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Billy Porter

  • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Birthday: September 21

Billy Porter is an American singer and actor.

He attended the Musical Theater program at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School's School of Drama, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and achieved fame performing on Broadway before starting a solo career as a singer and actor.

Billy Porter is an American singer and actor.

He attended the Musical Theater program at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School's School of Drama, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and achieved fame performing on Broadway before starting a solo career as a singer and actor.

Porter won the 2013 Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in Kinky Boots at the 67th Tony Awards. He credits the part for "cracking open" his feminine side to confront toxic masculinity. For the role, Porter also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

He currently stars in the television series Pose, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first openly gay black man to be nominated and win in any lead acting category at the Primetime Emmys.

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Billy Porter

Billy Porter

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

2 Nominations 1 Emmy

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - 2020

  • Nominee
  • Billy Porter, as Pray Tell
  • Pose
  • FX Networks
  • Fox21 Television Studios and FX Productions

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - 2019

  • Winner
  • Billy Porter, as Pray Tell
  • Pose
  • FX Networks
  • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions

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