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Billy Dee Williams net worth:
$7.5 Million

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Billy Dee Williams Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

William December Williams, Jr. was born on 6 April 1937, in New York City, New York USA, of West Indian and African-American descent. He is a famous actor, musician, writer and visual artist perhaps best known for his appearances in the “Star Wars” franchise movies, and the 1989 superhero film “Batman”.

Billy Dee Williams Net Worth $7.5 Million

So how rich is Billy Dee Williams nowadays? Sources estimate his current net worth to have reached $7.5 million, most of his wealth having been accumulated through his work as a film, television and voice actor.

Billy Dee is one of those actors who began their career on the theatre stage and later moved on to act in the film and television industry. He made his Broadway stage debut as a child actor in 1945 in “The Firebrand of Florence”, and as an adult actor in 1960 in “The Cool Word”. Meantime, in 1959 he made his first film appearance in the drama “The Last Angry Man” and in 1966 he became a cast member of the soap opera “The Guiding Light”. Being cast as one of the lead characters in the television film “Brian’s Song” had significantly influenced Billy Dee’s career.

In 1980 he was chosen for the character of Lando Calrissian in the epic space opera “The Empire Strikes Back” which was extremely successful and undoubtedly helped in raising both Billy Dee’s popularity and net worth. He has also appeared in another “Star Wars” franchise movie “Return of the Jedi” in 1983, and as a voice actor in the “Star Wars” saga adaptation in “National Public Radio“. Another important role in Billy Dee’s career was him playing the character of Harvey Dent in 1989 superhero movie “Batman”.

At about that time he appeared in a number of commercials for Colt 45 which resulted in a lot of criticism. Later in his career, Billy Dee guest starred in a large number of television shows including “General Hospital” in 2009, “White Collar” in 2011, “NCIS” in 2012, “Modern Family” in 2013 and “Glee” in 2014.

Another aspect of his life which might have contributed to his net worth is painting, something which he practiced even before starting his acting career. His works are good enough to have been displayed in a number of galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Schomburg Museum and the Smithsonian Institution”. Further, while writing isn’t his main source of income, he has published three books: “PSI/Net” in 1999, “JUST/In Time” in 2001 and “Twilight: A Novel” in 2002, which have contributed to his net worth at least to some degree.

In his personal life, Billy Dee married Teruko Nakagami in 1972 and they raised a daughter named Hanako born in 1973. Billy Dee has a son Corey from his first marriage with Audrey Sellers, and was also married to actress Marlene Clark(1968-71).

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star Wars: Detours2016TV Series post-productionLando Calrissian (2012) (voice)
Dirty DancingTV Movie post-productionTito
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens2016Video GameLando Calrissian (voice, uncredited)
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures2016TV SeriesLando
Never Cool2015Short voice
Star Wars: Battlefront2015Video GameLando Calrissian (voice)
The Man in 3B2015Cain
Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales2015TV SeriesLando Calrissian
Star Wars Rebels2015TV SeriesLando Calrissian
Robot Chicken2007-2014TV SeriesFudge Turnover Lando Calrissian Announcer ...
NCIS2012-2014TV SeriesLeroy Jethro Moore
Glee2014TV SeriesAndy Collins
Baggage Battles2014TV Series
Blood Lines2014Judge Devi
The Rebels2014TV SeriesCoach Paysinger
The Lego Movie2014Lando (voice)
The Yoda Chronicles2013TV SeriesLindo Calrissian
Star Wars Cantina Karaoke2013ShortLando Calrissian
Modern Family2013TV SeriesBilly Dee Williams
This Bitter Earth2012Joe Watkins
Mad2012TV SeriesLando Calrissian / Attorney with a Booger / Casino Guard
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange2012TV SeriesOld Carrot
The Cleveland Show2011TV SeriesLando Calrissian
The Most Interesting BLACK Man in the World2011TV SeriesThe Most Interesting Black Man in the World
White Collar2011TV SeriesFord / Bradford Toman
Diary of a Single Mom2009-2011TV SeriesUncle Bo
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III2010TV MovieLando Calrissian / Teacher (voice)
Barry Munday2010Lonnie Green
3 Ways to Get a Husband2010VideoWilliam
Titan Maximum2009TV SeriesAdmiral Bitchface
General Hospital2009TV SeriesToussiant DuBois Toussiant Du Bois Toussaint DuBois ...
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll2009Ace Millstone
Fanboys2009Judge Reinhold
Private Practice2008TV SeriesHenry
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II2008TV ShortLando Calrissian / Man (voice)
General Hospital: Night Shift2007-2008TV SeriesTouissant DuBois Toussaint DuBois Toussaint Dubois
iMurders2008Robert Delgado
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Video GameRedmond Boyle - GDI Director
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006TV SeriesBlack Santa
Hood of Horror2006Pastor Charlie
Scrubs2006TV SeriesBilly Dee Williams
Weekends at the DL2005TV SeriesGod
Clubhouse2005TV SeriesBilly Beaumont
Constellation2005Helms Boxer
Half & Half2004TV SeriesOtis 'Omar Funk' Wright
The Maintenance Man2004VideoMelven
That '70s Show2004TV SeriesPastor Dan
Oedipus2004ShortBartender (voice)
Epoch: Evolution2003TV MovieFerguson
Today Will Be Yesterday Tomorrow2003Godot
Street Time2003TV SeriesCharles White
Undercover Brother2002Gen. Warren Boutwell
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast2002Video GameLando Calrissian (voice)
The Last Place on Earth2002Dr. Davis
Good Neighbor2001Sgt. Paul Davidson
Very Heavy Love2001Dante Brown
18 Wheels of Justice2000-2001TV SeriesBurton Hardesty
Gideon's Crossing2001TV SeriesClark Boies
The Hughleys1999-2001TV SeriesJerry Rose
The Ladies Man2000Lester
Code Name: Eternity2000TV SeriesDr. Jim Graham
The Visit2000/IHenry
Fear Runs Silent2000VideoSheriff Hammond
The Contract1999/ISenator Harmon
Promised Land1999TV SeriesLennie Trebant
Hard Time1998TV MovieLeo Barker
Montell Jordan: When You Get Home1998Short
Il quarto re1997TV MovieGasparre
Steel Sharks1997Adm. Jim Perry
The Prince1996/IJamie Hicks
Moving Target1996Detective Don Racine
Mask of Death1996Agent Jeffries
Triplecross1995TV MovieOscar
Falling for You1995TV MovieLieutenant Frank Lazaro
Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III1994TV Mini-SeriesFrancis Cardozo
Lonesome Dove: The Series1994TV SeriesAaron Grayson
Message from Nam1993TV MovieFelix
Percy & Thunder1993TV MovieRalph Tate
A Different World1993TV SeriesLangston Paige
Alien Intruder1993VideoCmdr. Skyler
Marked for Murder1993TV MovieCapt. Jack Reilly
Giant Steps1992Slate Thompson
The Jacksons: An American Dream1992TV SeriesBerry Gordy
Driving Me Crazy1991Max
Secret Agent OO Soul1990Secret Agent Zero
Dangerous Passion1990TV MovieLou
Wiseguy1990TV SeriesJesse Hains
Batman1989Harvey Dent
Michael Jackson: Liberian Girl1989Video shortBilly Dee Williams
The Return of Desperado1988TV MovieDaniel Lancaster
Deadly Illusion1987Hamberger
Number One with a Bullet1987Det. Hazeltine
Courage1986TV MovieBobby Jay
Oceans of Fire1986TV MovieJim McKinley
The Right of the People1986TV MovieMike Trainor
Double Dare1985TV SeriesBilly Diamond
Dynasty1984-1985TV SeriesBrady Lloyd
The Impostor1984TV MovieMatthew Raines
Fear City1984Al Wheeler
Time Bomb1984TV MovieWes Tanner
Marvin & Tige1983Richard Davis
Chiefs1983TV Mini-SeriesTyler Watts (aka Joshua Cole)
Shooting Stars1983TV MovieDouglas Hawk
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi1983Lando Calrissian
Nighthawks1981Sgt. Matthew Fox
Children of Divorce1980TV MovieWalter Williams
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back1980Lando Calrissian
The Hostage Tower1980TV MovieClarence Whitlock
Christmas Lilies of the Field1979TV MovieHomer Smith
Scott Joplin1977TV MovieScott Joplin
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings1976Bingo Long (P)
Mahogany1975Brian Walker
The Take1974Sneed
The Conversation1974Man in Yellow Hat (uncredited)
Hit!1973Nick Allen
Lady Sings the Blues1972Louis McKay
The Final Comedown1972Johnny Johnson
The Glass House1972TV MovieLennox
Brian's Song1971TV MovieGale Sayers
Mission: Impossible1971TV SeriesHank Benton
Mod Squad1971TV SeriesDr. Joe Goodson
Dan August1971TV SeriesSteve MacAdams
The Most Deadly Game1970TV SeriesClaude Miles
The F.B.I.1969-1970TV SeriesJames Borden / Nate Phelps / Edward Tobin
Lost Flight1970TV MovieMerle Barnaby
The Out of Towners1970Lost & Found - Boston
Carter's Army1970TV MoviePvt. Lewis
The New People1969TV SeriesHeath
NBC Experiment in Television1969TV Series
Premiere1968TV SeriesDan Gardner / David Arnold
Coronet Blue1967TV SeriesThe Second Technician
The Doctors and the Nurses1965TV SeriesPatrolman Cash
Another World1964TV SeriesAssistant D.A. (1960s)
The Defenders1964TV SeriesPrivate Austin George
The Last Angry Man1959Josh Quincy
Look Up and Live1959TV Series
Guiding Light1952TV SeriesDr. Jim Frazier #1 (1966)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jeffersons1984TV Series story by - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV Special performer: "There Is Nothing Like a Dame", "Irene", "Evelyne", "Bloody Mary", "Mame", "Hello, Dolly!"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentary special thanks
Austin Powers in Goldmember2002the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Woo1998Himself (uncredited)
All-Star Party for Aaron Spelling1998TV SpecialHimself
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II1997Video documentaryHimself (segment "Liberian Girl")
Star Wars: The Magic & the Mystery1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 9th Annual Genesis Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Martin1993TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Voices that Care1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Choir Member
Late Night with David Letterman1991TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In Living Color1990TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael1989-1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning America1990TV SeriesHimself
Sesame Street1988-1989TV SeriesHimself
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
2271986-1989TV SeriesHimself
Diana Ross: Red Hot Rhythm and Blues1987TV SpecialHimself
Brown Sugar1986TV Mini-Series documentaryHost - Narrator
Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary1986TV SpecialHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1985TV SeriesHimself
America1985TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
CBS Early Morning News1984TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards1984TV SpecialHimself
Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi1983TV Movie documentaryHimself, host, narrator
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever1983TV Movie documentaryHimself
Eubie Blake: A Century of Music1983TV MovieHimself - Host
The 4th Annual Black Achievement Awards1983TV SpecialHimself
Kids Are People, Too1980-1982TV SeriesHimself
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
The 7th Annual People's Choice Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Motion Picture
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1980TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Guest
The 1st Annual Black Achievement Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
The Jeffersons1978TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Academy Award of Merit
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHimself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
Sammy and Company1977TV SeriesHimself
New York, New York1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1974-1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
Lola!1976TV SeriesHimself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Animated & Best Live Action Short Film
The 45th Annual Academy Awards1973TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
Lady Sings the Blues (Featurette)1972Documentary shortHimself
Fandom Workshop2015TV SeriesHimself
Unsung Hollywood2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Comic Book Men2015TV SeriesHimself
Live @ the Con2015TV SeriesHimself
A Football Life2014TV SeriesHimself
Dancing with the Stars2014TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Home & Family2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dish Nation2014TV Series
Access Hollywood Live2014TV SeriesHimself
King of the Nerds2014TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy2013TV Series documentaryHimself
FOX News First2013TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - National UnFriend Day Spokesman / Himself - Commemorative Plate Spokesman
My Uncle Hector2013DocumentaryHimself
Key and Peele2012TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie2012Documentary
The Life & Times of Tim2012TV SeriesHimself
Man Up2011TV SeriesHimself
Iron Core Talk2011TV SeriesHimself
The Con2011DocumentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Red Carpet Report2010TV SeriesHimself
The Boondocks2010TV SeriesHimself
Robot Chicken2009TV SeriesHimself / Fudge Turnover
Bring Back... Star Wars2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
The View2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Star Wars at 302007TV MovieHimself - Lando Kalrisian
Lost2007TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In the Cutz2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in' Christmas2005TV Special documentaryHimself
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Gathering Storm2005Video documentary shortHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Lucas2005TV SpecialHimself
Black in the 80s2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Batman Heroes: Harvey Dent2005Video documentary shortHimself
Behind the Blues: Lady Sings the Blues2005Video shortHimself
Beyond Batman: Visualizing Gotham - The Production Design of Batman2005Video documentary shortHimself
When Star Wars Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentaryHimself - 'Lando Calrissian'
20th Century Masters: The Best of 'The Temptations' - The DVD Collection2004Video shortHimself
Hollywood Squares2002TV SeriesHimself
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentaryHimself
L.A. Pool Party2001TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Big Breakfast2001TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Beat2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross2000TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The Stars of 'Star Wars': Interviews from the Cast1999Video documentaryHimself
Closeups1999TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Drunken Peasants2015TV SeriesLando Calrissian
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV SeriesLando Calrissian
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesHimself - Contestant on 'Dancing with the Stars'
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy2006Video GameLando Calrissian (uncredited)
Star Wars: Battlefront2004Video GameLando
SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back1980TV Movie documentaryLando Calrissian

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Special Achievement AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
2010ISAIndie Series AwardsBest Performance by a Guest ActorDiary of a Single Mom (2009)
2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsBlockbuster Movie of the WeekBrian's Song (1971)· James Caan
1985Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 27 March 1985. At 1521 Vine Street.
1977Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
1972Image AwardImage AwardsBest Actor - Motion PictureLady Sings the Blues (1972)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011ISAIndie Series AwardsOutstanding Supporting ActorDiary of a Single Mom (2009)
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsMost Memorable Male Guest Star in a Comedy as HimselfThe Jeffersons (1975)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureThe Visit (2000)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleThe Visit (2000)
1984Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorStar Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
1981Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorStar Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleBrian's Song (1971)


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#Fact
1Uncle of Larry Riley.
2Inducted into the International Mustache Hall of Fame in 2015 (inaugural class) in the category Film & Television.
3His father was from Texas, and his mother was from Montserrat, an island in the Caribbean.
4Inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1984.
5The character Walter "Doc" Hartford from the animated space opera The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (1986) was based on him.
6He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1521 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on March 27, 1985.
7In addition to playing Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars trilogy, he played the part in the NPR radio dramatization of "The Empire Strikes Back" (1983). However, he was not available to reprise the role for "Return of the Jedi" (1996).
8Is one of three actors, along with Anthony Daniels and Mark Hamill, to reprise their same roles from the original Star Wars trilogy in the NPR radio dramatizations of the trilogy.
9Was cited as one of the most promising movie personalities of 1973 in John Willis' 1974 Film Annual "Screen World" book.
10He still actively paints, and some of his work can be seen at his online gallery. He has had solo exhibitions in various galleries around the United States, and his work hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Schomburg Museum. The beautiful covers of the Thelonious Monk Competition programs since 1990 are by him.
11Studied art at both New York's High School of Music and Art and at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
12Has a son named Corey Dee Williams, who graduated from North Hollywood in 1978. Stepdaughter Miyako also attended same high school and was in the 10th grade when Corey graduated.
13Has two children: Corey Dee Williams (b. 1960) and Hanako Williams. (b. 1973).
14He accepted the role of D.A. Harvey Dent in Batman (1989) with the knowledge and expectation that Dent would eventually become Two-Face; he reportedly had a clause put into his contract reserving the role for him in any sequels, which Warner Bros. had to buy out so they could cast Tommy Lee Jones.
15Originally auditioned for the role of Han Solo in 1976.
16He and actress/singer Diahann Carroll were classmates at the New York City High School of the Performing Arts, the school that was featured on the popular television series Fame (1982).
17Was arrested in Los Angeles after police received a call from his live-in girlfriend accusing him of battery. Williams was charged with cohabitational abuse and released on $50,000 bail. [January 1996]
18Has a twin sister, Loretta Williams.
19Has appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care".
20Was an accomplished art student even before his acting career began. Has had professional gallery showings where his oil canvases have sold for tens of thousands of dollars.

#Quote
1[Defending his appearance Colt 45 advertising] I drink, you drink. Hell, if marijuana was legal, I'd appear in a commercial for that too.
2I tell my son Corey that the greatest teacher is the teacher who says, "Don't follow me, follow yourself. Because within you there is that kingdom, that life, that force.".
3There'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.

#Trademark
1Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars films
2Deep smooth voice
3Broad smile and gregarious manner

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