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Bert Williams (I) (1874–1922)


One of the first black superstars of popular entertainment, Egbert Austin Williams, although born in the Bahamas, was raised largely in California. Nursing show business aspirations early on, he teamed with boyhood friend George Walker to form a highly successful vaudeville act, which continued until the ravages of syphilis brought about Walker's ... See full bio »

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Known For

A Natural Born Gambler
A Natural Born Gambler The Hon. Bert Williams, Walking Delegate
(1916)
Fish
Fish Actor
(1916)
I Love a Bandleader
I Love a Bandleader Soundtrack
(1945)

Filmography

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 1976 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sandy Duncan (1976) ... (writer: "Nobody")
 1955 The Seven Little Foys (lyrics: "Nobody" - uncredited) / (music: "Nobody" - uncredited)
 1945 I Love a Bandleader (music: "The Darktown Poker Club")
 1931 Big Business Girl (music: "Constantly" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Ziegfeld Follies of 1917. Musical, Revue. Music by Raymond Hubbell and Dave Stamper. Patriotic finale by Victor Herbert. Book by Gene Buck and George V. Hobart. Lyrics by Gene Buck and George V. Hobart. Musical Director: Frank Darling. Featuring songs by James Hanley, Jack Egan, Jerome Kern, Ring Lardner, J. Turner Layton, Les ... See more »

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Songwriters say that I am a particularly hard man to write songs for. Whenever they have a song a man can use, they seem to want a portion of his life before thy will sell it to him. They want war prices for their songs, but I have not observed any war salaries being paid to artists. The way some of them deal with me is to calculate what my income ought to be for the next ten years, and then ask ... See more »

Trivia:

In 1915 the American Muroscope and Biograph Company in an unprecedented move gave Bert Williams the authority to produce, write, direct, and star in two Biograph films, A Natural Born Gambler (1916), and Fish (1916), making him the first Black-American to have full control and produce his own films for a general audience. No other film company at that time had done such a thing. See more »

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Although he was black, he performed in traditional blackface makeup See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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