Star Wars Icon Billy Dee Williams Discusses Art, Mickey & Disney

Originally posted on the DIS Unplugged: “Hello, what have we here?” Actor Billy Dee Williams is best known for the iconic role of Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars trilogy. Friday, August 19, 2011 he’s appearing at the Disney’s D23 Expo in conjunction with the debut of the newly re-imagined Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. However, before Williams portrayed the gambling scoundrel Lando Calrissian, he trained as a painter and musician. His artwork hangs in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC; he’s recorded a jazz album as well. Billy Dee Williams combined his passions for art and music to create an exclusive work of art debuting at the D23 Expo.

Update 8/11/11: We just received word from Disney’s D23 that Billy Dee William’s artwork will not be finished in time for the Expo. However, Billy Dee Williams will still be appearing at the event to sign autographs and meet guests.

Click here for details from a recent conference call where Billy Dee Williams discussed Star Wars, art, music, and his love of Disney.

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