Originally from Gary, Indiana, Cliff entered the entertainment industry as an actor, working the Chicago theater scene in the late 80’s before moving to Los Angeles. One of the highlights of his acting career was being the first African American actor cast in the Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show at Universal Studios Hollywood.
As a screenwriter, Cliff’s first screenplay, Lawless, was a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Competition, and his first produced screenplay, 30 Miles, starring Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs (Welcome Back Kotter, Cooley High, Claudine) was accepted into the 2004 American Black Film Festival. In 2009 Cliff joined with Rusty Gray and Andre Johnson to form Jericho Films Entertainment. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenplay Fellowship, sponsored by Bill Cosby and USC film school.