Amir Jamal Williams is an actor, novelist, playwright and lyricist. He was born on December 12th, 1981, in Harlem, New York, and raised in Washington Heights. At the age of two, he began his career in acting, appearing in numerous commercials and print. In 1988, at the age of six, he landed the role of J.T. Rallins in the first season of the hit show, A Different World. After a few years of theater, Black Nativity, Betsey Brown, he took over the role of Jamal Wilson-Cudahy on the soap opera, All My Children, where he remained for several years. He also appeared in numerous television movies such as Daybreak (HBO, 1993) Silent Witness: What a Child Saw (USA, 1994), Harlem Diaries (Discovery Channel, 1994) and The Anisa Ayala Story. He also appeared on television shows such as New York Undercover and Law and Order. After some more years in off-Broadway theater and opera, Gianni Schicci, Different Fields, he began the voice-over role of “Mack” MacKenzie in the MTV cartoon, Daria, where he remained until it’s end. He retired in the year 2000, at the age of eighteen to pursue writing and other interests.
As a child, Amir always had a love for writing. He spent most of his free time reading books, and mysteries and thrillers held a special place in his heart. Authors such as Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, and R.L. Stein rank among his favorites. Since the age of eleven, he has been writing short stories, gaining valuable insight from English teachers and peers. He attended Professional Performing Arts, majoring in Drama, and graduated in 1999. Even while he was on set, though, he always knew he wanted to be on the writing side, creating memorable characters and stories rather than just playing them. Upon his release in 2013, he completed his first literary work, The Blackbird Chronicles: Volume One; a work of ten short stories, with more volumes to follow. His second work is a full-length novel, Flame of Retribution; a work of fiction inspired by the Sean Bell police shooting case and other officer-involved shootings, released this April. He is currently directing two plays; The Diary of a Mother, a documentary-theater which examines eight mothers suffering loss, and Pretty BIG Monologues, written by him, following the life and struggles of a group of plus-sized dancers - which is due out next year. He also has music under the stage name Brave Broadway. While he has no formal training, he knows great writing, compelling stories, and memorable characters. They are his life. Amir now resides in Westchester, N.Y. with his wife and children.