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.
|Born||March 16, 1956|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
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.
In 2017, Powell appeared in the second season of My Step Kidz.
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.
- Alphabet City (1984) as Ramon
- House Party (1990) as Sharane's Brother
- Deep Cover (1992) as Officer Leland
- 3 Ninjas (1992) as FBI Agent Kurl
- Conflict of Interest (1993) as Detective Oakes
- Menace II Society (1993) as Chauncy
- Dead Presidents (1995) as 'Cutty'
- Phantoms (1998) as General Leland Copperfield
- Deep Rising (1998) as Mason
- Caught Up (1998) as Herbert / Frank Lowden
- Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) as Lawrence Roberts
- Rush Hour (1998) as Luke
- The Pentagon Wars (1998) as Sergeant Benjamin Dalton
- Selma, Lord, Selma (1999) as Martin Luther King Jr.
- Safe House (1999) as Detective Horace Williams
- The Breaks (1999) as Cosmo
- Foolish (1999) as Everette Washington
- No Tomorrow (1999) as Styles
- Next Friday (2000) as 'Pinky'
- Hot Boyz (2000) as 'Saint'
- Lockdown (2000) as Malachi Young
- The Brothers (2001) as Fred Smith
- Bones (2001) as Jeremiah Peet
- Civil Brand (2002) as Warden Alan Deese
- Ticker (2002) as FBI Agent
- Friday After Next (2002) as 'Pinky'
- Banged Out (2002) as Unknown
- Crime Partners (2003) as Kenyatta
- Love Chronicles (2003) as Thomas
- Never Die Alone (2004) as 'Moon'
- Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004) as Reggie
- Ray (2004) as Jeff Brown
- Sugar Valentine (2004) as Joshua Valentine
- Da Block Party (2004) as 'Action' Jackson
- The Gospel (2005) as Bishop Fred Taylor
- Who Made the Potato Salad? (2006) as Mr. Jenkins
- Norbit (2007) as Earl Latimore
- First Sunday (2008) as Officer Eddie King
- Street Kings (2008) as Sergeant Green
- Love for Sale (2008) as Cinque
- Before I Self Destruct (2009) as Sean
- 5K1 (2009) as Barry
- Preacher's Kid (2009) as Ike
- Just Another Day (2009) as Bowman
- Something Like a Business (2010) as 'Sexy Silk'
- When The Lights Go Out (2010) as Freddy
- Street Kings 2: Motor City (2011) as Detective Tyrone Fowler
- 35 and Ticking (2011) as Zane
- Blood Ransom (2014) as Detective Hobbs
- Hunting Season (2016) as Thomas Curry
- All Eyez on Me (2017) as Floyd
- Misguided Behavior (2017) as Captain Rogers
- Dogstar: High School 2 (2018) as Dogstar High School 2 (voice)
- Roc (1992–1994) as Andre Thompson
- In the Heat of the Night (1993) as Henry Cowen
- Murder She Wrote (1993–1995) as Ralph Danton / Detective Eddie Flowers
- South Central (1994) as Bobby Deavers
- The Jamie Foxx Show (1997) as Mazi
- In the House (1998) as Eddie
- The Parkers (2000) as Mr. Alexander
- The Practice (2002) as Earl Johnson
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2003) as Dempsey Powers
- House (2005) Episode: "Daddy's Boy" as Ken Hall
- Eve (2006) as Yusef
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006) as Terrance Crowley
- Numb3rs (2007) as Max Devane
- Cold Case (2008) as Tom Bernard '08
- Army Wives (2009–2010) as Terrence Price
- The Boondocks (2010) Episode: "A Date with the Booty Warrior" as 1st Prisoner (voice)
- The Mentalist (2011) as C.O. Earls
- Black Dynamite (2011–2012) as Crenshaw The Slime, Daddy Dynamite (voices)
- Awake (2012) Episode: "Guilty" as John Cooper
- Unsupervised (2012) as Coach Durham (voice)
- The Soul Man (2015) Episode: "Tell It Like It Isn't" as 'Gooch'
- Saints & Sinners (2016–present) as Rex Fisher
- Tales (2017) as Bob Davis
- Black Lightning (2018–present) as Jeremiah Holt
- Hawaii Five-O (2018–2019) as Percy Grover Jr.
- The Family Business (2018) as Uncle Lou
- Sinners Wanted (2018) as 'One Eye'
- The Last O.G. (2020) as Mike 'Big Mike'
- "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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