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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

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Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

2019, Subject - Television

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

2019, Subject - Television

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NZ On Air 30th Birthday - Billy T James

2019, Subject - Web

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Three Turns 30 - Promo

2019, Subject - Television

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Billy

2011, Subject - Television

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Billy T: Te Movie

2011, Subject - Film

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

2010, Subject - Television

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The Last Laugh

2002, Subject - Television

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Billy T James - A Daughter's Story

1997, Subject - Television

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Billy T James - A Celebration

1995, Subject - Television

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The Best of The Billy T James Collection

1992, Writer, As: Various roles - Television

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The Billy T James Collection - Episode Four

1992, Actor - Television

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An Evening with Sir Howard Morrison

1990, Performer - Television

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The James Gang Rides Again

1990, Producer, Writer, Presenter - Television

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Billy T Live

1990, Writer, Performer - Television

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

1990, Performer - Television

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The Billy T James Show (sitcom) - excerpts

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

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

1990, Subject - Television

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The Leading Edge

1987, As: Pilot - Film

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Billy T James America's Cup Challenge

1986, Presenter - Television

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Sailing Away

1986, Performer - Music video

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Footrot Flats

1986, As: Pawai - Film

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Terry and the Gunrunners

1985, As: Spud - Television

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Kaleidoscope - Larry Parr

1985, Subject - Television

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Terry and the Gunrunners - 1, First Episode

1985, As: Spud - Television

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Terry and the Gunrunners - 2, Episode Two

1985, As: Spud - Television

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Terry and the Gunrunners - 3, Episode Three

1985, As: Spud - Television

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Terry and the Gunrunners - 4, Episode Four

1985, As: Spud - Television

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Terry and the Gunrunners - 5, Episode Five

1985, As: Spud - Television

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Came a Hot Friday

1984, As: The Tainuia Kid - Film

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Koha - Billy T James

1983, Subject - Television

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Rabbiter's Rest - A Fair Cop

1983, As: Ben - Television

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Rabbiter's Rest

1983 - 1985, Actor - Television

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Loose Enz - The Protesters

1982, As: Bobby - Television

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One of those Blighters

1982, As: Dance MC - Television

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Royal Variety Performance Show 1981

1981, Performer - Television

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Under the Mountain

1981, As: MOT Officer - Television

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Radio Times - Series One, Episode Two

1980, As: Dexter Fitzgibbons - Television

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On the Mat - 29 July 1980

1980, Subject - Television

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Radio Times

1980 - 1983, As: Dexter Fitzgibbons - Television