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You Old Smoothie (Happy 83rd Birthday Billy Dee Williams!)



The long and illustrious career of Billy Dee Williams started on Broadway in 1945 in "The Firebrand Of Florence" at the tender age of seven. He made his film debut in 1959's "The Last Angry Man" and from there on had a busy career in theater, film, and television.
He's earned Emmy nominations for 1971's "Brian's Song" and starred alongside Diana Ross in the acclaimed "Lady Sings The Blues."
But to the science fiction fandom, old and young, he will forever be known as gambler, con artist, and  playboy Lando Calrissian in the blockbuster Star Wars Saga.
He first appeared as the character in 1980's "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back," widely regarded as the best film in the franchise. He would then appear in the conclusion to the original trilogy "Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi."
"Return Of The Jedi" was a mind blowing experience for me as a seven year old theater goer in 1983. It began my lifelong fandom with the Star Wars Universe and he was a huge part of my childhood. I proudly had a Lando Calrissian action figure and he was one of the unique characters among many colorful characters in the series.
He would finally return to the series in 2019's "Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker." Seeing him again on the big screen as Lando gave me such joy. I never met him, but it definitely felt like seeing an old friend again. For fans of "Return Of The Jedi," he may just have been the best thing in that film.
Billy Dee Williams was born on April 6th 1937 and I'm so happy to wish our space scoundrel a most happy birthday.





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