Billy Dee Williams is the epitome of cool. He is one of those people who just exudes cool. Williams doesn't have to do anything. He is just plain cool!
Last year when I met Williams at the MCCC, he had a nice selection of photos from which to choose for him to sign. However, at first glance I did not see Williams from my favorite role of his. I saw him as Lando Calrissian (Star Wars), Harvey Dent (Batman) and Toussaint Dubois (General Hospital). Then I saw my favorite, which was way off to the side.
I loved Williams as Gale Sayers in Brian's Song. Williams played opposite of James Caan (as Brian Piccolo). It was a sad story, as Piccolo died from cancer, but it was also a positive story of the friendship between Sayers and Piccolo, two teammates not separated by any race barriers.
When I finally met Williams, I selected that picture and he commented that few people pick that one. A large part of his fan base now probably comes from his Star Wars role. We talked for a few minutes about the impact and importance of Brian's Song.
As I was walking away, Williams thanked me for the compliments and for the memories. Like I wrote, the guy is just too cool.
Billy Dee Williams and me at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI-May 2008.