PROFILE
Name:
Bill Bellamy
Birth Date:
April 7, 1965
Birth Place:
Newark, New Jersey, USA
Height:
6' 4" (1.93 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Fastlane

Background:

Bill Bellamy is an American actor and stand up comedian. He is known for his role as Deaqon “Deaq” Hayes on the television series “Fastlane” (2002-2003), from which he netted nominations at the Image Awards and the Teen Chioce Awards, and as the voice of Skeeter in the Nickelodeon series “Cousin Skeeter” (1998-2001), where he was nominated for an Image Award for his performance. Bellamy has acted in many movies, including “Fled” (1996), “Love Jones” (1997), “ How to Be a Player” (1997), “Love Stinks” (1999), “Any Given Sunday” (1999), “The Brothers” (2001), “Neverwas” (2005) and “Lottery Ticket” (2010). The Newark, New Jersey native actor began his career as a stand up in the late 1980s, after winning a male beauty pageant on which he performed a comedy routine for the talent contest. After being spotted by television producers, he quickly appeared in “Def Comedy Jam” and later led to his own comedy special on Showtime called “Bill Bellamy: Booty Call” (1994). Bellamy also was a VJ and the host of several MTV programs, including “MTV Beach House” and “MTV Jamz.”

Bellamy has two children, Bailey and Baron, with his actress wife Kristen Baker, whom he has married since 2001. He currently resides in California and is an avid fan of New York Knicks.


Rutgers Alum

Childhood and Family:

William Bellamy was born on April 7, 1965, in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory Academy in West Orange, New Jersey in 1983. He went on to receive a Bachelors of Science in Finance from Rutgers University later in 1989.

On June 16, 2001, Bill was married to his longtime girlfriend Kristen Baker. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Bailey Ivory-Rose, on August 3, 2003. Their second child, son Baron, was born on July 5, 2006. Bill has a sister named Karen. He is the cousin of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal.


Love Jones

Career:

While attending Rutgers University, Bill Bellamy entered a male beauty pageant and did stand up routine for the talent competition. He ended up winning the contest. Stimulated by his success, he decided to pursue a career in stand-up and started honing his crafts at small comedy clubs in 1988. After winning many amateur competitions, Bellamy became the winner of Sweetwaters' comedy laugh-off , which he doubled up into engagements at major venues including The Comic Strip, Catch A Rising Star, The Original Improvisation in New York, Funnybones in Philadelphia and the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

In 1990, Bellamy made his national television debut on the NBC series “It's Showtime at the Apollo,” in which he was given a guest spot. His performance was a significant success and also attracted the attention of producers Bernie Brillstein and Russell Simmons, who quickly signed him up for a guest stint on HBO's “Def Comedy Jam.” He went on to headline the Def Comedy Jam National Tour in 1992.

In 1993, Bellamy began his association with MTV when he was recruited as a host of “MTV Beach House,” a one hour music video block targeted at African American audiences. He would become a staple on MTV with work either as VJ or host on several programs like “MTV Spring Break: Lake Havasu” (1995), “MTV Rock 'N' Jock Basketball VI” (1996) and “MTV Jams” (1996-1998). It was also in 1993 that Bellamy made his big screen debut with roles on the two films: “Joey Breaker,” a comedy written and directed by Steven Starr and starring Richard Edson, Cedella Marley and Fred Fondren, and Ted Demme's “Who's the Man?,” opposite MTV veejays Ed Lover and Doctor Dré.

In 1994, Bellamy had his own comedy special on Showtime called “Bill Bellamy: Booty Call,” which became one of the network's top rated specials. Two years later, he starred in his own short live television series, “The Bill Bellamy Show” (MTV). Still in 1996, Bellamy returned to features in Kevin Hooks' action/adventure, “Fled,” which starred Laurence Fishburne, Stephen Baldwin and Will Patton. However, it was not until the following year that his film career began in earnest, thanks to a notable supporting role as Hollywood in the indie romance “Love Jones,” starring Larenz Tate and Nia Long. The film earned positive reviews from critics and is considered a cult classic. The same year, he also was cast as Drayton “Dray” Jackson, a playboy whose skills are put to the test in “Def Jam's How to Be a Player,” alongside Natalie Desselle and Bernie Mac, and appeared as The Swingers Club in the TV film “Austin Powers' Electric Pussycat Swingers Club.”

In 1998, Bellamy provided the titular big talking puppet living amongst a live action New York City family in the Nickelodeon series “Cousin Skeeter.” He was nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/Special in 1999 for his work. The show ended its run on 2001 after three seasons.

Meanwhile, Bellamy also took other acting projects during 1998-2001. He co-starred as Larry Garnett in the Jeff Franklin slapstick comedy film “Love Stinks” (1999), alongside French Stewart and Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, portrayed Jimmy Sanderson, a drug-addled football star, on Oliver Stone's “Any Given Sunday” (1999), opposite Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, James Woods, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Berkley and Charlton Heston, and was cast as the most marriage phobic of a group of four African American professionals in Gary Hardwick's “The Brothers” (2001), opposite Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley and Shemar Moore. In 2000, he appeared as the injured uninsured friend mistaken for Jamie's life parter on an episode of The WB's “The Jamie Foxx Show” called “Partner fo' Life.”

Bellamy starred as a chef named Jeremiah in the comedy series “Men, Women and Dogs,” centering around a dog park, which debuted on The WB Television Network on October 14, 2001. The show, however, only had a short life and was canceled after nine episodes , leaving four episodes unaired.

In 2002, Bellamy landed the co-starring role of Deaqon “Deaq” Hayes on the Fox detective series “Fastlane,” alongside Peter Facinelli and Tiffani Thiessen. The show ran for a season from September 18, 2002 to May 25, 2003. For his performance, Bellany picked up an Image nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and a Teen Choice nomination for Choice TV Actor - Drama/Action Adventure.

Also in 2002, Bellamy co-starred with Jerry O'Connell, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras and Ryan Reynolds in the romantic comedy “Buying the Cow” (lensed 1999) and appeared in the short “Three Big Words,” by Chris Buxton.

After appearing as James Lewis in an episode of UPN's “Half & Half” called “The Big Birth-Date Episode” (2004), Bellamy starred in an 8 minute short, “The Real Mario Grey” (2005), written and directed by Gavin Irvin, portrayed Martin Sands in the English film “Neverwas” (2005), starring Ian McKellen, Aaron Eckhart, Brittany Murphy and Nick Nolte, and co-starred with Ashley Williams, Tom Berenger and Matt Bomer in the TV film “ Amy Coyne” (2006) as well as with Vivica A. Fox on the made for television film “Getting Played” (2006). Between 2007 and 2008, he had a recurring role as Stratton Lorb in the ABC television drama series “October Road.”

In 2010, Bellamy guest starred in the television series “Castle” (as Mickey Reed) and “Royal Pains” (as Aristotle). He also appeared with Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton and Ice Cube in the comedy film “Lottery Ticket” (2010), directed by Eric White. In November 2011, the actor appeared in an episode of “Chelsea Lately,” a talk show hosted by Chelsea Handler.

Bellamy will play a role in the upcoming comedy “Sleeping Around” (2012), directed and written by Leslie Greif. Costars in the film will include Bryan Callen, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Tammin Sursok.

When not busy with his screen career, Bellamy continues to perform at comedy clubs.


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