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Clarence Williams III Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Discovered drama after accidentally walking onto a stage at a theater below a Harlem YMCA
  • Began his stage career on Broadway in The Long Dream (1960)
  • Served as artist-in-residence at Brandeis University in 1966
  • Best known for his role as the hip undercover cop Linc Hayes on the TV series The Mod Squad (1968-73)
  • Worked in a variety of genres, from comedy (I'm Gonna Git You Sucka; Half-Baked) to sci-fi (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and drama (Purple Rain, as Prince's father)
  • Looking back at his Purple Rain performance, he recalled with relish a moment between scenes, in which Prince "picked up the guitar and started doodling
  • I had my eyes closed
  • and I thought about Jimi Hendrix
  • " Uncredited film roles include Pork Chop Hill (1959) and American Gangster (2007)