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Billy Dee Williams

William December "Billy Dee" Williams, Jr. (born April 6, 1937) 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. Williams was born in New York City, New York, the son of Loretta Anne, a West Indian-born elevator operator from Montserrat, and William December Williams, Sr., an African-American caretaker from Texas. He has a twin 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 the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art in Manhattan, where he was a classmate of Diahann Carroll, who coincidentally played the wife of his character Brady Lloyd on the 1980s prime-time soap Dynasty. He first appeared on Broadway in 1945 in The Firebrand of Florence. He returned to Broadway as an adult in 1960 in the play version of The Cool Word. He appeared in A Taste of Honey in 1961. 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

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'Star Wars' Episode VII -- Billy Dee Williams Open to Return

Billy Dee Williams
I'll Do the Next 'Star Wars' ... If They Ask

Lando Calrissian hasn't gotten the call yet from Luke, Han or Leia to be in the next "Star Wars" film, but Billy Dee Williams says he'll be there ... if they want him.TMZ spotted Cloud City's… READ MORE >

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Billy Dee Williams
Fender Bender Blunder KIDS THESE DAYS!!!

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Billy Dee Williams -- Hell Yeah, I Wanna Be in the Next 'Star Wars'

Billy Dee Williams
Hell Yeah, I Wanna Be in the Next 'Star Wars'

In a gas station ... not too far, far away (from our office) ... "Star Wars" actor Billy Dee Williams dropped a potential BOMBSHELL about the greatest franchise in the galaxy to a TMZ reporter. It… READ MORE >

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Lando Calrissian & Han Solo Reunited

Lando Calrissian & Han Solo
Reunited

Thirty years after first starring as Lando Calrissian and Han Solo in "The Empire Strikes Back," Billy Dee Williams, 73, and Harrison Ford, 67, reunited at an anniversary screening of the classic… READ MORE >

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