Billy Dee Williams Biography
(Best Known for His Role of 'Lando Calrissian' in the 'Star Wars' Film Franchise)
Birthday: April 6, 1937 (Aries)
Born In: New York, New York, United States
Billy Dee Williams, born as William December Williams Jr., is an eminent actor, artist and singer, best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the ‘Star Wars’ film franchise. Born in the USA to African-American parents, he debuted in stage at the age of seven. However, his goal was to become a painter and he started acting in order to buy his art supplies while studying at National Academy of Fine Arts and Design, eventually taking it up as a career option. Debuting in films and television at the age of 33, he had his breakthrough at the age of 34, when he appeared in the role of Gale Slayer in 'Brian's Song'. However, it was his role as Louis McKay in 'Lady Sings the Blues', which actually turned him into a matinee idol and very soon he began to be known as the ‘Black Clark Gable’. At the age of 43, he reached the pinnacle of his glory, appearing as Lando Calrissian in 'The Empire Strikes Back'. Very soon, he also started painting, holding his first solo exhibition at the age of 56. In spite of his busy schedule, he has held several exhibitions since then.