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Billy Dee Williams is known as an American actor, voice actor, and artist. He is most famous for playing Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars franchise.

Background and Age

William December "Billy Dee" Williams Jr. was born on April 6, 1937, in New York, NY. He is the child of Loretta Anne, a West Indian-born lift operator from Montserrat, and William December Williams Sr., an African-American overseer from Texas. He has a twin sister, Loretta, and experienced childhood in Harlem, where he was raised by his maternal grandma while his folks worked at a few employments. Williams graduated from The High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, where he was a cohort of Diahann Carroll, who would later play the spouse of his character Brady Lloyd on the 1980s prime-time soap opera Dynasty.

Marriage, Wife, and Kids

Williams has been married multiple times. His first marriage was to Audrey Sellers in 1959. They were separated a few years after the fact, after which he clearly turned out to be very discouraged. They have a child, Corey Williams. In 1968, Williams married model and actress Marlene Clark in Hawaii. Their marriage kept going just two years but they authoritatively separated in 1971. He married Teruko Nakagami on December 27, 1972. She brought them a little girl named Miyako from her past union with musician Wayne Shorter. They have a little girl together named Hanako. They sought legal separation in 1993, however, they reunited in 1997.

Career and Net Worth

Williams made his film debut in 1959 in The Last Angry Man, opposite Paul Muni. He got his biggest break when he was cast as Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars film franchise.

After The Walt Disney Company obtained ownership of Lucasfilm in 2012, plans for a spin-off trilogy to the Star Wars films were reported. On April 29, 2014, Disney declared a cast rundown for Star Wars Episode VII, set a very long time after Episode VI. The affirmed cast included the actors who depicted Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker, alongside Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2, yet Calrissian's character was discarded. Fans made their disappointment known on social media platforms immediately.

In December 2019, it was anticipated that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the last passage of Walt Disney Co.'s latest Star Wars trilogy is predicted to make about $200 in its opening days. That isn't as much as the subsequent segment, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," which made $220 million during 2017, and further behind the 2015 first film, "The Force Awakens," which opened to a then-record $248 million when it was released in 2015. Billy repeats his role as Lando Calrissian.

Date modified: May 14, 2020
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