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Hello. What have we here? Welcome. I’m Lando Calrissian. I’m the administrator of this facility. And who might you be?

– Lando Calrissian, The Empire Strikes Back

Today we celebrate Billy Dee Williams at his 78th birthday (born 1937)

Billy Dee Williams, birth name William December Williams, was born in New York, USA. He played Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but he was originally auditioned for the role of Han Solo in 1976.

It is also Billy Dee Williams voice we hear as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Rebels TV series and in Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast.

Lando Calrissian is a scoundrel with style and class. He is a man of sophisticated tastes and goes way back with Han Solo.

There are at least three early incarnations of Lando in the script, a leader of a clan of clones, a gambler on a Wookie planet and the smuggler Lando Kadar.