Billy Dee Williams is an American actor, who is best known for playing Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars film franchise.
Williams’ character did not appear in the first Star Wars movie, but rather he made his debut in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. He also reprised his role as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He is voicing the character again in the upcoming animated Star Wars: Detours.
In 1989, Billy Dee Williams played Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman movie. His character was initially set to become the villain Two Face in future films, but the Batman series wound up getting a new director after the second film, and the role was recast.
Williams has appeared in numerous other movies and TV series, including a run in 2014 on Dancing With The Stars. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his performance in the TV movie Brian’s Song.
Billy Dee Williams was born on April 6, 1937 in New York City, New York. He turns 79 years old today.