William December "Billy Dee" Williams Jr. (born April 6, 1937) is an American actor, artist, singer and writer. He has played in about 50 movies and has appeared in numerous TV series since 1959.
His most famous role is undoubtedly Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars trilogy films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He adores the role, having voiced the character in nearly every piece of media he's appeared in since, be it a videogame, audiobook, or cartoon, and ultimately reprising it in live action with The Rise of Skywalker.
Other Notable Roles
- The Visit as Henry
- The Ladies Man as Lester
- The LEGO Movie as Lando Calrissian
- The LEGO Batman Movie as Two-Face
- Mission: Impossible as hank Benton (1 episode)
- Dynasty as Brady Lloyd (5 episodes)
- In Living Color! as Himself (1 episode)
- That '70s Show as Pastor Dan (1 episode)
- Street Time as Charles White (2 episodes)
- Half And Half as Otis 'Omar Funk' Wright (1 episode)
- Scrubs as Himself (1 episode)
- Lost as Himself (1 episode)
- Robot Chicken as Various voices (3 episodes)
- Private Practice as Henry (1 episode)
- White Collar as Ford/Bradford Toman (1 episode)
- NCIS as Leroy Jethro Moore (2 episodes)
- Modern Family as Himself (1 episode)
Tropes in his works:
- Casting Gag: He finally got to play Two-Face — as a voice acting role — in The LEGO Batman Movie. He only appeared as Harvey Dent before, in Batman.
- Cool Old Guy: At 81 years old, he went through a grueling workout routine to get back into shape to play Lando again.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Lando Calrissian was introduced in the second Star Wars film to be produced, The Empire Strikes Back.
- What Could Have Been: He played Harvey Dent in Batman, but bowed out from reprising the role as Two-Face in Batman Forever. Apparently, the reason he didn't reprise the role in Forever was because the chemicals would've made one side of his face lighter, and it would've raised issues about race and whatnot. note