Powell, Clifton 1947–

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Powell, Clifton 1947–


Born August 31, 1947 in Liberia, NY; married Kimberly. Education: Emerson College, B.S., speech and education.


Agent—Abrams Artists, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1125, Los Angeles, CA 90069; Agency for the Performing Arts, 405 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Opus Entertainment, 5225 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 905, Los Angeles, CA 90036.



Awards, Honors:

Best Performance by an Actor Award, American Black Film Festival, 2002, for Civil Brand; Black Reel Award nomination, best supporting actor, Image Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by a cast, 2005, Ray; Black Reel Award nomination, best actor—independent film, 2005, for Woman Thou Art Loosed.


Film Appearances:

Ramon, Alphabet City, Atlantic Releasing Corp., 1984.

Sharane's older brother, House Party, New Line Cinema, 1990.

Leland, Deep Cover, New Line Cinema, 1992.

FBI Agent Kurl, 3 Ninjas, Buena Vista, 1992.

Chauncy, Menace II Society, New Line Cinema, 1993.

Detective Oakes, Conflict of Interest, 1993.

Cutty, Dead Presidents, Buena Vista, 1995.

General Leland Copperfield, Phantoms (also known as Dean Koontz's "Phantoms"), Miramax, 1998.

Mason, Deep Rising, Buena Vista, 1998.

Herbert/Frank Lewden, Caught Up, Live Film & Mediaworks, Inc., 1998.

Lawrence Roberts, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Warner Bros., 1998.

Luke, Rush Hour, New Line Cinema, 1998.

Styles, No Tomorrow, PM Entertainment Group, Inc., 1998.

Detective Horace Williams, Safe House, Urban Media, 1999.

Everette Washington, Foolish, Artisan Entertainment, 1999.

Saint, Hot Boyz, Artisan Entertainment, 1999.

Pinky, Next Friday, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Malachi, Lockdown, Palm Pictures, 2000.

The Breaks, 2000.

Fred Smith, The Brothers, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000.

Bones, New Line Cinema, 2001.

Crime Partners 2000, 2001.

Warden Alan Deese, Civil Brand, Lions Gate, 2002.

FBI agent, Ticker (also known as The Hire: Ticker), BMW, 2002.

Pinky, Friday After Next, New Line Cinema, 2002.

Thomas, Love Chronicles, Melee, 2003.

Detective Blackman, Tapped Out, Artisan, 2003.

Moon, Never Die Alone, FOX Searchlight, 2004.

Reggie, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Magnolia, 2004.

Jeff Brown, Ray, Universal, 2004.

Joshua Valentine, Sugar Valentine, Maverick, 2004.

DaRon, White Men Can't Rap, Fleet Walker, 2005.

Old School, Golden Empire, Jersey Style, 2005.

Doc Willoby, Brothers in Arms, Sony, 2005.

Bishop Fred Taylor, The Gospel, Sony, 2005.

Damien, Contradictions of the Heart, Donlyn, 2006.

Chauncey, Confessions (also known as Confessions of a Call Girl), Codeblack, 2006.

The Mayor, Swap Meet, Dimension, 2006.

Mr. Jenkins, Who Made the Potato Salad?, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.

The Rimshop, Most Wanted, 2007.

Earl Latimore, Norbit, Paramount, 2007.

Tommy Guns, Gangsta Rap: The Glockumentary, Illville, 2007.

Ali Dean, Young Cesar, Codeblack, 2007.

Bishop Calvin Jacobs, Father of Lies, Codeblack, 2007.

Old Skool, American Dream, Nexus, 2007.

Mr. Wellington, A Talent for Trouble, Buck 50, 2007.

Blair Morgan, Jazz in the Diamond District, Soble, 2007.

Freddy, Vicious Circle, Govan, 2007.

Terrance, Jada, Black & Blue, 2007.

Sexy Silk, Something Like a Business, Blue Cactus, 2008.

First Sunday, Sony, 2008.

Coach, Show Stoppers, B-LUV, 2008.

Bubble Liscious, Let's Ride, A Street, 2008.

In the Shadow of Wings, Arclight, 2008.

My Friend My Hero, Mathis & Morris, 2009.

Film Producer:

Golden Empire, Jersey Style, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Simon, The WB, 1995.

Lieutenant Keith Vaughn, Ryan Caulfield: Year One, UPN, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Ephraim McDowell's Kentucky Ride, 1981.

Rioter number one, Heat Wave, 1990.

Conflict of Interest, 1992.

Green Dolphin Beat (also known as Green Dolphin Street), Fox, 1994.

Braddock, Nowhere to Hide, 1994.

Steve, Riot, 1995.

Divas, Fox, 1995.

Buffalo Soldiers, TNT, 1997.

Sergeant Benjamin Dalton, The Pentagon Wars, HBO, 1998.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Selma, Lord, Selma, Disney Channel, 1999.

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (also known as Having Our Say), CBS, 1999.

A Private Affair, Black Entertainment Television, 2001.

Play'd: A Hip Hop Story, VH1, 2002.

Cokey, Knights of the South Bronx, 2005.

Max Devane, Numb3rs (also known as Num3ers), CBS, 2007.

Also appeared in "Four Points," Nickelodeon Sports Theatre, Nickelodeon.

Television Appearances; Specials:

2005 Trumpet Awards, TBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Cop, "Potts Don't Fail Me Now," Cop Rock, 1990.

Luther Fraction, "Payback," Tour of Duty, CBS, 1990.

Admitting clerk, "The Great Waldo," Gabriel's Fire, 1991.

Security guard DeCarlo, "The Trial: Part 1," Matlock, NBC, 1991.

Andre, "Nightmare on Emerson Street," Roc, Fox, 1992.

Cop, "The Great Payne Robbery," Martin, Fox, 1992.

Henry Cowan, "The Leftover Man: Part 1," In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1993.

Detective Eddie Flowers, "Lone Witness," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1993.

Lewis Futrel, "Oscar, Meyer, Weiner," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1993.

Eddie, "David's Van," The Sinbad Show (also known as Sinbad), 1993.

Andre, "Citizen Roc: Parts 1 & 2," Roc, Fox, 1994.

Ray Deavers, "Men," South Central, Fox, 1994.

Ray Deavers, "RTD," South Central, Fox, 1994.

Andre, "You Shouldn't Have to Lie," Roc, Fox, 1994.

Ralph Danton, "Big Easy Murder," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995.

Lord Heppus, Homeboys in Outer Space, 1996.

Chino, High Incident, 1996.

Captain Brooks, "First Shoot," Pacific Blue, USA Network, 1996.

Harold, "Mentor," Moesha, UPN, 1997.

Mr. Burns, "Last Call," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997.

Elvin Barnes, "Is It a Crime?" New York Undercover, Fox, 1997.

African prince, "Employee Formerly Known as Prince," The Jamie Foxx Show, The WB, 1997.

Gerald/Frankie, "As Flies to Careless Boys …," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1997.

Alton Reeves, Orleans, CBS; 1997.

Record executive, "Rhythm and Dues," Moesha, UPN, 1997.

Bob Williams, "4 Points," Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal, 1997.

Eddie, "Working Overtime: Part 2," In the House, UPN, 1998.

Lieutenant Keith Vaughn, "Po-Piggity and Other Racial Slurs," Ryan Caulfield: Year One, 1999.

Lieutenant Keith Vaughn, "Pilot," Ryan Caulfield: Year One, 1999.

Suntza, "East Meets West," Linc's, 2000.

James Jackson, "Thunderhawk," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 2000.

Mr. Alexander, "A Simple Plan," The Parkers, 2000.

R. C. "Run, Mo, Run," Moesha, UPN, 2001.

R. C., "Scary Marriage," Moesha, UPN, 2001.

Coach Guillory, "I Believe I Can Fly: Part 2," One on One, 2002.

Earl Johnson, "The Good Fight," The Practice, 2002.

Joy's Father, "10-13," Third Watch, 2003.

Dempsey Powers, "Cuba Libre," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), 2003.

Ken Hall, "Daddy's Boy," House M.D. (also know as House), 2005.

Yusef, "Daughter Don't Preach," Eve, 2006.

Yusef, "Daddy's Home," Eve, 2006.

Terrance Crowley, "Burn Out," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as C.S.I., CSI: Las Vegas, and Les Experts), 2006.

Lieutenant Romero, "What If They're Stuck," Day Break, 2006.

Ray Tillman, "Backfire," Shark, 2007.

Also appeared in Equal Justice.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Bucky, Pryor Offenses, Showtime, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared as Essex Braxton, The Mighty Gents, Repertory of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; Langston Hughes, The Hooch, New Federal Theatre, New York City; Pretty Pete, Innocent Black and the Brothers, Oakland Ensemble; and in The Talented Tenth, Hudson Theatre; and Fabric of a Man, Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.

Major Tours:

Blair Godfrey III, Gospel Plays, U.S. cities, 2001.

Also appeared as Louis Henson, A Soldier's Play, Negro Ensemble Company, U.S. cities.


Video Games:

Voice of Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (also known as GTA: Sand Andreas and San Andreas), KE Media, 2004.


Banged Out, Urban Domain, 2002.

Diggin' Up 'Bones', New Line Home Video, 2002.

Satin Jones, He SayShe SayBut What Does GOD Say?, 2004.

Choices 2, Sony, 2004.

Mo Fro, Roscoe's House of Chicken n Waffles, Urban Works, 2004.

Big Man, Rhythm City Volume One: Caught Up, BMG, 2005.

Blair, The Fabric of a Man, Urban Works, 2005.

Making of "Rhythm City Volume One: Caught Up," Ush, 2005.

Brothers in Arms: The Making of a Modern Western, Sony, 2005.