|Billy Dee Williams Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||April 6, 1937|
Billy Dee Williams is an American actor, voice actor, and singer who came to prominence in the early ’80s with his appearance as Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back (1980). However, he started his career in 1959 with the portrayal of Josh Quincy in The Last Angry Man. With time, he has also amassed a huge fan base with more than 300k followers on Twitter and more than 250k followers on Instagram
William December Williams Jr.
New York City, New York, United States
Billy Dee studied at the Booker T. Washington Junior High School. Later, he joined the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts from where he graduated with a major in arts in 1955.
At LaGuardia, he was given a 2-year scholarship to study with a focus on classical principles of painting at the National Academy of Design.
Actor, Voice Actor, Singer
- Father – William December Williams, Sr. (1910–2008) (Caretaker)
- Mother – Loretta Anne (1915-2016) (Elevator Operator, Performer)
- Siblings – Loretta Williams (Twin Sister)
Billy is represented by Kramer Management and TalentWorks.
He has released his music with Prestige Records.
6 ft or 183 cm
103 kg or 227 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Billy’s name has been linked with –
- Audrey Sellers – They married one another in 1959 but parted ways later. They have a son named Corey Dee Williams (b. 1960).
- Marlene Clark (1968-1971)
- Teruko Nakagami (1972-Present) – The couple got married in 1972. They have a daughter named Hanako (b. 1973). He is also the stepfather of musician Wayne Shorter and Teruko’s daughter Miyako (b. 1962).
Race / Ethnicity
He has African-American ancestry on his father’s side and African-Montserratian ancestry on his mother’s side.
He has described himself as a person with anima and animus.
- Deep smooth voice
- Gregarious manner
- Broad smile
He has appeared in commercials for various brands including Colt 45.
Billy Dee Williams Favorite Things
- Food – Chicken Kiev
Source – Esquire
Billy Dee Williams Facts
- Dee has raised by his maternal grandmother in Harlem on 110th Street, between Lenox and 5th, near Central Park North–110th Street station.
- As a child, he wanted to be a painter.
- Growing up, he enjoyed watching the Negro leagues and the Cuban baseball leagues at Central Park. Billy even got the chance to film a movie based on the Negro league baseball players, which was titled The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976).
- It was his parent’s creativity and love for opera that bestowed upon Billy the passion to become an entertainer.
- He was 7 years old when he portrayed a page boy in the Broadway production of The Firebrand of Florence in 1945.
- Billy Dee was either 18 or 19 years old when he was nominated for the Guggenheim Fellowship grant.
- In the mid-1950, he was presented with a “Hallgarten Prize.”
- Billy started acting as a means to be able to pay for the supplies that he needed to paint.
- During his time in art school, he took an interest in the Stanislavsky Method and joined the Harlem Actors Workshop.
- Billy’s recorded jazz album Let’s Misbehave that was released in 1961 was featured on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983) TV special.
- On January 30, 1996, Billy was arrested for assault on his live-in partner. However, the charges were dropped.
- In January 2020, Billy was training in boxing with Gunnar Peterson.
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