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Clarke Peters


Clarke Peters has a long-established and wide-ranging career in theater, television, and film. His many stage credits include Shakespeare in the Park's King Lear, David Mamet's Race, Chicago, and The Iceman Cometh in New York as well as in London. As a Royal National player he starrd in Guys & Dolls, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and Morning become Electra. The original Porgy in the Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Driving Miss Daisy, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Little Shop of Horrors, Blues in the Night, and of course, the hit jazz musical Five Guys Named Moe, which was also written by Clarke. Other theater includes Othello at the Sheffield Crucible, the home of his directing debut Blues for Mr. Charlie. 

Clarke's films include Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer, Notting Hill, Mona Lisa, Bad Education, Marley and Me, Freedomland, The Benefactor, Endgame: Mandelas, The Prison Years, and Nativity.

Clarke is also well known for his varied and popular television appearances which includes regular appearances in The Wire, Tremé, Jericho, The Divide, Chance, and The Corner. He has also guest starred in Jonathan Creek, Holby City, Underground, Show me a hero, Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, True Detective, Memphis Beat, London Spy, Damages, Life on Mars, Law and Order (Trial by Jury and Person of Interest), and the yet to be aired Life on earth and The Deuce.

He is currently developing a documentary on the history of Tap and Doo Wop for the BBC.

Clarke Peters