Clifton Davis Biography (1945-)

Full name, Clifton Duncan Davis; born October 4, 1945, in Chicago, IL; son ofToussaint L'Ouverture (a Baptist minister) Davis and Irma Davis Langhorn (anurse); married second wife, Ann L. DeShae (a dance teacher), 1981 (divorced,May 1994); married Monica D. Durant (a flight attendant), May 27, 2000; children: (second marriage) Christian Noel, Holly Danielle. Addresses: Agent: Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Actor, singer, composer
Birth Details
October 4, 1945
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Cornelius, Hello Dolly, St. James Theatre, 1967
  • Foxtrot, Scuba Duba, New Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • How to Steal an Election, Pocket Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Jimmy Shine, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, Center Stage Theatre, Baltimore,MD, 1969
  • To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1969
  • Political man, Horseman, Pass By, Fortune Theatre, 1969
  • Homer, Look to the Lilies, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • Roger Porter, The Engagement Baby, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • Valentine, Two Gentlemen of Verona, New York Shakespeare Festival,Delacorte Theatre, then St. James Theatre, both New York City, 1971
  • Do It Again, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Wates, Hapgood, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, 1994-95
  • Samuel Clark, Jr., Blue, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 2002
  • Also appeared in Hunger and Thirst, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA; No Place to Be Somebody, Public Theatre, New York City;Pal Joey, Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Funny Girl, and as Little John, Robin Hood, all St. John Terrell's Music Fair, Lambertsville, NJ.
  • Major Tours
  • Valentine, Two Gentlemen of Verona, U.S. cities, 1973
  • Thomas, Daddy Goodness, U.S. cities, 1979
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) The Landlord, United Artists, 1970
  • Gus, Together for Days, (also known as Black Cream), Olas,1972
  • Absalom, Lost in the Stars, American Film Theatre, 1974
  • Louis Chauvin, Scott Joplin, Universal, 1977
  • Mayor Tyrone Smalls, Any Given Sunday, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Charles Winslow, Kingdom Come, Fox Searchlight, 2001
  • Superintendant Bobby "Crazy Legs" Knebworth, Max Keeble's Big Move, Buena Vista, 2001
  • Thomas Ayers, The Painting, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Matt Hampton, A World Apart, ABC, 1970-71
  • Regular, Love, American Style, ABC, 1971
  • Cohost, The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show, CBS, 1972
  • Clifton Curtis, That's My Mama, ABC, 1974-75
  • Reverend Reuben Gregory, Amen, NBC, 1986-91
  • Movies
  • Comfort, Little Ladies of the Night (also known as Diamond Alley), ABC, 1977
  • P. K. Jackson, Superdome, ABC, 1978
  • Captain Joe Prince, Cindy, ABC, 1978
  • Arnold Clements, The Night the City Screamed, ABC, 1980
  • Cool Papa Bell, Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige (also known as Don't Look Back), ABC, 1981
  • Bill Fairview, Dream Date, 1989
  • Principal Phil Flanagan, Halloweentown III: Halloweentown High, 2004
  • Specials
  • Cotton Club '75, NBC, 1975
  • Mitzi and a Hundred Guys, CBS, 1975
  • Celebration: The American Spirit, ABC, 1976
  • Himself, Circus of the Stars #11, CBS, 1986
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1988
  • Himself, Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular, 1988
  • NBC team member, Battle of the Network Stars XIX, ABC, 1988
  • Host (English), A Day to Care for the Children, syndicated, 1989
  • Command Performance: An All-Star Salute to the President, ABC, 1989
  • Host, The 56th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade, NBC, 1989
  • Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1990
  • Starathon '90, syndicated, 1990
  • Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • Host, The 1990 King Orange Jamboree Parade, NBC, 1990
  • Host, Martin Luther King, Jr., National Holiday Parade, TBS, 1992
  • The 19th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, syndicated, 1992
  • Scott Ross Street Talk, The Family Channel, 1993
  • Host, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Parade, TBS, 1993
  • Awards Presentations
  • Himself, The 30th Annual Tony Awards, ABC, 1976
  • The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1987
  • Presenter, The 20th NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1988
  • Presenter, The 21st NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1989
  • Host, The 10th Annual American Black Achievement Awards, syndicated, 1989
  • Host, The 5th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, syndicated, 1990
  • The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1990
  • The 21st Annual Dove Awards, TNN, 1990
  • Host, The 22nd Annual Dove Awards, TNN, 1991
  • Host, The 7th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, syndicated, 1992
  • Host, The 9th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, syndicated, 1994
  • Episodic
  • Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1971
  • Mark Randolph, "The Ho Chi Min Trail," Police Story, NBC, 1973
  • "A Glow of Dying Embers," Love Story, NBC, 1973
  • The $10,000 Pyramid, 1974, 1975
  • Match Game 73, 1975, 1976
  • Guest panelist, Match Game PM, syndicated, 1975
  • The $20,000 Pyramid, 1976
  • Ed Webber, "The Malfores," Police Story, NBC, 1977
  • Leon Hazlett, "The Eleventh Event," Vega$, ABC, 1979
  • Mr. Reeves, "Invisible Maniac/September Song/Peekaboo," The Love Boat, ABC, 1980
  • Phil McLean, "License to Steal," The Littlest Hobo, CTV and syndicated, 1980
  • Con artist, "Pros and Cons," The John Larroquette Show, NBC, 1993
  • Charles, "Seems Like Old Times," The Jamie Foxx Show, The WB, 1996
  • Harrison Cushmore, "Mother Inferior," Living Single, Fox, 1997
  • Pastor Alexander, "It's the Gospel," Sparks, UPN, 1997
  • Mr. Lawson, "Club Story," Malcolm & Eddie, UPN, 1997
  • Martin Wilcox, "Point of No Return," Party of Five, Fox, 1997
  • Dr. Swanson, "Sam's Dad," Grace under Fire, ABC, 1997
  • President Lemec, "Fool Me Twice," The Sentinel, UPN, 1997
  • Pauley's father, "Three's Not Company," The Gregory Hines Show, CBS, 1997
  • Councilman Lyle Hammond, "No Comment," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 1998
  • Ted Miller, "How Nana Got Her Groove Back," In the House, UPN, 1999
  • Ted Miller, "Cornbread, Marion and Me," In the House, UPN, 1999
  • Dr. Langston Ellis, "Bride and Prejudice," City of Angels, CBS, 2000
  • Alvin Lewis, "The Home Front," American Dreams, NBC, 2002
  • Paston David Adams, "The Big Practice What You Preach Episode," Half & Half, UPN, 2004
  • Also appeared in The Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show, NBC; The DavidFrost Show, syndicated; Johnny Ghost; On Being Black; as himself, Celebrity Sweepstakes, NBC; himself, Praise the Lord (also known as TBN's Praise the Lord), TBN; Brian's father, "Veronica Checks Out," Veronica's Closet, NBC.
  • Albums
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona (original Broadway cast recording), DeccaBroadway, 2002
  • Short Stories
  • A Mason Dixon Memory, 1993
  • Songs
  • Wrote "Here Comes the Sunrise"; "Never Can Say Goodbye"; "Lookin' throughthe Windows"; "Searchin' for a Dream"; "Dancing Machine."

Further Reference


    • Jet, February 6, 1995, p. 14
    • Saturday Evening Post, July/August, 1990, p. 54

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