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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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Bandanna Land (1908). Musical comedy. Music by Will Marion Cook. Book by Jesse A. Shipp and Alex Rogers. Lyrics by Jesse A. Shipp and Alex Rogers. Featuring "Somewhere" by Joe Jordan and Frank H. Williams. Featuring "Late Hours" by David Kempner and Bert Williams. Featuring "It's Hard to Love Somebody" by Cecil Mack and Chris ... See more »

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

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Personal Quote:

It was not until I was able to see myself as another person that my sense of humor developed. For I do not believe there is any such thing as innate humor. It has to be developed by hard work and study, just as every other human quality. See more »


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 »


Theme song: "Nobody" See more »

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