Bill Luckett, an attorney, owner of Ground Zero Blues Club, former candidate for Governor of Mississippi and native of Clarksdale has died.
News of Luckett’s death was reported on Facebook Thursday evening. The City of Clarksdale is flying flags at half-staff Friday.
A lifelong resident and champion of Clarksdale, Luckett was also a longtime friend of actor Morgan Freeman. His relationship with Freeman opened doors in the movie industry that allowed Luckett to do business in Hollywood, bring productions to Mississippi and even act.
IMBd, (Internet Movie Database) listed Luckett as an actor or producer of movies, such as The Poison Rose (2019), Vanquish (2021) and The Comeback Trail (2020).
He most recently played the part of a country sheriff in the yet-to-be released movie Paradise Highway that was filmed this summer in Coahoma County.
Luckett and Freeman helped grow and establish the blues tourism economy in Clarksdale. They co-owned Madidi restaurant and Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale.
Luckett was the democratic candidate for governor in 2011, but lost in the primary to former Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree.
Luckett was mayor of Clarksdale from to 2013 to 2017.
Luckett held a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and is listed as an adjunct professor.
He was president of Luckett Tyner Law Firm in Clarksdale.
Luckett had been ill, but had stayed active in community events and recently hosted the June Bug in Clarksdale for longtime friends.
Funeral details have not been released at this time.