Clifton Powell Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Nov 28, 2023 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on May 06, 2022
Clifton Powell has acted in over 100 films since the '80s.
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About Clifton Powell

Clifton Powell is an American actor born on March 16, 1956, in Washington, D.C.
Powell is renowned for his roles in films such as 'Ray', which was released in 2004. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture for this film.
He has starred in many films and series throughout his career.

Clifton Powell's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Clifton Powell's net worth?

Clifton Powell has a net worth of $500,000.

How much does Clifton Powell earn per year?

Clifton Powell's annual earnings are not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Clifton Powell?

Clifton Powell is 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) tall.

How old is Clifton Powell?

Clifton Powell was born on March 16, 1956, which makes him 66 years old in 2022.

Childhood And Education

Clifton Lewis Powell is an American actor born in Washington, DC. His parents are Aushford Powell and Naomi Powell. He grew up in Northeast D.C.'s Mayfair Mansions with his siblings - Arley Paul Powell, Foye Merrel Powell, and 10 other siblings.
Clifton Powell went to DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Clifton Powell's partner?

Clifton Powell is married to Kimberly Powell and has two children with her - Clifton Powell Jr. and May Powell.
Kimberly Powell is also known by her stage name, Kimberly Crooms. She celebrates her birthday on November 19. Kimberly works as a designer and chef. She goes by the name Kim Crooms instead of Kim Powell on social media. She shares her paintings and designs on Instagram under the handle whateveruneeddesigns. She also has an Instagram account with the handle chefkimcrooms, where she talks about healthy cooking, catering, and diet tips.
Clifton Powell and Kimberly Powell's anniversary date has always been a secret because the couple is private about their personal life. But, the couple is still happily married. While they constantly gush about their children on social media, neither Kimberly nor Clifton has written a single post about each other.
Clifton Powell Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 5, 1997. Kimberly and Clifton Powell are his parents. Clifton Powell Jr. graduated from Village Christian High School in 2015 and received a basketball scholarship at the University of Santa Barbara. He later transferred out of the university to focus on film.
The Los Angeles Clippers are Clifton Powell Jr.'s favorite sports team, and his most memorable sporting moment was when Allen Iverson crossed up Michael Jordan. 'Straight Outta Compton' is his favorite film, and 'The Giver' is his favorite book. 'Scandal' is his favorite television show. Clifton Powell Jr. aspires to be a successful broadcaster one day.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Clifton Powell had his debut role in the '80s and has since starred in over a hundred films. 'Menace II Society' (1993), 'Dead Presidents' (1995), and 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love' (1998) are some of the roles he is known for. Powell also had comedic roles in films like 'Rush Hour' (1998), 'Next Friday' (2000), and its 2002 sequel, 'Friday After Next'. 'Woman Thou Art Loosed' (2004) and 'Selma, Lord, Selma' are a few more of his film credits. In the television film 'Selma, Lord, Selma', he played Martin Luther King Jr.
'Rush Hour' is based on a narrative by LaManna that was released in 1998. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker star as cops tasked with rescuing a Chinese diplomat's kidnapped daughter. Supporting actors include Tzi Ma, Tom Wilkinson, Ken Leung, Mark Rolston, Elizabeth Pea, and Rex Linn. Clifton Powell played the role of Luke in this film. This film grossed about $244 million worldwide after its release on September 18, 1998.
The Hughes brothers co-wrote, produced, and directed 'Dead Presidents', a 1995 American crime film. This film follows Anthony Curtis (Larenz Tate) through his adolescent years as a high school graduate and his experiences as a recon marine during the Vietnam War. When he returns to his homeland in the Bronx, Curtis finds himself struggling to provide for his family and eventually turns to a life of crime. Clifton Powell played the role of Cutty in this film.
'Street Kings' is a 2008 American action thriller directed by David Ayer, starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Common, and Game. James Ellroy wrote the first drafts of the script in the late '90s under the title 'The Night Watchman'. This film was released on April 11, 2008, and was followed by a stand-alone, direct-to-video sequel, 'Street Kings 2: Motor City', in 2011. Clifton Powell reprised his role as a cop in this film.
'Chasing Titles: Vol. 1' was the most well-received and talked-about short film of 2017, for which Clifton Powell received the Best Supporting Actor award. In the movie, a father, desperate to support his family, makes a decision that puts him on a collision course with a local kingpin. 'Chasing Titles: Vol. 1' was written, produced, and directed by Ryan Egypt. It has won 58 awards at film festivals across the US, including the Los Angeles Film Awards, NYC Indie Film Awards, Top Shorts, LA Shorts Awards, Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival, and Festigious LA, among many others.
Apart from these, Powell has also starred in several minor direct-to-video films over the course of his career.
Clifton Powell has also guest-starred in various TV series, namely 'In The Heat Of The Night', 'Murder, She Wrote', 'NYPD Blue', 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', and 'House MD'. He had recurring roles on 'Roc', 'South Central', and 'Army Wives'. Powell starred alongside Vanessa Bell Calloway and Gloria Reuben in Bounce TV's first prime-time soap opera 'Saints & Sinners' in 2016. Powell starred in the second season of 'My Step Kidz' in 2017. Clifton Powell is currently working on his role in 'The Family Business', written by Carl Weber.
Do you remember Big Smoke from the video game 'Grand Theft Auto'? Powell is well-recognized for his part as the voice actor behind this character in the 2004 video game 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'.
If you have ever owned a PlayStation 2, you may recall Rockstar Games' then-major release, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Rockstar's third new-gen chapter had big shoes to fill following the game-changing 'Grand Theft Auto 3' and the fan-favorite 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City'.
Given that the previous games included Liberty City and Vice City, avid gamers deduced that San Andreas would be the next locale. Following confirmation, it was evident that it would be influenced by films like 'Boyz N The Hood', which were steeped in early-'90s Los Angeles culture. Naturally, this meant a strong hip-hop influence, with a focus on the hip-hop group N.W.A. and characters inspired by celebrities such as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E.
Though many people were enamored with the immersive surroundings and graphics of the game, the characters were the ones who left a lasting impression on fans. The Grove Street Four included the protagonist CJ, Eazy-E-inspired Ryder (voiced by MC Eiht), stoic Sweet, and Big Smoke, who was the game's most quotable and perhaps, most memorable character. Big Smoke has established himself in the league of great gaming characters thanks to his memorable fast-food order and memorable quote - 'You Picked The Wrong House Fool'.

What awards has Clifton Powell won?

Clifton Powell won the Civil Brand Award in 2002 for Best Performance As An Actor at the American Black Film Festival. He also won the July Award for Best Supporting Actor in 'Chasing Titles Volume 1' in 2017.

Other Interesting Clifton Powell Facts And Trivia

  • Clifton Powell was the voice actor behind the character of Big Smoke in the video game 'Grand Theft Auto'.
  • Clifton went to DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, United States of America. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
  • Clifton Powell guest-starred in the TV series 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'.
  • Clifton Powell is married to Kimberly Powell. They have two children - Clifton Powell Jr. and May Powell.
  • Clifton Powell received the Civil Brand Award in 2002.
  • Clifton Powell received the July Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017.
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Clifton Powell Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Clifton Lewis Powell

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Washington, D.C



173 cm

Child Star?



Actor, Comedian


Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Net Worth



Kimberly Powell


Aushford Powell, Naomi Powell


Arley Paul Powell, Foye Merrel Powell
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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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