Clarence Anicholas Clemons Jr. (January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011), also known as The Big Man, was an American musician and actor. From 1972 until his death in 2011, he was the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
Clemons released several solo albums. In 1985, he had a hit single with “You’re a Friend of Mine”, a duet with Jackson Browne. As a guest musician, he featured on Aretha Franklin’s song “Freeway of Love”. As an actor, Clemons appeared in several films, including New York, New York and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He also made cameo appearances in several TV series, including Diff’rent Strokes, Nash Bridges, The Simpsons, My Wife and Kids, and The Wire. Together with his friend Don Reo, Clemons published Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales (2009), a semi-fictional autobiography told in the third person.
Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12, 2011, and died of complications from it six days later at the age of 69. In 2014, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band.