SHORT TAKES : ‘Mod Squad’ Star Returns to TV

<i> From Times Wire Services</i>

“Mod Squad” regular Clarence Williams III, who played the ultra-hip undercover police officer Linc Hayes, returns to TV on the other side of the law in an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Gabriel’s Fire.”

Williams, known on “Mod Squad” for his huge Afro hairstyle and delivery of late 1960s slang lines like “Solid, man” and “Keep the faith, baby,” will play a street gang leader on the Nov. 1 episode of “Gabriel’s Fire.”

Williams has appeared in few acting roles since “The Mod Squad” was canceled in 1973. He reprised his role in the 1979 TV movie “The Return of the Mod Squad” and in 1984 played the father of rock star Prince in the movie, “Purple Rain.”