Clarence Williams III

Actor, Cook, Bartender
Forever to be recalled as Linc Hayes, the Afro-sporting member of "The Mod Squad" trio, whose favorite expression was "Solid!," Clarence Williams III has gone on to become an established character actor, particularly ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1939 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (81)

Empire 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Day October Died 2014 (Movie)

Glitterman (Actor)

The Way of War 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Maynard (Actor)

Justified 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burn Notice 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Constellation 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Boxer (Actor)

Mystery Woman: In The Shadows 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue Hour 2007 (Movie)

Ridley (Actor)

Mystery Woman: At First Sight 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery Woman: Oh Baby! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Hates Chris 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happy Here and Now 2005 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Mystery Woman: Redemption 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Karen Sisco 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blue Hill Avenue 2003 (Movie)

Benny (Actor)

Fastlane 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miracles 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Resurrection Blvd. 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

X-Team 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Starstruck 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reindeer Games 2000 (Movie)

Merlin (Actor)

Frogs for Snakes 1999 (Movie)

Huck (Actor)

Life 1999 (Movie)

Winston Hancock (Actor)

The General's Daughter 1999 (Movie)

Colonel Fowler (Actor)

The Legend of 1900 1999 (Movie)

'Jelly Roll' Morton (Actor)

The Mod Squad 1999 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Half Baked 1998 (Movie)

Samson Simpson (Actor)

Millennium 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Love Bug 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hoodlum 1997 (Movie)

Bub Hewlett (Actor)

Rebound: The Legend of Earl 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sprung 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

The Brave 1997 (Movie)

Father Stratton (Actor)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Encino Woman 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Ritual 1995 (Movie)

Leron Becker (Actor)

Tales From the Hood 1995 (Movie)

Mr Simms (Actor)

Sugar Hill 1994 (Movie)

A R Skuggs (Actor)

The Silencers 1994 (Movie)

General Greenboro (Actor)

Deadfall 1993 (Movie)

Dean (Actor)

Father & Son: Dangerous Relations 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Cover 1992 (Movie)

Ken Taft (Actor)

Maniac at Large 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1991 (Movie)

Virgil (Actor)

Kill or Be Killed 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Maniac Cop 2 1990 (Movie)

Blum (Actor)

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 (Movie)

Kalinga (Actor)

Perfect Victims 1987 (Movie)

Lieutenant Kevin White (Actor)

Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 (Movie)

Bolo (Actor)

52 Pick-Up 1986 (Movie)

Bobby Shy (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Purple Rain 1984 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

The Hero Who Couldn't Read 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mod Squad 1968 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Cool World 1964 (Movie)

Blood (Actor)

Against the Wall (TV Show)

Actor

Ali: An American Hero (TV Show)

Actor

George Wallace (TV Show)

Actor

Last Rites (TV Show)

Actor

Mindstorm (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery Woman: Game Time (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery Woman: Snapshot (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor

The House of Dies Drear (TV Show)

Actor

The Immortals (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Innocent Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Mod Squad (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Galveston (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Forever to be recalled as Linc Hayes, the Afro-sporting member of "The Mod Squad" trio, whose favorite expression was "Solid!," Clarence Williams III has gone on to become an established character actor, particularly rediscovered in the 1980s and 90s by young African-American directors. Born and raised in Harlem, Williams began his career in theater with a small part in "Dark of the Moon" (c. 1957) and then moved to Broadway where he had five lines in the 1960 production of "The Long Dream." After a stint in the Air Force, he returned to NYC, where he won critical praise and awards for his work on Broadway in "Slow Dance on the Killing Ground" (1964). Though his stage appearances would run in spurts after his TV and film breaks, Williams never abandoned the theater and won much praise starring opposite Maggie Smith in Tom Stoppard's "Night and Day" (1979).

Relationships

Tyne Daly Actor

Companion

Gloria Foster

Wife
married 1967 divorced died September 29, 2001

Milestones

2000

Made memorable guest appearance on "Law & Order"

1999

Co-starred in "The General's Daughter"

1998

Portrayed Jelly Roll Morton in "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean/The Legend of 1900" (released in an edited version in the USA in 1999)

1994

Cast as drug-addicted father in "Sugar Hill"

1994

Featured as prison rebel Chaka in "Against the Wall" (HBO)

1989

Appeared as Kalinga in "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"

1984

Played Prince's abusive father in "Purple Rain"

1979

Starred opposite Maggie Smith in "Night and Day" on Broadway

1967

TV episodic debut, "Daktari" (CBS)

1966

Served as artist in residence at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

1964

Starred on Broadway in "Slow Dance on the Killing Ground"

1963

Film debut, "The Cool World"

1960

Broadway debut, "The Long Dream"

1957

New York stage debut, "Dark of the Moon" (date approximate)

Portrayed Linc on "The Mod Squad" (ABC)

Bonus Trivia

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Williams was artist-in-residence at Brandeis University from 1966-67.

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