Billy Porter Biography

Date of Birth: September 21, 1969 (49)
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Gender: Male

Billy Porter won a Tony Award for his performance as Lola in Kinky Boots. His other Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, and Smokey Joe’s Café. Off-Broadway, in addition to appearing in the Signature Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Angels in America, he was seen in The Merchant of Venice, House of Lear, and Radiant Baby (Public Theater), Birdie Blue (Second Stage Theatre), Songs for a New World (WPA Theater), King Lear and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler (both for Exit, Pursued by A Bear), as well as his one-man show, Ghetto Superstar. His film and television credits include the Sundance Film Festival features The Broken Hearts Club and Intern, The Humbling, Noel, the CBS miniseries Shake, Rattle & Roll as Little Richard, Twisted, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and The Tonight Show. A Grammy Award winner, Porter’s concert credits include opening acts for Rosie O’Donnell and Aretha Franklin, performances at Carnegie Hall, with John McDaniel and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as with The Buffalo Philharmonic, Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, and The Boston Pops. Also a writer, his play While I Yet Live was produced last year at Primary Stages.

Billy Porter Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

BroadwayWorld Awards - 2013 - Best Leading Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Drama League Awards - 2013 - Distinguished Performance Award
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots