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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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Personal Details

Other Works:

In Dahomey (1904). Musical/farce (revival). See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »

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 »

Trademark:

Theme song: "Nobody" See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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