Billy Porter

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Actor • Singer

Birth Date: September 21, 1969

Age: 54 years old

Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

American actor and singer Billy Porter gained popularity after starring in roles on the Ryan Murphy-produced television shows "American Horror Story: Apocalypse" (FX, 2018) and "Pose" (FX, 2018- ). Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Porter always wanted to entertain people for a living. He got his first taste of performing in front of a live audience when he was a teenager. Porter and a group of friends, who collectively called themselves "Flash," would perform live entertainment for folks at Kennywood Park, just outside of Pittsburgh. The experience left Porter exhilarated. Wanting nothing more than to make his living as an actor, he went on to study drama at Carnegie Mellon University, where he would later go on to earn his BFA. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon in the early 90s, Porter set his sights on Broadway. In 1994 he appeared in a Broadway revival of "Grease!" and followed it up with several more Broadway appearances in the ensuing decades. His more notable Broadway roles included: "Smokey Joe's Café" (1995-97), "Miss Saigon" (1998-99), and "Little Shop of Horrors" (2004). Throughout his stage career, Porter also appeared in films and on television. He made his feature film debut in 1997's "Twisted," and also appeared in "The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy" (2000) and "Noel" (2004). With nearly two decades of professional acting work behind him, Porter became a recognizable face to mainstream television audiences in 2018 when he simultaneously appeared on two popular shows: "American Horror Story: Apocalypse" and "Pose." Both shows were co-created and produced by Ryan Murphy. After coming off what was arguably the biggest year of his career, Porter followed it up with a part in the comedy "Limited Partners" (2019). Directed by Miguel Arteta, the film also starred Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek and Tiffany Hadish. Porter also became a viral sensation at the 2019 Oscars, where he served as one of the red-carpet interviewers wearing a tuxedo that had a full floor-length skirt.

Credits

MTV Video Music Awards

Self
Awards
2023

The Good Stuff With Mary Berg

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2023

Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love

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2023

Live with Kelly and MarkStream

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2023

Black + Iconic

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2023

Black + Iconic

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80 for BradyStream

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Our Son

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Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2023

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Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2023

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Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2023

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2022

Homeward Bound: A Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon

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2022

A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue ShootingStream

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Global Citizen Festival: Take Action NOW

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Sherri

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The Jennifer Hudson ShowStream

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Cinderella: The ReunionStream

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Who Do You Think You Are?

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2022

Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom

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2022

The 75th Annual Tony Awards

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Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022

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The 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

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The National Christmas Tree Lighting

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That's My JamStream

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Never Mind the Buzzcocks

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CBS Mornings

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The 2021 LGBTQ State of the Union With Billy Porter

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CinderellaStream

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EqualStream

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So Siriano

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The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

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The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

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John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero

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Global Goal: Unite for Our Future -- The Concert

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Pose-a-Thon for Pride

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Dear...Stream

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The Oscars Red Carpet Show

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2020

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Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020

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2019

The Year: 2019

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2019

The 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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2019

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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2019

Tamron HallStream

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2019

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Today With Hoda & Jenna

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The Twilight ZoneStream

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Oscars Live on the Red Carpet

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Desus & Mero

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2019

Idina Menzel Feat. Billy Porter: I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Yule Log)

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2019

Today 3rd Hour

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2018

PoseStream

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2018
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Pose: Identity, Family, Community

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Late Late Show With James Corden: Best Of The Week

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2018

Billy Porter: I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair

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2018

Daily Blast Live

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

Maya & Marty

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2016
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Celebrity PageStream

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The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter

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Celebrity Family FeudStream

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The Late Late Show With James CordenStream

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2015

The Late Late Show With James CordenStream

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2015

Speakeasy

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2015

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

Sally Jessy Rides!

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2014

The Humbling

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2014

The Social

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2013

The Root 100

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2012

Totally Biased With W. Kamau BellStream

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2012

Entertainment Studios.TV

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2012

Sunday Brunch

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2011

Just Josh

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2011

Access Hollywood Live

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2010

The Project

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2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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2009

The Wendy Williams Show

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2008

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

Rachael Ray ShowStream

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2006

So You Think You Can DanceStream

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2005

Dancing With the StarsStream

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2005

Noel

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2004

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Loose Women

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2002

The Broken Hearts Club

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Taylor
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2000

Intern

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Sebastian Niederfarb
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Shake, Rattle & Roll

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1999

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

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Jackie Walker
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1999
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In Performance at The White House

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1998

The ViewStream

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1997

Access Hollywood

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1996

Twisted

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1996

Extra

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1994

The SimpsonsStream

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Desmond
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1989
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CBS News Sunday Morning

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1979

Live From Lincoln Center

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Good Morning America

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