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Clarence Williams III



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
71% Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Maynard
2013
No Score Yet The Way of War
  • Mac
2008
80% American Gangster
  • Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson
2007
No Score Yet The Blue Hour
  • Actor
2007
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
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
22% 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 Last Rites
  • Warden Pierce
1998
No Score Yet Shepherd
  • Actor
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
74% Primal Fear
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Road to Galveston
  • Christopher, the Caretaker
1996
No Score Yet The Immortals
  • Benny Hayes
1995
38% 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 Dangerous Relations
  • Raymond
1993
No Score Yet On the Streets of L.A.
  • Actor
1993
85% 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
63% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
  • Kalinga
1988
39% Tough Guys Don't Dance
  • Bolo
1987
No Score Yet Perfect Victims
  • Lt. Keving White
1987
46% 52 Pick-Up
  • Bobby Shy
1986
67% Purple Rain
  • Father
1984
No Score Yet The House of Dies Drear
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis
  • Actor
1970
100% The Cool World
  • Blood
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
50% Memphis Beat
2010-2011
  • Actor
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Lateef Miller
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Henry Walters
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Omet'iklan

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