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      Cleavant Derricks

      Cleavant Derricks

      Highest Rated: 73% Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: May 15, 1953

      Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

      An imposing African-American character player with a strong singing voice, Derricks first made his mark on the Broadway and off-Broadway stages in a series of soul, gospel and blues-flavored musical dramas and revues before trying his hand briefly at features and later as a cast regular on series TV. He studied voice in college and began pursuing a career writing gospel music, but seeing his twin brother Clinton performing onstage steered him toward acting. At the proverbial eleventh hour of desperation, Derricks won a chance to audition for a 1977 Broadway revival of "Hair" when another commitment made his brother unavailable. He won the role and followed up with "But Never Jam Today" (1977), playing four different roles in this funky "Alice in Wonderland" and also providing choral arrangements; "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" (1980); "Big "Dreamgirls" (1982), where his flashy, exciting work as James Thunder Early won him a supporting Tony; and Bob Fosse's "Big Deal" (1986), which provided him with his first real leading role.

      Highest rated movies

      Moscow on the Hudson
      World Traveler
      Carnival of Souls
      The Slugger's Wife


      MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON, Robin Williams, Cleavant Derricks, 1984, (c)Columbia Pictures THE SLUGGER'S WIFE, Cleavant Derricks, 1985. ©Columbia Pictures WORLD TRAVELER, Francie Swift, Cleavant Derricks, 2002 MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON, Cleavant Derricks, Robin Williams, 1984. ©Columbia Pictures MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON, Robin Williams (left), Cleavant Derricks (center), 1984. ©Columbia Pictures



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      No Score Yet 13% Basilisk: The Serpent King Col. Douglas (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 11% Rome & Jewel Reverend Q (Character) - 2006
      34% 36% World Traveler Carl (Character) $98.0K 2001
      20% 15% Carnival of Souls Sid (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bluffing It Cal (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 27% Off Beat Abe Washington (Character) $4.1M 1986
      0% 21% The Slugger's Wife Manny Alvarado (Character) - 1985
      73% 59% Moscow on the Hudson Lionel Witherspoon (Character) - 1984


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      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
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      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1987
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