Clarence williams iii – famous for his roles in “The Mod Squad”, “Half Baked” and several other movies and shows – has passed away.
The veteran actor’s management team confirmed the sad news on Sunday, claiming that Clarence actually died in Los Angeles on Friday from colon cancer.
CWIII had a long history with his craft… dating back to the ’60s when he made his stage debut and broke into Broadway with a Tony win for his work on “Slow Dance on the Killing Ground”. He continued to act on television and in movies thereafter – and had a number of memorable roles.
He may be best remembered for playing Detective Linc Hayes in “Mod Squad” … in which he starred for five seasons, totaling 123 episodes. After that, work continued to flow for Clarence … he was cast for supporting roles on hit shows like “The Cosby Show”, “The Littlest Hobo”, “Hill Street Blues”, “TJ Hooker “,” Miami Vice, “” Nasty Boys “,” Twin Peaks “,” Tales from the Cyrpt “,” The Highwayman “,” Star Trek “,” Walker, Texas Ranger “and countless others.
Clarence has also had several notable performances for cult classic films, including “Purple Rain” – in which he starred. Princeis troubled dad – as well as Dave chappellethe stoner comedy “Half Baked” … where he played a flamboyant local drug lord Samson Simpson, who struggled with DC’s weed boom Mr. Nice Guy, in the film. Tons of great lines from that.
Clarence had also starred in a ton of other huge movies, such as “The General’s Daughter”, “Reindeer Games”, “The Butler”, “Deep Cover”, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, “Sugar Hill, “” Tales from the Hood “… and many more.