Tyler James Williams
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|Tyler James Williams|
|Born||Tyler James Williams
October 9, 1992
Westchester County, New York United States
|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 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.
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 stars in the Disney XD series, Lab Rats.
|2005||Two for the Money||Guest at Party||Uncredited|
|2006||The Ant Bully||Blue Teammate #1||Voice Only|
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Charlie Goldfinch|
|2010||Our Show||Television film|
|2012||Let It Shine||Cyrus DeBarge||Television film|
|2013||Tyler Perry Presents Peeples||Simon Peeples|
|2014||Dear White People||Lionel Higgins|
|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||
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kyle McGovern||"Parts" (Season 6, Episode 22)|
|2005-2009||Everybody Hates Chris||Chris||Lead role|
|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
|2011||House||Landon||"Carrot or Stick" (Season 7, Episode 10)|
|2012||Lab Rats||Future Leo||"Back from the Future" (Season 1, Episode 11)|
|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 Montgomery||"Beyond Borders" (Season 10, Episode 19)|
|2016||Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders||Monty||Pre-production|
Awards and nominations
|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|
|2015||Black Reel Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||Dear White People||Won|
- Let It Shine Soundtrack (2012)
- Me, My Brother, & A Mic (2015)
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- Lesley Goldberg. "'Walking Dead' Adds 'Go On' Alum in New Mystery Role". The Hollywood Reporter.