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Jamaica to Honor Reggae Singer Cliff, With Civic Award - 2003-08-08

The Jamaican government plans to honor reggae singer Jimmy Cliff with the country's third-highest civic award later this year.

Cliff is scheduled to receive Jamaica's Order of Merit on October 20 for his contribution to the entertainment industry. The Order of Merit ranks behind National Hero and the Order of the Nation, which is usually reserved for prime ministers and governors general.

Cliff, whose real name is James Chambers, will be the only person to receive the honor during events marking Jamaica's heritage week. Scores of other Jamaicans also will be recognized during the ceremony.

Cliff, 55, starred in the 1972 low budget movie, The Harder They Come. He also had roles in the movies Club Paradise, with Robin Williams and Peter O' Toole, and Marked for Death with Steven Seagal.