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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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Ziegfeld Follies of 1911 (1911). Musical revue/extravaganza. Music by Maurice Levi and Raymond Hubbell. Based on material by George V. Hobart. Musical Direction by Joseph Sainton. Music arranged by Gus Sohlke and Jack Mason. Lyrics by George V. Hobart. Additional Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, James B. Blyler, ... See more »

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

What little voice I have left has to be nursed and petted like a prize cat. I study carefully the acoustics of each theatre I appear in. There is always one particular spot on the stage from which the voice carries better, more clearly and easily than from any other. I make it my business to find that spot before the first performance, and once I find it I stick to it like a postage stamp. See more »

Trivia:

His pride in his ethnicity and refusal to knuckle under to the prevalent racism of his era knew no bounds. The following incident is illustrative: While still a star with the Ziegfeld Follies, he walked into a bar and ordered a drink. The bartender, hoping to discourage him, told him that the price was $50.00 a drink. Williams immediately produced a roll of hundred dollar bills from his pocket ... See more »

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Theme song: "Nobody" See more »

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Scorpio

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