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Billy Dee Williams

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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Nato:
Apr 6, 1937 In New York City - New York - USA
Movie/TV Crediti:
97
Prime apparizioni:
nel series The Academy Awards 1953-03-18
Ultimi progetti:
Film Dirty Dancing 2017-05-24
Known For
Poster of Fanboys
Poster of NCIS - Unità anticrimine
Poster of Scrubs - Medici ai primi ferri
Poster of That '70s Show
Filmography
series Brown Sugar Unknown 2017
Film Lego Batman - Il film Two-Face / Harvey Dent (voice) 2017-02-08
Film Dirty Dancing Tito 2017-05-24
Film Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal Lando Calrissian (voice) 2015-04-18
Film The Man in 3B Cain 2015-11-06
Film The Lego Movie Lando (voice) 2014-02-06
Film The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Ace Millstone 2011-08-05
Film Barry Munday Lonnie Green 2010-03-13
Film Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Lando Calrissian (voice) 2010-12-19
Film Fanboys Judge Reinhold 2009-02-06
series White Collar - Fascino criminale Ford / Bradford Toman 2009-10-23
Film iMurders Robert Delgado 2008-08-09
Film Constellation Helms Boxer 2007-02-01
series Private Practice Unknown 2007-09-26
series General Hospital: Night Shift 2007-07-12
Film Hood of Horror Pastor Charlie 2006-06-27
series Mind of Mencia Unknown 2005-07-06
series Black in the 80s 2005-02-01
series Bring Back... Unknown 2005-05-10
Film L'impero dei sogni: La storia della trilogia di Star Wars Himself 2004-09-12
series Lost Unknown 2004-09-22
Film When Star Wars Ruled the World Himself 2004-09-18
series NCIS - Unità anticrimine Leroy Jethro Moore 2003-09-23
Film Epoch: Evolution Ferguson 2003-11-29
series Street Time Unknown 2002-06-23
Film Undercover Brother Gen. Warren Boutwell 2002-05-31
series Half & Half Unknown 2002-09-23
Film Good Neighbor Sgt. Paul Davidson 2001-01-01
series Scrubs - Medici ai primi ferri Unknown 2001-10-02
series 18 Wheels of Justice Burton Hardesty 2000-01-12
series Double Dare 2000-01-22
Film The Ladies Man Lester 2000-10-13
Film La paura corre in silenzio Sheriff Hammond 2000-03-10
Film The Contract Senator Harmon 1999-05-29
Film Appuntamento a Brooklyn Himself 1998-05-08
series That '70s Show Unknown 1998-08-23
Film Hard Time Leo Barker 1998-12-12
series The Hughleys Unknown 1998-09-22
series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Film Il quarto re Gasparre 1997-12-27
Film Steel Sharks Adm. Jim Perry 1996-01-01
Film Mask of Death Agent Jeffries 1996-05-25
Film Moving Target Detective Don Racine 1996-11-26
Film Falling For You Lieutenant Frank Lazaro 1995-02-21
Film Triplecross Agent Oscar Pierce 1995-05-28
series Lonesome Dove: The Series Unknown 1994-09-09
Film Marked for Murder Capt. Jack Reilly 1993-01-17
Film Alien Intruder Commander Skyler 1993-01-01
Film Message from Nam Felix 1993-10-17
series Martin Unknown 1992-08-27
series The Jacksons: An American Dream 1992-11-15
Film The Jacksons: An American Dream Berry Gordy 1992-11-15
Film Driving Me Crazy Max 1991-05-16
Film Secret Agent 00 Soul Secret Agent Zero 1990-01-01
series In Living Color Unknown 1990-04-15
Film Batman Harvey Dent 1989-06-23
Film The Return of Desperado Daniel Lancaster 1988-02-15
series Wiseguy Unknown 1987-09-16
Film Number One with a Bullet Det. Hazeltine 1987-02-27
Film Deadly Illusion Hamberger 1987-10-16
Film Oceans of Fire Jim McKinley 1986-01-01
Film Courage Bobby Jay 1986-09-24
Film Marvin & Tige Richard Davis 1985-03-08
Film Time Bomb Jake Calahan 1984-03-25
Film Paura su manhattan Al Wheeler 1984-07-18
Film Il ritorno dello Jedi Lando Calrissian 1983-05-23
Film Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever 1983-05-16
Film Shooting Stars Douglas Hawk 1983-07-28
Film Chiefs Tyler Watts 1983-11-13
Film Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi Narrator/Himself 1983-11-21
series Chiefs Tyler Watts 1983-11-13
series Dynasty 1981-01-12
Film I falchi della notte Det. Sgt. Matthew Fox 1981-03-17
Film L'Impero colpisce ancora Lando Calrissian 1980-05-17
Film The Hostage Tower Clarence Whitlock 1980-09-19
Film Scott Joplin Scott Joplin 1977-12-30
Film The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Bingo Long 1976-07-16
series I Jefferson Unknown 1975-01-18
Film Mahogany Brian 1975-10-08
Film The Take Sneed 1974-05-01
Film La conversazione 1974-04-07
series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Film Hit! Nick Allen 1973-09-18
Film The Glass House Lennox 1972-02-04
Film The Final Comedown Johnny Johnson 1972-05-31
Film La signora del blues Louis McKay 1972-10-12
Film La canzone di Brian Gale Sayers 1971-11-30
Film Carter's Army Lewis 1970-01-27
Film Lost Flight Merle Barnaby 1970-08-13
Film Un provinciale a New York Clifford Robinson, Lost & Found Clerk 1970-05-28
series The New People Unknown 1969-09-22
series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Film The Last Angry Man Josh Quincy 1959-10-22
series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18