Clarence Williams III

Clarence Williams III

Aug. 21st, 1939
Born in
New York City, New York, USA

Clarence Williams III's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Mod Squad TV Show
The Mod Squad

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Clarence Williams III (born August 21, 1939) is an American actor.
Early life Williams was born in New York City. His grandfather was Clarence Williams, the jazz pianist and composer. He was raised by his grandmother.
Career His first major acting role was as Lincoln B. Hayes on Aaron Spelling's TV series The Mod Squad. He has guest-starred in television shows such as Hill Street Blues, the Canadian cult classic The Littlest Hobo, Miami Vice, The Highwayman, Twin Peaks, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Burn Notice, Everybody Hates Chris, Justified, and in a recurring role as Philby Cross in the Mystery Woman movie series on the Hallmark Channel. He has appeared in feature films such as Life, Sugar Hill, The Cool World, Deep Cover, Tales from the Hood, Half-Baked, Hoodlum, Frogs for Snakes, Starstruck, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, The General's Daughter, Impostor, The Legend of 1900, and Purple Rain. He also played a supportive role as George Wallace's fictional African-American butler and caretaker in the 1997 TNT TV movie George Wallace.
He portrayed Ellsworth Raymond "Bumpy" Johnson in American Gangster in 2007.
Personal life Williams married African-American actress Gloria Foster in 1967, but divorced in 1984.

  • Grandson of jazz and blues entertainers 'Clarence Williams (III)' (qv) and 'Eva Taylor' (qv).
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1965 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Slow Dance on the Killing Ground."

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