80-year-old actor Billy Dee Williams was trending on Twitter early Thursday morning, which led people to immediately think the worst.
“Saw Billy Dee Williams trending and panicked. We’re not ready for the final Colt 45 salute yet,” tweeted one user.
Not to fear: Williams is still very much alive. He trended because Thursday marks his 80th birthday. “Twitter really needs to provide a reason when celebrity names are trending,” tweeted a fan amid all the confusion.
Williams, best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars” film franchise, was born on April 6, 1937 in New York. Recently he lent his voice to “The LEGO Batman Movie” as villain Two-Face.
Williams made his film debut in 1959 in the film “The Last Angry Man.” He rose to stardom after starring in the critically-acclaimed “Brian’s Song,” His other credits include “Lady Sings the Blues” and “Mahogany” before he starred in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”
He also starred as Harvey Dent in 1989’s “Batman” and is currently in post-production for the “Dirty Dancing” TV movie remake.
See tweets about the actor’s birthday below.
Source: The Wrap