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Billy Dee Williams – MovieActors.com

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Williams in RETURN OF THE JEDI.

About Billy Dee Williams (1937 –)

Billy Dee Williams was born William December Williams in New York City, New York on April 6, 1937.

As a teenager, Williams attended the New York City High School of the Performing Arts. His initial fame was in art. Williams found success as an artist and achieved rather credible accomplishment. Williams exhibited priceless oil canvasses and sold many that were purchased for upwards of tens of thousands of dollars.

Williams screen debut came at a young age. In 1959, he was cast in the rough 'n' tough film, "Last Angry Man". He frequently appeared in 1970's flicks, like "Hit!"; (1973) and "The Out-of-Towners"; (1970). Williams would also turn heads as an African American, landing leading roles. His appearances were alongside singing icon Diana Ross in such projects as "Mahogany" ;(1975).

In 1976, Williams auditioned for the role of Hans Solo for the legendary film series, "Star Wars". Though not cast as Hans, Williams played the memorable role of Lando Calrissian. He played Lando in the two other films maked in this trilogy: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) and RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983).

When asked about the role,Williams stated; "There's always been a lot of misunderstanding about Lando's character. I used to pick up my daughter from elementary school and get into arguments with little children who would accuse me of betraying Han Solo."

In 1987, Williams appeared in the critically acclaimed film "Batman" as District attorney Harvey Dent.

Since the 1980's however, Williams' career has slowed a bit, with his recent performances including several TV shows, such as [An American Dream (1992)], as opposed to the likes of the silver screen.

Billy Dee Williams' notable credits include...

THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS (1970)
LADY SINGS THE BLUES (1972)
HIT (1973)
MAHOGANY (1975)
SCOTT JOPLIN (1977)
NIGHTHAWKS (1981)
NUMBER ONE WITH BULLET (1987)
BATMAN (1989)
SECRET AGENT OO SOUL (1990)
DRIVING ME CRAZY (1991)
GIANT STEPS (1992)
STEEL SHARKS (1996)
THE PRINCE (1996)
MASK OF DEATH (1996)
MOVING TARGET (1997)
THE CONTRACT (1998)
THE VISIT (2000)
THE LADIES MAN (2000)
VERY HEAVY JOE (2001)
GOOD NEIGHBOR (2001)
THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH (2002)
UNDERCOVER BROTHER (2002)
TODAY WILL BE TOMORROW (2003)
OEDIPUS (2004)
CONSTELLATION (2005)
HOOD OF HORROR (2006)
FANBOYS (2008)
iMURDERS (2008)
THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N' ROLL (2009)
BARRY MUNDAY (2010)

Billy Dee Williams' television credits include:

BRIAN'S SONG (1971)
THE HOSTAGE TOWER (1980)
DANGEROUS PASSION (1990)

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Billy Dee Williams in RETURN OF THE JEDI