Clifton Collins Jr.

Biography

Date of Birth 16 June 1970, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Clifton Craig Collins Jr. Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) An acting chameleon who can easily lose himself in the life of his film and TV 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 TV sitcoms. His uncle and aunt dabbled in the business at one point as well. While his famous granddad was unable to break out of the old unflattering Latino stereotypes, Collins Jr. has done Pedro proud in the new millennium. Playing everything from cops 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-'90s 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 flick Fortress (1993) and the mindless '70s rock-era comedy The Stöned Age (1994). His breakout role as Cesar, the vicious student and gangbanger in One Eight Seven (1997) opposite L.A. 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 shows 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's plenty more in the works for this major talent.

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Birth Name

Clifton Craig Collins Jr.

Birth Place

Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth Date

6/16/1970
Known For
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Menace II Society

Vato #2 (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Romeo

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Super Troopers 2

Bus Driver

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Mind Hunters

Vince Sherman

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Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Stingray

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Fortress

Nino Gomez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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Hellbenders

Lawrence

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M.F.A.

Kennedy

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Stung

Sydney

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My Sweet Killer

Horton

Starring In
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The Bricklayer

Radek

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Red, White & Royal Blue

Oscar Diaz

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After Yang

George

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Nightmare Alley

Funhouse Jack

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Breaking News in Yuba County

Ray

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Jockey

Jackson Silva

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Honey Boy

Tom

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Lucky Day

DPO Ernesto Sanchez

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Running with the Devil

The Farmer

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Ernesto the Mexican Vaquero

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Super Troopers 2

Bus Driver

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A Crooked Somebody

Nathan

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M.F.A.

Kennedy

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Small Town Crime

Mood

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The Vault

Detective Tom Iger

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Three West

Lou Hobbs

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Hacker

Zed

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Triple 9

Franco Rodriguez

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Man Down

Charles (as Clifton Collins)

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Knight of Cups

Jordan

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Stung

Sydney

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Punching Henry

Dramatic Actor

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Transcendence

Martin

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Pacific Rim

Ops Tendo Choi

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Parker

Ross

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Hellbenders

Lawrence

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Sunset Strip

Himself

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The FP

CC Jam

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Freeloaders

Vic

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The Experiment

Nix

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Vegan Police (uncredited)

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The Perfect Game

Cesar Faz

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Romeo

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Brothers

Major Cavazos

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Extract

Step

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Star Trek

Ayel

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Crank: High Voltage

El Huron

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Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Stingray

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Sunshine Cleaning

Winston

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Under Still Waters

Jacob

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Little Chenier: A Cajun Story

T-Boy Trahan

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Babel

Officer at Border Crossing

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Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders

Kenneth Bianchi

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Dirty

Officer Armando Sancho

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Capote

Perry Smith

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Life of the Party

Kipp

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Mind Hunters

Vince Sherman

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Alias - The Complete 4 Season

Javier Parez (3 episodes, 2003)

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Undefeated

Loco

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I Witness

Claudio Castillo

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The Rules of Attraction

Rupert

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Road Dogz

Raymo Serrano

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Confessions of an American Girl

Buddy

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The Last Castle

Aguilar

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Traffic

Francisco Flores

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Tigerland

Pvt. Miter

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Price of Glory

Jimmy Ortega

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My Sweet Killer

Horton

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The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit

Martinez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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Light It Up

Robert 'Rivers' Tremont

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The Replacement Killers

Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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The Defenders: Taking the First

Nelson Rodriguez (as Clifton González González)

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187

Cesar Sanchez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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Bad Pack

Townsman 1

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Dead Presidents

Betancourt (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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The Stoned Age

Tack (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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Witch Hunt

Tyrone (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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Menace II Society

Vato #2 (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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Fortress

Nino Gomez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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Poetic Justice

Mailroom Supervisor (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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For Richer, for Poorer

Co-Worker

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Grand Canyon

Carlos' Friend #2

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Night Call Nurses

Vato #2 (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

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