Birth Date: July 3, 1956 / Age: 61
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Also Credited as: Montel B. Williams
Biography: Montel Brian Anthony Williams (born July 3, 1956) is a famous television talk-show host. After graduating high school in 1974, Williams elisted in the United States Marine Corps in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland and soon thereafter reported for duty at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. After six months, he was meritoriously promoted twice, and in 1975, became the first black Marine selected to the Naval Academy Preparatory School. Upon graduating from the Academy's Prep School one year later, Williams received a presidential appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. While at Annapolis, Mr. Williams studied Mandarin Chinese and graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering and a minor in International Security Affairs.
He currently hosts his own TV show, Montel. Williams has portrayed a Navy Seal Lieutenant in several episodes of the TV series JAG. He also played the Judge presiding over Erica Kane's (Susan Lucci) murder trial on the ABC soap opera All My Children in 2002. In 2003 he made a guest appearance on the soap as himself to promote an episode of his own show where several of AMC's star were scheduled to apear.
During an episode of his show that aired on May of 2004, Williams revealed that he had considered committing suicide, after trying cocaine as an alternative to legal medicines. He has been suffering physical pain for a very long time due to multiple sclerosis, and for this reason supports the legalization of marijuana as a pain relief for people who suffer from painful terminal or incurable illnesses.
He has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards. For Outstanding Talk Show 2001 and 2002, and for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2002.