Clifton Collins Jr.

Clifton Collins Jr.

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Birthday: 
16 June 1970, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Name: 
Clifton Craig Collins Jr.
Height: 
173 cm
An acting chameleon who can easily lose himself in the life of his film and television characters, Clifton Collins Jr. is a native Angeleno who grew up destined to become a part of the Latino entertainment industry. His great-grandparents on his mother's side were a Mexican trumpet player and Spanish dancer who formed a traveling family act, a... Show more »
An acting chameleon who can easily lose himself in the life of his film and television characters, Clifton Collins Jr. is a native Angeleno who grew up destined to become a part of the Latino entertainment industry. His great-grandparents on his mother's side were a Mexican trumpet player and Spanish dancer who formed a traveling family act, and his grandfather was well-known character actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, most famous for his humorous sidekick roles in 1950s/1960s John Wayne westerns (he played the excitable hotel keeper in Rio Bravo (1959)) and in sitcoms. His uncle and aunt dabbled in the business at one point as well. While his famous grandfather was unable to break out of the old unflattering Latino stereotypes, Collins Jr. has done Pedro proud in the new millennium. Playing everything from policemen to boxers to serial killers, he has managed to transcend the typical racial trappings of his grandfather's era and play flesh-and-blood, three-dimensional characters. It was not always that way.Born short, lean and mean on June 16, 1970, he started his career in 1988 using his real name of Collins, but two years later began billing himself as "Clifton Gonzales-Gonzales" as a tribute to his aged grandfather and his early accomplishments. Pedro, who died in 2006, lived long enough to witness his grandson's achievements. Toiling in typical "barrio" roles at the beginning of his career, Collins Jr. found himself stuck in bit parts either as a struggling blue-collar worker or urban thug. In the mid-1990s, he began to search out and wing standout roles that enabled him to break the confines of the Latino stereotype. He slowly moved up in billing, even in mediocre material such as the futuristic prison film Fortress (1992) and the mindless 1970s rock-era comedy The Stöned Age (1994). His breakout role as Cesar, the vicious student and gangbanger in One Eight Seven (1997) opposite Los Angeles substitute teacher Samuel L. Jackson, set him on the right path. This led to a mesmerizing collection of other portrayals, both good-guy and bad-guy, in such films as The Replacement Killers (1998), The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) and Tigerland (2000). His versatility finally tested, he played everything from a gay Mexican hitman in the critically acclaimed Traffic (2000) to a psychological profiler for the FBI in the mainstream actioner Mindhunters (2004). A number of top guest appearances came his way on such series as NYPD Blue (1993) and The Twilight Zone (2002) and he had recurring roles on Resurrection Blvd. (2000) and Alias (2001).A monumental shift forward in his career happened recently with his hypnotic portrayal of killer Perry Smith, the object of writer Truman Capote's obsession, in the art-house favorite Capote (2005). Decades ago, Robert Blake played the same part in the gripping Capote book-to-film In Cold Blood (1967). This heralded achievement has enabled Collins to move into the co-producer's chair of late, notably for Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders (2006), in which he inhabits the role of serial killer Kenneth Bianchi. Obviously, there is plenty more in the works for this major talent. Show less «

Clifton Collins Jr.'s FILMOGRAPHY

The Blacklist - Season 6

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Westworld - Season 2

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Face Off - Season 13

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Ballers - Season 4

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Super Troopers 2

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The Mule

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Small Town Crime

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A Crooked Somebody

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M.F.A.

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The Vault

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Westworld - Season 1

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Ballers - Season 2

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Triple 9

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Man Down

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Transpecos

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Punching Henry

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Ballers - Season 1

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Hacker

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Knight of Cups

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Stung

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The Blacklist - Season 1

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Transcendence

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Pacific Rim

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Clifton Collins Jr.'S roles

Major Cavazos
Major Cavazos
Stingray
Stingray
Cpl. Ramon Aguilar
Cpl. Ramon Aguilar
Perry Smith
Perry Smith
Mailroom Supervisor
Mailroom Supervisor
Vince Sherman
Vince Sherman
Ross
Ross
Cesar Faz
Cesar Faz
Romeo
Romeo
Ayel
Ayel
Loco
Loco
El Huron
El Huron
Pvt. Miter
Pvt. Miter
Francisco Flores
Francisco Flores
Step
Step
Ops Tendo Choi
Ops Tendo Choi
Julian
Julian
Thomas
Thomas
Winston
Winston
Javier Parez
Javier Parez
Detective Ray Suarez
Detective Ray Suarez
Lawrence
Lawrence
Hernan
Hernan
Lawrence, El Lazo
Lawrence, El Lazo
Maximo Gomez
Maximo Gomez
Hector Lorca
Hector Lorca