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Christopher Williams
Background information
Birth name Troy Christopher Williams
Born August 22, 1967 (1967-08-22) (age 42)
Origin Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Genres R&B
New Jack Swing
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Actor
Years active 1989–2001
Labels Geffen (1989-1992)
Uptown (1992-1995)
Giant 1995-96[1]
Renegade (2001)

Christopher Williams (born Troy Christopher Williams on August 22, 1967, in The Bronx, New York, U.S.) is an American R&B singer and actor.

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Music career

Williams, who emerged during the late 1980s as a recording artist for Geffen Records, has scored many hit singles, notably "Promises, Promises" (1989), "Talk to Myself" (1989), and "Every Little Thing U Do" (1993). The single "I'm Dreamin'" (1991), from the New Jack City soundtrack, became a #1 single on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts. After a six-year hiatus from recording music, he returned to the music scene with Real Men Do on the indie label Renegade, in 2001. It received a glowing, flattering review in Ebony Magazine that summer.

In between solo pursuits, he has been a contributor to Alex Bugnon's "As Promised," with a jazzed up version of Mary J. Blige's "All That I Can Say"; featured on "In Your World" with Twista & The Speedknot Mobstas, a very up-tempo track on the soundtrack of "Doctor Dolittle"; and on the Cafe Soul All-Stars CD with a single titled "Used To Be." Although he has been considered "out of the game" by some, there are numerous artists from several genres who give full credit to him for writing lyrics, performing, producing, editing, collaborating, and simply "doing a favor for a friend."

In 2005, it was reported that Williams died of an unknown illness, but this ended up just an Internet hoax[citation needed].

Acting career

Williams appeared in the successful motion picture film New Jack City in 1991. He portrayed the role of Kareem Akbar, one of Nino Brown's assistants. He also had a cameo appearance in the 1990s police drama, New York Undercover as "the singer," performing "Stranger In My Life," in the episode entitled "The Shooter." He had another cameo in Gunmen, starring Christopher Lambert and Mario Van Peebles, again doing what he does best — singing!

He has also starred or co-starred in several successful off Broadway theatre productions during the 2000s, including A Good Man is Hard to Find, A House is Not a Home, and The Man He Used to Be. Recently, Williams played a main character in the stage play The Clean Up Woman, written by J D Lawrance , and played alongside actress Telma Hopkins and Jackee. Williams also appeared in plays Guilty Until Proven Innocent, starring K-Ci and JoJo, and The Man of Her Dreams, starring Shirley Murdock and Dave Hollister of Blackstreet fame.

He also played the role of "Ned" in the Reuben Rox 2002 B movie comedy/horror/thriller film "Revenge of the Unhappy Campers" (bootleg alternate title "Night of the Unhappy Campers"), with the tagline: "Tonight they get EVEN." Unfortunately, this particular work has not been released to DVD for sale, though it can be rented in some larger markets.

Personal

Williams is the god-son of legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. Williams had a son, Austin, who was born in 1991 with actress Stacey Dash and he also has a daughter Sierra (Gorgeous) with Heather Barnes (Fashion/Image) Consultant.

Williams is also the cousin of one time teen sensation and radio dj Al B. Sure! [2]

In the late '80s or early '90s, Christopher Williams was the boyfriend of Oscar winning actress Halle Berry. After Halle Berry told interviewers that an abusive ex-boyfriend struck her so hard that she lost most of the hearing in her right ear, many people assumed that Williams was the unnamed ex-boyfriend. Williams defended himself to Eurweb, the entertainment news website, denying that he ever harmed Berry and suggesting that Berry has been referring to actor Wesley Snipes. He said, "The stuff they wrote about me and Halle was totally false. It's been said I busted her eardrum, and I'm tired of it. I never said it before but I'm so tired of people thinking I'm the guy who did it. Wesley busted her eardrum, not me." Halle Berry is on record denying that Wesley Snipes ever hit her.

Williams also said that the twice-married Berry may have personality problems which have contributed to her broken marriages and relationships. He stated, "I have men come up to me like, 'How could you just leave Halle Berry?' I'm like, how could you just leave the last relationship you was in?" And further, "They would probably crucify Jesus again just to get with her. It's funny because the stars that get all of the good write-ups, you go and meet them and they are total assholes. She is just a woman, but because her name is in lights, people are damned near ready to bare their souls."

Discography

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Albums

Singles

Year Title Album US (R&B) US (Pop) US (Dance)
1989 "Talk To Myself"/Sweet Memories Adventures in Paradise A 4 49 18
1989 "Promises, Promises"/Lover Come Back Adventures in Paradise A 7 - -
1990 "One Girl"/Lover Come Back Adventures in Paradise A 31 - -
1991 "I'm Dreamin'" New Jack City soundtrack 1 89 16
1991 "I Wanna B Ure Lover" F.S. Effect featuring Christopher Williams 52 - -
1992 "All I See" Changes 19 - 46
1993 "Every Little Thing U Do" Changes 7 75 -
1993 "Come Go with Me" Changes 74 - -
1995 "Dance 4 Me" Not a Perfect Man 25 - -
1995 "If You Say" Not a Perfect Man 91 - -

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