Fast Facts

  • Enlisted in the Marines in 1974 and later joined the Navy; served in the military for 15 years.
  • Started giving motivational speeches around the U.S. in 1988.
  • Received Daytime Emmy nominations in 1996 and 2001, and two in 2002. He won the award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1996.
  • Was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and has since established the Montel Williams Foundation, which raises awareness for the disease and provides money for research.
  • Has written a number of best-selling books, including 1996's Mountain, Get Out of My Way: Life Lessons and Learned Truths.
  • Supports the legalization of medical marijuana.
  • In 2006, he became the national spokesperson for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, which works to extend prescription-drug help to all Americans.


  • Montel Brian Hank Williams II — Son
  • Tara Fowler — Wife
  • Ashley Williams — Daughter
  • Marjorie Hines — Sister
  • Wyntergrace Williams — Daughter
  • Herman Williams — Father
  • Marjorie Williams — Mother
  • Clolita Williams — Sister
  • Grace Morley — Ex-wife
  • Herman Williams — Brother
  • Maressa Williams — Daughter
  • Rochele See — Ex-wife


  • United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (BS in Engineering, 1980)


  • Birth Name: Montel Brian Hank Williams
  • Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
  • Birthday: July 3, 1956, Cancer
  • Profession: Talk-show host, Producer, Actor, Author

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