Clifford Smith (born April 1, 1971), better known by his stage name Method Man, is an American hip hop artist, record producer, actor and member of the hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan. He took his stage name from the 1979 film The Fearless Young Boxer, also known as Method Man. He is one half of the rap duo Method Man & Redman. He won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By” with Mary J. Blige. In 2007, the writers of About.com placed him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007).
Method Man appeared in the motion pictures Belly, How High, Garden State as well as a minor role in The Wackness. On television, he and hip-hop collaborator Redman co-starred on the short-lived Fox sitcom Method & Red, and he had a recurring role on HBO’s Oz as Tug Daniels and as Calvin “Cheese” Wagstaff on the acclaimed HBO drama series The Wire. Born in Staten Island, New York, on April 1, 1971, Clifford Smith divided his childhood between his father’s Long Island residence and his mother’s home in the Park Hill section of Staten Island aka Killa Hill. He has two sisters, Terri and Missy.