Clifton Powell is an American actor who is known for his comedic roles. He was born on May 16, 1956, in Washington D.C. He played notable character roles in the late 80s and 90s such as Menace II Society and Dead Presidents. However, he received his first shot at fame with his acclaimed comedic performances in Rush Hour (1998) and, much later, with Norbit (2007). He is also known to be quite tall but exact details on his height are not available. Here follows a short biography of the actor.

First Break

Clifton Powell’s first break was in a made-for-TV movie named Kentucky Ride, which released in 1981. It was directed by Ephraim McDowell. This was his first acting role, which was followed three years later in his first feature movie titled Alphabet City. He went on to perform several character roles, most of which materialized in the late 80s. His first TV show appearance was a brief stint in the show Tour of Duty.

Career and Success

Clifton Powell has had small and big appearances in close to a 150 movies. In most of these movies, he has played character roles with touches of humor. His early roles in movies such as Menace II Society and Dead President made him a recognizable face. After the success of Rush Hour, he had several follow-ups such as Lockdown, The Brothers, Next Friday and its sequel Friday After Next, and Never Die Alone. But his most acclaimed role is a serious role, which is in the Oscar-winning movie Ray.

Apart from his successful film career, Clifton Powell has also had several bit roles and even a few recurring roles in TV shows. He has appeared in Numb3rs, Eve, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House, and Murder, She Wrote. Among his recurring performances are included shows such as Army Wives, Unsupervised, and the ongoing Saints & Sinners.

Clifton Powell has also tried his hand at direction. He directed two movies in 2009, which were Man of Her Dreams and There’s a Stranger in My House. As recent as in 2015, he directed an episode of the show Chase Street.

He has also exhibited his voice-acting talents in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

At present, Clifton Powell has an estimated net worth of $500 thousand.

Personal Life

Clifton Powell does not lead a very public life. But he has been in a long-term relationship with his partner Kimberly. They may probably be married. As of now, there are no details of whether she is his wife or they are just having a healthy relationship as partners. The couple is not known to have any children.

Awards and Recognition

The biggest movie in Clifton Powell’s career is Ray, the movie that won Jamie Foxx the Oscar for Best Actor. In this movie, Powell was seen in the role of Jeff Brown. For this movie, he was nominated for his supporting at the Image Awards and Black Reel Awards. The entire cast was also nominated at the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards. He won the Best Actor Award at the American Black Film Festival for his hard-hitting performance in the movie Civil Brand.

Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020

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