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Earl Billings



A frequent presence in both film and television from the 1970s onward, African-American character player Earl Billings moved from landing one- and two-shot bit roles in prime-time series programs and low-profile movies to signing for supporting roles in some of Hollywood's most acclaimed comedies and dramas. This stocky, heavyset player demonstrated a knack for playing black everymen -- often essaying the parts of police officers, detectives, and security guards. Billings first began receiving onscreen credit around 1976, with a single-episode contribution to Norman Lear's sitcom Good Times. Soon after that, the actor appeared in the recurring role of Rob on What's Happening!! Following a turn in the little-seen Sounder, Part Two (1976) and credit as a parole office worker in the gentle yet profane Richard Pryor comedy Bustin' Loose (1981), Billings acted in several telemovies.



After a cinematic lapse of several years, Billings rebounded with an appearance in the blockbuster 1987 John Badham crime comedy Stakeout. A consistent string of supporting turns in A-list productions followed, including (but not limited to) Jimmy Hollywood (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), American Splendor (2003), Thank You for Smoking (2005), and Something New (2006). Billings augmented this success with occasional work on such prime-time series as Ally McBeal and ER. In 2008, he took on his first regular TV role, playing Principal Huffy on the sitcom Miss Guided, starring Judy Greer as an earnest high-school guidance councilor, but the series was unfortunately very short-lived.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Senior Skip Day
  • Lamar's Father
2008
61% Something New
  • Edmond McQueen
2006
86% Thank You for Smoking
  • Senator Dupree
2006
25% Fat Albert
  • Mr. Mudfoot (Voice)
2004
No Score Yet Christmas at Water's Edge
  • Actor
2004
54% Mr. 3000
  • Lenny Koron
2004
94% American Splendor
  • Mr. Boats
2003
79% Antwone Fisher
  • James
2002
No Score Yet Living in Peril
  • Detective
1997
54% Con Air
  • Guard
1997
37% The Fan
  • Shopkeeper
1996
87% Crimson Tide
  • Rick Marichek
1995
14% Jimmy Hollywood
  • Police Captain
1994
No Score Yet Nails
  • Jack Willis
1992
98% One False Move
  • McFeely
1992
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter
  • Al Shockley
1991
4% Wired
  • Detective
1989
87% Stakeout
  • Capt. Giles
1987
No Score Yet The George McKenna Story
  • Mr. Rogers
1986
No Score Yet Bustin' Loose
  • Man at Parole Office
1981
No Score Yet J.D.'s Revenge
  • Capt. Turner
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Officer McNeil
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Actor
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Adm. Thomas Henry
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Ray's Client
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Eddie Clark
Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Mike

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