||Clarence Williams III
|Birthdate ( Age)
||21 August 1939
||New York, New York, United States
||4 June 2021
||Gloria Foster (m. 1967–1984)
Clarence Williams III wnd Wife Gloria Foster
Clarence Williams III was an American actor, best known for enjoying the character "Linc Hayes" within the "hippie" cop show The Mod Squad from 1968 to 1973. He also appeared prominently in films like Purple Rain, 52 Pick-Up, Tales from the Hood, Half Baked, and Reindeer Games, and had a recurring role on Season 2 of dual Peaks.
Early Life and Family
Williams was the son of Professional musician, Clarence "Clay" Williams Jr.,and grandson of jazz and blues composer/pianist Clarence Williams and his singer-actress wife, Eva Taylor.Raised by his paternal grandmother, he took an interest in acting after accidentally walking onto a stage at a theater below a Harlem YMCA.
Clarence Williams Wife
Williams married the actress Gloria Foster in 1967. They worked together on The Mod Squad; Foster made two guest appearances. the 2 were also during a movie, The Cool World, in 1964. In 1984 they filed for divorce, but remained friends. that they had no children. Williams announced Foster's death in 2001.
Williams died in l. a. on June 4, 2021 from carcinoma at the age of 81
Clarence Williams III Net Worth
Clarence Williams III was an American actor who has an estimated Net Worth $2 million dollars in 2021
Williams began pursuing an acting career after spending two years as a paratrooper in C Company, 506th Infantry, of the 101st Airborne Division. He first appeared on Broadway within the Long Dream (1960). Continuing his work on stage, he appeared in enter Darkness (1963), Sarah and therefore the Sax (1964), Doubletalk (1964), and John .
His breakout character was in William Hanley's Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, that he received a Tony Award nomination. The ny Times theater critic Howard Taubman wrote of his performance, "Mr. Williams glides sort of a dancer, giving his long, fraudulently airy speeches the inner rhythms of fear and showing the nakedness of terror when he ceases to pretend." He also served as artist-in-residence at Brandeis University in 1966.
Williams' breakout televiskon role was as undercover cop Linc Hayes on the highly popular counterculture TV cop series The Mod Squad (1968), along side fellow relative unknowns Michael Cole and Peggy Lipton. Since the series led to 1973, he worked during a sort of genres on stage and screen, from comedy (I'm Gonna Git You Sucka; Half-Baked) to sci-fi (Star Trek: region Nine), and drama (Purple Rain).
Spanning over forty years, his career includes the role of Prince's tormented father, who was also a musician, in Purple Rain (1984), a recurring role within the surreal TV series Twin Peaks (1990), an honest cop in Deep Cover (1992), a rioter within the mini-series Against the Wall (1994), and Wesley Snipes' chemically dependent Dad in Sugar Hill (1993). His other roles on television include Hill Street Blues, the Canadian cult classic the tiniest Hobo, Miami Vice, The Highwayman, Burn Notice, Everybody Hates Chris, Justified, abd Law & Order.
He is often seen in movies like 52 Pick-Up, Life, The Cool World, Deep Cover, Tales from the Hood, Half-Baked, King: A Filmed Record Montgomery to Memphis, Hoodlum, Frogs for Snakes, Starstruck, The General's Daughter, Reindeer Games, Impostor, and because the early jazzman Jelly Roll Morton within the Legend of 1900. He also played a supporting role as George Wallace's fictional African-American butler and caretaker within the 1997 TNT movie George Wallace.
From 2003 to 2007, Williams had a recurring role as Philby Cross within the Mystery Woman movie series on the Hallmark Channel. He appeared altogether but the primary of the eleven movies alongside Kellie Martin. (J.E. Freeman played Philby within the Mystery Woman first movie.)
Within the seventh (Mystery Woman: initially Sight) movie, he reunited together with his Mod Squad co-star Michael Cole. He played Bumpy Johnson within the film American Gangster. From 2005 to 2007 Williams had another recurring role because the voice of Councilor Andam on the Disney series American Dragon Jake Long.
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