Staying busy is not a problem for Bill Bellamy, who's flourishing career encompasses the worlds of feature film, television, comedy and more. His career is on the rise, yet his feet remain firmly planted on the ground.
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Bill can be seen this fall starring in the new FOX series FASTLANE from McG, director of Charlie's Angels and John McNamara, writer for The Fugitive. The one-hour drama follows two cops, Bellamy as Deaqon Hayes and Peter Facinelli as Van Ray, as they go undercover to take down the highest - and lowest - criminals in Los Angeles. Thanks to their boss, played by Tiffani Thiessen, the pair are given access to everything in the Candy Store. A warehouse of seized Gucci, Rolexes, Ducatis, and Ferraris, it has everything necessary to outfit two young cops with the ultimate backstage pass into the world of high-stakes crime. FASTLANE airs Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
In 2001, Bellamy co-starred in the Screen Gems comedy hit THE BROTHERS opposite D.L. Hughley, Shemar Moore and Morris Chestnut. The film follows three black professionals as they face the imminent marriage of a longtime friend and reformed playboy. He also starred last year in the WB sitcom MEN, WOMEN & DOGS.
Bellamy's other film credits include his role in Oliver Stone's highly lauded film ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, a graphic depiction of the behind-the-scenes politics and antics of an NFL team. Bellamy portrayed superstar wide receiver Jimmy Sanderson in an ensemble cast that included Al Pacino, James Woods, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx and Dennis Quaid. Also in 1999, Bill starred in the independent feature LOVE STINKS, opposite French Stewart, Bridgette Wilson and Tyra Banks. Bellamy made his feature film debut in the spring of 1997, opposite Nia Long and Larenz Tate in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy LOVE JONES for New Line Cinema. He successfully followed that with his leading man debut in the hit comedy, Def Jam's HOW TO BE A PLAYER for Gramercy Pictures in the summer of 1997.
Bellamy also starred as the voice of Skeeter in Nickelodeon's hit action-comedy series Cousin Skeeter. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his outstanding performance on the show.
For five years Bill had the unique opportunity to host MTV JAMZ where he was able to cleverly blend an eclectic mix of street culture, locker room observations and a myriad of experiences placing Bill well ahead of the new generation of funny men. It was the combination of Bill's professionalism, style and charismatic personality which scored him top interviews with some of the hottest talent in town.
Bellamy continues to keep his comedy chops sharp with regular stand-up appearances at comedy clubs and arenas across the country. His intelligence and infectious humor landed the comedian a guest-correspondent stint on Entertainment Tonight. Bellamy also co-hosted the prestigious Malibu MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards and the Diversity Awards with Kathy Griffin for the Multicultural Motion Pictures Association.
Bill's universal appeal has also landed him duties as a national celebrity spokesperson for both AT&T and Pepsi. In 1998, he appeared opposite Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal in a national Reebok television commercial campaign.
The eldest of three children, Bill used his real life experiences growing up in Newark, New Jersey as stepping-stones to his comedy, stating "The things I talk about in my comedy are my experiences. I just do what I know."
Bellamy entered comedy as a lark. While at Rutgers University, he entered a male beauty pageant and won after he showcased a hidden talent - comedy. After winning numerous amateur competitions, Bellamy moved on to work his act in some of the top comedy clubs across the country. He made his national television debut as a featured guest on Showtime at the Apollo. His success with the "toughest audience in the world" caught the attention of comedy producers Bernie Brillstein and Russell Simmons. The two immediately signed him on as a guest star of HBO's Def Comedy Jam. Soon after, Bellamy starred in his own Showtime comedy special BOOTY CALL, which became one of the network's top-rated specials. The rest, as they say, is history.
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