Cleavant won a 2005 Heroes and Legends Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre.
In 2012, Cleavant was nominated for a 2010 NAACP Theatre Award (Best Supporting Male) for his work in the play Stormy Weather.
Cleavant starred in Bluffing It, which was an ABC movie of the week that dealt with illiteracy.
Cleavant has wwritten songs that have been recorded by Dale Evans and Bonnie Porter.
Cleavant's brother, Clinton, helped him get his first professional stage role in Hairspray, Clinton was tied up with another project and recommended his twin to fly in and audition.
Cleavant was a guest on the final broadcast of the "Sci-Fi Talk" radio show in April 1997.
Cleavant was a potato chip deliveryman.
Cleavant and his wife, Portia Renee Derricks, have 4 children.
In 2003 Cleavant won NAACP Theatre Award as Best Male Performance in a musical for The Full Monty. He was also nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same play.
Cleavant attended Howard University and Federal City College in Washington DC. While at Federal, he majored in singing.
Cleavant was a presenter at the 1983 Tony Awards.
In 1986 Clevant was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in the musical Big Deal.
Cleavant wrote the forward for his wife's, Portia Renee Derricks, book Hey, So You Want to be in Showbusiness.
In 1982 Cleavant won 3 awards for his role in the Broadway production Dreamgirls; a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and LA Drama Critic Circles Award.
Cleavant took acting lessons with Vinette Carrol at the Urban Arts Theatre.
Cleavant and his father were nominated for a Grammy Award for their gospel album "Satisfaction Guaranteed". Additionally he has released to albums; "Beginnings" in 1999, "Brooklyn" in 2004.
Cleavant's father, Cleavant Derricks, Sr., was a Baptist Minister and gospel composer. His mother was a pianist.
Cleavant is 6' (1.83 m).
When singing on Sliders, he used his own voice which is a natural baratone.
He release the song Remmy's Slide in 2000 as shout out to all his Sliders fans.
Cleavant: There was a time when actors were actors were actors. And they did everything. Today, producers don't want to take a chance. Denzel Washington says he is never considered for a comedy. It's all tied in with marketing.
Cleavant: (on why he took two decades off from Broadway) There are several reasons. My agent closed shop in New York but kept the L.A. office. So I went to L.A. and I've been working there. And truthfully, you're not often approached to appear in a New York production if you're based in L.A. and not a major name. And the scripts that came my way, I didn't like.
Cleavant Derricks: Music was always my first love.
Cleavant: I do miss my role of Rembrandt in Sliders. I miss doing the show! I had a great time with the cast. We were like a family. It was a great show!
Cleavant: When you have a fan base like the one Sliders enjoys, it's an obligation to stick with that for the fans.