Tyler James Williams
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|Tyler James Williams|
|Born||Tyler James Williams
October 9, 1992
Westchester County, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Tyler Williams
Tyler J. Williams
Tyler James Williams (born October 9, 1992) is an American actor 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 brothers, Tyrel Jackson Williams and Tylen Jacob Williams are also actors.
Williams was born in Westchester County, New York, and was raised in Yonkers, New York. His mother, Angela Williams, is a singer/songwriter, and his father, Le’Roy Williams, is a police sergeant. Williams has two younger brothers; Tyrel Jackson Williams (b. 1997) and Tylen Jacob Williams (b. 2001). 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. His other brother Tylen is now a co-star on the new Nick show Instant Mom.
Williams began his acting career at age four. 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.
|2000–2002||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|
|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 Casualty"|
|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|
|2014||Key & Peele||Steve Urkel||Guest Star|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Disney Synergy System kid #2||Uncredited cameo|
|2014||Dear White People||Lionel Higgins|
|2014||The Walking Dead||Noah|
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.
- Let It Shine Soundtrack (2012)
- Tyler James Williams filmreference.com
- Tyler James Williams Biography. Tvguide.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-18.
- "Tyler James Williams: star of Everybody Hates Chris.". Ebony. January 1, 2006. Retrieved September 8, 2012. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)