Cleavant Derricks

Cleavant Derricks

Highest Rated: 86% Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Slugger's Wife (1985)

Birthday: May 15, 1953

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

An imposing African-American character player with a strong singing voice, Derricks first made his mark on the Broadway and off-Broadway stages in a series of soul, gospel and blues-flavored musical dramas and revues before trying his hand briefly at features and later as a cast regular on series TV. He studied voice in college and began pursuing a career writing gospel music, but seeing his twin brother Clinton performing onstage steered him toward acting. At the proverbial eleventh hour of desperation, Derricks won a chance to audition for a 1977 Broadway revival of "Hair" when another commitment made his brother unavailable. He won the role and followed up with "But Never Jam Today" (1977), playing four different roles in this funky "Alice in Wonderland" and also providing choral arrangements; "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" (1980); "Big "Dreamgirls" (1982), where his flashy, exciting work as James Thunder Early won him a supporting Tony; and Bob Fosse's "Big Deal" (1986), which provided him with his first real leading role.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 0% Miami Magma Ray Jackson (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 14% Basilisk: The Serpent King Col. Douglas (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 11% Rome & Jewel Reverend Q (Character) - 2006
34% 36% World Traveler Carl (Character) $98K 2001
20% 16% Carnival of Souls Sid (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bluffing It Cal (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 25% Off Beat Abe Washington (Character) $4.1M 1986
0% 20% The Slugger's Wife Manny Alvarado (Character) - 1985
86% 59% Moscow on the Hudson Lionel Witherspoon (Character) - 1984

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
37% No Score Yet The Wedding Bells Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 81% Sliders Unknown (Character) 1995-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
40% No Score Yet Cleghorne! Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Something Wilder Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Woops! Dr. Frederick Ross (Character) 1992
14% No Score Yet Drexell's Class Unknown (Guest Star) 1991-1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
76% 68% Roseanne Tommy (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
72% No Score Yet Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1985

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