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CLIFTON POWELL (Earl) has built a résumé of great performances in films, on television and on stage since he began his professional career. With memorable performances on the big screen in the Taylor Hackford film "Ray” opposite Jamie Foxx and as the unforgettable "Pinky” in "Friday” and "Friday After Next,” on television as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in "Selma, Lord, Selma” and on stage in the national tour of David E. Talbert's "The Fabric of a Man” as "Blair,” opposite Shemar Moore, for which he won the NAACP's Theater Award for Best Actor, he has established himself as a dynamic and versatile actor.

Powell's recent work includes the Screen Gems feature "The Gospel,” and independent films "Brothers in Arms,” "Never Die Alone” and "Woman Thou Art Loosed,” based on the TD Jakes book, opposite Kimberly Elise. Powell starred in the acclaimed "Civil Brand,” for which he won Best Actor and the film won Best Film at the American Black Film Festival South Beach 2002. Other feature films include "The Brothers,” "Rush Hour,” "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?,” "Phantoms,” "Deep Rising,” "Dead Presidents” and "Menace to Society.”

Powell's numerous television credits include the Fox pilot "Faceless,” opposite Sean Bean, BET's "A Private Affair,” opposite Vanessa Bell Calloway, "Having Our Say,” the Delaney Sisters story, HBO's "Pentagon Wars,” with Kelsey Grammar, "Buffalo Soldiers,” opposite Danny Glover and Charles Dutton's directorial debut "First Time Felon.” He starred in Nickelodeon's Cable Ace Award-winning "Four Points,” hosted by Shaquille O'Neal. 

Powell has also made many guest appearances on television, including "House,” "NYPD Blue,” "Touched by an Angel,” "High Incident,” "New York Undercover,” "The Jamie Foxx Show,” "Moesha” and "In the House.” Television series regular credits include the critically acclaimed "South Central” and "Ryan Caulfield” as well as recurring roles on "Eve,” "Simon,” "Roc,” "Sinbad” and "Murder, She Wrote.”

On stage, Powell starred in "The Thing That Lovers Do,” with Shanté Moore, "Will a Real Man Please Stand Up,” with Johnny Gill and toured nationally with the Negro Ensemble Company's production of "A Soldier's Play.” Recently Powell played the lead character Bernard in the West Coast premiere of "The Talented Tenth” at the Hudson Theater. Powell won the NAACP Theater Award for Best Actor for his performance. Other theatrical credits include "The Mighty Gents,” "Zooman and the Sign,” "Longston,” "The Hooch” and "Fraternity.”

A native of Washington, D.C., Powell started his acting career at Workshops for Careers in the Arts, a professional program designed to train aspiring young artists. He's also a graduate of Emerson College with a B.S. in Speech and Education.

Powell lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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