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 also had a supporting role as Noah on AMC's The Walking Dead.

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 brothers are both actors, with Tyrel starring on the Disney XD series, Lab Rats and Tylen starring on Instant Mom as James. Williams had also appeared on Lab Rats, portraying his brother's character's future self.

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 stars in the Disney XD series, Lab Rats as a future version of the character his little brother Tyrel Jackson Williams played.

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]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Two for the Money Guest at Party Uncredited
2006 The Ant Bully Blue Teammate #1 Voice Only
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Charlie Goldfinch
2013 Tyler Perry Presents Peeples Simon Peeples
2014 Dear White People Lionel Higgins

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Barrio Sésamo Tyler 1 episode
2000–2002 Little Bill Bobby 6 episodes
2003 Saturday Night Live Jack Black's adopted son / Young Boy / Entari Shakunte
  • "Heather Graham/Marc Anthony" (Season 25, Episode 2)
  • "John Goodman/Neil Young" (Season 25, Episode 18)
  • "Jack Black/John Mayer" (Season 29, Episode 1)
2004 Judge Mooney Melvin
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kyle McGovern "Parts" (Season 6, Episode 22)
2005–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Chris Lead role (88 episodes)[citation needed]
2009 The Cleaner Kenji Simon "Last American Casualty" (Season 2, Episode 2)
2009 True Jackson, VP Justin "Flirting with Fame" (Season 2, Episode 2)
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Firestorm / Jason Rusch Voice only
  • "A Bat Divided!" (Season 2, Episode 8)
  • "The Siege of Starro!: Part 1" (Season 2, Episode 13)
  • "Darkseid Descending!" (Season 2, Episode 23)
2010 Our Show Television film
2011 House Landon "Carrot or Stick" (Season 7, Episode 10)
2012 Lab Rats Future Leo "Back from the Future" (Season 1, Episode 11)
2012 Let It Shine Cyrus DeBarge Television film
2012–2013 Go On Owen Series regular; 19 episodes
2014 Key & Peele Jaleel White "Slap-Ass: In Recovery" (Season 4, Episode 4)
2014–2015 The Walking Dead Noah Season 5 (Recurring role; 10 episodes)
2015 Criminal Minds Russ "Monty" Montgomery "Beyond Borders" (Season 10, Episode 19)
2015 Ballers Towel boy "Raise Up" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Russ "Monty" Montgomery Main Role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Black Reel Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2015 Best Breakthrough Performance Dear White People Won

NAACP Image Award[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2006 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Hates Chris Nominated
2007 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2008 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2010 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated

Teen Choice Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2006 Choice Actor: Comedy Everybody Hates Chris Nominated

Young Artist Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2006 Leading Young Actor (Comedy or Drama) Everybody Hates Chris Nominated
2008 Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor Nominated

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Me, My Brother, & A Mic (2015)

References[edit]

  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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