Billy Dee Williams

Biography

Billy Dee Williams was born in He began his acting career when he first appeared on Broadway in 1945 in The Firebrand of Florence. He returned to Broadway as an adult in 1960 in the play version of The Cool Word. He appeared in A Taste of Honey in 1961. A 1976 Broadway production, I Have a Dream, starred Williams as Martin Luther King, Jr. His most recent Broadway appearance was in August Wilson's Fences in 1988. He made his film debut in 1959 in The Last Angry Man, starring Paul Muni, in which he portrayed a juvenile delinquent. His first big break was in the biographical TV movie, Brian's Song (1971), in which he played Chicago Bears star football player Gale Sayers, who stood by his friend Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan), during his struggle with terminal cancer. Both Williams and Caan were nominated for Emmy Awards for their performances. In 1972, he played Billie Holliday's husband Louis McKay in Motown Productions' Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues. Diana Ross starred in Lady Sings the Blues opposite Williams; Motown paired the two of them again three years later in Mahogany. His most widely recognized role is that of Lando Calrissian, which he played in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He reprised this role when he lent his voice for the character in the 2002 video game Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, as well as the audio dramatization of Dark Empire, the National Public Radio adaptation of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and two productions for the Star Wars Battlefront series: Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron. Williams had originally auditioned for the role of Han Solo during the casting of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Another notable role was in 1989's Batman as district attorney Harvey Dent. In 1992, he portrayed Berry Gordy in The Jacksons: An American Dream Williams has had several television appearances as a guest star or recurring character, some of which include; Gideon's Crossing, General Hospital, The Jeffersons, 227, The Cosby Show, A Different World, In Living Color, The Hughleys, Scrubs Season 5, That '70s Show, Lost, The Boondocks and White Collar. He is also well-known for his appearance in advertisements for Colt 45 (a brand of malt liquor) in the 1980s and early 1990s, for which he received much criticism. Williams has been married three times.

Billy Dee Williams was born in He began his acting career when he first appeared on Broadway in 1945 in The Firebrand of Florence. He returned to Broadway as an adult in 1960 in the play version of The Cool Word. He appeared in A Taste of Honey in 1961. A 1976 Broadway production, I Have a Dream, starred Williams as Martin Luther King, Jr. His most recent Broadway appearance was in August Wilson's Fences in 1988. He made his film debut in 1959 in The Last Angry Man, starring Paul Muni, in which he portrayed a juvenile delinquent. His first big break was in the biographical TV movie, Brian's Song (1971), in which he played Chicago Bears star football player Gale Sayers, who stood by his friend Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan), during his struggle with terminal cancer. Both Williams and Caan were nominated for Emmy Awards for their performances. In 1972, he played Billie Holliday's husband Louis McKay in Motown Productions' Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues. Diana Ross starred in Lady Sings the Blues opposite Williams; Motown paired the two of them again three years later in Mahogany. His most widely recognized role is that of Lando Calrissian, which he played in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He reprised this role when he lent his voice for the character in the 2002 video game Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, as well as the audio dramatization of Dark Empire, the National Public Radio adaptation of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and two productions for the Star Wars Battlefront series: Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron. Williams had originally auditioned for the role of Han Solo during the casting of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Another notable role was in 1989's Batman as district attorney Harvey Dent. In 1992, he portrayed Berry Gordy in The Jacksons: An American Dream Williams has had several television appearances as a guest star or recurring character, some of which include; Gideon's Crossing, General Hospital, The Jeffersons, 227, The Cosby Show, A Different World, In Living Color, The Hughleys, Scrubs Season 5, That '70s Show, Lost, The Boondocks and White Collar. He is also well-known for his appearance in advertisements for Colt 45 (a brand of malt liquor) in the 1980s and early 1990s, for which he received much criticism. Williams has been married three times.

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Birthday 1937-04-06

Place of Birth New York City - New York - USA

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2015 The Man in 3B as Cain
2014 The Lego Movie as Lando (voice)
2014 The Rebels(1 episode) as Coach Paysinger
2013 Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles - The Phantom Clone as Lando Calrissian / Lando's Father (voice)
2010 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III as Lando Calrissian (voice)
2009 White Collar(1 episode) as Ford / Bradford Toman
2009 Fanboys as Judge Reinhold
2007 Private Practice(1 episode)
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift(24 episodes)
2007 Constellation as Helms Boxer
2006 Hood of Horror as Pastor Charlie
2005 Mind of Mencia(1 episode)
2005 Black in the 80s(3 episodes)
2004 Lost(1 episode)
2004 When Star Wars Ruled the World as Himself
2004 Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy as Himself
2003 Epoch: Evolution as Ferguson
2003 NCIS(1 episode) as Leroy Jethro Moore
2002 Half & Half(1 episode)
2002 Street Time(2 episodes)
2001 Scrubs(1 episode)
2001 Good Neighbor as Sgt. Paul Davidson
2000 The Ladies Man as Lester
2000 Fear Runs Silent as Sheriff Hammond
2000 Double Dare(13 episodes)
2000 18 Wheels of Justice(44 episodes) as Burton Hardesty
1999 The Contract as Senator Harmon
1998 Hard Time as Leo Barker
1998 The Hughleys(2 episodes)
1998 That '70s Show(1 episode)
1997 The Fourth King as Gasparre
1997 The View(1 episode)
1997 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Special Edition as Lando Calrissian
1997 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition as Lando Calrissian
1996 Moving Target as Detective Don Racine
1996 Mask of Death as Agent Jeffries
1996 Steel Sharks as Adm. Jim Perry
1996 Steel Sharks SSN 798 as Adm Perry, Jim
1995 Triplecross as Agent Oscar Pierce
1995 Falling For You as Lieutenant Frank Lazaro
1994 Lonesome Dove: The Series(2 episodes)
1993 Message from Nam as Felix
1993 Marked for Murder as Capt. Jack Reilly
1993 Alien Intruder as Commander Skyler
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream as Berry Gordy
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream(2 episodes)
1992 Martin(1 episode)
1991 Driving Me Crazy 1991 as Max
1990 In Living Color(1 episode)
1990 Secret Agent 00 Soul as Secret Agent Zero
1989 Batman as Harvey Dent
1988 The Return of Desperado as Daniel Lancaster
1987 Deadly Illusion as Hamberger
1987 Wiseguy(1 episode)
1987 Number One with a Bullet as Det. Hazeltine
1986 Courage as Bobby Jay
1986 Oceans of Fire as Jim McKinley
1985 Marvin & Tige as Richard Davis
1985 Fear City as Al Wheeler
1984 Time Bomb as Jake Calahan
1983 Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi as Narrator/Himself
1983 Chiefs as Tyler Watts
1983 Shooting Stars as Douglas Hawk
1983 Return of the Jedi as Lando Calrissian
1981 Nighthawks as Det. Sgt. Matthew Fox
1981 Dynasty(230 episodes)
1980 The Hostage Tower as Clarence Whitlock
1980 The Empire Strikes Back as Lando Calrissian
1977 Scott Joplin as Scott Joplin
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings as Bingo Long
1975 Mahogany as Brian
1975 The Jeffersons(1 episode)
1974 The Take as Sneed
1973 Hit! as Nick Allen
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ...(1 episode)
1972 Lady Sings the Blues as Louis McKay
1972 The Final Comedown as Johnny Johnson
1972 The Glass House as Lennox
1971 Brian's Song as Gale Sayers
1970 Lost Flight as Merle Barnaby
1970 The Out of Towners as Clifford Robinson, Lost & Found Clerk
1970 Carter's Army as Lewis
1969 The New People(1 episode)
1968 The Mod Squad(1 episode)
1966 Mission: Impossible(1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I.(3 episodes)
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson(2 episodes)
1959 The Last Angry Man as Josh Quincy
1929 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1900 Brown Sugar(0 episodes)
1900 Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi(0 episodes)
1900 Bring Back...(1 episode)

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