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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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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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 1916 Fish (Short)
 1916 A Natural Born Gambler (Short)
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 1916 Fish (Short)
 1916 A Natural Born Gambler (Short)
The Hon. Bert Williams, walking delegate
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 1916 Fish (Short) (producer)
 1916 A Natural Born Gambler (Short) (producer)
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 1916 A Natural Born Gambler (Short)
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 1914 Darktown Jubilee (Short)
Himself - Comedian
 1910 Actors' Fund Field Day (Short)
Himself - Comedian
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 2004 Broadway: The American Musical (TV Series documentary)
Himself
 2000 Bamboozled (uncredited)
 1999 I'll Make Me a World (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Himself
 1997 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Himself
- Vaudeville (1997) ... Himself
 1993 Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Comedian
 1984 The Great Standups (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Comedian
 1975 Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (TV Movie documentary)
Himself (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

In Dahomey (1903). Musical/farce. See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »
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Personal Quote:

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:

Joined the Ziegfeld Follies in 1911. See more »

Trademark:

Theme song: "Nobody" See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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