Clarence Williams III, ‘Mod Squad’ and ‘Purple Rain’ actor, dead at 81 | Page Six Celebrity News



Clarence Williams III, who broke new ground as “hippie” Detective Linc Hayes on “The Mod Squad” from 1968 to 1973, has died after a battle with colon cancer. He was 81.

Williams passed away Friday at his home in Los Angeles, his manager Allan Mindel confirmed in a statement Sunday.

Born Aug. 21, 1939, in New York City, the veteran talent got his big break on Broadway. He earned a Tony nod as best featured actor for his stellar work in 1964’s “Slow Dance on the Killing Ground,” launching a career that spanned five decades onstage and in television and film.

#ClarenceWilliamsIII #RIP #PurpleRain

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