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RIP - Clarence Williams III, ‘The Mod Squad’ and ‘Purple Rain’ Star, Dies at 81

Clarence Williams III, an actor known for portraying Linc Hayes on “The Mod Squad” and Prince’s father in “Purple Rain,” died on June 4. He was 81.


Williams’ management confirmed his death to Variety, citing the cause as colon cancer.



https://variety.com/2021/...A_tDMGhqKs

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Reply #1 posted 06/06/21 1:53pm

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"Father's Song" hits differently now... cry

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Reply #2 posted 06/06/21 2:04pm

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Wow, I always liked Clarence. RIP sad
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Reply #3 posted 06/06/21 2:51pm

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Time keeps on slipping into the future...


This moment is all there is...
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Reply #4 posted 06/06/21 4:24pm

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"Never get married."

He delivered that line so well, made the whole story feel more authentic. A great actor.

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Reply #5 posted 06/06/21 5:43pm

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He was so central to PR's success. The only "real" actor in the movie...smart casting choice. And just think, Richard Pryor turned down the role.

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Reply #6 posted 06/06/21 5:46pm

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I was drawn to Purple Rain because of Prince, but when I saw it as a 14 year old, it was Clarance's performance that really haunted me. I'd not come across him before, but his performance was so good that he gave me the chills when I saw him in other things after.


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Reply #7 posted 06/06/21 6:58pm

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WHATS THE MATTER WITH THIS HOUSE??!
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Reply #8 posted 06/06/21 7:00pm

RJOrion

He was also amazing in Sugar Hill

VERY underrated actor...he stole scenes in almost every movie he appeared in...amazing range and presence...
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Reply #9 posted 06/06/21 7:08pm

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paraded said:

"Never get married."


He delivered that line so well, made the whole story feel more authentic. A great actor.



Yep...with his incredible screen presence and aurra, he even elevated Prince's acting performances in the scenes where they interacted...


"...I just saw mom down the street...she looked pretty bad...any idea how she got that way?..."

"PLEASE DAD...SHE'S HEARD YOU!!!"


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Reply #10 posted 06/06/21 7:25pm

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RIP Clarence Williams. He died one day before Prince's birthday.

Here is another obituary article.

Clarence Williams III, 'The Mod Squad's' Linc, dies at 81
By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer

Jun 6, 2021

https://www.phillytrib.co...d68c4.html

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Reply #11 posted 06/07/21 8:51am

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"I just wanted you to believe in me." touched

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Reply #12 posted 06/07/21 11:14am

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Link...........R.I.P.

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Reply #13 posted 06/07/21 11:26am

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Graycap23 said:

Link...........R.I.P.

sad

What a great show that was. It was edgy for the times. I'm sure if we watched it now, it wouldn't seem so, but it certainly was in its time.

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Reply #14 posted 06/07/21 11:49am

RJOrion

Graycap23 said:

Link.....R.I.P.


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"SOLID"
~ Linc


He was the first person i ever heard use that word as slang
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Reply #15 posted 06/07/21 12:10pm

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RJOrion said:

He was also amazing in Sugar Hill VERY underrated actor...he stole scenes in almost every movie he appeared in...amazing range and presence... ⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘

'Deep Cover' too

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Reply #16 posted 06/07/21 2:21pm

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Best acting performance in Purple Rain by a large measure.

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Reply #17 posted 06/07/21 2:56pm

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I liked him in "52 pick up". He has a few scenes with Vanity in it too but besides purple rain,my all time favorite role of Clarence Williams III is his role in the 1998 comedy " Half Baked"
RIP to a great actor
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Reply #18 posted 06/07/21 6:05pm

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Yes he was great in The Mod Squad and PR. Let's not forget his triumphant work in Half Baked! ABRACADABRA
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Reply #19 posted 06/07/21 6:35pm

RJOrion

luv2tha99s said:

Yes he was great in The Mod Squad and PR. Let's not forget his triumphant work in Half Baked! ABRACADABRA


And "Tales From The Hood"

"DONT WORRY..YOU'LL GET THE SHIT...YOU'LL BE KNEE DEEP IN THE SHIT..."
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Reply #20 posted 06/07/21 7:26pm

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https://m.youtube.com/wat...nghmjvGUsI 1 of my fave scenes in Half Baked giggle pray
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Reply #21 posted 06/07/21 9:32pm

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Rest In Peace to Clarence Williams III AKA Linc AKA Francis L [The Kid's Father]. sad rose

[Edited 6/7/21 21:33pm]

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Reply #22 posted 07/11/21 3:57am

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Purple Rain is an amazing film because P's mom and dad never seem to give him eye contact. Hope Clarence and Prince can patch things up in heaven.

The hypocrisy of the far-left is something else.

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