Billy Dee Williams

Highest Rated: 95% The LEGO Movie (2014)
Birthday: Apr 6, 1937
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
The screen's first authentic black romantic leading man, Williams is often referred to as "the black Gable." He first appeared onstage as a child actor in The Firebrand of Florence (1947) with German actress Lotte Lenya; his mother was an elevator operator at New York's Lyceum Theater, and when she heard of an opening for a child in the play she brought him to the producer, who hired him. He went on to study acting at New York's High School of Music and Art and The National Academy of Fine Arts; for a few months he was taught by Sidney Poitier at Harlem's Actors Workshop. He began working onstage in the mid '50s, then landed his breakthrough role in the play A Taste of Honey in 1960. He debuted onscreen as a rebellious ghetto kid in The Last Angry Man (1959). However, he did not appear in another film for over a decade. In the '60s he began landing roles on TV, including a continuing role on the soap opera Another World and guest spots on TV series. He made a big impression as the costar of the TV movie Brian's Song (1970). His breakthrough screen role was as the lover of Billie Holiday (Diana Ross) in the hit Lady Sings the Blues (1972), which brought him to stardom and established him as a romantic lead. He went on to appear in a number of movies, few of which fully used his talents; he portrayed Lando Calrissian in the second and third Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). In the mid '80s he began appearing again frequently on TV, and starred in the short-lived series Double Dare in 1985; he was also a regular for a while on Dynasty.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lando Calrissian 2019
90% The Lego Batman Movie Two-Face $175.7M 2017
No Score Yet Danse lascive Tito 2017
19% Dirty Dancing Tito 2017
No Score Yet The Man in 3B Actor $0.3M 2015
95% The LEGO Movie Lando $244.9M 2014
No Score Yet The Trace Actor 2014
0% The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Ace Millstone 2011
No Score Yet John Legend - Duke Ellington Actor 2011
43% Barry Munday Lonnie Green 2010
No Score Yet Three Ways to Get a Husband Actor 2009
No Score Yet iMurders Actor 2008
31% Fanboys Judge Reinhold $0.8M 2008
11% Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror Pastor Charlie 2007
No Score Yet The Maintenance Man Actor 2006
0% Constellation Helms Boxer $0.3M 2005
No Score Yet Epoch:Evolution Actor 2003
No Score Yet Epoch: Evolution Paul Ferguson 2003
77% Undercover Brother Gen. Boutwell $38.3M 2002
No Score Yet The Last Place on Earth Dr. Davis 2002
No Score Yet Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Rivalry Continues Actor 2001
72% The Visit Henry Waters 2000
11% The Ladies Man Lester $13.4M 2000
No Score Yet Marked for Murder Capt. Jack Reilly 2000
No Score Yet Fear Runs Silent Hammond 1999
No Score Yet Contract Actor 1999
No Score Yet Hard Time Barker 1998
10% Woo Actor 1998
No Score Yet Bingo Long And His Traveling All Stars Actor 1998
No Score Yet Mask of Death Agent Jeffries 1997
No Score Yet Steel Sharks Tom Perry 1997
No Score Yet Moving Target Detective 1996
No Score Yet The Prince Jamie Hicks 1996
No Score Yet Secret Agent 00 Soul Secret Agent Zero 1995
No Score Yet Triplecross Oscar 1995
No Score Yet Black Rose of Harlem Actor 1995
No Score Yet Alien Intruder Commander Skyler 1993
No Score Yet Percy and Thunder Ralph Tate 1993
No Score Yet Giant Steps Slate Thompson 1992
No Score Yet Driving Me Crazy Max 1991
No Score Yet Dangerous Passion Actor 1990
71% Batman Harvey Dent 1989
No Score Yet The Return of Desperado Daniel Lancaster 1988
No Score Yet Deadly Illusion Hamberger 1987
No Score Yet Number One with a Bullet Frank Hazeltine 1987
No Score Yet Courage Bobby Jay 1986
No Score Yet Oceans of Fire Actor 1986
67% Fear City Al Wheeler 1984
No Score Yet The Imposter Matthew Raines 1984
No Score Yet Marvin and Tige Richard Davis 1983
81% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Lando Calrissian 1983
No Score Yet Chiefs Joshua Cole/Tyler Watts 1983
No Score Yet From Star Wars to Jedi - The Making of a Saga Actor 1983
No Score Yet Shooting Stars Actor 1983
74% Nighthawks Matthew Fox 1981
No Score Yet Children of Divorce Actor 1980
44% The Final Countdown Actor 1980
95% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Lando Calrissian $4.6M 1980
No Score Yet Christmas Lilies of the Field Homer Smith 1979
No Score Yet Scott Joplin Scott Joplin 1977
87% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Bingo Long 1976
29% Mahogany Brian 1975
No Score Yet Hit! Nick Allen 1973
69% Lady Sings the Blues Louis McKay 1972
No Score Yet The Final Comedown Johnny Johnson 1972
No Score Yet The Glass House Lennox 1972
60% The Out-of-Towners Lost and Found Supervisor 1970
92% Brian's Song Gale Sayers 1970
No Score Yet Carter's Army Pvt. Lewis 1970
No Score Yet Black Brigade Lewis 1969
No Score Yet Diamond Head Actor 1963
No Score Yet The Last Angry Man Josh Quincy 1959

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Comic Book Men
2012-2018
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
Reality cast member
  • 2014
No Score Yet King of the Nerds
2013-2015
Judge
  • 2014
  • 2013
87% Modern Family
2009
Billy Dee Williams Himself
  • 2013
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Leroy Jethro Moore
  • 2012
No Score Yet Man Up
2011
Himself
  • 2011
21% Man Up!
2011
Himself
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
Voice
  • 2011
97% White Collar
2009-2014
  • 2011
  • 2010
48% The Boondocks
2005-2014
Voice
  • 2010
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
Henry
  • 2008
  • 2007
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2007
90% Lost
2004-2010
Mr. LaShade
  • 2007
84% Scrubs
2001-2010
Himself
  • 2006
No Score Yet That '70s Show
1998-2006
Paston Dan
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Hughleys
1998-2002
Jerry Rose
  • 2001
  • 1999
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
  • 1993
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
Himself
  • 1993
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
  • 1990
No Score Yet Dynasty
1981-1989
Brady Lloyd
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
Director
  • 1984
  • 1978
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Hank Benton
  • 1971

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