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Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams young

Birth Date

April 6, 1937

Nationality

United States

Sun Sign

Aries

Natural hair color

Black

Eye color

Brown

Height

6 ft 0 in | 183 cm

Billy Dee Williams young photos

Weight

77 kg | 170 lbs

Shoe size

Not available

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

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 landed his Broadway debut in musical "The Firebrand of Florence" (1945).

He made his big screen debut in drama film The Last Angry Man (1959) in role as Josh Quincy.

He got his television debut in CBS soap opera Guiding Light (1966) in role as Dr. Jim Frazier.

Billy's breakthrough performance came as Gale Sayers in television drama sport movie Brian's Song (1971) opposite James Caan.

New Movies

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019) epic space opera in role as Lando Calrissian

He voiced Two-Face in animated superhero comedy film The Lego Batman Movie (2017).

Best Movies

He portrayed Lando Calrissian in original Star Wars trilogy:

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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

TV Shows

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for his performance as Gale Sayers in ABC movie Brian's Song (1971).

Chiefs (1983) CBS miniseries in role as Tyler Watts

Double Dare (1985) television game show in role as Billy Diamond

He had a recurring role as Brady Lloyd in ABC soap opera Dynasty (1984-1985).

Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994) ABC miniseries in role as Francis Cardozo

Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994) western drama television series in role as Aaron Grayson

General Hospital (2009) daytime television medical drama in role as Toussaint DuBois

He guest starred as Leroy Jethro Moore in action police procedural television series NCIS (2012-2014).

He voiced Lando Calrissian / Lando in animated television series:

Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016-2017)

Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015)

Star Wars Rebels (2015)

Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013)

Mad (2012)

The Cleveland Show (2011)

He played Tito in drama musical romance movie Dirty Dancing (2017).

Facts

Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design in New York.

Has a twin sister, Loretta.

Billy recorded jazz album Let's Misbehave (1961), on which he sang.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1521 Vine Street in 1985.

Inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1984.

Friends with Marla Gibbs.

Relationships

He was married to:

Audrey Sellers (1959) they have a son, Corey Williams

Marlene Clark (1968-1971)

Teruko Nakagami (1972-1993) they have a daughter, Hanako

Quotes

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.

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