• Born in Washington DC in 1956, Clifton Powell is a 63 year-old African-American actor, producer, director and soundtrack performer.
• Powell attended DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland before graduating from Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1978.
• Clifton has enjoyed a lot of successes over the course of his acting career since 1981, with 235 roles by the end of 2019.
• He has won the American Black Film Festival Award and the Top Shorts Film Festival Award.
• He is married to Kimberly Powell and has two children. He has an estimated net worth of $15 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$500 thousand
Date Of BirthMarch 16, 1956
SpouseKimberly Powell
FactWinner of several NAACP awards

Who is Clifton Powell?

Born under the sign of Taurus on the 16th of May 1956, in the Mayfair Mansions neighborhood of Washington DC USA, Clifton Powell is a 63 year-old award-winning African-American actor, producer, director and soundtrack performer. He is most likely best known to worldwide audiences from his significant presence on TV screens and across other media outlets, thanks to the immense multitude of roles that he has had thus far. Powell has enjoyed a lot of successes over the course of his often-lucrative acting career since 1981.

Early life and education: Growing up in Washington DC

Clifton was brought up apparently an only child where he was born, by his father and mother of so far unknown names and professions.

There doesn’t seem to be any information regarding his childhood interests, but he is believed by most to have always had a penchant for the performing arts, which later set him on the path he follows today. As for Powell’s education, since his family later moved, he attended DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, from where he matriculated in 1974. Afterwards, the actor enrolled into the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts, from where he graduated with an unspecified degree in 1978.

Career: The legendary rise

Powell’s professional engagements during and shortly after college are not known, and it is believed by most that he made his first salary from debuting on the screen in the film called “Ephraim McDowell’s Kentucky Ride” in 1981.

In 1984 he was seen as Ramon in “Alphabet City”, and then took a six year-long break from the entertainment business. In 1990 he gained considerable momentum, obtaining four roles in a year, the most famous of which was as Luther Fraction in an episode of “Tour of Duty”, which also marked his TV series debut. Besides three other roles in 1991, he re-appeared in an episode of “Equal Justice” (first time in 1990). Clifton had another four roles in 1992, and four more in 1993. Between 1992 and 1994, he also starred as Andre Thompson in the TV series entitled “Roc”. In the latter year, Powell had four roles, and four again in 1995. With only one in 1996, he went into 1997 with maximum dedication, achieving 10 appearances. In 1998 he starred in the extremely popular first part of “Rush Hour”, with another 20 roles by the end of 2000.

Clifton Powell

Clifton after the 2000’s

Having established a name for himself in the industry, Clifton’s career skyrocketed in the 2000’s. He started off easily, with just two roles in 2001, but then continued into 2002 with another six. 2003 brought another five, while in 2004 he portrayed 11 more characters, one of which is his most famous performance thus far – Jeff Brown in the biographical drama about the legendary musician Ray Charles, entitled “Ray”. He played eight characters in 2005, one of them being Ken Hall in the world-famous TV series entitled “House”. In 2006 and 2007 he had seven roles per each year, ending 2008 with another 12.

In 2009 he was seen on the screen 10 times, most famously as Damien in the video entitled “Contradictions of the Heart”, while he also starred as Terrence Price in the TV series entitled “Army Wives”, in which he remained until 2010 for for episodes. In the latter year, he also had nine other roles, notably as Cecil in the family drama film entitled “Love Me or Leave Me”.

Powell’s success in the current decade

Clifton started 2011 with 11 roles in total, one of them continuing into 2012 in two episodes of “Black Dynamite”, in which year he had an impressive sixteen more appearances. 2013 continued with the same momentum for Powell, who obtained nine other roles over its course. Surprisingly, he played only two characters in 2014, but made up for it in 2015 with another seven appearances.

He went through 2016 with another 11 roles under his belt by year’s end, while in 2017 he appeared in 12 more titles, the most famous of them being his portrayal of Earl in the action crime drama TV series entitled “Chase Street”. 2018 proved to be his most successful year yet, with an almost unprecedented 17 roles within 12 months, two of which continued into 2019 – Reverend Jeremiah Holt in three episodes of “Black Lightning”, and Percy Grover Jr in an episode of “Hawaii Five-0”. In 2019 Clifton was noticed in 10 more titles, one of them being his last appearance as Rex Fisher in “Saints & Sinners”, in which he had remained since 2016. Clifton remains to be seen in another six roles, in titles which are yet to be released.

An extremely impressive career

The big screen actor has amassed a total of 235 roles by the latter half of 2019, while he also produced four titles – one in 2005, two in 2012, and one in 2016. He’s also served as consulting producer for another four titles, making for a total of eight producing credits. Ultimately, Powell directed an episode of “Chase Street” in 2017, and two films, entitled “There’s a Stranger in My House” and “Man of Her Dreams”, both in 2009.

Awards and nominations

In spite of Clifton’s immense screen exposure, he hasn’t been nominated for too many awards, mostly owing to his usual supporting character performances. Still, he remains one of the most highly recognized African-American actors in Hollywood. In 2002 he won the American Black Film Festival Award in the Best Performance by an Actor category for his portrayal in “Civil Brand”.

In 2005 he was nominated for the Black Reel Award and Image Award, for his performances in “Woman Thou Art Loosed” and “Ray”, respectively. For the latter film, he also received a joint Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, alongside seven other actors for “Ray” as well. In 2017 he won the July Award at the Top Shorts Film Festival in the Best Supporting Actor category for “Chasing Titles Vol. 1”.

Love life: Is he married?

As for his romantic involvements, Clifton doesn’t seem willing to share too much about this part of his life, and thus the public has very little information about these developments. However, it’s still widely known that he’s been married to his long-term girlfriend Kimberly Powell.

The two are thought to have been high school sweethearts, though there’s not enough evidence to back this claim. They are known to have dated for at least five years prior to marrying at some point, in a private ceremony to which only family members were invited. Clifton and Kimberly have two children together – a son named Clifton Jr Powell, and a daughter named May Powell. Their birthdates remain unknown to the public. There hasn’t been any controversy about their marriage, and they reside together at an undisclosed location in the US.

What is Clifton Powell’s net worth?

Have you lately taken a moment to wonder just how rich Clifton could be, in the latter half of 2019?

It has been estimated by some of the most reputable sources that the amount in question is just over $15 million, earned through years of persistence and hard work in the entertainment industry, through more than 200 roles over the course of his almost four decade-long career. Seeing as he is still highly active in the business in spite of his age, the famous actor will definitely earn a lot more.

Social media presence

So, how active do you think Clifton could be on social media? Since it’s recommended for every actor to exponentially increase their future earnings by maintaining a very active online profile, Powell should now be interacting with his audiences on a daily basis and engaging constantly, sharing both his professional and personal information, right? Exactly so, and it looks like the actor is very well aware of the business trend’s benefits, since he can be considered ubiquitous on all three of the most popular social media networks. His Facebook has almost 10,000 fans, his Twitter less than 5,000, and his Instagram just over 90,000 followers.

General Info

Full NameClifton Powell
Net Worth$500 thousand
Date Of BirthMarch 16, 1956
ProfessionComedian, Film producer, Film director, Actor


SpouseKimberly Powell
ChildrenClifton Powell Jr, May Powell


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
MoviesNorbit, Next Friday, Menace II Society, Ray, Dead Presidents, Friday After Next, Civil Brand, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Never Die Alone, The Gospel, Rush Hour, Deep Rising, First Sunday, House Party, Lockdown, Preacher's Kid, Phantoms, 35 and Ticking, Selma, Lord, Selma, The Brothers, Street Kings, Bef...
TV ShowsRyan Caulfield: Year One

Social profile links


1Winner of several NAACP awards




Golden Empire2005Old School
White Men Can't Rap2005DaRon
Rhythm City Volume One: Caught Up2005VideoBig Man
Choices 22004Video
He Say... She Say... But What Does GOD Say?2004VideoSatin Jones
Pryor Offenses2004TV MovieBucky
Da Block Party2004VideoAction Jackson
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video GameMelvin 'Big Smoke' Harris / Additional Voices (voice)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Introduction2004Video shortMelvin 'Big Smoke' Harris (voice)
Sugar Valentine2004Joshua Valentine
Roscoe's House of Chicken n Waffles2004VideoMo Fro
Ray2004/IJeff Brown
Woman Thou Art Loosed2004Reggie
Never Die Alone2004Moon
Tapped Out2003Detective Blackman
Love Chronicles2003Thomas
Crime Partners2003Kenyatta
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2003TV SeriesDempsey Powers
Third Watch2003TV SeriesJoy's Father
Banged Out2002Video
The Practice2002TV SeriesEarl Johnson
Friday After Next2002Pinky
Ticker2002ShortFBI Agent
One on One2002TV SeriesCoach Guillory
Civil Brand2002Warden Alan Deese
Bones2001Jeremiah Peet
Moesha1997-2001TV SeriesR.C. / Ray Stokes / Harold Moss
The Brothers2001Fred Smith
Lockdown2000Malachi Young
A Private Affair2000TV MovieIsaiah
The Parkers2000TV SeriesMr. Alexander
Hot Boyz2000VideoSaint
Linc's2000TV SeriesSuntza
Walker, Texas Ranger2000TV SeriesJames Jackson
Next Friday2000Pinky
No Tomorrow1999Styles
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years1999TV MovieFrazier Johnson
Foolish1999Everette Washington
The Breaks1999Cosmo
Safe House1999
The Wonderful World of Disney1999TV SeriesMartin Luther King, Jr.
Ryan Caulfield: Year One1999TV SeriesLt. Keith Vaughn
Rush Hour1998Luke
Why Do Fools Fall in Love1998Lawrence Roberts
In the House1998TV SeriesEddie
The Pentagon Wars1998TV MovieSgt. Benjamin Dalton
Caught Up1998Herbert Frank Lowden
Deep Rising1998Mason
Phantoms1998Gen. Leland Copperfield
Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal1997TV SeriesBob Williams
Buffalo Soldiers1997TV Movie
NYPD Blue1993-1997TV SeriesGerald / Frankie / Lewis Futrel
The Jamie Foxx Show1997TV SeriesMazi
First Time Felon1997TV MovieKing (uncredited)
New York Undercover1997TV SeriesElvin Barnes
Riot1997TV MovieSteve (segment "Homecoming Day")
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesMr. Burns
High Incident1997TV Series
Pacific Blue1996TV SeriesCaptain Brooks
Murder, She Wrote1993-1995TV SeriesRalph Danton / Det. Eddie Flowers
Simon1995TV SeriesJohn Doe
Dead Presidents1995Cutty
Divas1995TV MovieBobby
Renegade1994TV SeriesJ.J. Corvell
Nowhere to Hide1994TV MovieBraddock
Green Dolphin Beat1994TV MovieArmstrong
South Central1994TV SeriesBobby Deavers / Ray Deavers
Roc1992-1994TV SeriesAndre Thompson / Andre
The Sinbad Show1993-1994TV SeriesEddie
Menace II Society1993Chauncy
Conflict of Interest1993Det. Oakes
In the Heat of the Night1993TV SeriesHenry Cowen
Martin1992TV SeriesYounger Cop
3 Ninjas1992FBI Agent Kurl
Deep Cover1992Leland
Equal Justice1990-1991TV SeriesJermaine Watkins / Mugger
Jake and the Fatman1991TV SeriesDirector
Matlock1991TV SeriesSecurity Guard
Gabriel's Fire1991TV SeriesAdmitting Clerk
Cop Rock1990TV SeriesCop
Heat Wave1990TV MovieRioter 1
Tour of Duty1990TV SeriesLuther Fraction
House Party1990Sharane's Brother
Alphabet City1984Ramon
Ephraim McDowell's Kentucky Ride1981TV Movie
Couples' Night2017post-productionRich
LOVE by CHANCE2017post-productionDonald
Sliders2017post-productionMr. Miller
The Subway Son2017announcedWilliam
The Choir Director2017post-productionBishop T.K. Wilson
Banger2017completedChief Crans
The Hills2017completedCaptain Pearson
Mountain Top2017post-productionLarry Fletcher
Chase Street2017TV Series post-productionEarl
Fade Away2016/IcompletedEazy
King of Newark2016completedJuice
Misguided Behaviorpost-productionCaptain Rogers
The Preacher's Son2017Bishop T.K. Wilson
Saints & Sinners2016-2017TV SeriesRex Fisher
Merry Ex-Mas2016TV MoviePastor Jordan
Scarfulhu2016TV SeriesBig Smoke
Flowers Movie2016Mr. Waldell
Guns and Grams2016Mr. Marshall
Hunting Season2016/IIThomas Curry
Where Hearts Lie2016Carl
A Weekend with the Family2016Dingo Stankershet
The North Star2016Mr. Lee
A Baby for Christmas2015TV MovieGavin
Black Jesus2015TV Series
Murder in the First2015TV SeriesEthan Rydel
The Soul Man2015TV SeriesGooch
A Talent for Trouble2015Mr. Wellington
Fear Files2015TV MovieDetective Owen Marsh (segment "Mama's Boy")
Love Won't Let Me Wait2015Bishop Buckworth
The Freight Rider2015ShortWilliam
99 North2014Uncle P
Blood Ransom2014Detective Hobbs
Forbidden Woman2013Randall Trace
Mutumbo the Lost Prince2013Oscer
The Dempsey Sisters2013Theo Dempsey
The Lick Movie2013Richard Jacobson
The Dirty2013TV SeriesPee Wee (rumored)
They Die by Dawn2013Deputy Sheriff
Criminal Behavior2013Cedric (rumored)
Toolbox Murders 22013Detective S. Jackson
JD Lawrence's Community Service2013TV Mini-SeriesBishop Nixon
One Blood2012Winston
Unsupervised2012TV SeriesCoach Durham
The Garage2012TV SeriesMarty P. Silverstein / Marty P.
The House of Malik2012Uncle Kyle
Somebody's Child2012TV MovieDr. Sperry
Black Dynamite2011-2012TV SeriesCrenshaw the Slime / Black Dynamite's Daddy
C'mon Man2012Rooselvelt Steele
Note to Self2012/ICoach Gerald Woodson
Womack2012ShortGilly Smalls
Supernatural Swamp Slaughter2012
For Richer or Poorer2012TV SeriesMason
Nicki: A Hip Hop Love Story2012Mr. Jamison
Awake2012TV SeriesJohn Cooper
The Marriage Chronicles2012Robert McDaniel
Dead Money2012Leon
The Undershepherd2012Deacon Roberts
23rd Psalm: Redemption2011Lester Wayne
The Saints of Mt. Christopher2011Donald Ray Williams
She's Still Not Our Sister2011TV SeriesRev. Beckley
He's Mine Not Yours2011Walter
The Perfect Gift2011Michael Sr.
She's Not Our Sister2011TV MovieRev. Beckley
35 and Ticking2011Zane
The Mentalist2011TV SeriesC.O. Earls
Street Kings 2: Motor City2011VideoDet. Tyrone Fowler
The Ideal Husband2011TV MovieDaniel
Love Me or Leave Me2010TV MovieCecil
Vigilante: The Hayward Brown Story2010Henry Brown
The Boondocks2010TV Series1st Prisoner
Trapped: Haitian Nights2010Mike
Army Wives2009-2010TV SeriesTerrence Price
Heaven Ain't Hard to Find2010Big Bill Herod
When the Lights Go Out2010VideoFreddy
Let God Be the Judge2010
Preacher's Kid2010Ike
Five K One2010Barry
Something Like a Business2010Sexy Silk
Chain Letter2009Coach
Before I Self Destruct2009VideoSean
Just Another Day2009/IVBowman
Vicious Circle2009Freddy
Steppin: The Movie2009Det. Lewis
God Send Me a Man2009Bishop
There's a Stranger in my House2009Mr. John Moore
Man of Her Dreams2009Senator Marcus Gordon
Contradictions of the Heart2009VideoDamien
Internet Dating2008VideoLeroy 'The Pimp'
The Rimshop2008Joe Joe's Father
3 Dimensions of a Man2008VideoSpencer
Cold Case2008TV SeriesTom Bernard '08
Block Party Madness2008VideoAction Jackson
Love for Sale2008Cinque
Street Kings2008Sergeant Green
Show Stoppers2008Coach
First Sunday2008Officer Eddie King
American Dream2008/IOld Skool
Jazz in the Diamond District2008Blair Morgan
R&B Chick2008VideoBenjamin
Numb3rs2007TV SeriesMax Devane
Father of Lies2007VideoBishop Calvin Jacobs
Young Cesar2007Ali Dean
Shark2007TV SeriesRay Tillman
Gangsta Rap: The Glockumentary2007Tommy Guns
Da Block Party 22007Video
Norbit2007Earl Latimore
Day Break2006TV SeriesLt. Romero
Who Made the Potatoe Salad?2006Mr. Jenkins
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2006TV SeriesTerrance Crowley
Eve2006TV SeriesYusef
Faceless2006TV MovieLangdon Fox
It Ain't Easy2006VideoFish
Knights of the South Bronx2005TV MovieCokey
House M.D.2005TV SeriesKen Hall
The Gospel2005Bishop Fred Taylor
Brothers in Arms2005Doc
The Fabric of a Man2005VideoBlair


Couples' Night2017consulting producer post-production
The North Star2016producer
The Freight Rider2015Short consulting producer
The House of Malik2012producer
Nicki: A Hip Hop Love Story2012producer
Golden Empire2005producer


Chase Street2017TV Series 1 episode post-production
There's a Stranger in my House2009
Man of Her Dreams2009


The Gospel2005performer: "Now Behold the Lamb"


Diggin' Up 'Bones'2002Video short special thanks


Bowl of Dreams: The U Street Expanded Series2018TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
Chasing LA2015TV SeriesHimself
According to Him + Her2014TV SeriesHimself
Bowl of Dreams2011DocumentaryHimself
Creating a Convincing Cop Story2011Video shortHimself
Motor City Setting2011Video shortHimself
From Script to Screen: Mobilefilmworks2011TV SeriesHimself
Dishing Tea with Big Meach2010TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Music of 'The Preacher's Kid'2010Video documentary short
The Preacher's Kid in Atlanta2010Video documentary shortHimself
The Prodigal Experience: Reflections on a Story2010Video documentary shortHimself
Straight from the Horses Mouth2009VideoHimself
The Jeffrey Henderson Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Baisden After Dark2008TV SeriesHimself
Backstage on the Black Stage2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Brothers in Arms: The Making of a Modern Western2005Video documentary shortHimself
2005 Trumpet Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
Making of 'Rhythm City Volume One: Caught Up'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Diggin' Up 'Bones'2002Video shortHimself - 'Jeremiah'


Won Awards

2002Best Performance by an ActorAmerican Black Film FestivalCivil Brand (2002)

Nominated Awards

2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Actor, Independent FilmWoman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActorRay (2004)
2005Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureRay (2004)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureRay (2004)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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