He also won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for creating the role of James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls. He also starred in the Broadway musical Brooklyn as the Streetsinger. Soon afterwards, Derricks appeared in films such as Moscow on the Hudson, Neil Simon's The Slugger's Wife and recently, Wes Craven's Carnival of Souls. He was a series regular on the television series Thea with Thea Vidale and Brandy, and Good Sports with Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal. His role as Rembrandt Brown (known as the Crying Man) on Sliders with Jerry O'Connell and John Rhys-Davies is notable because Derricks is the only original Sliders actor to appear throughout the entire series.
In addition, Derricks has had numerous guest-starring roles in series such as Roseanne, A Different World, Miami Vice, Spenser: For Hire, and many others. Filmography For television series, the years shown are the years Cleavant Derricks starred or guest starred. Wedding Bells (2007) The Bernie Mac Show (2002) as Willie World Traveler (2001) as Carl The Practice (2001) as Mr. Lees 18 Wheels of Justice (2000) as Harold Baines Charmed (2000) as Cleavant Wilson Touched by an Angel (1999) as Robert Wes Craven's Carnival of Souls (1998) as Sid Sliders (1995 - 2000) as Rembrandt 'Cryin' Man' Brown Something Wilder (1994 - 1995) as Caleb Thea (1993 - 1994) as Charles Woops! (1992) Drexel's Class (1991 - 1992) as George Foster Good Sports (1991) as Jeff Mussberger Sibs (1991) L.A. Law (1991) as Mark Wright A Different World (1991) as Larry Roseanne (1989) Moonlighting (1987) as Leonard Haven Spenser: For Hire (1987) as Mac Dickerson Bluffing It (1987) as Cal Mickey and Nora (1987) as Marvin The Equalizer (1986) as Sonny Raines Off Beat (1986) as Abe Washington Neil Simon's The Slugger's Wife (1985) as Manny Alvarado Miami Vice (1985) as David Jones Moscow on the Hudson (1984) as Lionel Witherspoon, Bloomingdales Security Officer The Ambush Murders (1982) Fort Apache the Bronx (1981) as Suspect #4 When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate (1979) Cindy (1978) as Michael Simpson IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm0220598 Songwriter/Singer Trivia Cleavant Derricks is a gospel songwriter with over 300 songs to his credit, and should not be confused with his son, the film and theater actor, Cleavant Derricks. Reverend Cleavant Derricks (May 13, 1910, Chattanooga, Tennessee - 1977) was a pastor and choir director at a number of black Baptist churches. He studied at Cadek Conservatory of Music in Knoxville, A & I State University and American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville. At age 21, he directed a gospel choir of more than 100 voices in Washington, D.C.
at the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church...Cleavant Derricks counted among his friends many well known artists, one of which was Mahalia Jackson. He pastored churches throughout Tennessee at Dayton, Knoxville and Jackson; also in Beloit, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C...Mr. Derricks has many outstanding credits--pastor, church builder, choir director, poet, musician, and composer of note, having written more than 300 songs and several song books. Among his more famous songs are the much-recorded and performed "Just A Little Talk with Jesus", "When God Dipped His Love In My Heart", "We'll Soon Be Done With Troubles and Trials", and "When He Blessed My Soul".
He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He is the father of twin actor sons Cleavant Derricks and Clinton Derricks-Carroll. Albums Dreamgirls (Original Broadway Cast Album) (1982) Beginnings (1999) (c) Wikipedia.org Cleavant Derricks Official website: http://www.cleavantderricks.com/ Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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