William Bellamy (born April 7, 1965)[4] is an American actor and stand-up comedian. Bellamy first gained national notoriety on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam,[5] where he is credited for creating or coining the phrase "booty call", described as a late night call to a potential paramour with the intention of meeting strictly for sex.

Bill Bellamy
Bellamy in 2011
William Bellamy[1]

(1965-04-07) April 7, 1965 (age 59)
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian
Years active1985–present
SpouseKristen Baker (2001–present)[2]

Early life and family

Bellamy was born in Newark, New Jersey.[6] Bellamy is a cousin of basketball player Shaquille O'Neal.[7][8]

He attended Seton Hall Preparatory School in nearby South Orange, New Jersey (now located in West Orange). He majored in economics at Rutgers University.[9][10]


For many years, Bellamy was a staple on MTV, a VJ and the host of several MTV programs including MTV Jamz and MTV Beach House.[11] He went on to star in a number of movies, including Fled, Love Jones, The Brothers, How to Be a Player, Getting Played and Any Given Sunday. He also appeared on two episodes of the TV show Kenan and Kel. Additionally, he voiced Skeeter on the Nickelodeon television show Cousin Skeeter.[11]

In 2002, Bellamy had a co-starring role in the Fox Network television show Fastlane alongside Peter Facinelli and Tiffani Thiessen. He also appeared frequently as a "roundtable" guest on the late night E! talk show Chelsea Lately. Bellamy hosted seasons 5 and 6 of NBC's Last Comic Standing reality show (2007 and 2008). In 2014, he had a recurring role as Councilman Powell on the TV Land original series Hot in Cleveland.[12] He voiced Marcus Hill, a playable character in the 2005 updated version of the NARC video game.[13]

In 2016, Bellamy played FBI Agent Sanders, the partner of Dolph Lundgren's character, in Kindergarten Cop 2.[14]

Bellamy hosted Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? on TV One. He was also an executive producer for it. In 2020, he starred in the Netflix miniseries Self Made.[6][15]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Joey Breaker Ace Man
Who's the Man? K.K.
1996 Fled Ray
1997 Love Jones Hollywood
Austin Powers' Electric Psychedelic Pussycat Swingers Club The Swingers Club TV movie
How to Be a Player Drayton Jackson
1999 Love Stinks Larry Garnett
Any Given Sunday Jimmy Sanderson
2001 The Brothers Brian Palmer
2002 Three Big Words - Short
Buying the Cow Jonesy
2005 Neverwas Martin Sands
The Real Mario Grey Dr. Getty Short
2006 Getting Played Mark Sellers TV movie
2010 Lottery Ticket Giovanni Watson
2012 Noobz Brian Bankrupt Simmons
2013 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Dwayne
2016 Kindergarten Cop 2 Sanders
The Bounce Back Terry Jackson
2019 Twenty to One Narrator TV movie
2020 A Dark Foe Rocco
2021 A Rich Christmas Marshall Rich TV movie
2023 House Party Pops
Back on the Strip Tyriq 'Da Face' Cox


Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Play on One Antique Dealer Episode: "Heartland"
1991-95 It's Showtime at the Apollo Himself Recurring Guest
1992 Def Comedy Jam Himself Episode: "Episode #1.4" & "#2.6"
1993 MTV Beach House Himself/Host Main Host: Season 1
1996 Baywatch Himself Episode: "Beachblast"
1997 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards Himself/Co-Host Main Co-Host
1998 Figure It Out Cousin Skeeter (voice) Episode: "Bags Groceries Dad Buys in Record Time"
1998-01 Cousin Skeeter Skeeter Main Cast
1999 Kenan & Kel Himself Guest Cast: Season 3-4
2000 The Jamie Foxx Show Andre Episode: "Partner fo' Life"
2001 Hollywood Squares Himself/Panelist Recurring Panelist
2001-02 Men, Women & Dogs Jeremiah Main Cast
2002-03 Fastlane Deaqon 'Deaq' Hayes Main Cast
2004 Half & Half James Lewis Episode: "The Big Birth-Date Episode"
2005 I Love the '90s: Part Deux Himself Episode: "1996"
2006 Def Comedy Jam Himself Episode: "Episode #7.8"
Caerdydd Mr. Howard Episode: "Episode #1.1"
2006-09 Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? Himself/Host Main Host
2007 Thank God You're Here Himself Episode: "Episode #1.7"
2007-08 Last Comic Standing Himself/Host Main Host: Season 5-6
October Road Stratton Lorb Recurring Cast
2010 Castle Mickey Reed Episode: "The Late Shaft"
Royal Pains Aristotle Episode: "The Hankover"
Meet the Browns Anthony Recurring Cast: Season 4
2012 Celebrity Ghost Stories Himself Episode: "Bill Bellamy/Dawn Wells/Jack Blades/Mary Lambert"
BlackBoxTV Presents Headshot Episode: "AEZP: Execution Style"
2012-13 Mr. Box Office Marcus Jackson Main Cast
2013 Centric Comedy All-Stars Himself/Host Main Host
Who Gets the Last Laugh? Himself Episode: "Kunal Nayyar/Bill Bellamy/Jeff Dye"
Big Morning Buzz Live Himself/Panelist Episode: "Natalie Dormer/Capital Cities"
Rachael Ray Himself/Guest Co-Host Episode: "Episode #8.6" & "#8.42"
White Collar Delmon Wells Episode: "Empire City"
2014 Hot in Cleveland Councilman Jim Powell Recurring Cast: Season 5
2015 Live at Gotham Himself/Host Episode: "Bill Bellamy"
Murder in the First PA Announcer Episode: "Bruja Blanca"
2015-17 Dinner at Tiffani's Himself Recurring Guest
2016-18 Unsung Hollywood Himself Episode: "Bill Bellamy" & "Rickey Smiley"
2017 90's House Himself Episode: "The One With All the Pick-up Lines"
2017-20 Funny You Should Ask Himself Recurring Guest
2018 Insecure Kev'yn Recurring Cast: Season 3
2020 This Is Stand-Up Himself Episode: "Episode #1.1" & "#1.2"
Unfiltered: Paris Jackson & Gabriel Glenn Himself Episode: "Who is Paris Jackson?"
S.W.A.T. Jackie Shaw Episode: "Knockout"
Self Made Sweetness Recurring Cast
2021 Dark Humor Himself Episode: "Comedy & Hip-Hop: We've Got Bars"
Celebrity Family Feud Himself/Celebrity Player Episode: "Vivica A. Fox vs. Bill Bellamy and MLB Alums vs. MLB Wives"
Dark Side of the 90s Himself Episode: "Hip Hop: The East vs. West Media War"
The Wendy Williams Show Himself/Guest Co-Host Episode: "Episode #14.22" & "#14.23"
The Talk Himself/Guest Co-Host Recurring Guest Co-Host: Season 11
2022 Phat Tuesdays: The Era Of Hip Hop Comedy Himself Main Guest
Urban Eats and Treats Himself Episode: "Bill Bellamy"
The Neighborhood Lorenzo Episode: "Welcome to the Man Code"
2023 Celebration of Black Cinema & Television Himself/Host Main Host
Bel-Air Julius Banks Episode: "Let the Best Man Win"

Comedy Specials

Year Title
1994 Bill Bellamy: Booty Call
2005 Bill Bellamy: Back to My Roots
2012 Bill Bellamy: Crazy Sexy Dirty
2013 Bill Bellamy's Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour
2022 Bill Bellamy: I Want My Life Back

Music Videos

Year Artist Title
1995 Da Brat "Give It 2 You"
2Pac "Temptations
1997 Foxy Brown "Big Bad Mamma"

Video Games

Year Title Role
2005 Narc Marcus Hill (voice)
2006 L.A. Rush Lidell Ray (voice)


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  2. ^ "Bill Bellamy Talks Marriage and Raising Kids".
  3. ^ "Q&A: Bill Bellamy says pandemic made him realize how much he loves comedy".
  4. ^ Bill Bellamy Biography – Yahoo! Movies Archived June 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (2019-08-21). "'Madam CJ Walker': Bill Bellamy Joins Netflix Limited Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  6. ^ a b "Bill Bellamy Sounds Off On Colorism In Hollywood: 'I'm Representing Every Nubian Brother'". Essence. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  7. ^ Bill Bellamy (I) – Biography
  8. ^ Bill Bellamy Biography at TVGuide.com
  9. ^ Staff. "BILL BELLAMY'S CLEAN, STYLISH AND STILL FUNNY", The Charlotte Observer, May 6, 1994. Accessed March 10, 2011. ""The real Bill is the son of New Jersey parents who worked overtime to send him to Seton Hall Preparatory Academy and Rutgers University where he majored in economics."
  10. ^ "Bill Bellamy: Full Throttle Family Man, Funny Man". NPR.org. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  11. ^ a b "Comedian Bill Bellamy discusses his legacy ahead of Pittsburgh Improv shows | TribLIVE.com". triblive.com. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  12. ^ "Bill Bellamy to Star in Fox Family Comedy From Chris Case". The Hollywood Reporter. 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  13. ^ "News: Midway Signs Bill Bellamy for NARC". gamershell.com. Archived from the original on 2010-03-05.
  14. ^ Wakeman, Gregory (13 August 2015). "Dolph Lundgren's Kindergarten Cop 2 Has To Be Awesome, Right?". CinamaBlend. CinemaBlend. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  15. ^ NJ.com, Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for (2020-01-02). "Bill Bellamy joins Octavia Spencer in Madam C.J. Walker series coming to Netflix". nj. Retrieved 2021-03-11.

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