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William December Williams, better known as Billy Dee Williams (born April 6, 1937), is an actor best known for playing Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.

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In 1976, he auditioned for the role of Han Solo, during the casting of Star Wars. Although he didn't get the role, he was eventually cast as Lando Calrissian in the two follow-up films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Williams guest-starred on That '70s Show as a pastor. When counseling Eric and Donna, Eric continually made Star Wars references to which the pastor replied, "Star Wars is one of the greatest films ever made." He guest-starred on Scrubs as the godfather of J.D.'s love interest in the episode. Turk called him Lando all throughout the episode, much to the annoyance of Williams. In 2014, he appeared on two episodes of Dancing with the Stars, in which he and a partner danced to Meco's version of the Star Wars theme.

Star Wars works[edit | edit source]

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Title Role Released
Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back Lando Calrissian 1980
The Empire Strikes Back radio adaptation 1983
Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
Dark Empire radio adaptation 1994
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast 2002
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II 2008
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III 2010
LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles Lindo Calrissian 2013
Star Wars Rebels[2] Lando Calrissian 2015
LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales
Star Wars Battlefront (Cloud City DLC) 2016
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
Star Wars Battlefront II 2017
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Adventure Awaits Narrator 2019
Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker Lando Calrissian
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special 2020
Star Wars Detours TBA

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  1. SWYTlogo.png Shakespeare meets Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Your Fan Art, and More! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  2. TwitterLogo.svg Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) on Twitter: "@ericgeller yes it is... But glad we can talk about it now! Very excited to be part of this project!" (screenshot)

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