Profile: Tyler James Williams (1992-)

Tyler James Williams is an American actor. He began his career as a child actor, making several appearances on Saturday Night LiveLittle Bill, and Sesame Street. Williams later rose to prominence for playing the role of Chris Rock on the Everybody Hates Chris (2005–09).

Early life

Williams was born in Westchester County, New York, and grew up in Yonkers, New York. His mother, Angela Williams, is a counselor, and his father, Le’Roy Williams, is a teacher and retired police sergeant.


Williams began his acting career at age 4. He later starred in Little Bill as the voice of Bobby, briefly replacing Devon Malik Beckford in 2000, and played himself (or an eponymous character, “Tyler”) on the PBS series Sesame Street from 2000 to 2005. He rose to fame in September 2005 by playing the title character in the hit series Everybody Hates Chris.

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