Clifton Powell - Rotten Tomatoes

Clifton Powell

Highest Rated:   96% House Party (1990)
Lowest Rated:   0% Foolish (1999)
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Birthplace:   Washington, D.C., USA
Few actors possess the range required to craft some of the most colorful villains ever committed to celluloid before turning around to portray such a benevolent and beloved leader as Martin Luther King Jr., and it's a testament to Clifton Powell's skills as a performer that he could be equally believable doing both. It was during the early '90s that Powell first began to rise to prominence in television and film, with standout roles in Bill Duke's Deep Cover and In the Heat of the Night preceding a pair of memorable supporting roles for the Hughes Brothers in Menace II Society and Dead Presidents. Though Powell would continue to appear in features, it was on the small screen that he gained most of his exposure in the early years. After gradually climbing the credits on such shows as Murder, She Wrote, The Jamie Foxx Show, and NYPD Blue, Powell would leave an indelible mark on viewers with his thoughtful portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in director Charles Burnett's Selma, Lord, Selma. With versatile, everyman looks that were something of a blessing and a curse, Powell quickly established himself as an actor capable of truly disappearing into his characters -- sometimes to a fault. While a slew of roles on screens big and small kept Powell a considerably busy man in the mid-'90s, later roles in such efforts as Lockdown, Civil Brand, and Never Die Alone proved that his persistence, talent, and dedication were beginning to pay off. In 2004, Powell and the cast of the wildly popular biopic Ray would be honored with a Screen Actor's Guild nomination, and though they didn't take home the prize it was obvious Powell was finally on the verge of breaking big. His dark turn in the T.D. Jakes screen-adaptation Woman Thou Art Loosed was followed by a series of small-screen appearances in House, M.D., CSI, and Day Break, and in 2007 alone Powell's name would be attached to no less than eight films being prepared for the big screen .

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet A Weekend with the Family
  • Dingo Stankershet
2016
No Score Yet Love Won't Let Me Wait
  • Bishop Buckworth
2016
No Score Yet Hunting Season
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Merry Ex-Mas
  • Pastor Jordan
2016
No Score Yet Flowers
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet A Baby for Christmas
  • Gavin
2015
No Score Yet Blood Ransom
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet 99 North
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Undershepherd
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The North Star
  • Producer
  • Mr. Lee
2013
No Score Yet Coffin Baby
  • Detective Wehage
2013
No Score Yet Note To Self
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Marriage Chronicles
  • Robert McDaniel
2012
No Score Yet Interludes
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Somebody's Child
  • Dr. Sperry
2012
No Score Yet Dead Money
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet 23rd Psalm: Redemption
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Saints of Mt. Christopher
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet He's Mine Not Yours
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet 35 And Ticking
  • Zane
2011
No Score Yet The Ideal Husband
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet C'mon Man
  • Rooselvelt Steele
2011
No Score Yet Street Kings 2: Motor City
  • Sgt. Greene
2011
29% Chain Letter
  • Coach
2010
No Score Yet Something Like a Business
  • Sexy Silk
2010
No Score Yet Heaven Ain't Hard To Find
  • Big Bill Herod
2010
50% Preacher's Kid
  • Ike
2010
No Score Yet Five K One
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet When The Lights Go Out
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Shake
  • Red
2010
No Score Yet Love Me or Leave Me
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Let God Be the Judge
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Trapped: Haitian Nights
  • Actor
2010
22% Jazz in the Diamond District
  • Blair Morgan
2009
No Score Yet Man of Her Dreams
  • Director
2009
No Score Yet Just Another Day
  • Bowman
2009
No Score Yet When the Lights Go Out
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet God Send Me a Man
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Jada
  • Director
  • Terrence Mayweather
2008
36% Street Kings
  • Sergeant Green
2008
No Score Yet Show Stoppers
  • Actor
2008
13% First Sunday
  • Office Eddie King
2008
No Score Yet It Ain't Easy
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Block Party Madness
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet There's A Stranger In My House
  • Director
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Internet Dating
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Rim Shop
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Vicious Circle
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Showstoppers
  • Coach
2008
No Score Yet R&B Chick
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Love for Sale
  • Cinque
2008
No Score Yet Before I Self Destruct
  • Sean
2008
No Score Yet Father of Lies
  • Bishop Calvin Jacobs
2007
No Score Yet Young Cesar
  • Ali Dean
2007
No Score Yet Gangsta Rap: The Glockumentary
  • Tommy Guns
2007
9% Norbit
  • Earl Latimore
2007
No Score Yet Rim Shop
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet R & B Chick
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Who Made the Potatoe Salad?
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Confessions of a Call Girl (Confessions)
  • Chauncey
2006
No Score Yet Knights of the South Bronx
  • Actor
2005
32% The Gospel
  • Bishop Fred Taylor
2005
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms
  • Doc Willoby
2005
No Score Yet He Say, She Say, But What Does God Say?
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Soul Theater - He Say, She Say But What Does God Say?
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Da Block Party
  • Action Jackson
2004
81% Ray
  • Jeff Brown
2004
50% Woman Thou Art Loosed
  • Reggie
2004
No Score Yet Roscoe's House of Chicken 'N Waffles
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Crime Partners
  • Actor
2004
25% Never Die Alone
  • Moon
2004
No Score Yet Fabric of a Man
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Choices 2
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Love Chronicles
  • Actor
2003
16% Civil Brand
  • Captain Dease
2003
26% Friday After Next
  • Pinky
2002
No Score Yet Ticker
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Play'd: A Hip Hop Story
  • Oz Davis
2002
58% Lockdown
  • Malachi Young
2002
No Score Yet Banged Out
  • Actor
2002
21% Bones
  • Jeremiah Peet
2001
63% The Brothers
  • Fred Smith
2001
No Score Yet Tapped Out
  • Actor
2001
20% Next Friday
  • Pinky
2000
No Score Yet A Private Affair
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet No Tomorrow
  • Styles
1999
0% Foolish
  • Everett Washington
1999
No Score Yet Selma, Lord, Selma
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
1999
No Score Yet Having Our Say: Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
  • Frazier Johnson
1999
60% Rush Hour
  • Luke
1998
54% Why Do Fools Fall In Love
  • Lawrence Roberts
1998
No Score Yet The Pentagon Wars
  • Sgt. Benjamin Dalton
1998
0% Caught Up
  • Herbert/Frank Lowden
1998
31% Deep Rising
  • Mason
1998
13% Phantoms
  • General Copperfield
1998
15% For Richer or Poorer
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Buffalo Soldiers
  • C. Boyer
1997
45% Dead Presidents
  • Cutty
1995
85% Menace II Society
  • Chauncy
1993
29% 3 Ninjas
  • FBI Agent Kurl
1992
No Score Yet Conflict Of Interest
  • Detective Oakes
1992
85% Deep Cover
  • Leland
1992
No Score Yet Heat Wave
  • Rioter 1
1990
96% House Party
  • Older Brother
1990
No Score Yet Alphabet City
  • Ramon
1984
No Score Yet A Private Affair
  • Actor
1929

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Correctional Officer Earl
81% Awake
2012
  • Cooper
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Ken Hall
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Dempsey Powers
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Tom Bernard
21% Unsupervised
2012
  • Voice
No Score Yet Day Break
2006
  • Lt. Dwayne Romero
No Score Yet The Soul Man
2012
  • Gooch
No Score Yet Army Wives
2007-2014
  • Terrance Price Terrance
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Terrance Crowley
No Score Yet The Boondocks
2005-2014
  • Voice
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Max Devane

Quotes from Clifton Powell's Characters