Clifton Davis

BirthDay:

04 Oct 1945

BirthPlace:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

BirthName:

Clifton Duncan Davis

Bio:

Clifton Davis was born on October 4, 1945, in Chicago. His career spans forty years. He is a minister and songwriter as well as an actor. He performed as a student at Pine Forge Academy in Pennsylvania (from which he graduated in 1963) as a singer and as an orator, and those performances accustomed him to appearing in front of an audience. He and a classmate composed the class song.

At the age of twenty-one, while working as a video engineer at ABC Television, Davis saw his first-ever Broadway show--"Apple Tree," which starred Alan Alda. Davis was astounded by its humor and realism and says that is when he knew he wanted to be a performer. Within a few months he had quit his full-time job and auditioned for and won a part in the Broadway production of "Hello Dolly." He won a Tony nomination for his role in the Broadway show "Two Gentleman of Verona." Renee Valente saw his performance in that show, and two years later cast Davis as the star of the show "That's My Mama," launching his television career.

Davis's songwriting was encouraged by Gloria Jones and Judd Walden. His song "Never Can Say Goodbye" proved to be a major hit for the Jackson Five. In the late 1970s, his career slowed and he dabbled in drugs before experiencing a spiritual rebirth. In 1981, he left Hollywood for approximately five years while he acquired a bachelor's degree in theology and a master's degree in divinity and became a licensed minister. Not long after completing his second degree, he won the part of the minister in the sitcom "Amen."

Since 1991, Clifton Davis has guest-starred on several sitcoms, hosted many award shows, appeared in several films and hosted a show on TBN. In 2011, Davis returned to his theater roots, appearing in "What My Husband Doesn't Know", the Broadway Tour of "Wicked" and appeared on Broadway as Sultan in Disney's "Aladdin". He is also a motivational speaker who enjoys helping others and bringing hope and prosperity into their lives.
Filmography

Actor ( 73 credits )

For Thine Is the Kingdom (2017)
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age (2017) Himself
Prayer Never Fails (2016) Michael Brown
Madam Secretary (2014)  Ephraim Ware (9 episodes, 2015-2016)
God's Amazing Grace... Is Just A Prayer Away (2013) Wilbert Richardson
The First Family (2012)  Clayton (1 episode, 2013)
Mr. Box Office (2012)  Judge (1 episode, 2012)
Life After (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Mo'Nique Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Unsung (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Cover (2007) D.A. Simmons
The Engagement: My Phamily BBQ 2 (2006) Uncle Joe
Bid Whist Party Throwdown (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Living in TV Land (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Christian Artist Talent Search (2003)  Himself / ... (unknown episodes)
The Climb (2002) Cheryl's Dad
American Dreams (2002)  Alvin Lewis (1 episode, 2002)
Half & Half (2002)  Pastor David Adams (1 episode, 2004)
The Painting (2001) Thomas Ayers
Max Keeble's Big Move (2001) Supt. Bobby 'Crazy Legs' Knebworth
Kingdom Come (2001) Charles Winslow
Lifestyle Magazine (2001)  Host (unknown episodes)
City of Angels (2000)  Dr. Langston Ellis (1 episode, 2000)
Any Given Sunday (1999) Mayor Tyrone Smalls
Any Day Now (1998)  Councilman Lyle Hammond (1 episode, 1998)
The Gregory Hines Show (1997)  Pauley's Father (1 episode, 1997)
The Jamie Foxx Show (1996)  Charles (1 episode, 1996)
The Sentinel (1996)  President Lemec (1 episode, 1997)
Malcolm & Eddie (1996)  Leonard Larson (1 episode, 1997)
Sparks (1996)  Pastor Alexander (1 episode, 1997)
In the House (1995)  Ted Miller (2 episodes, 1999)
Party of Five (1994)  Martin Wilcox (1 episode, 1997)
Living Single (1993)  Harrison Cushmore (1 episode, 1997)
Grace Under Fire (1993)  Dr. Swanson (1 episode, 1997)
The John Larroquette Show (1993)  Con Artist (1 episode, 1993)
The Chuck Woolery Show (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
The Arsenio Hall Show (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
The More You Know (1989)  Himself
The Pat Sajak Show (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
Amen (1986)  Reverend Reuben Gregory (110 episodes, 1986-1991)
The New Hollywood Squares (1986)  Guest Appearance (4 episodes, 1987-1989)
Celebrity Double Talk (1986)  Himself (5 episodes, 1986)
Super Password (1984)  Himself (10 episodes, 1987)
Ebony/Jet Showcase (1982)  Himself (3 episodes, 1985-1989)
The Littlest Hobo (1979)  Phil McLean (1 episode, 1980)
Vega$ (1978)  Leon Hazlett (1 episode, 1979)
The Jim Nabors Show (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
The Love Boat (1977)  Mr. Reeves (1 episode, 1980)
The Alan Hamel Show (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
Break the Bank (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1976)
Match Game PM (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
The Bobby Vinton Show (1975)  Himself (2 episodes, 1975)
The Gladys Knight & the Pips Show (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
Blankety Blanks (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
Showoffs (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
Lost in the Stars (1974) Absalom
That's My Mama (1974)  Clifton Curtis (39 episodes, 1974-1975)
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (5 episodes, 1974-1975)
The $25,000 Pyramid (1974)  Himself (3 episodes, 1975-1991)
Celebrity Sweepstakes (1974)  Himself (4 episodes, 1975)
The Sonny Comedy Revue (1974)  Himself (1 episode, 1974)
Police Story (1973)  Ed Webber / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1977)
The (New) $25,000 Pyramid (1973)  Himself (36 episodes, 1976-1991)
The Wide World of Mystery (1973)  Saxon (1 episode, 1974)
Love Story (1973)  James Monroe (1 episode, 1973)
Praise the Lord (1973)  Himself - Host / ... (18 episodes, 1999-2014)
Together for Days (1972) Gus
The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show (1972)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1972)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
A World Apart (1969)  Matt Hampton (1 episode, 1971)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
Captain Kangaroo (1955)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
The Engagement Ring (0) Dr. Eric Maynard

Producer ( 1 credit )

Prayer Never Fails (2016) executive producer