Tyler James Williams Biography
Tyler James Williams made his name as the loveably hilarious Chris in the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, based on comedian Chris Rock's childhood. What you may not know is that the 19-year-old TV star is a triple threat actor, singer and rapper!
New Orleans to New York
Although Tyler was born in Louisiana, New Orleans he was raised in Yonkers in New York City. Tyler's dad LeRoy is a police sergeant and he has two younger brothers, Tyrel and Tylen. You might say that talent runs in the family, his mother Angela is a singer-songwriter and his younger brother Tyrel stars on the Disney XD show Lab Rats.
Sesame Street to Sitcom
Tyler's first experience on TV was playing the voice of Bobby on Little Bill, but he got his first break in acting on screen playing "Tyler" on the much-beloved children's show Sesame Street. In 2005 he landed the role that made him a household name playing Chris in Everybody Hates Chris, a show based on the childhood of comedian Chris Rock. Tyler quickly won over audiences with his charm and natural charisma on the show and in 2007 took home the Young Artist Award for his work on the show.
Let it Shine
Everybody Hates Chris wasn't the only show to benefit from Tyler's talent, he also appeared on True Jackson VP as a rapper named Lil' Shakespeare alongside his then-girlfriend and star of the show Keke Palmer. In 2009 Everybody Hates Chris aired its final episode and Tyler looked toward expanding his horizons. He recently starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Let it Shine with Coco Jones and Brandon Mychal Smith. Tyler contributed 9 songs to the Let it Shine soundtrack that show off his rapping and singing skills. He also signed on to star in the TV series Go On and is scheduled to play a character Lab Rats, acting with his younger brother Tyrel.
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