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Willie Tyler, (born September 8, 1940, in Red Level, Alabama), is an American ventriloquist, comedian and actor. Most of the time, he is credited as Willie Tyler and Lester or Willie Tyler & Lester. He has appeared in many television commercials, sitcoms, and movies. He got his first big break in 1972 on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. He is the father of Tarince Tyler, and actor Cory Tyler.



Tyler has had guest roles in The Parent 'Hood, Pacific Blue, What's Happening Now!!, ABC Weekend Specials, The White Shadow and The Jeffersons. He also appeared in the 1978 movie, Coming Home. He appeared as himself in the 2004 BET Comedy Awards, Frank McKlusky, C.I., For Da Love of Money, In the House, the 4th Annual Black Gold Awards, The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards, Motown Returns to the Apollo, Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, Powerhouse, The White Shadow, American Bandstand, Vegetable Soup, The Flip Wilson Show, and The Hollywood Palace. On September 18, 2006, Tyler was the first ventriloquist to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman's Ventriloquist Week.


"The reason lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn't there the second time." - Willie Tyler[1]

"Read my lips." - Lester[2]

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