Clifton Powell

Powell was born in Washington, D.C. Known for playing supporting roles in films, most significantly Ray (2004), for which he received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Film nomination. Powell has appeared in more than one hundred films, beginning in the 1980's. 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). He played Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1999 television film Selma, Lord, Selma. 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, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2016, Powell was cast as main antagonist in the Bounce TV first prime time drama, Saints & Sinners. Powell is also known for his voice acting role as the antagonist Big Smoke from the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andrea's.

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Cast Credits

Black Lightning (2018)
Guest starring as Reverend Jeremiah Holt (2 episodes)
Tales (2017)
Guest starring as Bob Davis
Saints & Sinners (2016)
Starring as Rex Fisher
Murder in the First (2014)
Guest starring as Ethan Rydel
Black Dynamite (2012)
Guest starring as Daddy Dynamite
Awake (2012)
Guest starring as John Cooper
  • Episode 1x03: Guilty (Mar 15, 2012)
Day Break (2006)
Guest starring as Lt. Romero
Numb3rs (2005)
Guest starring as Max Devane
House (2004)
Guest starring as Ken Hall
The Hire (2001)
Guest starring as FBI Agent
  • Episode 2x02: Ticker (Oct 17, 2002)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Guest starring as Terrance Crowley