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Montel Williams

Williams at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
Born Montel Brian Anthony Williams
July 3, 1956 (1956-07-03) (age 53)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Talk show host
Spouse(s) Tara Fowler

Montel Brian Anthony Williams (born July 3, 1956) is an American television personality, radio talk show host and actor.


Early life

Williams was born in San Antonio, Texas. As a resident of Glen Burnie, Maryland, he was bused to predominantly white Andover High School in neighboring Linthicum, Maryland where he was elected president of both his junior and senior classes. He was a good student, athlete and musician and active in county-wide student government issues in Annapolis, Maryland. [1] His father, Herman Williams, Jr., was a firefighter who in 1992 became Baltimore's first African-American Fire Chief.


Military career

Williams enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1974 and completed his recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. While training at Twentynine Palms, California, he was selected for training at the Naval Academy Preparatory School. A year later, he was accepted into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.[2] In 1980, he graduated with a degree in international security affairs. Williams was the first African–American enlistee to graduate from both the United States Navy's Academy Prep School and Annapolis.[3] Upon graduation, Williams was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy.

Williams became a cryptology officer and served aboard USS Sampson during the U.S. invasion of Grenada. His awards include the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Navy Expeditionary Medals, two Humanitarian Service Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals. After 12 years of military service he departed as a Lieutenant Commander.[4]

The Montel Williams Show

Montel began The Montel Williams Show (syndicated by CBS Paramount Television) in 1991. In 1996, Williams received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Ratings for the show peaked during the 1996-1997 season, with 4.4 average rating. He was again nominated for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2002, and the Montel Williams Show was nominated for Outstanding Talk Show in 2001 and 2002.

On January 30, 2008, Variety reported that CBS TV Distribution terminated The Montel Williams Show when key Fox-owned stations chose not to renew it for the 2008-09 season.[5] It has been alleged that this resulted in part from an appearance on the show Fox & Friends in which Williams criticized the media's lack of coverage on the Iraq War, and took the hosts to task for their excessive coverage (along with the media in general) of the death of actor Heath Ledger, contrasted with the sparse coverage of U.S. soldiers dying in Iraq. Some have noted that one of the segment's hosts told viewers that Williams would return for further conversation after a commercial break, but that Williams was no longer on the set when the commercials ended. On May 16, 2008 the last episode of The Montel Williams Show aired.[6]

Radio & Infomercial Shows

On April 6, 2009, he began hosting a daily radio show, Montel Across America, on Air America Media.[7]

As of May 2009, he started hosting an infomercial for the Living Well Healthmaster, a blender product. It is presented under the title Living Well with Montel, the infomercial is structured similarly to his old talk show, featuring guests talking about their health problems, with the Healthmaster mixer being the solution.


Williams has also guest-starred in episodic television and off-Broadway plays. Among other roles, he portrayed a Navy SEAL lieutenant in three episodes of the television series JAG. Williams also produced and starred in a short-lived television series called Matt Waters, which appeared on CBS in 1996. He played an ex-Navy SEAL turned inner-city high school teacher.

Williams played the judge presiding over Erica Kane's (Susan Lucci) murder trial on the ABC soap opera All My Children in 2002. In 2003 Williams made a guest appearance on the soap as himself, to promote an episode of his own show on which several AMC stars were scheduled to appear. In 2004 he hosted American Candidate, a political reality show on Showtime.

Williams has also guest starred on Touched By an Angel and Guiding Light.


Montel Williams is a national spokesman of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a patient-assistance program clearinghouse that helps low-income patients apply for free or reduced-priced prescription drugs. On November 30, 2007, while in Savannah, Georgia to promote PPA, Montel Williams threatened reporters following an earlier interview at which Courtney Scott, a 17-year-old high school intern reporter for the Savannah Morning News, had asked him a question about whether restriction of pharmaceutical profits would discourage research and development of new drugs. Angered by the question, Williams subsequently terminated that videotaped interview; Williams later ran into Scott in his hotel and threatened to "blow [her] up".[8] Williams' public relations representatives later apologized for his hostile outburst in an issued statement, "I mistakenly thought the reporter and photographer in question were at the hotel to confront me about some earlier comments. I was wrong, and I apologize for my overreaction." [9]

In December 2008, Williams began to appear on television and web commercials advertising "The Obama Presidential Coin Collection"[10] However, these coins are "not approved, endorsed, sponsored, or authorized" by the U.S. Mint.[11] The coins have since been revealed to be nothing more than regular coins with poor quality stickers on them. This has angered many unsuspecting consumers, leading one to report the scam to the Oregon Attorney General's office.[12] As of March 2009, Williams' endorsement video remains on the company's website.

Personal life

Williams has two daughters, Ashley (b. 1984) and Maressa (b. 1988), with his first wife, Rochele See. Williams married Grace Morley, a burlesque dancer on June 6, 1992.[13] They have a son, Montel Brian Hank (b. 1993), and a daughter, Wyntergrace (b. 1994). The couple divorced in 2000. In July 2006, Williams proposed to girlfriend Tara Fowler, an American Airlines flight attendant. They married before friends and family on a beach in Bermuda on October 6, 2007.[14]

Williams participated in the 2007 World Series of Poker main event[15], and planned to donate any potential winnings to families affected by the Iraq war. He was eliminated in Day 2. During the event Williams also spoke out about the port security bill signed in 2006 that banned on-line gaming sites from accepting money transactions from the U.S. In August 2007, Williams was initiated as an honorary member to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and now heads the Montel Williams MS Foundation.

Montel lives in South Chicago.


  • Williams, Montel; Paisner, Daniel (February 1997). Mountain, Get Out Of My Way. Warner Books. ISBN 0446604178.  
  • Williams, Montel; Kramer, Jill (September 2000). Life Lessons and Reflections. Carlsbad, CA: Mountain Movers Press. ISBN 1588250016.  
  • Williams, Montel; Paisner, Daniel (2001-10-01). A Dozen Ways to Sunday. Mountain Movers Press. ISBN 1588250059.  
  • Williams, Montel; Linguvic, Wini (2003-10-01). BodyChange: The 21 Day Fitness Program for Changing Your Body and Changing Your Life. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House. ISBN 978-1401903145.  
  • Williams, Montel; Grobel, Lawrence (2005-01-04). Climbing Higher. NAL Trade. ISBN 045121398X.  

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