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Bill Bellamy

Bill Bellamy's flourishing career encompasses the worlds of feature film, television, comedy and more.

Bellamy has hosted MTV Jams for the past five years, where he has blended street culture, locker room observations and a myriad of experiences. Bellamy is now serving as a special correspondent for the MTV network.

Bellamy currently stars as the voice of Skeeter in Nickelodeon's popular new children's action-comedy series, Cousin Skeeter. He was recently nominated for a 1999 NAACP Image Award for his work on the show. In addition, Bellamy has a development deal with Universal Television and is working on a comedy series for NBC, in which he will star and produce.

In feature motion pictures, Bellamy starred in the independent feature Love Stinks with French Stewart, Bridgette Wilson and supermodel Tyra Banks. He made his film debut in 1997 opposite Larenz Tate and Nia Long in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy love jones and followed that break the same year with his leading-man debut in the hit comedy Def Jam's How To Be A Player.

In October, 1998, Bellamy traveled to London, where he co-hosted the Malibu MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards with Mel G. Later that month, he co-hosted The Diversity Awards with Kathy Griffin for the Multicultural Motion Picture Association.

Bellamy graduated from Seton Hill Preparatory Academy in West Orange, New Jersey, and attended Rutgers University, where he majored in economics. However, Bellamy's friends constantly encouraged him to become a comedian, so he decided to enter a male beauty pageant in his junior year on a lark. In order to participate in the pageant, he had to showcase a specific talent, which in Bellamy's case was comedy. He won the pageant.

After winning numerous amateur competitions, Bellamy won Sweetwaters' comedy laugh-off, which he parlayed into gigs at major venues including The Comic Strip, Catch A Rising Star, The Original Improvisation in New York, Funnybones in Philadelphia and Hollywood's Comedy Store.

Bellamy made his national television debut as a featured guest on Showtime at the Apollo, which captured the attention of producers Bernie Brillstein and Russell Simmons. The two immediately scheduled him as a guest star on HBO's Def Comedy Jam and soon after, Bellamy's Showtime special, Booty Call, was one of that network's top rated specials.

Bellamy also handles duties as national celebrity spokesperson for both AT&T and Pepsi, and appeared opposite Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal in Reebok's television campaign.

He continues to keep his comedy sharp with regular standup performances at comedy clubs and arenas nationwide.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Bill Bellamy Facts

OccupationActor, TV Host
BirthdayApril 7, 1965 (58)
BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is Bill Bellamy compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Trading Places
RiffTrax: The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
Being John Malkovich
I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac
Lottery Ticket
War and Remembrance
Love Jones
Love Stinks
Kindergarten Cop 2
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