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Clifton Davis

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An acting professional, singer, and songwriter, Clifton Davis has appeared in a number of tv shows and movies. He has documented several inspirational and gospel strikes and has produced a name for himself like a songwriter. Recently, he has taken up to public speaking, primarily producing motivational speeches at universites and colleges. Clifton Davis was created in Chicago and may be the son of the evangelist. By age 15, he was arranged on an performing profession. In 1963, he graduated from Pine Forge Institute and following that focused on his performing and acting profession. Through the ’60s, his profession focused primarily within the stage. He produced his Broadway debut in 1968 with How exactly to Take an Election with music and lyrics by Oscar Brand. He also starred in Two Gentlemen of Verona, that he was nominated for any Tony Honor. For his part within the musical REPEAT, he received the Theater World Honor. Despite his achievement on Broadway, the celebrity became involved with alcohol and drugs young. Davis recounts these encounters during his workshops and lectures in the united states. He blames his addictions on peer pressure. During this time period he statements he “dropped precious time and cash and obtained sickness, major depression and desperation.” Recently he continues to be calling college and university or college students, informing them his tale, hoping they study from his encounters. Apart from his stage status, Davis in addition has garnered film and tv credits. In 1971, he produced several performances on Like American Style. This is accompanied by him getting the web host of his very own variety present, The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Present, on ABC. His film profession started in 1974 using the film Shed within the Superstars. From 1974-1975, he portrayed Clifton Curtis in the humor present That’s My Mama. The ’80s had been an essential 10 years for Davis. His reputation and popularity grew enormously in 1986 when he starred as Reverend Reuben Gregory, contrary Sherman Hemsley, in the humor sitcom Amen. Through the four years the present was in the surroundings, Davis also performed the role of the minister in true to life. He was the associate pastor on the Seventh Time Adventist Cathedral in California. He also starred in a number of movies within the ’80s, like the Night the town Screamed, Don’t Appear Back: THE STORYPLOT of Leroy “Satchel” Paige, and Wish Date. Apart from his performing and acting abilities, Davis can be credited with being truly a songwriter. He composed the Jackson 5 strike “Hardly ever Can State Goodbye.” Despite hurdles and hardships, Clifton Davis continues to be a famous, uplifting actor and vocalist who contributed significantly to stage, film, and tv.

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Full Name Clifton Davis
Date Of Birth October 4, 1945
Height 1.83 m
Profession Actor, Pastor, Songwriter, Minister, Gospel singer
Education Oakwood University
Nationality American
Spouse Monica Durant, Ann Taylor
Children Holly Danielle Davis, Christian Noel Davis
Parents Thelma van Putten Langhorn, Toussaint L'Ouverture Davis
Music Songs When I Pray, Victory in My Eyes, Right Where I Am, Prince Ali, Make a Joyful Noise, Night Letter, Cardboard Jesus, To Whom It May Concern Me, Where's North?, Jesus Paid It All, I'd Like To Be A Rose, That's A Very Interesting Question, Love's Revenge, It Would Have Been Wonderful, Dialogue "Two Gentlemen Of Verona", Mansion, Follow The Rainbow, VooDoo Root, Boogah Man, Daddy's Derby, Lay Down, Closin' Time, Sweet daddy, 7 Deadly Sins, Jackson Hole, Don't Tread On Me, After 40 Years, Pawnbroker, Rattlin' Bones, Turn Around, Work, Blessed Assurance
Albums Say Amen, VooDoo Root (feat. Doug Pitts), Rattlin' Bones (feat. Doug Pitts)
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Movies Any Given Sunday, Max Keeble's Big Move, Halloweentown High, Scott Joplin, Lost in the Stars, Kingdom Come, Together for Days, Little Ladies of the Night, Prayer Never Fails, The Painting, Superdome, Cindy, Dream Date, The Climb, Cover, Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige, The Engagement, Legacy of Blood
TV Shows Amen, That's My Mama, Love, American Style, A World Apart, Praise, The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show


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#Fact
1 Wrote "Here Comes the Sunrise" for The Supremes, included in their 1971 album "Touch".
2 Lives with wife Monica in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [2006]
3 Brother of Cedric Davis.
4 Over the years, Dr. Davis has become a celebrated motivational speaker, having been the keynote speaker for such organizations as the S.C.L.C, the UNCF, the NAACP Freedom Fund of South Carolina, National Black Meeting Planners, 100 Black Men of America, the National Black Educators convention and more than 125 universities and schools. He is the recipient of more than 150 awards and citations for his service to such organizations as the UNCF, the NAACP Easter Seals and other national and local social or civic organizations.
5 Dr. Davis served two years as Associate Pastor at the Loma Linda University Church in California, and he is the co-founder and former co-pastor of Welcome Christian Center in Huntington Beach, CA. His ministry spans more than 20 years.
6 Is an avid golfer, licensed pilot and a certified scuba diver.
7 Played Cornelius in Pearl Bailey's Broadway version of "Hello, Dolly!" in 1967.
8 Currently serves as executive director of Sunoco Welcome America! Festival
9 Wrote "Lookin' Through The Windows" for the Jackson 5, a top 20 pop hit.
10 Wrote the hit "Never Can Say Goodbye", recorded and made famous by The Jackson 5. Also recorded by Gloria Gaynor, and Isaac Hayes.
11 Was nominated for Broadway's 1972 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Two Gentlemen of Verona."
12 Is an ordained Minister, licensed by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Engagement Ring announced Dr. Eric Maynard
Madam Secretary 2015-2016 TV Series Ephraim Ware
Prayer Never Fails 2016 Michael Brown
God's Amazing Grace... Is Just A Prayer Away 2013 Wilbert Richardson
Murder in Manhattan 2013 TV Movie BILL
The First Family 2013 TV Series Clayton
Mr. Box Office 2012 TV Series Judge
Political Animals 2012 TV Mini-Series Reporter
What My Husband Doesn't Know 2012 Video Franklin
Cover 2007 D.A. Simmons
The Engagement: My Phamily BBQ 2 2006 Rev. Joe Clark
Halloweentown High 2004 TV Movie Principal Flannigan
Half & Half 2004 TV Series Pastor David Adams
American Dreams 2002 TV Series Alvin Lewis
The Climb 2002 Cheryl's Dad
The Painting 2001 Thomas Ayers
Max Keeble's Big Move 2001 Supt. Bobby 'Crazy Legs' Knebworth
Kingdom Come 2001 Charles Winslow
City of Angels 2000 TV Series Dr. Langston Ellis
Any Given Sunday 1999 Mayor Tyrone Smalls
In the House 1999 TV Series Ted Miller
Any Day Now 1998 TV Series Councilman Lyle Hammond
The Gregory Hines Show 1997 TV Series Pauley's Father
The Sentinel 1997 TV Series President Lemec
Grace Under Fire 1997 TV Series Dr. Swanson
Party of Five 1997 TV Series Martin Wilcox
Malcolm & Eddie 1997 TV Series Leonard Larson
Sparks 1997 TV Series Pastor Alexander
Living Single 1997 TV Series Harrison Cushmore
The Jamie Foxx Show 1996 TV Series Charles
Heart of Stone 1994 Video Richard Polite
The John Larroquette Show 1993 TV Series Con Artist
Amen 1986-1991 TV Series Reverend Reuben Gregory
Dream Date 1989 TV Movie Bill Fairview
Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige 1981 TV Movie Cool Papa Bell
The Night the City Screamed 1980 TV Movie Arnold Clements
The Littlest Hobo 1980 TV Series Phil McLean
The Love Boat 1980 TV Series Mr. Reeves
Vega$ 1979 TV Series Leon Hazlett
Cindy 1978 TV Movie Capt. Joe Prince
Superdome 1978 TV Movie P.K. Jackson
Scott Joplin 1977 TV Movie Chauvin
Police Story 1973-1977 TV Series Ed Webber / Mark Randolph
Little Ladies of the Night 1977 TV Movie Comfort
That's My Mama 1974-1975 TV Series Clifton Curtis
Lost in the Stars 1974 Absalom
The Wide World of Mystery 1974 TV Series Saxon
Love Story 1973 TV Series James Monroe
Together for Days 1972 Gus
A World Apart 1971 TV Series Matt Hampton

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Hologram for the King 2016 lyrics: "Never Can Say Goodbye" / music: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Tu cara me suena 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Vicious 2013-2015 TV Series writer - 13 episodes
The Secret Disco Revolution 2012 Documentary writer: "Never Gonna Say Goodbye"
Kath & Kimderella 2012 writer: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
The Joy of Disco 2012 TV Movie documentary writer: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
American Idol 2005-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Glee 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Soul Men 2008 writer: "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Never Can Say Goodbye Soul Men Redux"
Disco 2008 writer: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Patinando por un sueño 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
It Takes Two 2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Happy Feet 2006 writer: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Idols! 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Doctor Who 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2003-2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The '70s 2000 TV Movie writer: "Never Can Say Goodbye" - uncredited
Ally McBeal 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Janice Beard 1999 writer: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Stars in Their Eyes 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Charmed 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Crooklyn 1994 writer: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Bitter Moon 1992 writer: "Never Can Say Good Bye"
Gleaming the Cube 1989 writer: "NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE"
Moonwalker 1988 writer: "Dancing Machine"
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gloria Gaynor - diskojen kuningatar 1976 TV Movie documentary writer: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
The Graham Kennedy Show 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1972 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A World Apart 1971 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Prayer Never Fails 2016 executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Praise the Lord 1999-2015 TV Series Himself - Host
The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
Gospel's Jubilee Showcase 2013 TV Movie Himself - Host
Life After 2013 TV Series Himself
20th Annual Trumpet Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
The Mo'Nique Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Unsung 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
After the Storm: Surviving Hurricane Katrina 2006 TV Movie documentary Host
Living in TV Land 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
2006 Trumpet Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Bid Whist Party Throwdown 2006 TV Series Himself
Gospel Superfest 2005 TV Movie Himself - Host
Christian Artist Talent Search 2003 TV Series Himself / Host
Lifestyle Magazine 2001 TV Series documentary Host
1993 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Parade 1993 TV Movie Himself
The 14th Annual American Black Achievement Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
The $10,000 Pyramid 1976-1991 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The Chuck Woolery Show 1991 TV Series Himself
The $25,000 Pyramid 1975-1991 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
The 12th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Host
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Himself
22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
The 5th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Host
The More You Know 1989 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1987-1989 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1985-1989 TV Series Himself
21st NAACP Image Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 10th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Host
Battle of the Network Stars XIX 1988 TV Special Himself - NBC Team
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1988 TV Special Himself
Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular 1988 TV Special Himself
Family Reunion: A Gospel Music Celebration 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
20th NAACP Image Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 9th Annual American Black Achievement Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1987 TV Movie Himself
Super Password 1987 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
Circus of the Stars #11 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
Celebrity Double Talk 1986 TV Series Himself
Hour Magazine 1986 TV Series Himself
Working in the Theatre 1985 TV Series documentary Himself
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Himself
Captain Kangaroo 1977 TV Series Himself
The Alan Hamel Show 1977 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1977 TV Series Himself - Actor / Vocalist
Break the Bank 1976 TV Series Himself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Performer and Presenter: Best Actress in a Musical
Match Game 73 1975-1976 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Celebration: The American Spirit 1976 TV Movie Himself
Sammy and Company 1976 TV Series Himself
Caught in the Act 1976 TV Movie Himself
Showoffs 1975 TV Series Himself
The Bobby Vinton Show 1975 TV Series Himself
Match Game PM 1975 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Celebrity Sweepstakes 1975 TV Series Himself
The Gladys Knight & the Pips Show 1975 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
Blankety Blanks 1975 TV Series Himself
The 29th Annual Tony Awards 1975 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1975 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Cotton Club '75 1974 TV Movie Himself
The Sonny Comedy Revue 1974 TV Series Himself
The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show 1972 TV Series Himself - Host
The David Frost Show 1971-1972 TV Series Himself
The 26th Annual Tony Awards 1972 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971 TV Series Himself
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards 1968 TV Special Himself - Performer

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Festival Award International Christian Film Festival Best Actor: Feature Film Prayer Never Fails (2016)


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