Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams


4/6/1937, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

William December Williams


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Billy Dee Williams was born in Harlem to Texan William and Loretta. His mother was an elevator operator at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre, and she soon volunteered him to appear to stage. He has a twin sister, Loretta. He attended the Harlem Actors Workshop and the National Academy of…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In July 2008, Billy appeared in Ebony magazine's Top 25 'Coolest Brothers', along with Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Marvin Gaye, Jaz Z, Prince, Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

    • Billy's first Broadway appearance was in 1945 in The Firebrand of Florence, followed by: The Cool World (1960), A Taste of Honey (1960/1961), Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright (1963), Hallelujah, Baby! (1967-1968), I Have a Dream (1976) and Fences (1987-1988).

    • At the 2008 Hoboken International Film Festival, Billy received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • Billy played the role of Dr. Redmond Boyle in the game Command and Conquer 3

    • Billy attended the 2005 Star Wars celebration in Indianapolis.

    • Billy was formerly represented by Hollywood powerhouse agent Preeth Kumar Sangavaram, who also represents the likes of Sinbad and Bill Duke.

    • One of Billy's favourite hobbies is painting.

    • Billy reprised the role of Lando Calrissian in an audio dramatization of Dark Empire.

    • Billy starred in three out of the top five grossing films in the 1980's, Star Wars episodes five and six and Batman.

    • Billy appeared as himself at the AFI tribute to George Lucas.

    • On the T.V show The Jeffersons the character Florence was obsessed with Billy Dee Williams and made frequent comments about him. This culminated in an episode where the actor appeared as himself, only to have Florence not believe it was truly him, that is until he kissed her.

    • Billy made a guest appearance on That 70's Show as a pastor who gives pre-martial advice to the characters Donna and Eric. The two characters are having problems over Eric's obsession with Star Wars to which Billy responds 'it's the finest film of our time'.

    • Billy has appeared in commercials for the Psychic Readers Network.

    • Billy made a cameo appearance on the sitcom Scrubs as himself.

    • Lando originally auditioned for the role of Han Solo before being cast as Lando Calrissian.

    • Billy received a lot of criticism for his appearances in a series of commercials for a malt liquor called Colt 45.

    • Billy took the role of Harvey Dent in Batman because he was told it would allow him to return in the sequel Batman Forever as Harvey Dent's alter ego Two-Face. However this role was later offered to Tommy Lee Jones.

    • Billy's last major film role was as Harvey Dent in 1989's Batman.

    • Billy reprised the role of Lando Calrissian for the video game, Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast.

    • Billy is most famous for his role in Star Wars as Lando Calrissian.

    • Billy's big break came when he starred in the acclaimed T.V movie Brian's Song which led to him being cast in Lady Sings the Blues and Star Wars episodes five and six.

    • Billy has starred on two soap operas, Dynasty and Guiding Lights.

  • Quotes

    • Billy Dee Williams: 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.

    • Billy Dee Williams: Originally I planned on starting a teapot collection. I really like them.

    • Billy Dee Williams: I'm a fan of the opera and I was in there looking around, and I saw this beautiful and colorful ceramic cookie jar, made to resemble an opera singer. I bought it on the spot. I think I paid about $125 for it.

  • One of the best Star Wars actors out there.

    The first movie with Billy dee Williams I ever saw was Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back 1997 Special Edition. I have also seen Return of the Jedi (1997 and 2004 Special Editions only) and his role as Calrissian is a very cool role for him. I have also seen Batman. His role as Distrct Attoreny Harvey Dent was a pretty nice role for him. If only he did Dent in Batman Forever. Billy Dee Williams is one of the best actors in the world.moreless