In 1998, Montel almost bled to death from an undetected birth defect in his face.
After only six months in the Marines, Montel had been promoted twice.
Montel received the Tipper Gore Remember the Children Volunteer Award from the National Mental Health Association in 1999.
Montel is the national spokesman for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.
After 17 years, Montel quit The Montel Williams Show.
In 2000, Montel was awarded "The Man of Courage Award" from the Center Without Walls/Race to Erase MS.
Montel is 6' 2" (1.88 m) tall.
Montel's nickname is "Monty."
The folded flag behind Montel on stage is the flag he was presented with upon his retirement from the Navy.
Montel is from Maryland and wants to run for Governor in their next election.
Montel married former American Airlines flight attendant Tara Fowler in Bermuda on October 6, 2007. This is the third marriage for Montel and the first for Tara.
Montel's favorite television show is Smallville.
Montel was given an honorary doctorate by De high University.
Montel's favorite movie is Glory.
Montel's favorite foods are soft shell crab, crab cakes, and sushi.
Montel took the stage for the first time, in The Exonerated, an off Broadway play.
Montel won the Colorado Regional Emmy Award for outstanding interview/discussion program for The 4th R: Kids Rap About Racism.
Montel was nominated as Esquire Magazine's 1988 Man Of The Year.
Montel was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal from Secretary of the Navy in 1984.
Montel received his Bachelor Of Science degree in the U.S Naval Academy in 1980.
Montel participates in the Team Shiloh annual bike-a-thon for charity.
Montel has instituted a program to help those in need of medication but cannot afford it, pay for it.
Montel has created and starred in a series of Public Service Announcements to educate and raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.
Montel instituted an aftercare program for his talk show guests that are in need of therapy.
Montel performed on stage with BB King when he hosted his 80th birthday benefit concert in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Montel joined country singer Hal Ketchum on a singing tour, to raise money for multiple sclerosis.
Montel is a former Naval Intelligence officer.
Montel helped save a 16-year-old boy who was in a car accident and his car started on fire.
Montel is fluent in Russian.
Montel is a roller-coaster enthusiast and rides often.
Montel started shaving his head in 1982. Montel's trademarks are his shaved head, goatee and earring.
Montel has a daughter named Ashley who was born in 1984 and Maressa who was born in 1988.
Montel married his first wife when he was stationed in Guam.
Montel has a daughter named Wyntergrace who was born in 1994.
Montel has a son named Montel Jr. born in 1993.
Montel married Grace Morley in June of 1992 and they separated in April of 2000. They have two children. He met Grace when she and her mother appeared on The Montel Williams Show.
Montel is sometime credited for his work under Montel B. Williams.
In 2000 Montel was the director of a piece titled Little Pieces.
Montel is the producer of the show The Simian Line.
Montel is the host of the TV series The Montel Williams Show.
Montel suffers from MS (Multiple Sclerosis), but still leads a successful life. MS hasn't stopped him from being physically active either; he runs, snowboards and does weight training. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999.
Montel: I believe if parents taught children simple restraint, we could solve half the problems young people face today.
Montel: (When he announced that he had MS) This disease is not going to stop me. We don't know how long I've had it for, but I've been misdiagnosed for 10 years.
Montel: You see the images that the public is demanding. Why more reality-based TV? You'd think that after the first Survivor it would have gone away, but it hasn't. The public demands it because they get all caught up in the personal stories, and want to see more and more.
Montel: When you say shock value, the fact that we talk about what happened to a person... we talk about real things, we talk about real issues.
Montel: We have an incredible national forest service, and we have an incredible child outreach program that the president has put together. I don't see anything wrong with national service for a minimum of two years. If we were to require that, we wouldn't need a draft.
Montel: There was a time when the FCC tried to require a certain amount of television and media to be educational, a certain amount to be newsworthy and a certain amount of it to be public access.
Montel: The reason why you were allowed to get away with that in the '60s and '70s is because this country's racist administrative policies were such that rich white kids were getting exemptions. I said no exemptions.
Montel: The evening news was the first reality TV show, I would even say, and this is something people need to look at when they digest television.
Montel: No one tells every white person in this country how to be. No one tells every Hispanic, or Asian or Jewish person in this country how to be. There is no single definition of whiteness or single definition of blackness.
Montel: Let's be careful when we start comparing American to European tolerance because there isn't necessarily a lot of European tolerance.
Montel: It's hard to compare. Different times, different players. The administration four years ago did not have 9/11. I could tell you this; this particular administration was better suited to handle that than the former.
Montel: Is the U.S. better or is the world better? Is the U.S. better off today than we were four years ago? Obviously not, economically not. I think our stature in the world is not the same.
Montel: If we get the donations, I think we're going to raise a significant amount of money; some will be used for some administered costs, but the public portion of that will go directly into grants.
Montel: If everyone who graduated from high school was required to do some form public service, you would have enough people in the military.
Montel: I'll find places to grab as I walk and talk, sometimes even walking backwards because I have more control that way. People have no idea that I'm doing this.
Montel: I travel Europe every couple of weeks. I just came back from London, Holland and Denmark. Every nation on this planet has its issues with race, and I am not sure if everyone has figured out how to deal with it.
Montel: I started this foundation when I was diagnosed. It was established for one reason, and that was to try to find a cure for MS. Every penny, 100% of the public donations that come into this are given back out in the form of grants to colleges and researchers around the world.
Montel: I really wish there was some big brother conspiracy theory. I just think it's the ignorance of trying to make a dollar. That's what the networks have done and will continue to do. If anyone doesn't think that this is about making money, then they're crazy.
Montel: I have visited some places where the differences between black and white are not as profound as they used to be, but I think there is a new form of racism growing in Europe and that is focused on people who are Middle Eastern. I see it.
Montel: I don't know if anybody can second-guess what they will do on Capitol Hill.
Montel: As the U.S., the world is questioning why not end it, and so if, in fact, we were to pull out, the world would definitely question why we did this to begin with. But I still believe the world would call upon us for help if they needed it.
Montel: As soon as we find a cure, we will utilize any of the donations to go toward providing medication to those who can't afford it. That is my goal.
Montel: "I'm a cancer doctor and an HIV doctor, and if I have a drug that gives people relief of pain, increases their appetite, decreases nausea, and perhaps improves their mood, that's an important drug to be able to give people, especially with cancer who are at the end of their life."
Montel: "I can take one to two tablets every four hours. It takes me 20 of these a days to knock down my pain. I can read in the PDR all the adverse effects of this drug. I'm not talking about drugs for other people. I'm talking about that woman is dying, I can barely walk. Why can't the federal government expand this program to include people like myself so that I don't have to worry about getting locked up?"
Montel: "We're not handing it out in stagecoaches! The government is sending this out Your doctors approved the protocol."
Montel: "The people of a state spoke: they said, 'We believe that in our state we believe we have a right to have doctors prescribe medical marijuana... The federal government steps in and destroys the whole process When we come back we're going to meet a man who gets his pot from Uncle Sam."
Montel: "The DEA raided the farm where we were able to get marijuana and they took it away. Everyone in the collaborative... WAMM... worked together to try to get the right blend of marijuana, but we were never able to reproduce it. So, unfortunately, Jeffrey's been in a residential facility for over a year now."
Montel: I will beat this disease, if it takes every last bit of strength, I will find that much more, and live my life as I would have without this affliction.
Montel: I tried all the narcotic analgesics, all the Opiate medications, and the patches that release the powerful long lasting pain drugs, and nothing worked. It was until I met with my current doctor, and he prescribed 'Medical Marijuana' that I had no relief. The benefits of the marijuana ease all of my symptoms.
Montel: I believe in God. I believe in family. I believe in education, hard work, and dedication. I believe in restraint, responsibility, and respect. I believe in love and romance, and I believe in setting goals and reaching them. There is nothing that you can't do, if you set your mind to it.