William (Billy) Leroy was born in Amiens, France and grew up in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He is the owner of now closed for renovations, Billy's Antiques and Props on the Lower East Side of New York City.
Billy Leroy currently appears in the Reality Show Baggage Battles on Travel Channel"". Leroy also stars in the movie Dirty Old Town. He is married to Lorraine Leckie, who also appears in the movie. Billy also appeared on American Pickers episode " A Banner Pick" which aired on 12/06/2010. In this episode Billy is seen wearing an eye patch. Leroy's store, Billy's Antiques, was known for being the "last holdout of the old Bowery."  Leroy is also known for his unique economic policy - accepting only Euros during the plummeting value of the American dollar in 2008.
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