Clarence Williams III

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Williams in 2003, photo by

Date of Birth: August 21, 1939

Place of Birth: Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: June 4, 2021

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American

Clarence Williams III was an American actor.

Clarence was born into a family of entertainers. His father, Clarence “Clay” Williams, Jr., was a professional musician. Clarence’s aunt, Irene Williams (born Joy Williams) was a singer and actress.

Clarence’s paternal grandfather was Clarence Williams (the son of Dennis Williams and Sally). Clarence’s grandfather Clarence was a jazz pianist, composer, promoter, vocalist, theatrical producer, and publisher. He was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana. Dennis was a bassist.

Clarence’s paternal grandmother was Eva Taylor (born Irene Joy Gibbons, the daughter of F. A. H. Gibbons). Eva was a blues singer and stage actress, also known as Irene Gibbons. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Source: Genealogy of Clarence Williams III (focusing on his father’s side) –

5 Responses

  1. fuzzybear44 says:


  2. andrew says:

    correction: Obituaries of Clarence’s paternal grandparents

  3. fuzzybear44 says:

    one of the true working actors. Never knew he was married to her:

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