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BILLY DEE WILLIAMS

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Billy December Williams

Description: Actor, Artist, Singer, Writer, USA

Known For: Known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars films”

Music Styles: Popular

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 6th April 1937
Location Born: New York City, New York, United States of America

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Billy Dee Williams

An American actor, artist, singer and writer, best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars films as well as being a pitchman for Colt 45 malt liquor.

Williams graduated from Manhattan’s School of Performing Arts where he was a classmate of Diahann Carroll, who coincidentally played the wife of his character Brady Lloyd on the 1980s prime-time soap Dynasty.

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, was directed by Robert Greenwald and starred Williams as Martin Luther King, Jr.

He made his film debut in 1959 in The Last Angry Man starring Paul Muni, in which he portrayed a juvenile delinquent.

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 Lando Calrissian, which he played in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

In 1992 he portrayed Berry Gordy in The Jacksons: An American Dream

In 1961, Williams recorded a jazz LP produced by Prestige Records entitled Let’s Misbehave on which he sang several swing standards. The album is currently out of print.

Films include

The Last Angry Man (1959)
The Out-of-Towners (1970)
Black Brigade (1970)
The Final Comedown (1972)
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Hit! (1973)
The Take (1974)
Mahogany (1975)
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
Scott Joplin (1977)
Lonesome Dove (1979)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Nighthawks (1981)
Marvin & Tige (1983)
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Fear City (1984)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Number One with a Bullet (1987)
Deadly Illusion (1987)
Batman (1989)
Secret Agent OO Soul (1990)
Driving Me Crazy (1991)
Giant Steps (1992)
Alien Intruder (1993)
Steel Sharks (1996)
The Prince (1996)
Mask of Death (1996)
Moving Target (1997)
The Contract (1998)
Woo (1998)
Fear Runs Silent (1999)
The Visit (2000)
The Ladies Man (2000)
Good Neighbor (2001)
The Last Place on Earth (2002)
Undercover Brother (2002)
The Maintenance Man (2004)
Constellation (2005)
Hood of Horror (2006)
iMurders (2008)
Fanboys (2009)
Barry Munday (2009)
This Bitter Earth (2009)
Short subjects
Very Heavy Love (2001)
Oedipus (2004) (voice)
The Imposter (1984)
Dynasty (cast member from 1984-1985)
Double Dare (1985) (canceled after 3 episodes)
The Right of the People (1986)
Oceans of Fire (1986)
Courage (1986)
Diana Ross: Red Hot Rhythm & Blues (1987)
The Return of Desperado (1988)
Dangerous Passion (1990)
The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)
Marked for Murder (1993)
A Different World (1993)
Martin (1993)
Percy & Thunder (1993)
Message from Nam (1993)
Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994)
Triplecross (1995)
Falling for You (1995)
The Fourth King (1997)
Hard Time (1998)
18 Wheels of Justice (1998)
Epoch: Evolution (2000-2001)
Half & Half (2004) (1 episode)
Scrubs (2006) (1 episode)
General Hospital: Night Shift (cast member in 2007)
Lost (2007) (1 episode)
Mind of Mencia (2008)
Private Practice (2008) (1 episode)
Robot Chicken (2008) (2 episodes)
Bring Back… Star Wars (2008)
General Hospital (2009)
Titan Maximum (2009)

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