Who is Bill Bellamy?
American actor and stand-up comedian William ‘Bill’ Bellamy was born in Newark, New Jersey USA, on 7 April 1965, making Aries his zodiac sign. He’s appeared in over 50 movies and TV series, but is perhaps known best for playing Lorenzo in the 2022 episode “Welcome to the Man Code” of the popular comedy “The Neighborhood”, created by Jim Reynolds, and which stars Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield and Sheaun McKinney. It follows a friendly man from the Midwest as he’s trying to make it in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood, the series has been airing since 2018 and has won three of its 15 award nominations.
Bill’s still quite active in the movie industry, and is currently shooting for the upcoming film “Back on the Strip”, set to be released in the second half of 2023.
Education and early life
Bill was raised alongside his sister Karen and brother Julius Jermaine in Newark, by their father William Bellamy and mother Edna; Bill’s family prefer to stay away from media, and thus not many details about them have been disclosed; it’s known that American former professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal is his cousin.
Bill became interested in acting and comedy while attending Seton Hall Preparatory School in South Orange, New Jersey; he also enjoyed playing various sports with his peers, but knew that he had no future as an athlete.
Bill matriculated in 1983 and then enrolled at Rutgers University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1987.
Roles in TV series
Bill made his debut TV series appearance in the 1985 drama “Bowen A’I Bartner”, and the year 1989 saw him play Antique Dealer in the episode “Heartland” of the drama “The Play on One”, which starred Kenneth Cranham, Tom Watson and Susan Wooldridge, and covers ‘plays from each of the home nations’.
Bill’s following TV series role came in 2000, when cast to play Andre in the episode “Partner fo’ Life” of the popular comedy “The Jamie Foxx Show”, created by Jamie Foxx, who also starred in it, alongside Garcelle Beauvais and Garrett Morris. It follows an aspiring actor who’s moved to Los Angeles from Texas, and is now working at his aunt and uncle’s hotel King’s Tower; the series aired from 1996 through 2001 and won one of its eight award nominations.
From 1998 through 2002, Bill voiced Skeeter in all the 52 episodes of the family comedy series “Cousin Skeeter”, and could then have been seen starring in all the 13 episodes of the comedy “Men, Women & Dogs”, all the 22 episodes of the crime action comedy “Fastlane”, and the 2004 “The Big Birth – Date Episode” of the comedy “Half & Half”.
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In 2010, he played Anthony in four episodes of the comedy “Meet the Browns”, which starred David Mann, Tamela J. Mann and Denise Boutte, and follows the lives of Cora Simmons and her parents; the series won one of its five award nominations. The following three years saw Bill make a guest appearance in an episode of the mystery science fiction horror “BlackBoxTV”, the comedy “Are We There Yet?” and the crime comedy “White Collar”.
In 2018, Bill played Kev’yn in four episodes of the hit romantic comedy “Insecure”, which starred Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae, and was created by Larry Wilmore. It follows the life of an African-American woman, the series aired from 2016 through 2021 and won 40 of its 179 award nominations.
Some of Bill’s most recent TV series roles have been in the 2020 episode “Knockout” of the action crime adventure “S. W. A. T.”, two episodes of the 2020 biographical historical mini-series “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker”, and the 2023 episode “Let the Best Man Win” of the drama “Bel-Air”.
Roles in movies
Bill’s debut film role was playing Ace Man in the 1993 romantic comedy “Joey Breaker”, while he could then have been seen appearing in the 1993 mystery comedy “Who’s the Man”, the 1996 action crime adventure “Fled” and the 1997 romantic drama “Love Jones”.
What marked the ’90s for Bill was portraying Jimmy Sanderson in the hit sports drama “Any Given Sunday”, written and directed by Oliver Stone, and which starred Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and Dennis Quaid. It follows the lives of several modern-day gladiators, and the film won three of its 12 award nominations.
Bill played Brian Palmer in the 2001 romantic comedy “The Brothers”, and was then in 2002 cast to appear in the short drama “Three Big Words” and the romantic comedy “Buying the Cow”, and in the 2005 fantasy mystery “Neverwas”. The year 2010 saw him play Giovanni in the comedy “Lottery Ticket”, written and directed by Erik White, and which starred Shad Moss, Brandon T. Jackson and Naturi Naughton. It follows a man who’s living in the projects, and has just won $370 million on lottery.
Bill’s also known for playing one of the main characters Sanders in the 2016 action comedy “Kindergarten Cop 2”, directed by Don Michael Paul, and which also starred Dolph Lundgren and Darla Taylor. It follows an FBI agent who’s gone undercover as a kindergarten teacher, and the movie won two of its eight award nominations.
Bill’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2020 crime horror “A Dark Foe”, the 2021 family drama “A Rich Christmas”, and the 2023 comedy “House Party”.
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Bill received special thanks for the 1990 short documentary movie “Building ‘Jacob’s Ladder’”, a 1999 episode of the short documentary series “HBO First Look”, and the 2016 short documentary movie “Kindergarten Cop 2: Undercover”.
He’s written several TV specials, including the 1996 “Bill Bellamy: Booty Call”, the 2005 “Bill Bellamy: Back to My Roots”, and the 2022 “Bill Bellamy: I Want My Life Back”. He also has six producing credits, which include the 2006 comedy series “Who’s Got Jokes?”, the 2012 TV special “Bill Bellamy: Crazy Sexy Dirty”, and 13 episodes of the 2023 podcast “Top Billin’ with Bill Bellamy”.
Some of his most recent talk-show appearances have been in “The Talk”, “Today” and “Sherri”.
Awards and nominations
Bill’s been nominated for four awards: two Image Awards in 1999 and 2003, for his performance in “Cousin Skeeter” and “Fastlane”, respectively, a 2003 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor – Drama/Action Adventure for “Fastlane” and a 2020 Black Reel Award for Television for Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series for “Self Made” Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker.
Wife and children
Bill can rarely be heard speaking about his love life, but it’s known that he’s been married to American actress Kristen Bellamy since 16 June 2001; the two tied the knot in a small ceremony, attended by only the closest of their friends and family members.
Kristen has only six acting credits to her name; she launched her career by playing Lydia in the 1997 drama movie “Born Into Exile”, and could then have been seen appearing in two episodes of the 1997 action science fiction horror series “House of Frankenstein”, the 2003 episode “Overkill” of the action crime comedy series “Fastlane” and the 2016 romantic comedy movie “The Bounce Back”. Her only two other roles have been in the 2019 episode “Ghost Whisperer” of the crime mystery series “The Fix” and all the 10 episodes of the 2021 drama series “Nova Vita”.
Kristen gave birth to her and Bill’s daughter Bailey Bellamy in 2003, and their son Baron Bellamy followed on 5 July 2006.
Bill’s yet to speak of other women whom he’s dated, he’s married to Kristen Bellamy as of May 2023, and they have two children together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Bill introduced the phrase ‘Booty Call’ while shooting for the 1992 series “Def Comedy Jam”.
He’s a huge fan of video games, and voiced Marcus Hill in the 2005 game “Narc”, as well as Lidell Ray in the 2006 game “L. A. Rush”.
Bill’s followed by close to 900,000 people on Instagram, and has posted nearly 7,500 pictures and videos onto the social media network; most showing him during his everyday life.
He’s a huge fan of National Basketball Association (NBA) and cheers for the Los Angeles Lakers; his son’s today playing high school basketball and seems to have a bright future in the sport.
Bill’s favorite actor is Liam Neeson, and some of his favorite films include “Taken”, “Memory”, and “Schindler’s List”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Bill’s age is 58. He has brown eyes and black hair, is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall and weighs around 180lbs (82kgs).
Bill’s net worth’s been estimated at over $6 million, as of May 2023.