Who is Billy Porter?

Billy Porter is a well known American actor and singer who was popularly known for his roles in “Kinky Boots” and “Pose”.

Quick Info
Full NameBilly Porter
Date of BirthSeptember 21, 1969
Birth PlacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Parent(s)William E. Porter and Cloerinda Johnson Porter
OccupationActor, Singer
Spouse(s)Adam Smith ​(m. 2017)​
Net worthUS $4 million

Personal Life

Billy Porter was born on 21 September 1969 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. as a son of William E. Porter and Cloerinda Johnson Porter. He has a sister whose name is Mary Martha Ford-Dieng.


Billy Porter stated that he is gay where he got married to his husband on 14 January 2017 whose name is Adam Smith.

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Nationality and Physical Stats

Billy Porter holds an American nationality and belongs to the African-American ethnicity. Currently, he is 51 years old with a height of 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm) and a weight of 70 kg. He has got salt and pepper hair with dark brown eyes. As he was born on 21 September, his zodiac sign is Virgo.

Early Life and Education

Earlier, for his education, Billy Porter had attended Reizenstein Middle School, and later, he went to attend Taylor Allderdice High School. After that, he was seen joining the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School from where he completed his graduation in the year 1987. Further, he was seen attending Carnegie Mellon University from where he graduated from the College of Fine Arts with a B.F.A. later, he also became certified from the graduate-level Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. He was also seen appearing as a member of an entertainment group from the year 1985 to 1987 in summer times.

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Billy Porter started his film career after he had been cast as Siniqua in the movie “Twisted” in 1996 which was written and directed by Seth Michael Donsky. In the same year, he was also cast as Singer on an American comedy movie “The First Wives Club” which was based on the 1992 novel of the same name. After that, he was seen providing his voice over an American animated musical drama movie “Anastasia” in 1997 which was produced as well as directed by Don Bluth and Goldman in 1997.

In the year 2000, Billy Porter was seen playing the role of Sebastian Niedwedarb in a comedy satire movie “Intern” which was directed by Michael Lange. In that year, he was also seen appearing on an American romantic comedy-drama movie “The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy” as Taylor, which was written as well as directed by Greg Berlanti. Likewise, he was seen as Randy on an American Christmas-themed drama movie “Noel” alongside Paul Walker in 2004. 

Further, Billy Porter was cast as Prince in a comedy-drama movie “The Humbling” which was directed by Barry Levinson and was written by Buck Henry and Michal Zebede in the year 2014. In 2020, he was seen playing the role of Barrett in an American comedy movie “Like a Boss” which was directed by Miguel Arteta. Later, he will be seen playing the role of Fairy Godmother in an upcoming American musical romantic movie “Cinderella” in 2021.

TV shows

Billy Porter started his television career after he had been cast as Billy Rush on an American television soap opera “Another World” in 1998. After that, he was also seen playing the role of Little Richard on a TV miniseries “Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story” in 1999. Later, in 2004, he was seen as Greg Ellison on an American police procedural and legal drama television series “Law & Order”. From the year of 2007 to 2012, he was seen appearing as a Performer on a franchise of reality television shows “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Further, in 2012, he was seen appearing as Eric on an American television dramedy “The Big C” and then, in the following year, he was seen playing the role of Jackie Walker on an American crime drama television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. Likewise, he was also seen on several series like “Land of Lola: Backstage at Kinky Boots”, “Christmas at Rockefeller Plaza”, “Billy Porter: Broad & Soul” and “The Get Down”.

From the year 2018, he was cast as Pray Tell on an American drama television series “Pose” for which he had won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series in 2019 and also received so many nominations from the series. In 2018, he was also cast as Behold Chablis on a horror anthology television series “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” which was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

In addition, he was seen appearing on an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show “Saturday Night Live” in 2019. After that, he was also seen appearing on the television special “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from the year 2019. In 2020, he was provided his voice over the character Desmond on an American animated sitcom “The Simpsons”. After that, he was also seen appearing in the role of Keith on an American anthology television series “The Twilight Zone”. In that year, he was also seen appearing on a television special “Saturday Night Seder”.

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In his career, Billy Porter was also seen playing the roles on several productions like “Miss Saigon”, “Playbill Vault”, “Grease”, “The Merchant of Venice”, “Songs for a New World”, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”, “Miss Saigon”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Dreamgirls”, “Radiant Baby”, “Topdog/ Underdog”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Chef’s Theatre: A Musical Feast”, “Ghetto Superstar”, “Birdie Blue”, “Putting It Together”, “Angels in America”, “Kinky Boots”, “HAM: A Musical Memoir”, “Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”, “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” and “Kinky Boots”.

Net Worth

The estimated net worth of Billy Porter is $4 million.