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Star Wars’ Billy Dee Williams announced as guest for Emerald City Comicon

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Aug. 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
August 13, 2012 6:03 pm

Billy Dee Williams
Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams is the latest announced guest for next year’s Emerald City Comicon.

Williams played Lando Calrissian in the classic “Star Wars” trilogy. He’s the second celebrity guest announced (after Patrick Stewart) for ECCC taking place on March 1-3, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center. Williams will be appearing all three days.

Here’s more from the announcement:

Williams is perhaps best known as “Lando Calrissian,” the suave friend of Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He had created a name for himself in the industry before that in films such as Lady Sings The Blues and Mahogany (both co-starring Diana Ross) as well as the television biopic Brian’s Song co-starring James Caan.

Since the Star Wars films, his credits have included Nighthawks with Sly Stallone, “Harvey Dent” in Tim Burton’s Batman, the popular nighttime soap Dynasty and more recently lending his voice to such shows as Robot Chicken and various Star Wars themed videogames.

Not limited to acting, Williams is also an established painter, with some of his work being displayed in such prestigious institutions as The Smithsonian. He also released a jazz LP in 1961 entitled Let’s Misbehave, which received commercial success and resulted in a performance at Motown’s 25th.

Joining Williams at ECCC 2013 will be previously announced guest Sir Patrick Stewart (“Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek The Next Generation, “Dr. Charles Xavier” from the X-Men films).

Also attending Emerald City Comicon will be classic Hanna-Barbera and Filmation Studios animator Tom Cook. Cook began his career as an animator in the late 70s until domestic television production closed their doors in 1989. His credits include kid favorites Scooby-Doo, He-Man, The Smurfs, Super Friends, Garfield, Tom and Jerry, Fat Albert, Casper, Thundarr the Barbarian and Mighty Mouse. Cook has also directed such animated shows as King of the Hill, Duckman and Extreme Ghostbusters.

ECCC 2013 will feature its most expansive variety of film/television stars, voice actors, comic guests, vendors, merchandise, gaming, contests, artists, speakers and pop culture yet!

With record-breaking attendance of over 53,000 attendees in 2012, Emerald City Comicon has established itself as one of North America’s largest and most respected shows of its kind anywhere. Founded by Seattle-area entrepreneur and author Jim Demonakos in 2003, ECCC has become highly regarded in both national and international circles as one of the most fan and family-friendly shows in existence.

Look for regular press releases containing all of the latest news leading up to the show in March 2013. For more information, please visit ECCC’s website at www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

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