Clarence Williams III Lifeless at 81
Clarence Williams III — well-known for roles in “The Mod Squad,” “Half Baked” and a number of other different motion pictures and displays — has died.
The veteran actor’s control workforce showed the unhappy information Sunday, announcing Clarence had in reality kicked the bucket Friday in L.A. because of colon most cancers.
CWIII had an extended historical past together with his craft … courting again to the ’60s when he were given his get started in theater and broke via on Broadway with a Tony win for his paintings on “Slow Dance on the Killing Ground.” He went directly to do TV and picture performing thereafter — and had a lot of memorable roles.
He would possibly best possible be remembered for taking part in Detective Linc Hayes on ‘Mod Squad’ … wherein he starred for 5 seasons, totaling 123 episodes. After that, the paintings stored pouring in for Clarence … he used to be forged in supporting roles in hit displays like “The Cosby Show,” “The Littlest Hobo,” “Hill Street Blues,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Miami Vice,” “Nasty Boys,” “Twin Peaks,” “Tales from the Cyrpt,” “The Highwayman,” ‘Superstar Trek,’ “Walker, Texas Ranger” and numerous others.
Clarence additionally had a number of standout performances for cult vintage motion pictures, together with “Purple Rain” — wherein he performed Prince’s dad — in addition to Dave Chappelle’s stoner comedy “Half Baked” … the place he performed a flamboyant native drug lord Samson Simpson, who used to be dueling with DC’s booming Mr. Great Man weed biz within the flick. Lots of serious strains from that.
Clarence had starred in a ton of different large motion pictures as smartly, similar to “The General’s Daughter,” “Reindeer Games,” “The Butler,” “Deep Cover,” “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “Sugar Hill,” “Tales from the Hood” … and lots of, many extra.
He used to be 81.