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Clarence Williams, star of the TV series ‘Mod Squad’, dies at 81

Byeditorial

Jun 7, 2021

Clarence Williams III, known for playing the grim undercover cop Lincoln Hayes in the iconic TV series ‘Mod Squad, Greer’s Boys’ (1968-73), died aged 81. The American actor died on Friday 4 June in Los Angeles from a colon cancer he had been fighting for some time. The announcement of the disappearance was given by his agent Allan Mindel to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’. Afro-American actor of uncommon intensity, after his Broadway debut Clarence Williams III achieved great success in 1968 playing the popular television series ‘Mod Squad’, where Captain Adam Greer hires three young men who have problems with justice, Peter Cochran , Julie Barnes and Lincoln ‘Linc’ Hayes and offering freedom in exchange for their help. The three thus begin to work as infiltrators for the ‘Mod Squad’, a secret government organization that captures criminals and solves cases in an unconventional way. The show, which ran for five seasons for a total of 123 episodes, first portrayed a multicultural society and dealt with issues of racial politics, drugs and youth counterculture. The actor later starred in other popular TV series such as ” Miami Vice “,” Hill Street day and night “,” The Gipsy friend “,” The executioner of the street “,” The secrets of Twin Peaks “,” The lady in crime “,” Law & Order – The two faces of the justice “and” The library of the mystery “. Clarence Williams III has starred in about thirty films on the big screen, playing, among other things, Prince’s troubled father in “Purple Rain” (1984) and Michael Wright’s drug addict father in “Black King” (1993). ). In Giuseppe Tornatore’s film “The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean” (1998) Williams drew on the musical roots of his family (he was the grandson of jazz composer and pianist Clarence Williams) to appear as jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton. in New York on August 21, 1939, Clarence Williams III became interested in acting from an early age by taking part in performances in Harlem in the YMCA. After his military service he embarked on an acting career appearing in several Broadway productions such as “The Long Dream” (1960), “Slow Dance on the Killing Ground” (1964), for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, “Walk in Darkness” (1963), “Sarah and the Sax” (1964), “Doubletalk” (1964) and “King John” (1966). Over a decade later, he returned to Broadway to star opposite Maggie Smith in the original production of Tom Stoppard’s “Night and Day” (1979). He appeared among other films in “The Toughest Don’t Dance” (1987). “Maximum Coverage” (1992), “The Last Deception” (1993), “The Immortals” (1995), “The Brave” (1997), “Criminal Trap” (2000), “American Gangster” (2007) and “The Butler – A Butler in the White House” (2013).

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