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Clarence Williams III (I)

As the son of a displaced musician, Harlem-born African-American actor Clarence Williams III was raised by his musical grandparents, the legendary jazz and boogie-woogie composer/pianist Clarence Williams, who wrote such classics as "T'Aint Nobody's Business If I Do" and "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home," and blues singer Eva Taylor (1895-1977). ... See full bio »
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 2015 Empire (TV Series)
Clarence Williams III
- True Love Never (2015) ... Clarence Williams III
 2010 Memphis Beat (TV Series)
Leroy Hitch
 2010 Justified (TV Series)
Mr. Jones
- Long in the Tooth (2010) ... Mr. Jones
 2009/II A Day in the Life
 2007 American Gangster
Bumpy Johnson (uncredited)
 2007 The Blue Hour
 2005-2007 American Dragon: Jake Long (TV Series)
Councilor Andam / Counselor Andam
- Hong Kong Longs (2007) ... Councilor Andam (voice)
- Being Human (2007) ... Councilor Andam (voice)
- The Halloween Bash (2005) ... Counselor Andam (voice)
- Dragon Summit (2005) ... Counselor Andam (voice)
 2006 Mystery Woman: Redemption (TV Movie)
 2006 Mystery Woman: Oh Baby (TV Movie)
 2005 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series)
Mr. Tate
- Everybody Hates Basketball (2005) ... Mr. Tate
 2005 Mystery Woman: Game Time (TV Movie)
 2005 Constellation
Forest Boxer
 2005 Mystery Woman: Snapshot (TV Movie)
 2004 Karen Sisco (TV Series)
Detective Dave Campos
- He Was a Friend of Mine (2004) ... Detective Dave Campos
 2003 Skin (TV Series)
Vincent Quordon
- Secrets & Lies (2003) ... Vincent Quordon
- Pilot (2003) ... Vincent Quordon
 2003 Mystery Woman (TV Movie)
Man in Jail (uncredited)
 2003 Fastlane (TV Series)
Mr. Hayes
- Dosed (2003) ... Mr. Hayes
- Overkill (2003) ... Mr. Hayes
 2003 Miracles (TV Series)
Dr. Bauer
- The Patient (2003) ... Dr. Bauer
 2003 The Extreme Team
 2002 Happy Here and Now
 2002 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Joe McKenzie
- Men Aren't Monsters (2002) ... Joe McKenzie
- Women in Cacti with a Curled Up Rat (2002) ... Joe McKenzie
 2001 Impostor
Secretary of Defense (uncredited)
 2001 The Legend of Tarzan (TV Series)
- Tarzan and the Fountain (2001) ... (voice)
 2001 Blue Hill Avenue
 2001/I Mindstorm
Walter Golden
 2000 Law & Order (TV Series)
Latiff Miller
- Burn Baby Burn (2000) ... Latiff Miller
 2000 Ali: An American Hero (TV Movie)
Marcellus Clay
 2000 Resurrection Blvd. (TV Series)
- Hermanos (2000)
 2000 Ritual
Leron Becker
 2000 Civility
 1999 Last Rites (TV Movie)
Warden George Pierce
 1999/I Life
Winston Hancock
 1999 Shepherd (uncredited)
 1998 The Legend of 1900
Jelly Roll Morton
 1998 Profiler (TV Series)
Carl Adler
- Die Beautiful (1998) ... Carl Adler
 1998 Starstruck
Jarry Wallace
 1998 Frogs for Snakes
Huck Hanley
 1997 The Love Bug (TV Movie)
 1997 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Deputy Commissioner Luther Dobbs
- Mr. Justice (1997) ... Deputy Commissioner Luther Dobbs
 1997 Millennium (TV Series)
Zero / Kramer
- Sense and Antisense (1997) ... Zero / Kramer
 1997 George Wallace (TV Movie)
 1997 Sprung
Grand Daddy
 1997 The Brave
Father Stratton
 1996 The Silencers
General Greenboro
 1996 Encino Woman (TV Movie)
 1996 The Road to Galveston (TV Movie)
Christopher, the Caretaker
 1995 Crazy Love (TV Series)
The Boss
 1995 Judgement (Short)
 1995 The Immortals
Benny Hayes
 1995 Tales from the Hood
Mr. Simms
 1994 The Cosby Mysteries (TV Series)
Eugene Lukes
- Camouflage (1994) ... Eugene Lukes
 1994 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Donald Brooks
- Pilot (1994) ... Donald Brooks
 1994 Against the Wall (TV Movie)
 1993 Deadfall
 1993 Sugar Hill
A.R. Skuggs
 1993 Father & Son: Dangerous Relations (TV Movie)
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
- Maniac at Large (1992) ... Grady
 1992 Deep Cover
 1991 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Benjamin Tatsa
- I May Be Wrong (1991) ... Benjamin Tatsa
 1990 Nasty Boys, Part 2: Lone Justice (TV Movie)
John Culver / Vigilante Killer
 1990 Shades of LA (TV Series)
Det. Roscoe Phillips
- Some Like It Cold (1990) ... Det. Roscoe Phillips
 1990 Gabriel's Fire (TV Series)
- The Neighborhood (1990) ... Patrice
 1990 Nasty Boys (TV Series)
John Culver
- Kill or Be Killed: Part 2 (1990) ... John Culver
- Kill or Be Killed (1990) ... John Culver
 1990 Maniac Cop 2
 1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
 1988 Perfect Victims
Lt. Kevin White
 1988 The Highwayman (TV Series)
- Road Lord (1988) ... Jessie
 1987 The Last Innocent Man (TV Movie)
D.J. Johnson
 1985 Hell Town (TV Series)
- Straight to Hell (1985) ... Duval
 1985 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Maximilian 'Legba' Ildefonse
- Tale of the Goat (1985) ... Maximilian 'Legba' Ildefonse
 1985 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Mr. Thornehill
- Cliff's Birthday (1985) ... Mr. Thornehill
 1983-1985 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Walker Redding / Martin / Phil Decker
- Homecoming (1985) ... Walker Redding
- Deadlock (1984) ... Martin
- Sweet Sixteen and Dead (1983) ... Phil Decker
 1984 House of Dies Drear (TV Movie)
Mayhew Skinner
 1984 Purple Rain
 1984 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Mr. Simpson
- The Hero Who Couldn't Read (1984) ... Mr. Simpson
 1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Lester Menley
- Parting Is Such Sweep Sorrow (1984) ... Lester Menley
 1979 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
- Boy on Wheels (1979) ... David
 1974 Great Mysteries (TV Series)
John Cambridge
- The Furnished Room (1974) ... John Cambridge
 1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
- The Professional (1968) ... Sorda
 1967 Daktari (TV Series)
Robert Oneko
- Goodbye, Wameru (1967) ... Robert Oneko
 1963 The Cool World
Blood (as Clarence Williams)
 1959 Pork Chop Hill
Message Runner (uncredited)
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[on appearing in 'The Mod Squad'] I know a little about the street. I used to write numbers. I've seen police take bribes.I do know that a lot of officers love to get these jobs in the ghetto because they can shake people down. I know what's going on, but that has nothing to do with a TV show. I'm not appearing on the show each and every week to seduce people into believing in their police ... See more »


Co-starred in Hoodlum (1997), which starred Laurence Fishburne as Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson. Williams later played Bumpy Johnson in American Gangster (2007). See more »

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