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Muppet

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Billy Dee Williams (b. 1937) is an actor best known for playing Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars franchise, Harvey Dent in Tim Burton's Batman, and appearing opposite Diana Ross in Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues.

Williams appeared on Sesame Street to count backwards from 10 with a Honker. (EKA: Episode 2403)

Starting out as a bit player on soap operas, Williams received an Emmy Award-nomination for his portrayal of Gale Sayers in the acclaimed TV movie Brian's Song (opposite Jack Warden) and has guest starred on the likes of Lost, 227, A Different World, Mission: Impossible, and That 70's Show. Other film credits include The Out of Towners (with Jack Lemmon), Nighthawks (as Sylvester Stallone's partner), The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, The Ladies Man, and Undercover Brother. Williams lent his voice to Robot Chicken, once again playing Lando Calrissian.

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Lostpedia

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Billy Dee Williams plays himself in the Season 3 episode "Exposé". He portrays both himself as an actor, and the fictional character Mr. LaShade, on the show-within-a-show television series Exposé.

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In Lost

Billy Dee stared alongside Nikki Fernandez in a fictional show called "Exposé". According to Hurley, his character (Mr. LaShade) was a major character on the show. ("Exposé")

Background

  • Williams is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Performing Arts.
  • His first big break came in 1971 with the film Brian's Song, for which he received an Emmy nomination.
  • He is arguably most famous for his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars movies: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
  • He is also well known for his appearances in advertisements for the liquor brand Colt .45.
  • He played District Attorney Harvey Dent in the movie Batman.

Trivia

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Date of Birth April 6, 1937 (age 72)
 
Origin New York City, New York, USA
 
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  • His full legal name is William December Williams.
  • In 1985 he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In "The Man from Tallahassee", a Colt .45 ad can be seen on a background billboard.
  • He is an accomplished painter with his own gallery and regular exhibitions.
  • Billy Dee Williams is the only actor on Lost to have portrayed himself on screen; John Walsh portrayed himself (in his position as host of a fictional segment of America's Most Wanted) as well, but this was in a Comic-Con video that was likely non-canonical instead of the show itself.
  • In the computer/video game Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars he starred opposite Josh Holloway as the GDI Director Redmond Boyle.

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Starwars

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Billy Dee Williams
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William December Williams, better known as Billy Dee Williams (born April 6, 1937), is an actor.

His first big break was in the acclaimed Brian's Song in which he played Gale Sayers. His next hit came in 1973 when he played Louis McKay in Lady Sings the Blues.

His most famous role is Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (and its radio adaptation), Return of the Jedi and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, the audio dramatization of Dark Empire, through vocal and physicall stock footage: Star Wars Battlefront, its spin-off: Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and Lego Star Wars II: The Original trilogy. He originally auditioned for the role of Han Solo, however, during the casting of Star Wars.

Williams has appeared in numerous other films, most recently in Constellation (2005). His last major film role was in 1989's Batman as district attorney Harvey Dent. Williams originally took the role with the agreement that it would land him in a sequel playing the villain Two Face, but the studio did not use him when the time came for the third installment, Batman Forever. In between, Williams has appeared in supporting roles in a number of films.

Williams is also well-known for his appearance in advertisements for Colt 45, a low-cost brand of malt liquor. Currently, Williams is part of the large star-studded cast assembled for the latest installment in EA Games's acclaimed Command & Conquer computer game series, and is quoted on the official site as saying "This is the most fun I've had since Star Wars". He's also an accomplished painter and owns his own art gallery, where much of his artwork has sold for thousands of dollars. In 1961, he recorded a jazz LP -- currently out of print -- for Prestige Records entitled Let's Misbehave, featuring Williams singing swing standards.

Williams guest starred on That '70s Show as a pastor. When counseling Eric and Donna, Eric continually made Star Wars references to which the pastor replied, "Star Wars is one of the greatest films ever made."
He also guest starred on Scrubs as the godfather of J.D.'s love interest in the episode. Turk called him Lando all throughout the episode, much to the annoyance of Williams.

Williams' most recent television appearance is on the nighttime soap opera, General Hospital: Nightshift as a hospital janitor. The show airs once a week on the Soap Network. Ironically, his Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill appeared on General Hospital in 1973.

Williams recently reprised the role of Lando on an episode of Robot Chicken and had a cameo role alongside Carrie Fisher in the 2009 film "Fanboys."

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