An opportunity to finally meet Billy Dee Williams was one of the many reasons that I went to The Hollywood Show in Burbank on Saturday. We started walking through the hall from the right end of the building. Snaking through the tables, I had a list of what celebrities I wanted to meet, most of the from Star Wars. I saw Debbie Lee Carrington first, and went to her table to get my poster signed.
We then walked through the whole hall, looking and talking to the many celebrities at the show. I finally found the Star Wars table. Richard LeParmentier, Nalini Krishan, Jeremy Bulloch, Jason Wingreen, and Billy Dee Williams were already there signing autographs, while some fans were already waiting for Daniel Logan to arrive. Billy Dee’s line was the longest, so I went there first.
I slowly came up to his table, which was filled with prints, action figures, and plates from many of his movies and TV show appearances, mostly prints of him as Lando Calrissian from Star Wars; as well as prints from his other roles, including Harvey Dent in Batman, and Hank Benton in Mission: Impossible, just to name a few.
My turn came up after about 10 minutes of waiting. He asked me how I liked the show so far. I let him know that we just got there, but it was good so far. Then I told him that I missed the chance to meet him back at the San Diego Comic-Con, and at his appearances at the Anaheim Comic-Cons. He just smiled and asked me about who he should make out the autograph to. I told him my name, but asked not to personalize the poster. He agreed and autographed in the middle of the poster. I gave him my cash, then shook his hand and thanked him for being at the show.
The person working at his booth then provided a certificate of authenticity for the autograph for an extra $2.
Awards and Nominations for Billy Dee Williams:
• Winner: 1972 Image Awards. Best Actor – Motion Picture for Lady Sings the Blues (1972).
• Nominated: 1972 Primetime Emmy Awards. Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Brian’s Song (1971 – TV – ABC).
• Nominated: 1981 Saturn Award. Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA. Best Supporting Actor for Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
• Nominated: 1984 Saturn Award. Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA. Best Supporting Actor for Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
• Winner: 1985 Star on the Walk of Fame. Motion Picture. On 27 March 1985. At 1521 Vine Street.
• Nominated: 2001 Image Awards. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for The Visit (2000).
• Nominated: 2001 Independent Spirit Awards. Best Supporting Male for The Visit (2000).
• Nominated: 2003 TV Land Awards. Most Memorable Male Guest Star in a Comedy as “Himself” for The Jeffersons (1975).
• Winner: 2006 TV Land Awards. Blockbuster Movie of the Week for Brian’s Song (1971) (TV). Shared with James Caan.