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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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Apr 6, 1937 In New York City - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Double Dare
Latest Project:
Movie Is That Black Enough for You?!? 2022-10-09
Known For
Poster of Lost
Poster of Scrubs
Poster of Lady Sings the Blues
Poster of Carter's Army
Series Double Dare 2023
Series Brown Sugar Unknown 2023
Movie Is That Black Enough for You?!? Self 2022-10-09
Movie The Skywalker Legacy Self 2020-03-18
Movie LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special Lando Calrissian (voice) 2020-11-17
Movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lando Calrissian 2019-12-18
Movie Quincy Self 2018-09-21
Movie Dirty Dancing Tito 2017-05-24
Movie The Lego Batman Movie Two-Face / Harvey Dent (voice) 2017-02-08
Movie The Man in 3B Cain 2015-11-06
Movie Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal Lando Calrissian (voice) 2015-04-18
Movie The Lego Movie Lando (voice) 2014-02-06
Movie The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Ace Millstone 2011-08-05
Movie Barry Munday Lonnie Green 2010-03-13
Movie Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Lando Calrissian / Teacher (voice) 2010-12-19
Series White Collar Ford / Bradford Toman 2009-10-23
Movie Diary of a Single Mom Uncle Bo 2009-01-27
Movie Fanboys Judge Reinhold 2009-02-06
Movie iMurders Robert Delgado 2008-08-09
Movie Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Lando Calrissian / Man (voice) 2008-11-16
Series General Hospital: Night Shift 2007-07-12
Series Private Practice Unknown 2007-09-26
Movie Constellation Helms Boxer 2007-02-01
Movie Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror Pastor Charlie 2006-06-27
Movie Merry F#%$in' Christmas Self 2005-11-27
Series Mind of Mencia Unknown 2005-07-06
Series Black in the 80s 2005-02-01
Series Bring Back... Unknown 2005-05-10
Movie When Star Wars Ruled the World Himself 2004-09-18
Movie Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy Himself 2004-09-12
Series Lost Unknown 2004-09-22
Series NCIS Leroy Jethro Moore 2003-09-23
Movie Epoch Evolution Ferguson 2003-11-29
Movie It's Black Entertainment Self 2002-02-08
Series Street Time 2002-06-23
Series Half & Half Unknown 2002-09-23
Movie Undercover Brother Gen. Warren Boutwell 2002-05-31
Movie The Visit Henry 2001-04-20
Series Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
Movie Good Neighbor Sgt. Paul Davidson 2001-01-01
Movie The Ladies Man Lester 2000-10-13
Series 18 Wheels of Justice Burton Hardesty 2000-01-12
Movie Fear Runs Silent Sheriff Hammond 2000-03-10
Movie The Contract Senator Harmon 1999-05-29
Movie Woo Himself 1998-05-08
Movie Hard Time Leo Barker 1998-12-12
Series That '70s Show Unknown 1998-08-23
Series The Hughleys Unknown 1998-09-22
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie The Fourth King Gasparre 1997-12-27
Movie Steel Sharks Adm. Jim Perry 1996-01-01
Movie Moving Target Detective Don Racine 1996-11-26
Movie Mask of Death Agent Jeffries 1996-05-25
Movie Falling For You Lieutenant Frank Lazaro 1995-02-21
Movie Triplecross Agent Oscar Pierce 1995-05-28
Series Lonesome Dove: The Series Unknown 1994-09-09
Movie Marked for Murder Capt. Jack Reilly 1993-01-17
Movie Message from Nam Felix 1993-10-17
Movie Alien Intruder Commander Skyler 1993-01-01
Series The Jacksons: An American Dream Barry Gordy 1992-11-15
Series Martin Unknown 1992-08-27
Movie Giant Steps Slate Thompson 1992-09-12
Movie Driving Me Crazy Max 1991-05-16
Series In Living Color Unknown 1990-04-15
Movie Dangerous Passion Lou 1990-02-28
Movie Secret Agent 00 Soul Secret Agent Zero 1990-01-01
Movie Batman Harvey Dent 1989-06-23
Movie The Return of Desperado Daniel Lancaster 1988-02-15
Series Wiseguy Unknown 1987-09-16
Movie Deadly Illusion Hamberger 1987-10-16
Movie Number One with a Bullet Det. Hazeltine 1987-02-27
Movie The Right of the People Mike Trainor 1986-01-13
Movie Oceans of Fire Jim McKinley 1986-09-16
Movie Courage Bobby Jay 1986-09-24
Movie Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary Self 1986-01-14
Movie Marvin & Tige Richard Davis 1985-03-08
Movie Time Bomb Jake Calahan 1984-03-25
Movie Fear City Al Wheeler 1984-07-18
Movie The Impostor Matthew Raines 1984-11-08
Movie Terror in the Aisles Matthew Fox (archive footage) (uncredited) 1984-10-26
Movie Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever 1983-05-16
Movie Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi Narrator/Himself 1983-11-21
Series Chiefs Tyler Watts 1983-11-13
Movie Shooting Stars Douglas Hawk 1983-07-28
Movie Return of the Jedi Lando Calrissian 1983-05-25
Series Dynasty 1981-01-12
Movie Nighthawks Det. Sgt. Matthew Fox 1981-03-17
Movie The Hostage Tower Clarence Whitlock 1980-09-19
Movie The Empire Strikes Back Lando Calrissian 1980-05-20
Movie Children of Divorce Walter Williams 1980-11-24
Movie Brian's Song Gale Sayers 1979-06-22
Movie Scott Joplin Scott Joplin 1977-12-30
Movie The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Bingo Long 1976-07-16
Series The Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Movie Mahogany Brian 1975-10-08
Movie The Conversation Man in Yellow Hat (uncredited) 1974-04-07
Movie The Take Sneed 1974-05-01
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Movie Hit! Nick Allen 1973-09-18
Movie The Final Comedown Johnny Johnson 1972-05-31
Movie Lady Sings the Blues Louis McKay 1972-10-12
Movie The Glass House Lennox 1972-02-04
Movie Carter's Army Pvt. Lewis 1970-01-27
Movie The Out-of-Towners Clifford Robinson, Lost & Found Clerk 1970-05-28
Movie Lost Flight Merle Barnaby 1970-08-13
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
Movie The Last Angry Man Josh Quincy 1959-10-22
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18