Remembering ‘The Mod Squad’ Actor Clarence Williams III Dies during Age 81


Clarence Williams III, a male who played a clandestine patrolman Linc Hayes on “The Mod Squad” has upheld divided during a age of 81. According to his manager, Allan Mindel, he died in his Los Angeles home after battling colon cancer.

Williams was innate in New York City, New York on Aug. 21, 1939. He grew adult with his grandparents. His grandfather was a mythological jazz composer and pianist Clarence Williams, and his grandmother, Eva Taylor, was a blues singer.

He became meddlesome in behaving when he attended a YMCA as a teen. There his adore for dramatics grew into an contingent career. For dual years, Williams was enlisted with a United States Air Force.

WilliamsIn 1960, Williams had his initial teenager theatre entrance in New York with “The Long Dream.” From there he scored considerable roles in “Walk in Darkness,” “Sarah and a Sax,” and “Doubletalk.” Early in his behaving career, Williams won a Theatre World Award and a Tony assignment for his purpose in a three-person play “Slow Dance on a Killing Ground.”

In 1966, he worked in a absolute plays “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?” and “King John.” Afterwhich a Vietnam epoch Hollywood finally began to notice his talents as an “angry immature man.”

He worked alongside Michael Cole and Peggy Lipton in a 1968 TV array “The Mod Squad.” His impression Linc Hayes sported a outrageous Afro, paisley shirts, and dim sunglasses. Williams’ catchphrases enclosed “dig it” and “solid.” The uncover finished in 1973.

Other facilities that he starred in embody “Purple Rain” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.” He also had a repeated purpose in a 1990 TV array “Twin Peaks.” Williams can also be seen in “Deep Cover,” “Against a Wall,” and as Wesley Snipes drug-addicted father in “Sugar Hill.”

He portrayed absolute roles in a TV shows “Law Order,” “Profiler,” and “Judging Amy.” His behaving career continued on with “Reindeer Games,” and “Ritual” in 2000.

In Nov 1967, he married Gloria Foster. By 1984, they were divorced. When Foster upheld divided in 2001 it was Williams who announced a news.

He is survived by his mother Kelly, family, and friends.

Written by Sheena Robertson


NPR: Clarence Williams III, ‘The Mod Squad’ And ‘Purple Rain’ Actor, Dies At 81

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