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Bill Withers


Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Withers was born on July 4, 1938 in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia and was raised in the nearby town of Beckley. He was the youngest of six children. His coal miner father died when Withers was only thirteen. Bill worked a series of odd jobs to help his mother out. At age seventeen he ... See full bio »
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 2013 La força de la vida. El making of del disc i del llibre de La Marató (TV Movie) (writer: "Quan te'n vas no brilla el sol")
 2013 Scandal (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Vermont Is for Lovers, Too (2013) ... ("Ain't No Sunshine", uncredited)
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 2007 - 2013) (writer - 2 episodes, 2011 - 2013)
- Top 6 Perform: 2 Eliminated (2013) ... (performer: "Use Me") / (writer: "Use Me")
- Top 20 Perform (2011) ... (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
- Top 8 (2007) ... (performer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 2013/I The Heat (performer: "Lonely Town, Lonely Street") / (writer: "Lonely Town, Lonely Street")
 2013 The Voice of the Philippines (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2013) ... (writer: "Lean on Me")
 2013 A Current Affair (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mitchell & Steve (2013) ... (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
  The Simpsons (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 1995 - 2013) (writer - 2 episodes, 1995 - 2013)
- Changing of the Guardian (2013) ... (performer: "Just the Two of Us" - uncredited) / (writer: "Just the Two of Us" - uncredited)
- Radioactive Man (1995) ... (performer: "Lean on Me") / (writer: "Lean on Me")
 2013 Twenty Feet from Stardom (Documentary) (writer: "Lean On Me")
 2012/I Flight (performer: "Ain't No Sunshine") / (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 2012 Pitch Perfect (writer: "No Diggity", "Riff Off: Mickey/Like A Virgin/Hit Me With Your Best Shot/It Must Have Been Love/S & M/Let's Talk About Sex/I'll Make Love To You/Feels Like The First Time/No Diggity" (uncredited))
  Inspector George Gently (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Gently Northern Soul (2012) ... (performer: "Lean On Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Lean On Me" - uncredited)
 2012 El donante (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2012) ... (performer: "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?" - uncredited)
  Chelsea Lately (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2012) (music - 1 episode, 2012)
- Episode #6.76 (2012) ... (lyrics: "Lean on Me" - uncredited) / (music: "Lean on Me" - uncredited)
 2012 The Apprentice (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- And the Winner Is ... (2012) ... (writer: "Lean On Me" - uncredited)
 2005-2012 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Results Show: Week Three (2012) ... (writer: "Lean on Me")
- Round Four (2005) ... ("Just the Two of Us") / (writer: "Just the Two of Us")
 2011 So You Think You Can Dance Canada (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Top 6 Performance (2011) ... (performer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 2011 Drop Dead Diva (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mother's Day (2011) ... (writer: "Lean on Me" - uncredited)
 2011 Britain's Got Talent (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.18 (2011) ... (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine" - uncredited)
 2011 Dancing Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #6.6 (2011) ... (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 2011 Glee Encore (Video) (writer: "Lean On Me")
 2011 Paul ("JUST THE TWO OF US") / (performer: "JUST THE TWO OF US")
 2010 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #9.34 (2010) ... (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 2010 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hilary Swank/Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg (2010) ... (writer: "Lovely Day")
 2004-2010 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Episode #7.6 (2010) ... (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
- Episode #5.6 (2008) ... (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine" - uncredited)
- Episode #5.4 (2008) ... (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine" - uncredited)
- Bootcamp 2 (2004) ... (writer: "Lean on Me" - uncredited)
 2010 127 Hours ("Lovely Day") / (performer: "Lovely Day")
 2010 American Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 10 Performance (2010) ... (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 2010 She's Out of My League (performer: "Use Me") / (writer: "Use Me")
  CSI: NY (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Manhattanhenge (2009) ... (performer: "Ain't No Sunshine" - uncredited) / (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine" - uncredited)
 2009 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ballad (2009) ... (writer: "Lean on Me" - uncredited)
 2009 Tony Hawk: Ride (Video) (performer: "Lovely Day")
 2009 Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mai (2009) ... (writer: "Lean On Me" - uncredited)
 2009 David Garrett Live in Berlin (TV Movie) (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 2009 The Hangover (performer: "Grandma's Hands") / (writer: "Grandma's Hands")
 2008 Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 (Video Game) (music: "Just The Two Of Us")
 2008 30 Rock (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Believe in the Stars (2008) ... (writer: "Lean on Me" - uncredited)
 2008 Soul Power (Documentary) (performer: "Hope She'll Be Happier") / (writer: "Hope She'll Be Happier")
 2008 Transferants (Short) ("Use Me")
 2008 EastEnders (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 28 July 2008 (2008) ... (performer: "Lovely Day" - uncredited)
 2008 Snow Buddies (Video) (writer: "Lean On Me")
  The Choir: Boys Don't Sing (TV Mini-Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2008) (music - 1 episode, 2008)
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... (lyrics: "Lean on Me") / (music: "Lean on Me")
 2008 8 Days to Premiere ("Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone")
 2007 The Singing Bee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2007) ... (writer: "Lean on Me")
 2007 Eye See Me (performer: "Grandma's Hands", "Lean on Me") / (writer: "Grandma's Hands", "Lean on Me")
 2007 Entourage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Dog Day Afternoon (2007) ... (performer: "Use Me")
 2007 Banished ("AIN'T NO SUNSHINE")
 2007 Code Name: The Cleaner (performer: "Use Me") / (writer: "Use Me")
 2006 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Everybody Hates Elections (2006) ... (performer: "Lovely Day")
- Everybody Hates Corleone (2006) ... (performer: "Lovely Day")
 2006 School for Scoundrels (performer: "Lovely Day") / (writer: "Lovely Day")
 2006 Hoot (performer: "Lovely Day") / (writer: "Lovely Day")
 2006/I Something New (writer: "Who Is He and What Is He to You")
 2005 Munich (performer: "Ain't No Sunshine") / (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 2005 Roll Bounce (performer: "Lovely Day") / (writer: "Lovely Day")
 2005 A Little Trip to Heaven (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 2005 Beauty Shop (writer: "Lean on Me" (1972))
 2005 Monk (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mr. Monk Goes to Vegas (2005) ... (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine" - uncredited)
 2004 Drawn Together (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Dirty Pranking Number 2 (2004) ... ("Ain't No Sunshine")
 2004 LAX (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Secret Santa (2004) ... ("Ain't No Sunshine")
 2004 A Brokedown Melody (Documentary) (writer: "Take It All in and Check It All Out")
 2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (performer: "Use Me") / (writer: "Use Me")
 2004 Johnson Family Vacation (performer: "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?") / (writer: "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?")
 2004 Starsky & Hutch (performer: "Use Me") / (writer: "Use Me")
  Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- The Runner (2003) ... (performer: "Lean On Me") / (writer: "Lean On Me")
 2003 Keen Eddie (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Horse Heir (2003) ... (writer: "Just The Two Of Us")
 2003 Six Feet Under (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Tears, Bones & Desire (2003) ... ("Take It All In & Check It All Out")
 2003 Ghosts of the Abyss (Documentary) (writer: "Just the Two of Us")
 2003 Old School (performer: "Ain't No Sunshine") / (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 2002 Poolhall Junkies (performer: "Use Me") / (writer: "Use Me")
  The Wire (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2002) (writer - 1 episode, 2002)
- The Target (2002) ... (performer: "Use Me") / (writer: "Use Me")
 2001 Bandits (performer: "Just the Two of Us" (1981)) / (writer: "Just the Two of Us" (1981))
 2001 Exit Wounds (writer: "No Sunshine")
 2001 Blow Dry (performer: "Lovely Day") / (writer: "Lovely Day")
 2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Anonymous (2000) ... ("Ain't No Sunshine", uncredited)
 2000 Chain of Fools (writer: "Who is He (And What is He to You?)")
 2000 28 Days (writer: "Lean on Me" (1972))
 1999 Play It to the Bone (writer: "Gonna Be a Lovely Day")
  Zwei Männer am Herd (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1999) (writer - 1 episode, 1999)
- Einmal Bayern und zurück! (1999) ... (performer: "Just The Two Of Us" - uncredited) / (writer: "Just The Two Of Us" - uncredited)
 1999 Any Given Sunday (performer: "USE ME") / (writer: "USE ME")
 1999 American Beauty (performer: "Use Me") / (writer: "Use Me")
 1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (writer: "Just The Two Of Us (Dr. Evil Mix)")
 1999 Notting Hill (performer: "AIN'T NO SUNSHINE") / (writer: "AIN'T NO SUNSHINE")
 1999 The Corruptor (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (performer: "Ain't No Sunshine") / (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 1998 Day 532 (Short) (performer: "I'm Her Daddy") / (writer: "I'm Her Daddy")
 1998 Fallen (writer: "Who Is He And What Is He To You")
 1997 Jackie Brown (performer: "Who Is He (And What Is He to You?)" (1972)) / (writer: "Who Is He (And What Is He to You?)" (1972))
 1997 Suicide Kings (performer: "Grandma's Hands") / (writer: "Grandma's Hands")
 1997 Soul Food (writer: "No Diggity")
 1997 A Brother's Kiss (writer: "Use Me" (1995))
 1997 Flipping (writer: "AIN'T NO SUNSHINE")
 1996 Muppets Tonight (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Paula Abdul (1996) ... (writer: "Lean On Me")
 1996 Jerry Maguire (writer: "The Wrong Come Up")
 1996 Bulletproof (writer: "Tha 2 Of Us")
 1996 Girls Town (writer: "Somedays")
 1995 Agony Again (TV Series) (writer: "Lean on Me")
 1992 The Bodyguard (writer: "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day")
 1992 American Me (writer: "No Sunshine")
  The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1991) (writer - 1 episode, 1991)
- Buster (1991) ... (performer: "Lean on Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Lean on Me" - uncredited)
 1989 Staying Together (writer: "Lean on Me")
 1989 Lean on Me (writer: "LEAN ON ME")
 1987 Into the Homeland (TV Movie) (writer: "Ain't No Sunshine")
 1987 Designing Women (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Howard the Date (1987) ... (writer: "Lean On Me")
 1982 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 3 November 1982 (1982) ... (writer: "In The Name Of Love" - uncredited)
 1980 The Two Ronnies (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.3 (1980) ... (writer: "Paint Your Pretty Picture")
  Great Railway Journeys of the World (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 1980) (writer - 1 episode, 1980)
- Coast to Coast (1980) ... (performer: "Lovely Day" - uncredited) / (writer: "Lovely Day" - uncredited)
 1978 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 26 January 1978 (1978) ... (performer: "Lovely Day")
 1977 Looking for Mr. Goodbar (performer: "She's Lonely, She Wants To")
 1976 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Buck Henry/Bill Withers, Toni Basil (1976) ... (performer: "Ain't No Sunshine" - uncredited)
 1973 Save the Children (Documentary) (performer: "Lean on Me") / (writer: "Lean on Me")
 1973 The Midnight Special (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.20 (1973) ... (writer: "Compartments")
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Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

I write and sing about whatever I'm able to understand and feel. I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.

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His composition "Lean On Me" was adopted as a hymn by the Unitarian-Universalist Association and appears in their supplemental hymnal "Singing the Journey" (Hymn # 1021). See more »

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Cancer

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