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Actor-musician Billy Eckstine made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen for over fifty years. Eckstine started off his acting career mostly in film roles, appearing in the musical comedy "Skirts Ahoy!" (1952) with Esther Williams and the comedy "Let's Do It Again" (1975) with Sidney Poitier. He appeared in a number of television specials, including "The Bill Cosby Special, Or?" (NBC, 1970-71) and "Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly" (CBS, 1972-73). He continued to work steadily in film throughout the eighties, appearing in "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling" (1986) and the Art Blakey documentary "Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger" (1989). He also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Motown Returns to the Apollo" (NBC, 1984-85) and "Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration" (CBS, 1987-88). Eckstine's music was most recently featured in the horror movie "Fido" (2007) with Henry Czerny. Eckstine continued to exercise his talent in the nineties, taking on a mix of projects like "Listen Up" (1990), "Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One" (PBS, 1990-91) and "The Two Jakes" (1990). His credits also expanded to "Jazz at Lincoln Center With Wynton Marsalis" (PBS, 1993-94). ...

Actor-musician Billy Eckstine made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen for over fifty years. Eckstine started off his acting career mostly in film roles, appearing in the musical comedy "Skirts Ahoy!" (1952) with Esther Williams and the comedy "Let's Do It Again" (1975) with Sidney Poitier. He appeared in a number of television specials, including "The Bill Cosby Special, Or?" (NBC, 1970-71) and "Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly" (CBS, 1972-73). He continued to work steadily in film throughout the eighties, appearing in "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling" (1986) and the Art Blakey documentary "Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger" (1989). He also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Motown Returns to the Apollo" (NBC, 1984-85) and "Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration" (CBS, 1987-88). Eckstine's music was most recently featured in the horror movie "Fido" (2007) with Henry Czerny. Eckstine continued to exercise his talent in the nineties, taking on a mix of projects like "Listen Up" (1990), "Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One" (PBS, 1990-91) and "The Two Jakes" (1990). His credits also expanded to "Jazz at Lincoln Center With Wynton Marsalis" (PBS, 1993-94).

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 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) Johnny Barnett
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 Let's Do It Again (1975) Zack
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 Skirts Ahoy! (1952) Himself
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