Prior to his appearance in The Man From Earth, Tony Todd was perhaps best known for his chilling performance as title character Candyman (in the eponymous film and its two sequels). He has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the motion picture Sleepwalk (1986). Todd's extensive credits exemplify his versatility. They include such film classics as The Rock (1996), The Crow (1994), Lean on Me (1989), Bird (1988), Night of the Living Dead (1990), Final Destination, Final Destination 2, and the Academy Award winning Oliver Stone film Platoon (1986). He has had prominent guest star roles in numerous critically acclaimed television series, including "Boston Public", "NYPD Blue", "Smallville", "Law and Order", “24”, "Crossing Jordan", "Homicide" and "The X Files". Todd recurred on all three incarnations of "Star Trek" and guest starred on "Xena“, "CSI: Miami" and "Andromeda".
Todd's considerable theatre credits include the world premiere of award-winning playwright August Wilson's "King Hedley II," where he originated the title role in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Boston. Variety commented: "Todd's King Hedley dominates the stage. A sour-faced mix of rage and resolve, anger and vulnerability. Todd's Hedley was a memorable tour-de-force even on opening." He also received a coveted Helen Hayes nomination for his performance in Athol Fugard's "The Captain's Tiger at La Jolla, the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Kennedy Center. Other theatre credits include "Les Blancs," "Playboy of the West Indies," "Othello," "Zooman and the Sign," award-winning playwright Keith Glover's "Dark Paradise," "Aida" (on Broadway), "Levee James" for the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and The New Dramatist Guild.