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Billy Porter

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Singer, professional, songwriter, playwright, movie director, and vocal trainer Billy Porter is really a throwback towards the old-school entertainers who all worked, literally, throughout a wide-stage system, from movie theater and film to tv and musicals. His Broadway-inspired delivery and soulful build have arrived him in the Billboard R&B graphs and gained him a Tony Award for Greatest Actor within a Musical. Delivered Sept 21, 1969 in Pittsburgh, Pa, Porter laid the groundwork for his profession carefully, graduating from the musical movie theater program on the Pittsburgh Innovative and Performing Arts College, then getting a B.F.A. in dilemma in the Carnegie Mellon School College of Great Arts, and lastly tacking on qualification in the screenwriting plan at UCLA. He found public interest in musicals on Broadway, initial in 1994’s revival of Grease, and pursuing it with amazing turns in Music for a fresh Globe, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Miss Saigon, among various other stage productions within the ’90s. For the time being, he made an appearance in films such as for example Twisted (1996) and it movie Tremble, Rattle and Move: An American Like Tale (1999), where he performed Little Richard. Like a documenting designer, he released the self-titled Billy Porter (aka Untitled) in 1997. Two singles from your debut appeared around the Billboard R&B tunes chart. Porter continuing to win functions in movies, on stage, and on tv such as Legislation & Purchase and Legislation & Purchase: Unique Victims Device in the brand new millennium. Amidst his performing function, he released the live recording At the Part of Broadway + Spirit with Sh-K-Boom Information in 2005. He remained occupied on Broadway and Off-Broadway with displays including however, not limited to Small Store of Horrors and Angels in the us within the 2010s, before his function as Lola in Kinky Boot styles, which gained him a 2013 Tony Award for Greatest Actor within a Musical. He shows up in the show’s first Broadway cast documenting. The record Billy’s Back again on Broadway implemented in the springtime of 2014 via Concord Information, and his following album took in the functions of musical movie theater star Richard Rodgers with guests including India.Arie, Pentatonix, and Leslie Odom, Jr. Billy Porter Presents: The Spirit of Richard Rodgers premiered by Sony Masterworks within the springtime of 2017.

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Full Name Billy Porter
Profession Actor, Singer, Vocal coach
Education Carnegie Mellon University
Nationality American
Spouse Adam Smith
Parents Cloerinda Ford
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, GLAAD Media Vito Russo Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Music Songs Sex Is in the Heel, Love Is On The Way, Land of Lola, Hold Me in Your Heart, Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, Not My Father's Son, Bewitched, Everybody Say Yeah, Carefully Taught, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, My Romance, If I Loved You, Lady is a Tramp, This Nearly was Mine, I’m Not My Father’s Son, With a Song in My Heart, I Have Dreamed, What a Woman Wants, In This Corner, Beauty School Dropout, Luck Be A Lady, Let It Sing, World's Gon' Hav 2 Wait, Use Me, Awaiting You, Feel It To Heal It, King Of The World, Happy Days Are Here Again / Get Happy, My Funny Valentine, I Am Changing, I Know the Song, Ike..., They Wrote It For Me...
Albums Billy's Back On Broadway, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul, The Soul of Richard Rodgers, Billy Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers
Nominations GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway, Independent Music Award for Best Album - Live Performance
Movies The Humbling, Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema, Noel, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, The Intern, Twisted, Anastasia
TV Shows Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Get Down 2016 TV Series DJ Malibu
The Humbling 2014 Prince
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 TV Series Jackie Walker
The Big C 2012 TV Series Eric
Law & Order 2004 TV Series Greg Ellison
Noel 2004 Randy
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy 2000 Taylor
Intern 2000 Sebastian Niederfarb
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story 1999 TV Movie Little Richard
Anastasia 1997 Ensemble and Character Vocals (voice)
Twisted 1996 Shiniqua, Angel's friend
Another World 1964 TV Series Billy Rush (1998)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2013 TV Movie documentary performer: "Everybody Say Yeah"
So You Think You Can Dance 2007-2012 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 Documentary performer: "On Broadway" by nm0570945
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story 1999 TV Movie performer: "Long Tall Sally"
The First Wives Club 1996 performer: "Love is on the Way"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mess 2016 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema 2006 Documentary

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Next Generation 2018 Documentary filming Himself
Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
The 70th Annual Tony Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Performer
Live from Lincoln Center 2015 TV Series Himself - Performer / Himself - Vocal
Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2014 TV Special Himself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Host: Creative Arts Awards
Working in the Theatre 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Broadway.com Show 2013-2014 TV Series Himself
87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013 TV Movie Himself
CBS This Morning 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
City of Dreams 2013 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer & Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Land of Lola: Backstage at 'Kinky Boots' with Billy Porter 2013 TV Series Himself - Host
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Show People with Paul Wontorek 2013 TV Series Himself
Made 2012 TV Series Himself
Heart of Broadway: The Ensemble Behind Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Indie Sex: Extremes 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Indie Sex: Teens 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Clik Honors: Elite 25 Awards 2007 Video documentary Himself
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema 2006 Documentary Himself
Standing Ovations 2 2004 Video Himself - Performer
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-1997 TV Series Himself

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