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Billy Daniels (William Daniels)

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Biography

Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Billy Daniels toiled obscurely for years before becoming a star in 1950. He began singing in his native Jacksonville, Florida, moved to Harlem in 1932 and became a dishwasher and later singing waiter at Dickie Wells' restaurant-club. He toured with the Erskine Hawkins band circa 1935-36, then returned to Harlem, which he loved, and sang virtually every day, sometimes just for food. He became a staple on local radio shows, and in 1941 had a small record hit on Bluebird, "Diane"/"Penthouse Serenade". Read more...

Actor

Character: Himself - Performer

The 25th Annual Academy Awards 1953

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Character: Dr. Elcott

The Beat Generation 1959

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Character: Dr. Martin Lefevre

Mod Squad 1968

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Character: Himself - Singer

The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950

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