Unsung is a 60-minute-long show that has been airing on TV One since November 27, 2008, with Gary Anthony Williams who has featured in no less than 138 episodes of the show, working as its narrator since 2009. The show seeks to profile R&B/soul music stars who once made waves or stormed the music scene as great potentials but are currently largely unappreciated.
If you have been watching Unsung as it resurrects unsung musical heroes, you have most probably come across Gary on air. But there are other things to know about him and here, we are going to dwell on the prolific actor/voice actor beyond all you probably know. So, join us as we explore the less publicly available aspect of the actor’s biography: his wife and other family facts.
Gary Anthony Williams – Biography
Gary Anthony Williams is reported to have been born on March 14, 1966. An Afro-American, he is said to have been born in Fayetteville, a city in the U.S. State of Georgia. That is also where he grew up and lived till his career began to blossom as per online sources. Over the years, Gary has become famous as a TV, film, stage and voice actor as well as a comedian.
Before moving to Los Angeles in 1998, he had started practicing the trade back in Atlanta, Georgia. Although he was into theatre and TV in Atlanta, his major credit included acting for the not-for-profit theater group named Georgia Shakespeare located at the campus of Oglethorpe University. In the group, he is said to have acted as ‘Shakespeare’ severally.
Back at Atlanta, Gary Anthony Williams was also notable for his comedic acts and TV shows. Thus he was a member of Laughing Matters which has been widely described as the longest-running improvisational comedy troupe in Atlanta ever. He had recurring roles in NBC’s TV drama series I’ll Fly Away and In The Heat Of The Night. Although these TV shows were filmed in Georgia, they were shown on the NBC Channel across the country and the world. No doubt, this was largely responsible for the national and global fame that Gary would eventually enjoy. At least, it was responsible for him moving over to the center of the movie industry, Los Angeles, as already mentioned.
Once in Los Angeles, Gary began working in countless roles as an actor as well as a voice actor. His live-action performances have encompassed films and TV shows while his voice performances have included TV, films as well as video games. His most acclaimed role is probably as Stevie’s father, Abraham Kenarban, in the FOX TV sitcom, Malcolm In The Middle and as Judge Trudy’s Bailiff in Nickelodeon’s live-action sketch comedy and variety show, The Amanda Show.
Who is Gary’s Wife – Leslie Williams?
Gary Anthony Williams is married to another Georgia native whose name is given as Leslie Jean Billingsley. They both live together presently in Sherman Oaks California, three miles from North Hollywood and eleven miles from Woodland Hills. She is a professional project manager and the couple has two children together – a son named Ethan Williams and a daughter named Belinda Williams together.
They are obviously living happily with their daughter Belinda (Ethan is no longer living with them). There are photos which show their happy family time together. Whereas we have not been able to lay hands on further specific details about Gary’s wife (such as her family and educational background), there are indications that the couple enjoys a happy marriage.
Other Family Facts
Gary Anthony Williams’ father Willie is reported to have worked as a professional baking company foreman while his mother Johnnie is said to have been an accomplished homemaker.
He is said to be one of ten children of his parents. Although Gary is regarded as one of the funniest comedic actors you can find, he once said that he is the least funny member of his family.
It was reported that Leslie Williams assisted her husband to undergo a special dietary procedure to help him lose weight. To explain this further, it may interest you to know that Gary Anthony Williams is known to have a particularly huge body. He is reported to stand at the height of 180cm and weighs a whopping 88kg (approximately 195 pounds).