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Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams was born in He began his acting career when he first appeared on Broadway in 1945 in The Firebrand of Florence. He returned to Broadway as an adult in 1960 in the play version of The Cool Word. He appeared in A Taste of Honey in 1961. A 1976 Broadway production, I Have a Dream, starred Williams as Martin Luther King, Jr. His most recent Broadway appearance was in August Wilson's Fences in 1988. He made his film debut in 1959 in The Last Angry Man, starring Paul Muni, in which he portrayed a juvenile delinquent. His first big break was in the biographical TV movie, Brian's Song (1971), in which he played Chicago Bears star football player Gale Sayers, who stood by his friend Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan), during his struggle with terminal cancer. Both Williams and Caan were nominated for Emmy Awards for their performances. In 1972, he played Billie Holliday's husband Louis McKay in Motown Productions' Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues. Diana Ross starred in Lady Sings the Blues opposite Williams; Motown paired the two of them again three years later in Mahogany. His most widely recognized role is that of Lando Calrissian, which he played in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He reprised this role when he lent his voice for the character in the 2002 video game Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, as well as the audio dramatization of Dark Empire, the National Public Radio adaptation of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and two productions for the Star Wars Battlefront series: Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron. Williams had originally auditioned for the role of Han Solo during the casting of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Another notable role was in 1989's Batman as district attorney Harvey Dent. In 1992, he portrayed Berry Gordy in The Jacksons: An American Dream Williams has had several television appearances as a guest star or recurring character, some of which include; Gideon's Crossing, General Hospital, The Jeffersons, 227, The Cosby Show, A Different World, In Living Color, The Hughleys, Scrubs Season 5, That '70s Show, Lost, The Boondocks and White Collar. He is also well-known for his appearance in advertisements for Colt 45 (a brand of malt liquor) in the 1980s and early 1990s, for which he received much criticism. Williams has been married three times.

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Apr 6, 1937 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi
Latest Project:
Movie Star Wars: Episode IX 2019-12-18
Known For
Poster of Lost
Poster of The Ladies Man
Poster of Freunde bis in den Tod
Poster of Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi
Movie Star Wars: Episode IX Lando Calrissian 2019-12-18
Series Seven Hours Difference Clarence Whitlock 2019
Series Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi Unknown 2018
Movie Dirty Dancing '17 Tito 2017-05-24
Movie The Lego Batman Movie Two-Face / Harvey Dent (voice) 2017-02-08
Series Brown Sugar Unknown 2016
Movie Star Wars Rebels: Die Belagerung von Lothal Lando Calrissian (voice) 2015-04-18
Movie The Man in 3B Cain 2015-11-06
Series Star Wars Rebels Lando Calrissian (voice) 2014-10-13
Series Blutsbande Ace Millstone 2014-01-27
Movie The Lego Movie Lando (voice) 2014-02-06
Movie Die Barry Munday Story Lonnie Green 2010-03-13
Movie Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Episodes III Lando Calrissian (voice) 2010-12-19
Movie Fanboys Judge Reinhold 2009-02-06
Movie iMurders - Chatroom des Todes Robert Delgado 2008-08-09
Series Private Practice Unknown 2007-09-26
Movie Constellation Helms Boxer 2007-02-01
Movie Nightwatching - Das Rembrandt-Komplott Unknown 2007-09-06
Series General Hospital: Night Shift 2007-07-12
Movie Snoop Dogg's Hood Of Horror Pastor Charlie 2006-06-27
Series Bring Back... Unknown 2005-05-10
Movie Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Himself 2005-10-18
Series Mind of Mencia Unknown 2005-07-06
Series Sound Off with Matt Pinfield Lewis 2005-10-10
Movie Empire of Dreams - Die Geschichte der Star Wars Trilogie Himself 2004-09-12
Movie When Star Wars Ruled the World Himself 2004-09-18
Series Lost Unknown 2004-09-22
Movie Epoch: Evolution Ferguson 2003-11-29
Series Street Time Unknown 2002-06-23
Series Half & Half Unknown 2002-09-23
Movie Good Neighbor Sgt. Paul Davidson 2001-01-01
Series 18 Wheels of Justice Burton Hardesty 2000-01-12
Series Double Dare 2000-01-22
Movie The Ladies Man Lester 2000-10-13
Movie Fear Runs Silent Sheriff Hammond 2000-03-10
Movie The Contract Senator Harmon 1999-05-29
Series Die Parkers Brian 1999-08-30
Movie Les Misérables Unknown 1998-05-01
Movie Woo Himself 1998-05-08
Series The Hughleys Unknown 1998-09-22
Movie Logan: Ein Bulle unter Verdacht Leo Barker 1998-12-12
Series Die wilden Siebziger Unknown 1998-08-23
Movie Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Special Edition Lando Calrissian 1997-03-14
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Der vierte König Gasparre 1997-12-27
Movie Moving Target Detective Don Racine 1996-11-26
Movie Mask of Death Agent Jeffries 1996-05-25
Movie Falling For You Lieutenant Frank Lazaro 1995-02-21
Movie Triplecross Agent Oscar Pierce 1995-05-28
Movie Ghost in the Shell 1995-11-18
Series Der Ruf des Adlers Unknown 1994-09-09
Movie Nachricht aus der Ferne Felix 1993-10-17
Movie Alien Intruder Commander Skyler 1993-01-01
Movie Marked for Murder Capt. Jack Reilly 1993-01-17
Movie Die Jacksons - Ein amerikanischer Traum Berry Gordy 1992-11-15
Series Martin Unknown 1992-08-27
Movie Secret Agent 00 Soul Secret Agent Zero 1990-01-01
Movie Batman Harvey Dent 1989-06-23
Series Kampf gegen die Mafia Unknown 1987-09-16
Movie Number One with a Bullet Det. Hazeltine 1987-02-27
Movie Tödliche Täuschung Hamberger 1987-10-16
Movie Courage Bobby Jay 1986-09-24
Movie Bohrinsel in Flammen Jim McKinley 1986-01-01
Movie Marvin & Tige Richard Davis 1985-03-08
Movie Time Bomb - Die Bombe tickt Jake Calahan 1984-03-25
Movie Fear City – Manhattan 2 Uhr nachts Al Wheeler 1984-07-18
Movie Die Rückkehr der Jedi-Ritter Lando Calrissian 1983-05-23
Movie Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever 1983-05-16
Movie Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Lando Calrissian 1983-05-25
Movie Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi Narrator/Himself 1983-11-21
Movie Shooting Stars Douglas Hawk 1983-07-28
Movie Chiefs Tyler Watts 1983-11-13
Series Die Polizei-Chiefs von Delano Tyler Watts 1983-11-13
Series Der Denver-Clan 1981-01-12
Movie Nachtfalken Det. Sgt. Matthew Fox 1981-03-17
Movie Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Lando Calrissian 1980-06-20
Movie Das Imperium schlägt zurück Lando Calrissian 1980-05-20
Movie Madita 1979-12-13
Movie Scott Joplin Scott Joplin 1977-12-30
Movie The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Bingo Long 1976-07-16
Series Die Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Movie Der Dialog Man in Yellow Hat (uncredited) 1974-04-07
Series Rockpalast Adm. Jim Perry 1974-10-04
Movie Hit! Nick Allen 1973-09-18
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Movie Das Glashaus Lennox 1972-02-04
Movie Lady Sings the Blues Louis McKay 1972-10-12
Movie The Final Comedown Johnny Johnson 1972-05-31
Movie Freunde bis in den Tod Gale Sayers 1971-11-30
Movie Nie wieder New York Clifford Robinson, Lost & Found Clerk 1970-05-28
Movie Verschollen im Pazifik Merle Barnaby 1970-08-13
Series The New People Unknown 1969-09-22
Series Mod Squad - Cops auf Zeit Unknown 1968-09-24
Series Kobra übernehmen Sie Unknown 1966-09-17
Series F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie The Last Angry Man Josh Quincy 1959-10-22
Series Climax! Max 1954-10-07
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18