Tyler James Williams is a TV actor, known for Dear White People (2014), most recognizable for having played the title character of the Chris Rock-inspired sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005) and songwriter Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel movie Let It Shine (2012). He became known for playing the lead role in the show Everybody Hates Chris and at the age of just 14 became the youngest person to win an NAACP Image Award. He also had a supporting role as Noah on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Tyler began acting at the age of just four when he voiced Bobby on the children’s show Little Bill replacing Devon Malik Beckford in 2000, and played himself (or an eponymous character, “Tyler”) on the children’s show Sesame Street from 2000 to 2005. 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.
Name: Tyler James Williams
Date of Birth: October 9, 1992
Place of Birth: Westchester County, New York, USA
Place of Residence: Los Angeles
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Education: Barry University School of Law
Height: 5′ 8″ / 173 cm
Weight: 167 lbs/ 76 kg
Shoe size: 10
Dress size: 12
Hair Color: Dark brown
Eye Color: Dark brown
Relationships: 2007 – 2008 Keke Palmer. Currently single.
Awards and Honors:
- 2015 Black Reel, Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male, Won
- 2014 Spark Award, Won
- 2013 Image Award, Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program , Nominated
- 2010 Image Award, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Nominated
- 2009 Image Award, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Nominated
- 2008 Image Award, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Nominated
- 2007 Image Award, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series , Won
Hobbies and Interests: Basketball, playing the piano.
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Macaroni and cheese
Favorite Music: Rap
Favorite Perfume: Estee Lauder
Favorite Book: King Must Die
Favorite Sports: Basketball
- He is also a rapper, martial artist and musician.
- He was born and raised in Westchester County, New York and raised in Yonkers by his father, police sergeant Le’Roy Williams and his mother, singer and songwriter Angela Williams.
- He has two younger brothers, both of whom he was raised in New York. They are also both actors.
- His father is a sergeant in the NYPD with nearly 20 years on the force.
- Williams is into basketball, and his favorite team is the Miami Heat.
- Tyler’s favorite subject is history.
- He was closest to co-star Trevor Jackson on the Let It Shine set.
- Summer’s his favorite season.
- Starting in 2016, Williams will be playing Russ “Monty” Montgomery in the Criminal Minds spin-off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
- Started acting at age 4 on Sesame Street.
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