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Billy Dee Williams

Highest Rated:   96% The LEGO Movie (2014)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
91% 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
33% 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 Black Rose of Harlem
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Triplecross
  • Oscar
1995
No Score Yet Alien Intruder
  • Commander Skyler
1993
No Score Yet Percy and Thunder
  • Ralph Tate
1993
No Score Yet The Jacksons: An American Dream
  • Berry Gordy
1992
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 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
71% Fear City
  • Al Wheeler
1984
No Score Yet The Imposter
  • Matthew Raines
1984
No Score Yet Marvin and Tige
  • Richard Davis
1983
80% 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
72% Nighthawks
  • Matthew Fox
1981
No Score Yet Children of Divorce
  • Actor
1980
40% 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
87% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
  • Bingo Long
1976
29% Mahogany
  • Brian
1975
No Score Yet Hit!
  • Nick Allen
1973
75% Lady Sings the Blues
  • Louis McKay
1972
No Score Yet The Final Comedown
  • Johnny Johnson
1972
No Score Yet The Glass House
  • Lennox
1972
54% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Comic Book Men
2012
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Actor
  • Reality cast member
  • 2014
No Score Yet King of the Nerds
2013-2015
  • Judge
  • 2014
  • 2013
86% 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
22% Man Up!
2011
  • Himself
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
  • Voice
  • 2011
100% White Collar
2009-2014
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Boondocks
2005-2014
  • Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Henry
  • 2008
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2007
87% Lost
2004-2010
  • Mr. LaShade
  • 2007
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Himself
  • 2006
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
  • Himself
  • 1993

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