Star Wars Actor Billy Dee Williams to Get Legacy Award

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Billy Dee Williams attends the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Disney)

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Dee Williams will receive the Hollywood Legacy Award at the American Black Film Festival Honors ceremony early next year.

The ABFF says the award goes every year to an artist who has “inspired generations and made an enduring contribution to film and television.” Williams is known for his roles as Lando Calrissian in the second and third films of the original Star Wars trilogy and as District Attorney Harvey Dent in the 1989 film “Batman.” Williams also starred on the small screen in “Dynasty” and in the ABC miniseries “The Jacksons: An American Dream.”

Also to be honored at the Beverly Hills ceremony on Feb. 25 is actor Omari Hardwick, who will receive the Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award. Actress Tiffany Haddish will receive the ABFF’s Rising Star Award.