (The CW), and Boston Legal (ABC)
Prognosis: In 1988, Vondie Curtis-Hall was an unknown actor looking for his big break, which, technically, didn't happen with Coming to America, since, well, he played the not-so-pivotal role of "Basketball Game Vendor." Two years later, however, he scored an actual speaking part in Die Hard 2, and he hasn't stopped since.
Today, Curtis-Hall is an accomplished actor/director who's shared screen time with stars like John Travolta (Broken Arrow, 1996), the late James Gandolfini (a 2002 episode of The Sopranos), and Don Cheadle (Talk to Me, 2007). Behind the camera, his credits include the 1997 Tupac Shakur/Tim Roth crime comedy Gridlock'd and episodes of shows like The Shield and Gossip Girl, which, yes, is about as diversified as you can get.