The great presence of Clarence Williams III has passed at the age of 81 after a battle with colon cancer. The actor who played Lincoln Hayes in The Mod Squad TV series was a one of a kind actor with a long list of film credits.
Of course, those of us in the horror loving realm will know him from his big role as Mr. Simms – the mortuary overseer in Tales From the Hood. The role was an all-timer in the world of anthology wrap around storytellers. Dude, easily gave the greats a run for their money. Sure, The Crypt Keeper was cool, but was he a mortuary overseer with the secret identity of Satan? Nope. Williams was iconic in the role as well as anything else he brought his presence to.
The actor began his career onstage earning several awards before breaking into film. As mentioned before, he made a huge name for himself on TV with the role of Lincoln Hayes in The Mod Squad.
Interestingly, he was also a long-time John Frankenheimer collaborator. He worked with the director on a slew of pictures including, 52 Pick-Up, The General’s Daughter, Reindeer Games, Against the Wall and George Wallace.
THR reports that he is survive by, sister Sondra Pugh, daughter Jamey Phillips, niece Suyin Shaw, grandnephews Elliot Shaw and Ese Shaw, and grandniece Azaria Verdin
Williams will definetly be missed. We are going to make sure to pay homage to the great by giving a rewatch to Tales From the Hood as well as some of his other greats.
iHorror – ‘Tales From the Hood’ and ‘The Mod Squad’s’ Clarence Williams III Dead at 81
Author: Trey Hilburn III
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June 8, 2021