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Encyclopedia > Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams
Birth name William December Williams, Jr.
Born April 6, 1937 (1937-04-06) (age 70)
New York City, New York, Flag of the United States United States
Years active 1959 - present

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Harvey Dent in Batman (1989), played by Billy Dee Williams.

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Biography

Early life

Williams was born William December Williams, Jr. in New York City, New York to William December Williams, Sr. a Texas-born janitor, and Loretta, a West Indian-born elevator operator.[1][2] He has a sister, Loretta, and grew up in Harlem, where he was raised by his maternal grandmother while his parents worked at several jobs. Williams graduated from Manhattan's School of Performing Arts. New York, New York redirects here. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... A map of West India. ... For other uses, see Harlem (disambiguation). ... Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts is located near the Juilliard School in the Lincoln Center district of Manhattan, on Amsterdam Avenue between 65th Street and 64th Street. ...


Career

His first big break was in the acclaimed television movie, Brian's Song in which he played Gale Sayers. His next hit came in 1972 when he played Billie Holliday's husband Louis McKay in Motown Productions' Holliday biopic Lady Sings the Blues. Diana Ross starred in Lady Sings the Blues opposite Williams; Motown paired the two of them again three years later in Mahogany. “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Dannys Song Two Scene 1, Dannys House* Dannys Mom (watching Dannys song):UMAHHHSHS Movie, WHERES MY JACK DANIELS Dannys Dad:Here it is Dannys Mom:Get outta here fanboy Me:Tell em steve dave Dannys Mom:Im gonna go see dannys o umaaaahhhhhhh... Gale Eugene Sayers (born May 30, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas), also known as The Kansas Comet, was a professional football player in the National Football League who spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Billie Holiday photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1949 Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959), also called Lady Day is generally considered one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. ... Motown Record Company, L.P., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label specializing in the musical genres of R&B, pop, soul music, and hip-hop music. ... Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 biographical film which tells the story of blues singer Billie Holliday. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Mahogany is a 1975 feature film, directed by Berry Gordy, produced by Motown Productions and released to theaters by Paramount Pictures. ...


Arguably, his most famous role is Lando Calrissian, which he played in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Williams had originally auditioned for the role of Han Solo during the casting of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. He later reprised this role, when he lent his voice for the character in the 2002 video game Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, as well as the audio dramatization of Dark Empire. Lando Calrissian is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Billy Dee Williams. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... Han Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... 2002 2002 in games 2001 in video gaming 2003 in video gaming Notable events of 2002 in video gaming. ... Dark Empire was a comic series produced by Dark Horse Comics set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ...


Williams appeared in numerous other films, most recently lending his voice to Oedipus (2004). One of his most notable roles was in 1989's Batman as district attorney Harvey Dent. Williams originally took the role believing that it would land him in a sequel playing the supervillain Two-Face and arranged a pay or play contract in preparation for the role. However, the studio decided to pay the penalty fee instead when the time came for the third installment, Batman Forever in order cast to Tommy Lee Jones for the role. This article is about motion pictures. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... Batman DVD cover, 1997 release version Batman was released in U.S. theaters on June 23, 1989 by Warner Bros. ... A district attorney is, in some U.S. jurisdictions, the title of the local public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... Two-Face is a fictional character, a supervillain and enemy of Batman in the DC Comics Universe. ... A pay or play contract specifies that money will be paid to a person regardless of whether or not their services are used. ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... For the musician, see Tommy Lee. ...


William's television work included a recurring guest-starring role on the short-lived show Gideon's Crossing. He has had a brief cameo in the hit TV show Scrubs season 5, where he plays the godfather of Julie(Mandy Moore). He is also well-known for his appearance in advertisements for Colt 45, a low-cost brand of malt liquor, for which he received much criticism. Williams responded indifferently to the criticism of his appearances in the liquor commercials. When questioned about his appearances he was quoted as saying, "I drink, you drink. Hell, if marijuana was legal, I'd appear in a commercial for it." Gideons Crossing was a US medical drama loosely-based on the experience of the real life Dr. Jerome Groupman. ... This article is about the US sitcom. ... Amanda Mandy Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Generally speaking, advertising is the paid promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas by an identified sponsor. ... Colt 45 is a brand of beer (or malt liquor) introduced by National Bohemian and currently brewed by Pabst Brewing Company and G. Heileman Brewing Company in Texas. ... Comparison of 12oz longneck to a 40 of Country Club Malt Liquor Malt liquor is an American term referring to a type of beer that has a high alcohol content and is therefore considered too alcoholic to be marketed as beer. ... A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ...


He also plays a live action character, GDI Director Redmond Boyle, in the video game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, making him the second former Star Wars actor to appear in a Command and Conquer game, with the first being James Earl Jones as GDI General James Solomon in Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. Williams portrayed Pastor Dan in an episode of That 70's Show. In this episode entitled "Baby Don't You Do It"(2004) his character is obsessed with "Star Wars", and uses this to help counsel Eric and Donna about their premarital relationship. The UNGDI, or fully the United Nations Global Defense Initiative, is a fictional militarized branch of the United Nations which is featured prominently in the Tiberian series of Westwood Studios Command & Conquer real-time strategy video games. ... James Earl Jones (b. ... That 70s Show logo That 70s Show is a Fox Network television sitcom centered around the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional suburb of Point Place, near Green Bay, during the late 1970s. ...


Williams made a cameo appearance as himself on the TV series Lost in the episode "Exposé". “LOST” redirects here. ... List of Lost episodes Exposé[1] is the fourteenth episode of the third season of Lost. ...


He later met and married Maura James, a noted author of mysteries and children's book. The couple met while he was on location filming "Shorter Rain" in Tuscany, Italy in 1982. Though they are separated now, the two remain "the warmest of friends".


In a pun from the television series Family Guy (episode 86 "Road to Rupert"), Peter turns over his pillow to the "cool side" on which Williams' face appears and talks to him. Family Guy is an Emmy award winning American animated television series about a nuclear family in the fictional town of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... “Road to Rupert,” is a season five episode of the FOX animated television series Family Guy. ...


Williams also appears regularly on short clips on the Jimmy Kimmel Live as a semi-parody of himself. Jimmy Kimmel Live is a late-night talk show in the United States created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, broadcast from the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. ...


Filmography

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The Final Comedown is a 1972 drama film written, produced and directed by Oscar Williams and starring Billy Dee Williams and DUrville Martin. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 biographical film which tells the story of blues singer Billie Holliday. ... Hit! is a 1973 action film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... The Take is a documentary released in 2004 by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Mahogany is a 1975 feature film, directed by Berry Gordy, produced by Motown Productions and released to theaters by Paramount Pictures. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... (1976) Filmed in Macon, Georgia, The Bingo Long Traveling Allstars & Motor Kings starred actors Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor and James Earl Jones. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Scott Joplin Scott Joplin (born between June 1867 – January 1868[1]; died April 1, 1917) was an American musician and composer of ragtime music. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Lando Calrissian is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Billy Dee Williams. ... Nighthawks is a 1981 action thriller movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta, Nigel Davenport and Rutger Hauer. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... This article is about the year. ... Dynasty was an American primetime television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 10, 1989. ... Being number one with a bullet is a reference to the use in the past of bullets in front of the titles of the top 500 songs in Billboard Magazine. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Batman is a 1989 American Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Two-Face, from Batman #234, August 1971. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Martin is an American television sitcom produced by HBO Independent Productions (a subsidiary of HBO, in turn a division of Time Warner) that aired for five seasons from August 27, 1992 to May 1, 1997 on FOX. The show starred comedian Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... 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Books

  • PSI/Net (1999), ISBN 978-0-312-86766-9
  • JUST/In Time (2001), ISBN 978-0-8125-7240-7
  • Twilight: A Novel (2002), ISBN 978-0-312-87909-9

Video Games

  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (As Lando Calrissian)
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (As GDI Director Redmond Boyle)

This page lists the characters of the Global Defense Initiative, one of the primary factions in the Tiberian series of Westwood Studios popular Command & Conquer series of computer and video games. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/79/Billy-Dee-Williams.html
  2. ^ http://www.nerf-herders-anonymous.net/BillyDeeWilliams.html
  • Nishikawa, Kinohi. "Billy Dee Williams." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Ed. Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey, Jr. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. 1742-43.

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Preceded by
None
Actors to portray Harvey Dent/Two-Face
1989-1995
Succeeded by
Tommy Lee Jones

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