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Cleavant Derricks


Miami Vice Character
Miami Vice Performer
May 15, 1953, Knoxville, Tennessee
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".


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.