Bert Williams (I) (1874–1922)


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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 The Hon. Bert Williams, Walking Delegate
(1916)
Fish Actor
(1916)
I Love a Bandleader Soundtrack
(1945)

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 1916 Fish (Short)
 1916 A Natural Born Gambler (Short)
The Hon. Bert Williams, Walking Delegate
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Sally in Our Alley See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | See more »

Spouse:

Charlotte L. (Johnston) Thompson  (his death)
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Personal Quote:

One of the funniest sights in the world is a man whose hat has been knocked in or ruined by being blown off - provided of course it be the other fellow's hat. All the jokes in the world are based on a few elemental ideas, and this is one of them. The sight of other people in trouble is nearly always funny. This is human nature. See more »

Trivia:

Joined the Ziegfeld Follies in 1911. See more »

Trademark:

Although he was black, he performed in traditional blackface makeup See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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