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Bill Bellamy

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Bill Bellamy
Bill Bellamy(comedian) in October 2011.jpg
Bellamy in 2011
Born
William Bellamy[1]

(1965-04-07) April 7, 1965 (age 56)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Kristen Baker (2001–present)[2]
Children2[3]

William Bellamy (born April 7, 1965)[4] is an American actor and stand-up comedian. Bellamy first gained national notoriety on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam,[5] where he is credited for creating or coining the phrase "booty call", described as a late night call to a potential paramour with the intention of meeting strictly for sex.

Early life and family

Bellamy was born in Newark, New Jersey.[6] Bellamy is a cousin of basketball player Shaquille O'Neal.[7][8]

He attended Seton Hall Preparatory School in nearby South Orange, New Jersey (now located in West Orange). He majored in economics at Rutgers University.[9][10]

Career

For many years, Bellamy was a staple on MTV, a VJ and the host of several MTV programs including MTV Jamz and MTV Beach House.[11] He went on to star in a number of movies, including Fled, Love Jones, The Brothers, How to Be a Player, Getting Played and Any Given Sunday. He also appeared on two episodes of the TV show Kenan and Kel. Additionally, he voiced Skeeter on the Nickelodeon television show Cousin Skeeter.[11]

In 2002, Bellamy had a co-starring role in the Fox Network television show Fastlane alongside Peter Facinelli and Tiffani Thiessen. He also appeared frequently as a "roundtable" guest on the late night E! talk show Chelsea Lately. Bellamy hosted seasons 5 and 6 of NBC's Last Comic Standing reality show (2007 and 2008). In 2014, he had a recurring role as Councilman Powell on the TV Land original series Hot in Cleveland.[12] He voiced Marcus Hill, a playable character in the 2005 updated version of the NARC video game.[13]

In 2016, Bellamy played FBI Agent Sanders, the partner of Dolph Lundgren's character, in Kindergarten Cop 2.[14]

Bellamy hosts Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? on TV One. The show is in its fourth season; he is an executive producer for it. In 2020, he starred in the Netflix miniseries Self Made.[6][15]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Joey Breaker Ace Man
Who's the Man? K.K.
1996 Fled Ray
1997 Love Jones Hollywood
Austin Powers' Electric Psychedelic Pussycat Swingers Club The Swingers Club TV Movie
How to Be a Player Drayton Jackson
1999 Love Stinks Larry Garnett
Any Given Sunday Jimmy Sanderson
2001 The Brothers Brian Palmer
2002 Three Big Words Short
Buying the Cow Jonesy
2005 Neverwas Martin Sands
The Real Mario Grey Dr. Getty Short
2006 Getting Played Mark Sellers TV Movie
Amy Coyne Barry TV Movie
2010 Lottery Ticket Giovanni Watson
2012 Noobz Brian Bankrupt Simmons
2013 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Dwayne
2016 Kindergarten Cop 2 Sanders
The Bounce Back Terry Jackson
Winning Ugly Jay 'Havoc' Harris
2019 Twenty to One Narrator TV Movie
Nana TV Movie
2020 A Dark Foe Rocco

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Bowen A'i Bartner Himself TV Series
1989 The Play on One Antique Dealer Episode: "Heartland"
1992 The 15th Annual Young Comedians Special Himself TV Series
1993 MTV Beach House Host TV Series
Soul Train Comedy Awards Himself/Performer TV Series
1994 MTV Sega: Rock the Rock Host TV Special
MTV's Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam Violators Coach TV Special
1998–01 Cousin Skeeter Skeeter Main Cast
2000 The Jamie Foxx Show Andre Episode: "Partner fo' Life"
2001–02 Men, Women & Dogs Jeremiah Main Cast
2002–03 Fastlane Deaqon 'Deaq' Hayes Main Cast
2004 Half & Half James Lewis Episode: "The Big Birth-Date Episode"
2006 Caerdydd Mr. Howard Episode: "Episode #1.1"
2007–08 October Road Stratton Lorb Recurring Cast
2010 Castle Mickey Reed Episode: "The Late Shaft"
Royal Pains Aristotle Episode: "The Hankover"
Meet the Browns Anthony Recurring Cast: Season 4
2012 BlackBoxTV Presents Headshot Episode: "AEZP: Execution Style"
2012–13 Mr. Box Office Marcus Jackson Main Cast
2013 White Collar Delmon Wells Episode: "Empire City"
2014 Hot in Cleveland Councilman Jim Powell Recurring Cast: Season 5
2015 Murder in the First PA Announcer Episode: "Bruja Blanca"
2018 Insecure Kev'yn Recurring Cast: Season 3
2020 S.W.A.T. Jackie Shaw Episode: "Knockout"
Self Made Sweetness 2 Episodes

Music Video

Year Artist Title
1995 Da Brat Give It 2 You
2Pac Temptations
1997 Foxy Brown Big Bad Mamma

Video Games

Year Title Role
2005 Narc Marcus Hill (voice)
2006 L.A. Rush Lidell Ray (voice)

References

  1. ^ "Bill Bellamy on". Tv.com. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  2. ^ "Bill Bellamy Talks Marriage and Raising Kids".
  3. ^ "Q&A: Bill Bellamy says pandemic made him realize how much he loves comedy".
  4. ^ Bill Bellamy Biography – Yahoo! Movies Archived June 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (2019-08-21). "'Madam CJ Walker': Bill Bellamy Joins Netflix Limited Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  6. ^ a b "Bill Bellamy Sounds Off On Colorism In Hollywood: 'I'm Representing Every Nubian Brother'". Essence. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  7. ^ Bill Bellamy (I) – Biography
  8. ^ Bill Bellamy Biography at TVGuide.com
  9. ^ Staff. "BILL BELLAMY'S CLEAN, STYLISH AND STILL FUNNY", The Charlotte Observer, May 6, 1994. Accessed March 10, 2011. ""The real Bill is the son of New Jersey parents who worked overtime to send him to Seton Hall Preparatory Academy and Rutgers University where he majored in economics."
  10. ^ "Bill Bellamy: Full Throttle Family Man, Funny Man". NPR.org. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  11. ^ a b "Comedian Bill Bellamy discusses his legacy ahead of Pittsburgh Improv shows | TribLIVE.com". triblive.com. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  12. ^ "Bill Bellamy to Star in Fox Family Comedy From Chris Case". The Hollywood Reporter. 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  13. ^ "News: Midway Signs Bill Bellamy for NARC". gamershell.com. Archived from the original on 2010-03-05.
  14. ^ Wakeman, Gregory (13 August 2015). "Dolph Lundgren's Kindergarten Cop 2 Has To Be Awesome, Right?". CinamaBlend. CinemaBlend. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  15. ^ NJ.com, Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for (2020-01-02). "Bill Bellamy joins Octavia Spencer in Madam C.J. Walker series coming to Netflix". nj. Retrieved 2021-03-11.

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