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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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 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)
 2000 Bamboozled (uncredited)
 1999 I'll Make Me a World (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 1997 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- 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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Broadway Brevities of 1920 (1920). Musical revue. Lyrics by Blair Treynor. Music by Archie Gottler. Sketches by George LeMaire. Additional numbers by Arthur Jackson, George Gershwin, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Irving Caesar and Irving Berlin. Musical Direction by Louis Gress. Music orchestrated by Stephen Jones and Will Vodery. ... See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »

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Personal Quote:

Troubles are funny only when you pin them to one particular individual. And that individual, the fellow who is the goat, must be the man who is singing the song or telling the story. Then the audience can picture him in their mind's eye and see him in the thick of his misfortunes, fielding flatirons with his head, carrying large bulldogs by the seat of his pants, and picking the bare bones of the... See more »


Joined the Ziegfeld Follies in 1911. See more »


Theme song: "Nobody" See more »

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