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Cleavant Derricks

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Miami Vice Character
Miami Vice Performer
Born
May 15, 1953, Knoxville, Tennessee
Active
1978-present
Spouse/Children
Portia, four children


Cleavant Derricks Jr. (born May 15, 1953) is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who appeared in the show Miami Vice as David Jones, a former flame of Trudy Joplin and manager of a club and sang "Love Is for Sale" in the episode in the episode "The Dutch Oven".

Career

Derricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has a twin brother, Clinton Derricks-Carroll, and his father, Cleavant Sr., was a writer of gospel hymns. He began acting after studying at the Urban Arts Theatre in New York, and appeared in his first TV movie, Cindy, in 1978, then a movie adaptation of the play When Hell Freezes Over I'll Skate. On the stage, he won a Tony Award for his role of James "Thunder" Early in the play Dreamgirls (played in the film version by Eddie Murphy). Derricks also appeared as a regular in the sci-fi series Sliders for five seasons (from 1996-2000).

Some of his other TV/movie appearances include:

  • Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981, with Pam Grier, Miguel Piñero, and Tito Goya)
  • Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
  • The Slugger's Wife (1985, with Lynn Whitfield)
  • Moonlighting (two episodes, 1987, with Bruce Willis)
  • Drexell's Class (18 episodes, 1991)
  • Thea (12 episodes, 1993)
  • 18 Wheels of Justice (TV, 2000, with G. Gordon Liddy)
  • Cold Case (TV, 2007)
  • Rome & Jewel (2008, most recent movie appearance)
  • Miami Magma (TV movie, 2011, most recent TV appearance, with Brad Dourif)

Personal Life

Derricks is married to his wife, Portia, and they have four children.

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