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 22)
Westchester County, New York[1] United States
Nationality American
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 and rapper. He is most recognizable for having played the title character of the Chris Rock-inspired sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, and songwriter Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel movie Let It Shine. He had a supporting role as Noah on AMC's The Walking Dead. His brothers, Tyrel Jackson Williams and Tylen Jacob Williams are also actors.

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. 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.[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 stars in the Disney XD series, Lab Rats.

In 2014 Williams starred in Justin Simien's 2014 independent film Dear White People.

In 2014, Williams was cast as the recurring character Noah on the television series The Walking Dead.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
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
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 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
2014–2015 The Walking Dead Noah Season 5 (Recurring role; 10 episodes)
2015 Criminal Minds Russ Montgomery Episode: "Beyond Borders"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
2006 Young Artist Awards Leading Young Actor (Comedy or Drama) Everybody Hates Chris Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice Actor: Comedy Nominated
2006 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2007 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor Nominated
2008 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2010 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated



  • Me, My Brother, & A Mic (2015)


  1. ^ "Toledo Blade - Google News Archive Search". google.com. 
  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)
  5. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "'Walking Dead' Adds 'Go On' Alum in New Mystery Role". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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