Billy T James

Comedian, Actor [Tainui]

Billy T James ranks as a key figure in the development of Kiwi comedy. Billy honed his talents as a singer and comedian on stages worldwide, then brought them to a local TV audience on throwback show Radio Times. His self-titled comedy show was a major ratings hit. His turn as the Tainuia kid in Came a Hot Friday is still fondly remembered — as is Billy T's infectious chuckle, black singlet and yellow towel.

He sang. He danced. He drew. He joked. His live shows never failed to sell out and crowds flocked around him whenever he was out in public. He enjoyed popularity and wealth on a scale that had never been seen before in New Zealand. Matt Elliott, in his 2009 biography Billy T - The Life and Times of Billy T James

Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

2019, Subject - Television

Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy (series promo)

2019, Subject - Television

NZ On Air 30th Birthday - Billy T James

2019, Subject - Web

Three Turns 30 - Promo

2019, Subject - Television

Billy

2011, Subject - Television

Billy T: Te Movie

2011, Subject - Film

50 Years of New Zealand Television: 3 - Let Us Entertain You

2010, Subject - Television

The Last Laugh

2002, Subject - Television

Billy T James - A Daughter's Story

1997, Subject - Television

Billy T James - A Celebration

1995, Subject - Television

The Best of The Billy T James Collection

1992, Writer, As: Various roles - Television

The Billy T James Collection - Episode Four

1992, Actor - Television

An Evening with Sir Howard Morrison

1990, Performer - Television

The James Gang Rides Again

1990, Producer, Writer, Presenter - Television

Billy T Live

1990, Writer, Performer - Television

My Old Man's an All Black - performed by Howard Morrison & Billy T James

1990, Performer - Television

The Billy T James Show (sitcom) - excerpts

1990, Writer, Creator, As: Billy T - Television

When the Haka Became Boogie - The Showbands (Episode Two)

1990, Subject - Television

The Leading Edge

1987, As: Pilot - Film

Billy T James America's Cup Challenge

1986, Presenter - Television

Sailing Away

1986, Performer - Music video

Footrot Flats

1986, As: Pawai - Film

Terry and the Gunrunners

1985, As: Spud - Television

Kaleidoscope - Larry Parr

1985, Subject - Television

Terry and the Gunrunners - 1, First Episode

1985, As: Spud - Television

Terry and the Gunrunners - 2, Episode Two

1985, As: Spud - Television

Terry and the Gunrunners - 3, Episode Three

1985, As: Spud - Television

Terry and the Gunrunners - 4, Episode Four

1985, As: Spud - Television

Terry and the Gunrunners - 5, Episode Five

1985, As: Spud - Television

Came a Hot Friday

1984, As: The Tainuia Kid - Film

Koha - Billy T James

1983, Subject - Television

Rabbiter's Rest - A Fair Cop

1983, As: Ben - Television

Rabbiter's Rest

1983 - 1985, Actor - Television

Loose Enz - The Protesters

1982, As: Bobby - Television

One of those Blighters

1982, As: Dance MC - Television

Royal Variety Performance Show 1981

1981, Performer - Television

Under the Mountain

1981, As: MOT Officer - Television

Radio Times - Series One, Episode Two

1980, As: Dexter Fitzgibbons - Television

On the Mat - 29 July 1980

1980, Subject - Television

Radio Times

1980 - 1983, As: Dexter Fitzgibbons - Television