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Bert Williams

Bert Williams
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Birth nameEgbert Austin Williams
Birth dateNovember 12, 1874
Place of birthNassau, New Providence, Bahamas
Date of deathMarch 04, 1922(age 47)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.

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:This is about the Broadway performer Bert Williams. For the English footballer, see Bert Williams (footballer)

Egbert Austin "Bert" Williams (November 12, 1874 March 4, 1922) was one of the preeminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He was by far the best-selling black recording artist before 1920. In 1918, the New York Dramatic Mirror called Williams "one of the great comedians of the world."

Williams was a key figure in the development of African-American entertainment. In an age when racial inequality and stereotyping were commonplace, he became the first black American to take a lead role on the Broadway stage, and did much to push back racial barriers during his career. Fellow vaudevillian W.C. Fields, who appeared in productions with Williams, described him as "the funniest man I ever saw and the saddest man I ever knew."

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