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Birth Name: William December Williams

Birth Place: New York, NY

Birthday: April 6, 1937, Aries

Profession: Actor

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Fast Facts

  • Made his stage debut at age 7.
  • Studied at Sidney Poitier's acting workshop in the late '50s.
  • Breakthrough roles were Gale Sayers in the classic 1971 TV-movie Brian's Song and Louis McKay in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), opposite Diana Ross.
  • Best known for his work as Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). He was the first African-American to appear in the Star Wars films.
  • Made a cameo as himself in a 2007 episode of Lost, portraying an actor on the show-within-a-show Exposé.
  • Trained as a painter and has had several exhibitions of his work.


  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee


  • December Williams — Father
  • Teruko Nakagami Williams — Ex-wife
  • Miyako Williams — Daughter
  • Marlene Clark — Ex-wife
  • Hanako Williams — Daughter
  • Corey Williams — Son
  • Loretta Williams — Sister
  • Loretta Williams — Mother
  • Audrey Sellers — Ex-wife