Cleavant Derricks, Jr.
May 15, 1953
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Spouse(s) Portia Derricks
Cleavant Derricks, Jr. (born May 15, 1953) is an American actor and Tony Award winning singer-songwriter, who is best known for his role of Rembrandt Brown on . Sliders
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Derricks was born in
Knoxville, Tennessee to a pianist mother and Baptist preacher/composer Cleavant Derricks, Sr.  His twin brother is actor and musician  Clinton Derricks-Carroll. Derricks began his career as a Nashville gospel songwriter. With his father, he wrote the gospel album Satisfaction Guaranteed. He was the musical director and composer for the musical When Hell Freezes Over I'll Skate.
Derricks went to New York City to study acting with
Vinnette Carroll at the Urban Arts Theatre. He received rave reviews for his performance in her Broadway shows, including But Never Jam Today. He also won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for creating the role of James "Thunder" Early in . Off-Broadway he was in the Dreamgirls William Finn musical in 1989. Romance in Hard Times He also starred in the Broadway musical  as the Streetsinger. Brooklyn
Soon afterwards, Derricks appeared in films such as
, Moscow on the Hudson Neil Simon's and recently, The Slugger's Wife Wes Craven's Carnival of Souls. He was a series regular on the television series with Thea Thea Vidale and Brandy, and Good Sports with Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal. His role as Rembrandt Brown on with Sliders Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd and John Rhys-Davies was the only Sliders character 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. Charmed
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