Billy Porter Biography

Billy Porter

Quick Facts Of Billy Porter

Celebrated Name Billy Porter
Age 50 Years
Nick Name Billy
Birth Name Billy Porter
Birth Date 1969-09-21
Gender Other
Profession Actor
Place Of Birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Birth Nation United States
Nationality American
Father William E. Porter
Mother Clorinda Jean Johnson Ford
Siblings 1
Sisters Mary Martha Ford
University Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts
College / University Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School's School of Drama
Marital Status Married
Sexual Orientation Gay
Husband Adam Smith
Married Date 14 January 2017
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Ethnicity Black
Net Worth $4 million

Billy Porter is an American stage performer, singer, actor, writer, and director. He rose to prominence performing on Broadway. He has appeared in numerous plays, films, and television shows. He later pursued his career as a singer. He is the recipient of Tony Award, Grammy Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk Award, among others. 

He has over 293k followers on his Instagram. 

Billy Porter's tuxedo gown on the red carpet at 91st Oscars made headlines

Billy Porter and Adam Smith

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Pose star, Billy Porter, 49, made a distinctive appearance on the Oscars red carpet on Monday. Designed by Christian Siriano, Billy arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angels wearing a custom high-necked tie with velvet bow-tie, a sweeping skirt, and ruffled white sleeves, stole the show on the red carpet. 

The 49-years old went to Instagram to thank his designer. He wrote, "When you come to the Oscars, you must dress up. Thanks, @csiriano for creating this custom couture masterpiece. @oscarheyman you have outdone yourselves once again with your iconic jewels." 

In another Instagram post, he gave himself a name, "Cinder-Fella". 

Famous For

  • Winner of Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots in 2014.

Where is Billy Porter from?

Billy Porter was born on 21 September 1969. He was born to a father William E. Porter, and a mother, Clorinda Jean Johnson Ford. His birthplace is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States. He holds American nationality. He has a sister, Mary Martha Ford. 

He attended Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts, where he graduated with a B.F.A in Drama. He attended the Musical Theatre program at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School's School of Drama. He also earned a certification from the graduate-level Professional Program in Screenwriting at the University of California.  

He was the member of an entertainment group, "Flash" during the summers of 1985-1987. They performed daily at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.

When was Billy Porter in Kinky Boots?

In 1994, he played the Teen Angel in the Broadway revival of Grease!.

He has later appeared in Topdog/Underdog at City Theater, Jesus Christ Superstar and Dreamgirls at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and the song cycles, "Myths and Hymns" and "Songs for a New World" (Off-Broadway, 1995).

In 2005, he wrote and performed in his one-man autobiographical show, Ghetto Superstar (The Man That I Am) at Joe's Pub in New York City. 

In September 2010, he appeared in Signature Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. 

He originated the role of "Lola" in Kinky Boots on Broadway in 2013.

He later reprised the role of Lola in Kinky Boots in September 2017.

He has also appeared in numerous films. His major role comes as Shiniqua in 1997 film, Twisted.

He later appeared in the films, The First Wives Club, Intern, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, Noel, and The Humbling.

He has released three solo albums and one collaboration album in total. They are Billy Porter in 1997, At the Corner of Broadway+Soul in 2005, and Billy's Back on Broadway in 2014. 

He wrote the play While I Yet Live. It premiered Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in September 2014. 

He released Billy Porter Presents the Soul of Richard Rodgers in April 2017. The album featured several artists including Cynthia Erivo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Lesle Odom Jr., Patina Miller, Pentatonix, and India Arie, Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry (Violet), Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Todrick Hall, Deborah Cox, and Ledisi.

He has performed at various concerts in New York City.  

He has been appearing in the FX show, Pose since 2018.

He will also appear in the eighth season of American Horror Story. 

Awards

Nominated for 2005 "Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway Award" at the 17th GLAAD Media Awards for Ghetto Superstar (The Man That I Am).

2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a Musical for Kinky Boots. 

2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Kinky Boots.

2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Kinky Boots.

2013 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Kinky Boots.

Nominated for 2013 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show Kinky Boots.

Nominated for 2013 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance for Kinky Boots.

2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots.

Is Billy Porter Married to Adam Smith?

Billy Porter and and his husband adam smith

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Billy Porter is a married man. His sexual orientation is gay. Thus, he is married to Adam Smith. They tied a knot to each other on 14 January 2017. Other personal information about him is currently unavailable. 

He has black hair and black eyes. He belongs to black ethnicity. 

How much is Billy Porter worth?

Billy Porter has achieved success working in the Broadway. As a singer, he has also released 4 albums. Besides, he has appeared in numerous films and television shows. Working in the entertainment industry is his main source of income. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at around $4 million. 

Did You Know?

  • He had an ensemble and voice role in the 1997 film Anastasia.
  • He has appeared in the franchise of reality television dance show, So You Think You Can Dance.

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