Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams was a long anticipated and much needed addition to the cast of heroes in the “Star Wars” universe. His considerable presence brought many viewers to the seats of the theater to see “The Empire Strikes Back” who may not have originally purchased a ticket. His overwhelming popularity and powerful performance opposite Diana Ross in the films “Mahogony” and “Lady Sings The Blues” led many women flocking to see his character, Lando Calrissian, in George Lucas’ space fantasy.
Billy Dee’s career has encompassed so much, including the films “Undercover Brother”, “Nighthawks”, “Bingo Long”and “Bryan’s Song”. His introduction in the “Star Wars” trilogy allowed Billy Dee to continue his role in “Return of the Jedi”; as General Calrissian, piloting the Millennium Falcon directly into the second Death Star destroying it from within. His popularity in the fantasy Sci-Fi genre continued when he took the role of Gotham’s district attorney Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s “Batman”, lending his charming good looks and suave attitude to the film. Billy Dee Williams has been nominated for many industry awards including The Emmy, The Independent Spirit Award as well as winning the TV Land Award and the Image Award! Other amazing performances can be seen in the Indy film “The Visit” where he portrayed a father whose son is dying of AIDS in prison and for the same director, a film called “Constellation”.
Aside from his prestigious film career Billy Dee could also be seen on the television series “Dynasty”, “18 Wheels of Justice”, “Night Shift”, “Gideon’s Crossing”, “LOST” and more recently has had a few unforgettable roles on series such as “NCIS”, “White Collar” and “GLEE”.