has been acting in theater, film and television for 29 years. His most recent film credits include Denzel Washington
's Antwone Fisher
, Michael Mann
's Ali, and the romantic comedy Chasing Destiny. Other feature credits include: Jackie Brown; The Glimmer Man; The Saint of Fort Washington; Hangin'With the Homeboys; and The Brother From Another Planet. He recently completed filming the independent feature Coming Up Easy.
On television, Williams had a recurring role as D.L. Hughley's father on the hit sitcom The Hughleys. He has appeared in the dramas The District, The West Wing, The Practice, Any Day Now, Outer Limits, NYPD Blue, and Chicago Hope, among others, and has also been featured in several comedies, including Seinfeld, Roseanne, The George Carlin Show, Martin, Living Single, The Wayans Brothers, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He also appeared in the recent Hallmark/CBS television film Little John.
On stage, Williams has appeared in Broadway productions, including The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Solomon's Child, Pirates of Penzance, and Once on This Island. Williams won the prestigious L.A. Ovation Award for Best Featured Actor/Dramatic Play for his role in Kevin Heelan's Distant Fires. He received a Garland Award Honorable Mention for his performance in the 2001 production of Oliver Mayer's Joe Louis' Blues at the Tiffany Theatre in L.A., and was nominated for a NAACP Theatre Award for Best Featured Actor/Dramatic Play for his role in Oliver Mayer's Blade to the Heat at the Los Angeles Mark Taper Forum.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
Ellis Williams Facts
|Coming to America|
|Eddie Murphy Raw|
|The Glimmer Man|
|Wag The Dog|
|Feb 5, '95|