Billy Dee Williams was born William December Williams on April 6, 1937 in New York City. Very good looking African American actor with a broad smile and gregarious manner, Billy Dee has notched up an impressive array of film and television appearances over the past 50+ years. He is easily best known to international film audiences as the roguish Lando Calrissian in the last two episodes of the original Star Wars trilogy: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Williams can also be seen on screen in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Nighthawks (1981), Batman (1989), Moving Target (1996) and Undercover Brother (2002). A regular performer also in many fine quality television movies and television series.IMDb Mini Biography By: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Teruko Nakagami||(27 December 1972 - present) 1 child|
|Marlene Clark||(1968 - 1971) (divorced)|
|Audrey Sellers||(? - ?) (divorced)|
Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars films
Broad smile and gregarious manner
Deep smooth voice
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, Loretta Williams.
Was arrested in Los Angeles 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]
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 two children: Corey Dee Williams (b. 1960) and Hanako Williams (b. 1973).
Has a son named Corey Dee Williams, who graduated from North Hollywood in 1978. Stepdaughter Miyako also attended same high school and was in the 10th grade when Corey graduated.
Studied art at both New York's High School of Music and Art and at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
When appearing at sci-fi conventions, he refuses to autograph Colt 45 merchandise, despite his being Colt 45's commercial pitchman for a brief period in the 1980s.
He still actively paints, and some of his work can be seen at his online gallery. He has had solo exhibitions in various galleries around the United States, and his work hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Schomburg Museum. The beautiful covers of the Thelonious Monk Competition programs since 1990 are by him.
Was cited as one of the most promising movie personalities of 1973 in John Willis' 1974 Film Annual "Screen World" book.
In addition to playing Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars trilogy, he played the part in the NPR radio dramatization of "The Empire Strikes Back" (1983). However, he was not available to reprise the role for "Return of the Jedi" (1996).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1521 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
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.
I tell my son Corey that the greatest teacher is the teacher who says, "Don't follow me, follow yourself. Because within you there is that kingdom, that life, that force.".
[Defending his appearance Colt 45 advertising] I drink, you drink. Hell, if marijuana was legal, I'd appear in a commercial for that too.
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