Billy Dee Williams

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Actor, Voice actor (1937)
Mon Aug 17 2020
By   Ruku

The NAACP Image Award-winning actor Billy Dee Williams is widely popular for portraying a character of Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars Franchise. He has starred in movies and TV shows like The Empire Strike Back, The Lego Movie, Satr Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, etc.

The actor was born as William December "Billy Dee" Williams Jr. on April 6, 1937, in New York City, USA. He is the son of late. William December Williams, Sr (father) and late. Lorette Anne William (mother).

Regarding education, Billy attended Booker T. Washington High School. Later, he graduated from the LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts. Afterward, Williams attended the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design. He also studied at Harlem Actors Workshop.

Married To Teruko Nakagami

The 83-years-old entertainment personality Billy is in a marital relationship with his wife Teruko Nakagami. When and how Teruko and Billy met it is unclear, but it seems like the duo dated several months before they tied the wedding knot on December 27, 1972.

The actor Billy Dee Williams is married to his third wife Teruko Nakagami since 1972.
Image: The actor Billy Dee Williams is married to his third wife Teruko Nakagami since 1972.
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From the wedding day,  Mr. and Mrs. Williams are sharing a good bond as a perfect married pair. As of 2019, Billy and his wife Teruko are celebrating their 47-years of marriage anniversary merrily. Back in 1993, Nakagami filed for an amicable divorce,  but they reconcile after years. 

Since 1997, they began living together. From the marital bond, the husband-wife duo also shared a daughter named Hanako Williams born in 1973

 Billy Dee Williams and Teruko Nakagami's daughter Hanako Williams with her husband Liam Toohey and two kids
Picture: Billy Dee Williams and Teruko Nakagami's daughter Hanako Williams with her husband Liam Toohey and two kids.
Source: Facebook @Hanako Williams

Their daughter works as a gallery manager at Gagosian. Hanako who graduated from Brown University is in a blissful marital relationship with her husband Liam Toohey. They also shared two adorable kids.

Former Wives

Before sharing an intimate life with Teruko, Billy was previously a married man. Billy Dee first shared his wedding vows with Audrey Sellers in 1959. From the marital bond, Sellers and Williams shared a son named Corey Dee Williams in 1960.

Billy Dee Williams (left) with his son Corey Dee Wiliams (right).
Photo: Billy Dee Williams (left) with his son Corey Dee Wiliams (right).
Source: Instagram @coreydeewill

Billy and his first wife Audrey was living happily. They were also parenting their only son jointly. Everything was going fine. However, after some years of marital relationship, Audrey and Bily divorced. 

Afterward, in 1968 Billy tied the wedding knot with a model and actress Marlene Clark. But their relationship was also fleeting, which ended up in divorce after three-years in 1971.

Teruko Nakagami was previously married to the musician Wayne Shorter from 1961 to 1964
Snap: Teruko Nakagami was previously married to the musician Wayne Shorter from 1961 to 1964.
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On the other hand, Teruko was also a married woman before she shares a wedding vows with Billy. She was in a conjugal relationship with the musicians Wayne Shorter from 1961 to 1964. Wayne and Teruko also shared a daughter named Miyako Shorter in 1962.

Net Worth: $9 million

The actor Billy owns a net worth of $9 million. The primary source of income for Williams is from his acting role in movies and TV series. Billy is also a voice actor. 

Some of his successful films are listed below along with their box-office collection;

Movie NameIMDb RatingsProduction BudgetBox-Office Collection
Mahogany (1975)6.2/10$3.5 million$5 million
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)8.7/10$33 million$557.8 million
Return of the Jedi (1983)8.3/10$32.5 million$475.3 million
Batman (1989)7.5/10$35 million$411.6 million
The Lego Movie (2014)7.7/10$65 million$468.1 million
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)7.3/10$80 million$312 million
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)6.6/10$275 million$1.074 billion

Billy has also appeared in various TV series and has provided a voice in several video games. From the appearance, he not only collects an impressive sum of wealth but also grabs wide media attention as a successful and talented actor.

The actor Billy Dee Williams who has received the NAACP Image Award has a net worth of $9 million.
Picture: The actor Billy Dee Williams who has received the NAACP Image Award has a net worth of $9 million.
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Besides, an actor Billy is also awarded the awards like NAACP Image Awards (1972, 1976), NAACP Life Time Achievement Award (2006). Similarly, Billy received Indie Series Award back in 2010 For Best Performance. Likewise, he was also honored TV Land Award back in 2006.

For the information, Billy Dee has also authored the books titled PSI/Net (1999), Just/in time (2000), Twilight (2002).

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