Character actor Clifton Powell is probably best known for his characterization of Pinky, an outrageous old-school gangster still hanging on in the urban comedy sequels "Next Friday" and "Friday After Next," and for his memorable frequent parts as volatile heavies in films such as the tragic "Menace II Society" and the gritty "Dead Presidents." It was those later-mentioned aggressive performances that particularly marked Powell as a dramatic actor to watch, especially in the eyes of young audiences that could relate to the harrowing, modern-day context his characters provided. Still, Powell is a versatile performer who has displayed his acting skills beyond crime films and urban comedies, starring as Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Walt Disney-produced television movie "Selma, Lord, Selma" and as music legend Ray Charles's road manager Jeff Brown in the award-winning Taylor Hackford feature "Ray." In addition to appearing in such other culturally charged projects as "The Gospel," "Street Kings," and "Women Thou Art Loosed," he has also done voice work for the animated TV series "The Boondocks," a sometimes controversial social satire.
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Feature debut in "Alphabet City"
Cast in the comedy feature "House Party"
Portrayed Chauncy in the feature "Menace II Society"
Cast in the short-lived television drama "South Central"
Portrayed the violent character Cutty in the feature drama "Dead Presidents," directed by the Hughes brothers.
Cast in the award winning TNT television feature "Buffalo Soldiers"
Portrayed the cousin to Chris Tucker's character in the blockbuster hit "Rush Hour"
Cast as the hilarious Pinky in the comedy feature "Next Friday"
Co-starred in the romantic feature "The Brothers"
Reprised the role of Pinky in "Friday After Next"
Co-starred in the award winning prison drama "Civil Brand"
Cast opposite Jamie Foxx in "Ray" a biopic of legendary blues singer Ray Charles
Starred in "Woman Thou Art Loosed" based on the self-help novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes