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Billy Dee Williams

Actor and Writer
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Born Apr 6, 1937
Age 79
Hometown New York City, Ne...
Other Names Williams, William...

William December "Billy Dee" Williams, Jr. is an American actor, artist, singer, and writer best known for playing the character of Lando Calrissian in the movies Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.… Read More

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  • Teruko Nakagami
    Married 1972
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  • Marlene Clark
    Married 1968 - 1971
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  • Marlene Clark
    Married 1968 - 1971
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  • Maura James
    Married
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  • Audrey Sellers
    Married
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Family

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Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams
Age 79

parents

  • William December Williams, Sr.
    William December Williams, Sr.
    Father
  • Loretta Anne
    Loretta Anne
    Mother

children

  • Corey Williams
    Corey Williams
    Son, Age 56
  • Hanako
    Hanako
    Son, Age 43

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CHILDHOOD

1937 Birth Born on April 6, 1937.
1945 8 Years Old Williams first appeared on Broadway in 1945 in The Firebrand of Florence.

TWENTIES

1959 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams made his film debut in 1959 in The Last Angry Man, opposite Paul Muni, in which he portrayed a delinquent young man. … Read More
1960 23 Years Old He returned to Broadway as an adult in 1960 in the adaptation of The Cool Word.
1961 24 Years Old He appeared in A Taste of Honey in 1961.

THIRTIES

1968 31 Years Old In 1968, Williams married model and actress Marlene Clark in Hawaii. They have a son, Corey. Their marriage lasted only two years and they officially divorced in 1971.
1972 35 Years Old He married Teruko Nakagami on December 27, 1972. She brought a daughter, Miyako (b. 1962), from her previous marriage to musician Wayne Shorter. They have a daughter Hanako (b. 1973). They filed for divorce in 1993, but were reported to have reconciled in 1997.
1976 39 Years Old A 1976 Broadway production, I Have a Dream, was directed by Robert Greenwald and starred Williams as Martin Luther King, Jr. His most recent Broadway appearance was in August Wilson's Fences, as a replacement for James Earl Jones in the role of Troy Maxson in 1988.

FORTIES

1981 44 Years Old …  Between his appearances in the Star Wars films, he starred alongside Sylvester Stallone as a cop in the 1981 thriller Nighthawks.

FIFTIES

1989 52 Years Old He co-starred in 1989's Batman as district attorney Harvey Dent, a role that was planned to develop into Dent's alter-ego, the villain Two-Face, in sequels. … Read More
1992 55 Years Old In 1992, he portrayed Berry Gordy in The Jacksons: An American Dream.
1993 56 Years Old In 1993, Williams had a guest appearance on the spin-off to The Cosby Show, A Different World, as Langston Paige, a grumpy landlord, in a backdoor pilot for his own series. … Read More
1996 59 Years Old Williams was arrested on January 30, 1996 after allegedly beating his live-in girlfriend, whom the police did not identify. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2006 - 2007 2 More Events
Williams reprised his role as Toussaint on General Hospital beginning in June 2009.
2010 73 Years Old In July 2010, Williams appeared in the animated series The Boondocks, where he voiced a fictionalized version of himself in the episode "The Story of Lando Freeman".
2011 74 Years Old In February 2011, Williams appeared as a guest star on USA Network's White Collar as Ford, an old friend of Neal Caffrey's landlady June, played by Diahann Carroll.
2012 75 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2012, Williams was the surprise guest during a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show spotlighting Diana Ross. … Read More
2013 76 Years Old On January 9, 2013, Williams appeared as himself in a cameo role on Modern Family, Season 4 / Episode 11 "New Year's Eve".
2014 77 Years Old It was announced on March 4, 2014 that Williams will be competing on the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars. … Read More
2015 78 Years Old In spite of his absence from Episode VII, Williams returned to the role Lando Calrissian in a 2015 episode of Star Wars Rebels. … Read More
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