Billy Dee Williams young
April 6, 1937
6 ft 0 in | 183 cm
77 kg | 170 lbs
Billy Dee Williams was born in New York City, New York, U.S. on April 6, 1937, is an American actor. Young Billy Dee Williams began his acting career on the New York stage. He made his Broadway debut in musical The Firebrand of Florence in 1945. He made his big screen debut in drama movie The Last Angry Man (1959) in role as Josh Quincy. Billy's breakthrough role came as Gale Sayers in television film Brian's Song (1971) opposite James Caan.
He portrayed Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars films trilogy: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
He played Harvey Dent in superhero film Batman (1989) directed by Tim Burton.
Lady Sings the Blues (1972) biographical drama with Diana Ross and Richard Pryor
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) sport comedy opposite James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor
The Ladies Man (2000) comedy with Will Ferrell
Mahogany (1975) romantic drama with Diana Ross and Anthony Perkins
Fear City (1984) action thriller with Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger
Hit! (1973) action opposite Richard Pryor and Gwen Welles
Constellation (2005) drama with Gabrielle Union and Zoe Saldana
Nighthawks (1981) crime thriller with Sylvester Stallone and Rutger Hauer
Billy recorded jazz album Let's Misbehave (1961), on which he sang.
Was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1521 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on March 27, 1985.
He has been married three times, has two children.
Inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1984.
There's always been a lot of misunderstanding about Lando's character. I used to pick up my daughter from elementary school and get into arguments with little children who would accuse me of betraying Han Solo.
I tell my son Corey that the greatest teacher is the teacher who says, "Don't follow me, follow yourself. Because within you there is that kingdom, that life that force".
Failure's not a bad thing. It builds character. It makes you stronger.
Originally I planned on starting a teapot collection. I really like them.