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Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams
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Billy Dee Williams Biography

Billy Dee Williams has been a romantic leading man, an action super-hero, a cowboy, a policeman, federal agent, heroic friend and much more in his outstanding career.

At the age of seven, Billy Dee Williams made his debut on Broadway in The Firebrand of Florence, a production whose title may have been prophetic for Williams, who went on to make a name for himself in theatre, television and feature films.

After studying with Paul Mann and Sidney Poitier at the fabled Actor's Workshop, he soon created a buzz in productions of The Cool World, Blue Boy in Black, A Taste of Honey with Angela Lansbury and Hallelujah Baby with Leslie Uggams. Read Full Bio >>

Billy Dee Williams Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2006 TV Land Awards Blockbuster Movie of the Week Brian's Song (1971) (TV). Won
2003 TV Land Awards Most Memorable Male Guest Star in a Comedy as Himself "The Jeffersons" (1975). Nominated
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male The Visit (2000/I). Nominated
2001 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture The Visit (2000/I). Nominated
1985 Walk of Fame Motion Picture Won

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Billy Dee Williams Trivia

  • Was an accomplished art student even before his acting career began. Has had professional gallery showings where his oil canvases have sold for tens of thousands of dollars.
  • He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
  • Has a twin sister.
  • Was arrested in L.A. after police received a call from his live-in girlfriend accusing him of battery. Williams was charged with cohabitational abuse and released on $50,000 bail. [30 January 1996]
  • He and actress/singer Diahann Carroll were classmates at The New York City High School of the Performing Arts, the school that was featured on the popular TV show "Fame" (1982).
  • Originally auditioned for the role of Han Solo in 1976.
  • He accepted the role of D.A. Harvey Dent in Batman (1989) with the knowledge and expectation that Dent would eventually become Two-Face: he reportedly had a clause put into his contract reserving the role for him in any sequels, which Warner Bros. had to buy out so they could cast Tommy Lee Jones.
  • Has four children
  • Has a son named Corey Williams who graduated from North Hollywood in 1978. Step-daughter Miyako also attended same high school, was in the 10th grade when Corey graduated.


Billy Dee Williams Photos

  • Obba Babatunde and Billy Dee Williams

    21st Annual NAACP Theatre Awards - Arrivals

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    Manny Pacquiao Launches His Men's Cologne "MP8 Scent of the Champion" at Ron Robinson Fred Segal Melrose in Hollywood on April 30, 2011

  • Billy Dee Williams Impersonator

    20th Annual Reel Awards at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on February 24, 2011

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    36th Annual Saturn Awards - Press Room

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    36th Annual Saturn Awards - Arrivals

  • Peter Mayhew, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams and Ewan McGregor

    30th Anniversary Charity Screning of "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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