One of the coolest men in space happens to also be one of the coolest men on Earth.
In the mind of popular culture Billy Dee Williams suffers much the same fate as his Star Wars co-star Alec Guinness - complete identification with an iconic film character that overshadows a long, distinguished, and multi-faceted career. Unlike Sir Alec, Williams gained secondary pop-culture fame with a series of ads for Colt 45 Malt Liquor.
Ask the internet and ye shall receive. These are the "true facts" of Billy Dee Williams.
He came down with pneumonia shortly after his Inaugural Address and died on his 32nd day in the office of President of the US.