Clarence Williams III

Clarence Williams III

Highest Rated: 91% The Cool World (1964)

Lowest Rated: 0% Constellation (2005)

Birthday: Aug 21, 1939

Birthplace: Not Available

The son of a musician, African American actor Clarence Williams III was raised by his grandmother. While attending his local YMCA branch as a teenager, Williams became interested in dramatics. After a two-year hitch with the Air Force, he began his acting career, making his New York debut in 1960's The Long Dream. Williams amassed an impressive list of Broadway credits, and in 1966 was artist in residence at Brandeis University. Still, he remained an unknown commodity in Hollywood until 1968, when he was cast as "hip" undercover cop Linc Hayes on the popular TV weekly The Mod Squad. After the series' cancellation in 1973, Williams divided his time between stage and film work, occasionally functioning as a director. Among his better-known assignments of recent years was the role of Prince's father in Purple Rain (1984) and the recurring part of Roger Hardy in the cult TV series Twin Peaks (1990). Clarence Williams III is married to actress Gloria Foster.

Highest Rated Movies



72% Lee Daniels' The Butler Maynard $116.7M 2013
No Score Yet The Way of War Mac 2008
No Score Yet Mystery Woman: In the Shadows Actor 2007
No Score Yet A Day in the Life Sam 2007
No Score Yet Mystery Woman: Redemption Actor 2006
No Score Yet Mystery Woman: Oh Baby Actor 2006
No Score Yet Mystery Woman: At First Sight Actor 2006
No Score Yet Mystery Woman: Game Time Philby 2005
No Score Yet Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder Philby 2005
0% Constellation Forrest Boxer $0.3M 2005
No Score Yet Mystery Woman: Snapshot Actor 2005
No Score Yet Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend Actor 2005
No Score Yet Mystery Woman: Vision Of A Murder Actor 2005
No Score Yet Malicious Intent Glitterman 2002
48% Happy Here and Now Bill 2002
No Score Yet Mindstorm Walter Golden 2001
No Score Yet Blue Hill Avenue Benny 2001
25% Reindeer Games (Deception) Merlin 2000
No Score Yet Ritual Leron 2000
No Score Yet Ali: An American Hero Marcellus Clay 2000
54% The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano) Jelly Roll Morton 1999
21% The General's Daughter Col. George Fowler 1999
27% Frogs for Snakes Huck 1999
50% Life Winston Hancock 1999
No Score Yet Cybercity Actor 1999
No Score Yet Starstruck Wallace 1998
29% Half Baked Samson Simpson 1998
No Score Yet Shepherd Actor 1998
No Score Yet Last Rites Warden Pierce 1998
No Score Yet The Love Bug Chuck 1997
43% Hoodlum Bub Hewlett 1997
No Score Yet George Wallace Archie 1997
22% Sprung Grand Daddy 1997
33% The Brave Father Stratton 1997
No Score Yet Rebound: The Legend of Earl the Goat Manigault Coach Pratt 1996
No Score Yet The Silencers Gen. Greensboro 1996
No Score Yet The Road to Galveston Christopher, the Caretaker 1996
No Score Yet The Immortals Benny Hayes 1995
47% Tales From the Hood Mr. Simms 1995
No Score Yet Against the Wall Chaka 1994
20% Sugar Hill A.R. Skuggs 1994
No Score Yet On the Streets of L.A. Actor 1993
86% Deep Cover Taft 1992
33% My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Virgil 1991
No Score Yet Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Raymond 1991
60% Maniac Cop 2 Blum 1990
64% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Kalinga 1988
40% Tough Guys Don't Dance Bolo 1987
No Score Yet Perfect Victims Lt. Keving White 1987
43% 52 Pick-Up Bobby Shy 1986
69% Purple Rain Father 1984
No Score Yet King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis Actor 1970
91% The Cool World Blood 1964


53% Memphis Beat
No Score Yet Cold Case
Henry Walters 2009
95% Everybody Hates Chris
Tate 2007
44% Fastlane
Mr. Hayes 2003
70% Skin
Vincent Quordon 2003
No Score Yet Judging Amy
Joe McKenzie Joe MacKenzie 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order
Lateef Miller 2000
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Omet'iklan 1996
No Score Yet New York Undercover
Donald Brooks 1994
82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet Miami Vice
Voodoo Cult Leader 1985
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Mr. Thornehill 1985


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