April 6 -- Lando Calrissian

On today’s date in April of 1937, an ironically middle-named William December Williams Jr and his twin sister were born in New York City…
This raises, I know, two questions…

  1. DAMN, he’s 74 years old?!

  2. and
    … middle name DECEMBER?!

Anyway, the guy with the matching first and last names and a middle name after a month in which he was not born was birthed entered the world today. Known to black women of the world because now they all wanted their babies to have “good hair.”
Known to the nerds of the world as the only black guy in The Empire Strikes Back.

Known apparently to the guild for his longevity and versatility, having done comedy, drama, dramady, voice work, television AND movie (and music!) down through the years. 1959-now, to be exact. Last I heard of him doing was himself in an especially hilarious Boondocks episode and in a Cleveland Show episode that I do not recall off the top of my head.

You know? As I type this post, I am thankful that mothers in the 70s and 80s had the good sense to give their children real names, and not take them from famous people just because of their eccentric names. Otherwise my name might have been Phillip October Phillips, or some such nonsense.
No, but in all seriousness, you can ONLY respect a dude ballsy enough to do a malt liquor commercial in a time where ONLY rappers promoted it, in hood movies at that.

For that, we bid Billy D. Williams a happy birthday!


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