Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams

Highest Rated: 96% The LEGO Movie (2014)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll (2011)

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



52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lando Calrissian 2019
90% The Lego Batman Movie Two-Face $175.7M 2017
No Score Yet The Man in 3B Actor $0.3M 2015
96% 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
32% 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
72% 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
82% 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
70% Nighthawks Matthew Fox 1981
No Score Yet Children of Divorce Actor 1980
47% The Final Countdown Actor 1980
94% 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
88% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Bingo Long 1976
25% 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
85% 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


No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2020
No Score Yet Comic Book Men
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
Reality cast member 2014
No Score Yet King of the Nerds
Judge 2014
86% Modern Family
Billy Dee Williams Himself 2013
No Score Yet NCIS
Leroy Jethro Moore 2012
No Score Yet Man Up
Himself 2011
21% Man Up!
Himself 2011
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
Voice 2011
96% White Collar
54% The Boondocks
Voice 2010
No Score Yet Titan Maximum
Voice 2009
No Score Yet General Hospital: Night Shift
Toussaint Dubois 2008
51% Private Practice
Henry 2008
71% Family Guy
Voice 2007
85% Lost
Mr. LaShade 2007
83% Scrubs
Himself 2006
No Score Yet Half & Half
Omar 2004
No Score Yet That '70s Show
Paston Dan 2004
50% Gideon's Crossing
Clark Boies Calrk Boies 2001
No Score Yet The Hughleys
Jerry Rose 2001
No Score Yet A Different World
No Score Yet Martin
Himself 1993
No Score Yet Wiseguy
No Score Yet Dynasty
Brady Lloyd 1984
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
Director 1984
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Hank Benton 1971
No Score Yet 18 Wheels of Justice


Al Wheeler says: [as Rossi drives off] There's nothing I hate more than guineas in Cadillacs.

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: YOU WANT TO GET NUTS?!!! COME ON! Lets get nuts!

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: YOU WANT TO GET NUTS? COME ON! Lets get nuts!

District Attorney Harvey Dent says: Call Me.

Joker/Jack Napier says: This town needs an enema.

Lando Calrissian says: I thought you wanted them to stay here!

Brian Piccolo says: I said thank you.

Gale Sayers says: I know.

Brian Piccolo says: Well, usually when someone says thank you you're supposed to say you're welcome or How's Your mother?

Gale Sayers says: How's your mother?

Brian Piccolo says: She's doin' fine, thanks for asking.

Gale Sayers says: I love Brian Piccolo. And tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.

Brian Piccolo says: I think I know what's wrong with me.

Gale Sayers says: Yeah? What's that?

Brian Piccolo says: I'm pregnant.

Lando Calrissian says: How you doin', Chewbacca? You still hangin' around with this loser?

Lando Calrissian says: How you doin Chewbacca? Still hanging around with this loser?