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Billy Dee Williams

Actor / Novelist / Writer / Screenwriter | * 04/06/1937 (83) | New York City - New York - USA
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William December "Billy Dee" Williams Jr. (born April 6, 1937) is an American actor, voice actor, and artist. He is best known as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars franchise, first in the early 1980s, and nearly forty years later in The Rise of Skywalker (2019), marking one of the longest intervals between onscreen portrayals of a character by the same actor in American film history. Williams was born in New York City, and raised with his twin sister Loretta in Harlem. In 1945 he made his Broadway theatre debut at age seven in The Firebrand of Florence. He later graduated from The High School of Music & Art, then won a painting scholarship to the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design, where he won a Hallgarten Prize for painting in the mid-1950s. To fund his art supplies he returned to acting, including stage, films, and television. He continued painting; his work has since been shown in galleries and collections worldwide. Williams’ film debut was in The Last Angry Man (1959), but he came to national attention in the television movie, Brian's Song (1971) which earned him an Emmy nomination for Best Actor. He ha... ()
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Billy Dee Williams was born in New York, the son of Loretta Anne (1915-2016), a West Indian-born elevator operator from Montserrat, and William December Williams, Sr. (1910-2007), an African-American caretaker from Texas. He has a twin sister, Loretta, and grew up in Harlem, where he was raised by his maternal grandmother while his parents worked at several jobs. Williams graduated from The High School of Music & Art (later merged with the High School of Performing Arts to become the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art) in Manhattan, where he was a classmate of Diahann Carroll, who would later play the wife of his character Brady Lloyd on the 1980s prime-time soap opera Dynasty.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Action | Comedies

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Movies with Billy Dee Williams as Actor(84)

as Lando Calrissian (voice)2020 The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special
as Slate Thompson2020 Giant Steps
as himself2020 The Skywalker Legacy
as Lando Calrissian2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
as himself2018 Quincy
as Tito2017 Dirty Dancing
as Two-Face / Harvey Dent (voice)2017 The Lego Batman Movie
as Lando Calrissian (voice)2015 Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
as Cain2015 The Man in 3B
as Lando (voice)2014 The Lego Movie
as Lando Calrissian / Lando's Father (voice)2013 LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles: Episode I: The Phantom Clone
as Lando Calrissian (voice)2010 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III
as Lonnie Green2010 Barry Munday
as Uncle Bo2009 Diary of a Single Mom
as Judge Reinhold2009 Fanboys
as Robert Delgado2008 iMurders
as Lando Calrissian / Man (voice)2008 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II
as Helms Boxer2007 Constellation
as Pastor Charlie2006 Hood of Horror
as Ferguson2003 Epoch: Evolution
as Gen. Warren Boutwell2002 Undercover Brother
as Sgt. Paul Davidson2001 Good Neighbor
as Henry2001 The Visit
as Sheriff Hammond2000 Fear Runs Silent
as Lester2000 The Ladies Man
as Senator Harmon1999 The Contract
as himself1998 Woo
as Leo Barker1998 Hard Time
as Gasparre1997 The Fourth King
as Himself (archive footage)1997 Afro Promo
as Agent Jeffries1996 Mask of Death
as Detective Don Racine1996 Moving Target
as Adm. Jim Perry1996 Steel Sharks
as Lieutenant Frank Lazaro1995 Falling For You
as Agent Oscar Pierce1995 Triplecross
as Felix1993 Message from Nam
as Capt. Jack Reilly1993 Marked for Murder
as Commander Skyler1993 Alien Intruder
as Max1991 Driving Me Crazy
as Secret Agent Zero1990 Secret Agent 00 Soul
as Harvey Dent1989 Batman
as Daniel Lancaster1988 The Return of Desperado
as Hamberger1987 Deadly Illusion
as Det. Hazeltine1987 Number One with a Bullet
as Bobby Jay1986 Courage
as Mike Trainor1986 Right of the People
as Jim McKinley1986 Oceans of Fire
as Richard Davis1985 Marvin & Tige
as Al Wheeler1984 Fear City
as Jake Calahan1984 Time Bomb
as Douglas Hawk1983 Shooting Stars
as Lando Calrissian1983 Return of the Jedi
as Det. Sgt. Matthew Fox1981 Nighthawks
as Delivery Guy1981 Las Vegas Lady
as Lando Calrissian1980 The Empire Strikes Back
as Walter Williams1980 Children of Divorce
as Clarence Whitlock1980 The Hostage Tower
as Scott Joplin1977 Scott Joplin
as Brian1975 Mahogany
as Man in Yellow Hat (uncredited)1974 The Conversation
as Sneed1974 The Take
as Nick Allen1973 Hit!
as Lennox1972 The Glass House
as Louis McKay1972 Lady Sings the Blues
as Johnny Johnson1972 The Final Comedown
as Gale Sayers1971 Brian's Song
as Merle Barnaby1970 Lost Flight
as Lewis1970 Carter's Army
as Clifford Robinson, Lost & Found Clerk1970 The Out-of-Towners
as Josh Quincy1959 The Last Angry Man

TV Shows/Series with Billy Dee Williams as Actor(29)

as Lando Calrissian (voice)2014 Star Wars Rebels
as Coach Paysinger2014 The Rebels
as Andy Collins2009 Glee
as Ford / Bradford Toman2009 White Collar
2004 Lost
as Leroy Jethro Moore2003 NCIS
as himself2001 Scrubs
as Burton Hardesty2000 18 Wheels of Justice
1992 Martin
1987 Wiseguy
as Tyler Watts1983 Chiefs
as Brady Lloyd1981 Dynasty

Additional Information

Born: Tuesday, 04/06 1937 (April) in New York City (current age: 83 years + 208 days)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Educated at: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, High School of Music & Art
Spouses (current/former): Marlene Clark, Teruko Nakagami
Other names for Billy Dee Williams (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"William December Williams Jr."
"Billy Dee" (Nickname)
Billy Dee Williams frequently works together with these people:
George Lucas (13x, Crew)
Anthony Daniels (11x, Actor)
Carrie Fisher (10x, Actress)
Dee D (10x, Crew)
J.J. Abrams (9x, Crew)
John Williams (9x, Crew)
Harrison Ford (7x, Actor)
James Earl Jones (7x, Actor)
Phil Tippett (7x, Crew)
Garrett Donovan (7x, Crew)
Mike Schwartz (7x, Crew)
Axel Vreeken (7x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2606, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 10/30/2020