Mod Squad & Purple Rain Actor Clarence Williams III Dies At 81 After Battling Colon Cancer – Perez Hilton

Clarence Williams III, known for his role as the undercover cop Lincoln Hayes on The Mod Squad, has sadly passed away at the age of 81.
According to The Wrap, the legendary actor died in Los Angeles on Friday following a battle with colon cancer. Beyond his part on the hit show, he had several acclaimed performances in films, including his act as Prince’s dad in Purple Rain. He also appeared in films like 52 Pick-Up, Reindeer Games, Sugar Hill, and Tales from the Hood. Williams started his career as a performer on Broadway, where he earned a Tony Award nomination for Slow Dance on the Killing Ground in 1963. But the star’s true big break happened on The Mod Squad. He told the Los Angeles Times of his iconic role in 1995:

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