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|Full Name||Tyler James Williams|
|Nickname(s)|| Tyler J. Williams
|Date of Birth||October 9, 1992|
|Birthplace||Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actor, rapper, voice actor|
Tyler James Williams (born October 9, 1992) is an American singer, actor and rapper. He is most recognizable for having played the title character of the Chris Rock-inspired sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and for playing the songwriter Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel movie Let It Shine.
Williams was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and 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. 2002). His younger brother, Tyrel is also an actor, and stars on the Disney XD series, Lab Rats.
Williams began his acting career at age 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 9 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" are all receiving airplay on Radio Disney. The videos are being played frequently on the Disney Channel. Williams also guest starred in the Disney XD series, Lab Rats.
|2000||Little Bill||Bobby||15 episodes|
|2000–2005||Sesame Street||Himself||Various episodes|
|2003||Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Kids Say the Darnedest Things||Unknown episodes|
|Saturday Night Live||Jack Black's adopted son||Episode: "Jack Black / John Mayer"|
|2005||Law & Order:SVU||Kyle McGovern||Episode: "Parts"|
|2005-2009||Everybody Hates Chris||Chris Rock||2005-2009, lead role|
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Charlie Goldfinch|
|The Ant Bully||Blue teammate #1||Voice only|
|Everyone's Hero||Additional voices|
|2007||2007 Kids' Choice Awards||Himself|
|2009||The Cleaner||Kenji Simon||Episode: "Last American Casuality"|
|2009||True Jackson, VP||Justin "Lil' Shakespeare" Weber||2 episodes|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Firestorm||Voice only|
Episode: "A Bat Divided!"
|2011||House||Landon Parks||Episode: "Carrot or Stick"|
|2012||Let It Shine||Cyrus DeBarge|
|2012||Lab Rats||Future Leo|
In 2007, Williams won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Receiving the prize at age 14, he is the youngest person ever to receive this award. In 2010, Williams was nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.