Clarence Williams III, 'The Mod Squad's' Linc, dies at 81

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The veteran actor who is in a ground breaking old school TV series has died no matter the generation of the medium Clarence Williams the third left his mark his first big break through was as Lync haze on the mod squad one of three undercover cops one black one white one belonged his appearance as a member of a team of equals back then was an inspiration at a time when there were relatively few positive black role models on TV Williams also played prince's father in purple rain and more recent TV audiences will remember his work in Williams manager says the actor died this past Friday at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with colon cancer recurrence Williams the third was eighty one I'm Oscar wells Gabriel

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