Billy Porter

Billy Porter

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1969-09-21 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

17 Movies · 23 TV shows

Also Known As: Біллі Портер

Biography

Billy Porter (born September 21, 1969) is an American actor and singer. He attended Taylor Allderdice, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and achieved fame performing on Broadway before starting a solo career as a singer and actor.Porter won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in Kinky Boots at the 67th Tony Awards. He credits the part for "cracking open" his feminine side to confront toxic masculinity. For the role, Porter also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. In 2014 Porter won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots. He currently stars in the television series Pose for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first openly gay black man to be nominated and win in any lead acting category at the Primetime Emmys.Porter is included in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2020.

Personal Life

Porter is gay; he married his husband, Adam Smith on January 14, 2017.Porter shared his racial views in a 2020 interview with Vanity Fair, "The reason why our country is in the mess we're in is simply because of whiteness. White supremacy. White people choke-holding power and sucking the life out of humanity".

Early Life

Porter was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to William E. Porter and Cloerinda Jean Johnson Porter Ford. His sister is Mary Martha Ford-Dieng. After attending Reizenstein Middle School, Porter went to Taylor Allderdice High School, where he graduated in 1987. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University with a B.F.A. in Drama and earned a certification from the graduate-level Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA.During the summers of 1985–1987, Porter was a member of entertainment groups, "Spirit" and "Flash," which performed daily at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

3 Movies
25 Years of Rent: Measured in Love

25 Years of Rent: Measured in Love

2021
A quarter century ago, Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking musical, RENT, opened at New York Theatre Workshop. From its humble beginnings at NYTW, this rock musical went on to shape a generation. What be...
Where Love Lives: A Story of Dancefloor Culture & Expression

Where Love Lives: A Story of Dancefloor Culture & Expression

2021
Documentary by the musiclabel Defected and its brand Glitterbox about electronic music, its beginning in New York and its importance for minorities all around the world.
Cinderella

Cinderella

4
2021
The story of an orphan girl with an evil stepmother is being reinvented.

2020.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
The Drew Barrymore Show

The Drew Barrymore Show

2020
Celebrity guests, lifestyle segments, field pieces, and human-interest stories are all presented by Drew Barrymore with her infectious brand of humor and optimism.
TV
Visible: Out On Television

Visible: Out On Television

7.6
2020
This five-part docuseries explores the history of the LGBTQ movement. It looks at homophobia, invisibility, the evolution of LGBTQ characters, and coming out in the TV industry.
Like a Boss

Like a Boss

4.92
2020
Two friends start a beauty company together. One wants to earn her fortune and the other wants to live a lavish lifestyle.
TV
Equal

Equal

2020
This four-part+ docuseries chronicles the untold LGBTQ events leading up to the Stonewall Uprising, honoring the rebels of yesteryear with never-before-seen archival footage along with style depiction...

2019.

3 TV shows
TV
The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

4
2019
There are stories of science fiction, fantasy and the occult that explore humanity's hopes, despairs, pride and prejudices in metaphoric ways. The next stop will be The Twilight Zone.
TV
Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall

2019
Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist and she interviews people in thorough meaningful and entertaining conversations.
TV
Desus & Mero

Desus & Mero

2019
Desus and Mero chat with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics, and more on the first ever weekly late-night talk show.

2018.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Every Act of Life

Every Act of Life

2018
The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for gay rights, addiction and recovery, finding true love, and...
TV
Pose

Pose

5.29
2018
A dance musical that explores the juxtaposition of several segments of 1980s life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, and the downtown social an...

2015.

1 TV show
TV
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

2015
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.

2014.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

6.26
2014
Jimmy was Jay Leno's replacement. After 42 years in Los Angeles, the program was brought back to New York.
TV
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

6.67
2014
A half-hour look at politics and current events.
The Humbling

The Humbling

2
2014
An aging actor is in a relationship with a younger woman, but it's difficult to keep up with her, following a breakdown and suicide attempt.

2013.

1 TV show
TV
Land of Lola: Backstage at 'Kinky Boots' with Billy Porter

Land of Lola: Backstage at 'Kinky Boots' with Billy Porter

2013
"Kinky Boots" star Billy Porter (Lola) creates video vlogs for Broadway.com.

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Heart of Broadway: The Ensemble Behind Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Heart of Broadway: The Ensemble Behind Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

2011
Heart of Broadway goes inside Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for an in-depth look at the organization and its key players. Since 1988, they have raised more than $195 million for essential services...
TV
American Horror Story

American Horror Story

6.11
2011
An anthology horror drama series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a past, an asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, and a farmhouse.

2007.

2 TV shows
TV
Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

6.22
2007
The lives of theKardashian-Jenner family can be seen.
TV
Indie Sex

Indie Sex

8
2007
Indie Sex is a 2007 American television documentary film directed by Lesli Klainberg.

2006.

1 Movie
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema

2006
A chronological look at films by, for, or about gays and lesbians in the United States, from 1947 to 2005, Kenneth Anger's "Fireworks" to "Brokeback Mountain". Talking heads, anchored by critic and sc...

2004.

1 Movie
Noel

Noel

2004
Rose Collins, the lonely publisher, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, who is in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels bad for another patient. Mike's fiancée broke her engagement to...

2000.

2 Movies
Intern

Intern

2000
A young, underappreciated intern at the ultra-hip magazine Skirt must learn to deal with kissy-face phoniness, model tantrums and bulimic editors, while trying to steal the heart of a dashing British ...
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy

The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy

7
2000
A close-knit group of gay friends share the emotional roller coaster of life, relationships, the death of friends, new beginnings, jealousy, and professional success. At various stages of life's disar...

1999.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story

Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story

1999
A group of people are starting a band.
TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6.06
1999
Sexually-based heinous offenses are considered by the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
Anastasia

Anastasia

5.9
1997
The story of the lost daughter of Russia's last czar is being told in an animated adventure. The Romanov family has been separated by bad luck. Maria is looking for a reward for her granddaughter's re...

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Rosie O'Donnell Show

The Rosie O'Donnell Show

3.93
1996
The Rosie O'Donnell Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell. It aired for six seasons from 1996 to 2002. Topics often discussed on...
Twisted

Twisted

1996
This retelling of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist may be populated by drug pushers, pimps and prostitutes, but the book's classic themes remain the same. Caught under the thumb of a lecherous brothel o...

1990.

1 TV show
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.83
1990
A murder is followed by a police investigation and prosecution.

1989.

1 TV show
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.22
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...

1988.

1 TV show
TV
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

1988
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is honored. A copy of the Oscar statuette is given to the various category winners. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was where the first awards were held.

Unknown Year.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Smoke, Lilies and Jade

Smoke, Lilies and Jade

Alex, a young artist of the Harlem Renaissance, flirts with the idea of bisexuality through posturing and conversations he has with his girlfriend, Melva, and his mentor, Raymond. Beauty is a Latin ma...
What If?

What If?

The internet encouraged a high school senior to pursue a relationship with a trans girl after he posted about his crush on her on social media. They were in a senior year relationship.
Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

An exotic plant in a downtown flower shop convinces the storekeeper's meek apprentices to resort to gruesome measures to keep it alive and make it grow.
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