Clifton Powell

Clifton Powell (born March 16, 1956) is an American actor who primarily plays supporting roles in films, such as in Ray (2004), for which he received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nomination.[citation needed]

Clifton Powell
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Powell in May 2007
Born (1956-03-16) March 16, 1956 (age 65)
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Kimberly Powell


Powell has appeared in more than one hundred films, beginning in the 1980s. His credits include Menace II Society (1993), Dead Presidents (1995), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), Rush Hour (1998), Next Friday (2000), and its 2002 sequel, Friday After Next, Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004), and Ray (2004). He played Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1999 television film Selma, Lord, Selma. Powell also has had many supporting roles in smaller direct-to-video films in 2000s and 2010s.

On television, Powell had the recurring roles on Roc, South Central, and Army Wives, and well as guest-starred on In the Heat of the Night, Murder, She Wrote, NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and House MD. In 2016, Powell was cast as main antagonist in the Bounce TV first prime time soap opera, Saints & Sinners opposite Vanessa Bell Calloway and Gloria Reuben.

Powell is also known for his voice acting role as Big Smoke in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

In 2017, Powell appeared in the second season of My Step Kidz.

Personal lifeEdit

Powell was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Mayfair Mansions in Northeast D.C. Powell is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Powell is married to Kimberly, with whom he has two children.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit



Video gamesEdit


  1. ^ "Clifton "PINKY" Powell's Teenage Son Films Him GOING OFF In Car!!!". I Love Old School Music. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
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External linksEdit

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