Tyler James Williams

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Tyler James Williams
Tyler James Williams 2012.jpg
Williams at the 2012 Hollywood Premiere of Disney Channel's Let It Shine.
Born Tyler James Williams
(1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 (age 21)
Westchester County, New York,[1] U.S.
Other names Tyler Williams
Tyler J. Williams
T.J. Williams
Occupation Actor, rapper
Years active 2000–present

Tyler James Williams (born October 9, 1992) is an American actor, singer, and rapper. He is most recognizable for having played the title character of the Chris Rock-inspired sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and for playing the songwriter Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel movie Let It Shine. His brother, Tyrel is also an actor.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Westchester County, New York, and was raised in Yonkers, New York.[2] His mother, Angela Williams, is a singer/songwriter, and his father, Le’Roy Williams, is a police sergeant.[2][3] Williams has two younger brothers; Tyrel Jackson Williams (b. 1997) and Tylen Jacob Williams (b. 2002). His younger brother, Tyrel is also an actor, and stars on the Disney XD series, Lab Rats; Williams appeared on the show as his brother's character's future self. While his other brother Tylen is now a co-star on the new Nick show Instant Mom.

Career[edit]

Williams began his acting career at age four.[4] He later starred in Little Bill as the voice of Bobby, briefly replacing Devon Malik Beckford in 2000, and played himself (or an eponymous character, "Tyler") on the children's show Sesame Street from 2002 to 2005. He rose to fame in 2005 by playing the title character in the hit series Everybody Hates Chris, which finished in 2009. He won a Young Artist Award in 2007 for his work on the show. He has also been a guest star in Two for the Money, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the show Hi-Jinks. In late 2009, Williams appeared in the second season of True Jackson, VP as True's love interest Justin "Lil' Shakespeare" Weber in the two-part episode "Flirting with Fame".

In 2012, Williams got the role of Owen in the series Go On. He also played the lead role of Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shine alongside Coco Jones, Trevor Jackson, and Brandon Mychal Smith. Williams was also featured on nine songs on the film's soundtrack, showing off his rapping skills. The movie premiered on June 15, 2012, and his songs "Don't Run Away", "Me and You", "Guardian Angel", "Let It Shine", and "Moment of Truth" all received airplay on Radio Disney. The videos were also played frequently on the Disney Channel. Williams also guest starred in the Disney XD series, Lab Rats.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Little Bill Bobby 15 episodes
2000–2005 Sesame Street Himself Various episodes
2003 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Kids Say the Darnedest Things Unknown episodes
2003 Saturday Night Live Jack Black's adopted son Episode: "Jack Black / John Mayer"
2005 Law & Order:SVU Kyle McGovern Episode: "Parts"
2005–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Chris Lead role
2005 Hi-Jinks Himself 1 episode
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Charlie Goldfinch
2006 The Ant Bully Blue teammate #1 Voice only
2006 Everyone's Hero Additional voices
2007 2007 Kids' Choice Awards Himself
2009 The Cleaner Kenji Simon Episode: "Last American Casuality"
2009 True Jackson, VP Justin "Lil' Shakespeare" Weber 2 episodes
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Firestorm Voice only
Episodes: "A Bat Divided!" "The Siege of Starro, Part One!", and "Darkseid Descending"
2011 House Landon Parks Episode: "Carrot or Stick"
2012 Let It Shine Cyrus DeBarge Disney Channel Original Movie
2012–2013 Go On Owen Series Regular
2012 Lab Rats Future Leo Episode: "Back from the future"
2013 Tyler Perry Presents Peeples Simon Peeples

Awards[edit]

In 2007, Williams won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Receiving the prize at age 14, he is the youngest person ever to receive this award. In 2010, Williams was once again nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Tyler James Williams filmreference.com
  3. ^ Tyler James Williams Biography. Tvguide.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-18.
  4. ^ "Tyler James Williams: star of Everybody Hates Chris.". Ebony. January 1, 2006. Retrieved September 8, 2012.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)

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