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Clarence Williams III dead: – 9Celebrity

Clarence Williams III, an actor known for portraying Linc Hayes on The Mod Squad and Prince’s father in Purple Rain, died on June 4. He was 81.

Williams’ management confirmed his death to Variety, citing the cause as colon cancer.

Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, Michael Cole
Linc Hayes (played by Clarence Williams III), Julie Barnes (Peggy Lipton) and Pete Cochran (Michael Cole) in The Mod Squad. (Walt Disney Television via Getty)

Williams broke through in 1968 as one of the stars of the counterculture cop show The Mod Squad, also starring then-unknown actors Peggy Lipton and Michael Cole. He was a mainstay of the series until its end in 1973, and went on to have a career in film, television and theatre spanning four decades.

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