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'Mod Squad' actor Clarence Williams III dies of colon cancer at 81

01:21 PM Jun 07, 2021 | ANI

Actor Clarence Williams III, widely known for the crime drama series 'The Mod Squad' and comedy film 'Half Baked', has passed away at the age of 81 due to colon cancer.

The veteran actor's management team confirmed the news of his demise on Sunday, saying Williams had passed away on Friday in Los Angeles due to colon cancer, reported TMZ.

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Williams' career had spanned over five decades. He had a long history with his craft. The late star started his acting career in the 60s as a theatre actor and broke through on Broadway with a Tony award for his work in the movie 'Slow Dance on the Killing Ground.'

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Williams is best known for playing Detective Linc Hayes on 'The Mod Squad' in which he starred for five seasons, totaling 123 episodes.

Other notable works include 'Purple Rain', Dave Chappelle's stoner comedy 'Half Baked', supporting roles in hit shows like 'The Cosby Show', 'The Littlest Hobo', 'Hill Street Blues', 'T.J. Hooker', 'Miami Vice', 'Nasty Boys', 'Twin Peaks', 'Tales from the Cyrpt', 'Star Trek', and many others.

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