An acting chameleon, Clifton Collins Jr. can easily lose himself in the life of his film and television characters, with memorable roles in blockbuster projects including TRAFFIC, CAPOTE, ONE EIGHT SEVEN and PACIFIC RIM. Collins is seemingly everywhere and then some right now with his upcoming projects TRIPLE 9 (in theaters February 26),which also stars Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Jr.,Michael K. Williams, Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot, two film projects headed to this year's SXSW festival, TRANSPECOS, and PUNCHING THE CLOWN and a leading role in the highly anticipated HBO series "Westworld," opposite Anthony Hopkins.
Playing everything from policemen to boxers to serial killers, and working with illustrious industry vets including Guillermo del Toro, Terrence Malick and Wally Pfister, Collins, a native Angeleno, grew up destined to become a part of the entertainment industry. His grandfather was well-known character actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, most famous for his humorous sidekick roles in 1950s/1960s John Wayne westerns. For Collins' role as Lawrence in the upcoming science fiction drama "Westworld" for HBO, he added his own personal touch to the character, wearing his grandfather's gun belt throughout the series.
In addition to his work in film and television, Collins recently co-authored the book Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars with Gustavo "Goose" Alvarez, a former California prison system inmate and childhood friend of Collins, which includes a foreword from legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson. The book is full of creative ramen recipes, along with stories from ex-cons, including former celebrity inmates/Collins friends Slash, Shia LaBeouf, Taryn Manning and Danny Trejo. A unique and edgy cookbook, Prison Ramen takes readers behind bars with more than 65 ramen recipes and first-person accounts of life inside prison-a scared-straight reality to complement the offbeat recipes. Proceeds from the book benefit Homeboy Industries, an organization that focuses on gang rehabilitation and a world re-entry program after prison.