Clarence Williams III, ‘The Mod Squad’ and ‘Crimson Rain’ superstar, dies at 81

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LOS ANGELES — Clarence Williams III, an actor recognized for portraying Linc Hayes on “The Mod Squad” and Prince’s father in “Purple Rain,” died on Friday. He used to be 81.Williams’ control showed his dying to Selection, mentioning the reason as colon most cancers.Williams broke thru in 1968 as some of the stars of the counterculture cop display “The Mod Squad,” additionally starring then-unknown actors Peggy Lipton and Michael Cole. He used to be a mainstay of the sequence till its result in 1973, and went directly to have a occupation in movie, tv and theater spanning 4 many years.Clarence Williams III in 2013. Matt Sayles/Invision/APWilliams portrayed Prince’s father in 1984’s “Purple Rain” and had a ordinary function as FBI Agent Roger Hardy at the TV display “Twin Peaks.” He additionally had a long-running collaboration with director John Frankenheimer, enjoying Bobby Shy in 1986’s “52 Pick-Up,” Chaka in 1994’s “Against the Wall,” Archie within the 1997 TV film “George Wallace” and Merlin in 2000’s “Reindeer Games.”Born in New York Town on Aug. 21, 1939, Williams started his occupation in performing on degree in “Dark of the Moon” in 1957, directed via Vinette Caroll. He additionally starred reverse Geraldine Web page in “The Great Outdoors” on Broadway. In 1965, Williams earned a Tony nomination and Theatre Global award for his starring efficiency in “Slow Dance on the Killing Ground.” Williams’ different theater credit come with co-starring with Maggie Smith in Tom Stoppard’s “Night and Day” and main Joseph Papp’s “King John” on the Delacorte Theatre.Williams’ different movie credit come with “The General’s Daughter,” “Sugar Hill,” “Half Baked,” “Deep Cover,” “Hoodlum,” “The Brave,” “Happy Here and Now,” “The Legend of 1900” and “Life.” Extra not too long ago, Williams gave the impression in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” in 2013 as Maynard.Williams is survived via his sister Sondra Pugh, daughter Jamey Phillips, niece Suyin Shaw, grandnephews Elliot Shaw and Ese Shaw and grandniece Azaria Verdin.

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