Bill Bellamy

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
Bill Bellamy(comedian) in October 2011.jpg
Bellamy in 2011
William Bellamy[1]

(1965-04-07) April 7, 1965 (age 56)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Kristen 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 hosts Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? on TV One. The show is in its fourth season; he is an executive producer for it. In 2020, he starred in the Netflix miniseries Self Made.[6][15]


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Joey Breaker Ace Man
1993 Who's the Man? K.K.
1996 Fled Ray
1997 How to Be a Player Drayton Jackson
1999 Love Stinks Larry Garnett
1999 Any Given Sunday Jimmy Sanderson
2001 The Brothers Brian Palmer
1998–2001 Cousin Skeeter Skeeter TV Series; 52 episodes
2002 Buying the Cow Jonesy
2001–2002 Men, Women & Dogs Jeremiah TV Series; 13 episodes
2002–2003 Fastlane Deaqon 'Deaq' Hayes TV Series; 22 episodes
2004 Half & Half James Lewis TV Series; 1 episode
2005 Neverwas Martin Sands
2006 Getting Played Mark Sellers TV Movie
2006 Amy Coyne Barry
2007–2008 October Road Stratton Lorb TV Series; 3 episodes
2010 Castle Mickey Reed TV Series; Episode: "The Late Shaft"
2010 Royal Pains Aristotle TV Series; Episode: "The Hankover"
2010 Meet the Browns Anthony TV Series; 4 episodes
2012 Noobz Brian Bankrupt Simmons
2013 White Collar Delmon Wells TV Series; Episode: "Empire City"
2013 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Dwayne
2012–2013 Mr. Box Office Marcus Jackson TV Series; 27 episodes
2014 Hot in Cleveland Councilman Powell TV Series; 3 episodes
2016 Kindergarten Cop 2 Sanders
2016 The Bounce Back Terry Jackson
2016 Winning Ugly Jay 'Havoc' Harris
2018 Insecure Kev'yn TV Series; 4 episodes
2019 Twenty to One Narrator TV Movie
2020 A Dark Foe Rocco
2020 S.W.A.T. Jackie Shaw TV Series; Episode: "Knockout"


  1. ^ "Bill Bellamy on". Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  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
  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". Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  11. ^ a b "Comedian Bill Bellamy discusses his legacy ahead of Pittsburgh Improv shows |". 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". 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. ^, 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.

External links