Billy Porter Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Oluniyi Akande
Jan 31, 2024 By Oluniyi Akande
Originally Published on Apr 14, 2022
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About Billy Porter

Billy was born on September 21, 1969, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
At age six, he started singing in church and hasn't stopped since. He attended Carnegie Mellon University where he studied drama before making his professional acting debut in 1992. He then attended a musical theater class at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School. Billy Porter is an outstanding actor, singer, style icon, and director. He's best known for his roles on the TV series 'Law & Order' and 'Pushing Daisies' as well as his Tony award and Grammy award-winning performance in the Broadway musical 'Kinky Boots'! Billy Porter has African-American ancestry along with Scottish, Irish, German, English, and French-Canadian roots from his mother's side of the family tree. He also has a sister named Mary Martha E. Ford.
Read on to discover all the accomplishments and awards that Billy Porter has obtained throughout his successful career!

Billy Porter Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits

What is Billy Porter’s net worth?

Billy Porter has an estimated net worth of $4 million. He made most of his money from acting and singing, but also did some work as a writer and producer for 'Ain't Misbehavin' on Broadway in 2009.

How much does Billy Porter earn per year?

As of 2022, Billy Porter earns around $300 thousand per year. He makes most of his money from acting in shows like 'Pose' and films such as 'Like A Boss'. The rest comes from singing on albums or performing live at concerts, like Coachella 2019, where he made an estimated $20 million dollars for two performances (about four hours total)!

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How tall is Billy Porter?

Billy stands at about 5 ft 9 in (178 cm) tall. This makes him taller than the average man (which is usually between 5 ft 7 in (170 cm).

How old is Billy Porter?

Billy Porter is 52 years old. He was born on September 21 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up there before moving to New York City for college at age 17.

Childhood And Education

William E. Porter and Cloerinda Jean Johnson Porter Ford became parents to Billy Porter in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. After attending Reizenstein Middle School, he went to Taylor Allderdice High School situated in Pittsburgh. Followed by this, he went to the University of California, Los Angeles. Then, he went to Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts and graduated with a degree in drama, where he also met his husband, Adam Smith. Likewise, he also went to Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School attending Musical Theater classes. In the middle of an AIDs crisis, Porter came out at 16 years of age as a gay black man and left his home at 17 to escape the toxic environment at home. He stood on his own two feet ever since and has worked hard to raise awareness of the importance of LGBTQ+ rights.

Billy Porter grew up in Pittsburgh and was very close to his mother, Beverly Williams. She died from cancer when he was just 16 years old. He said that her death made him realize how precious life is and inspired him to make the most of it by doing what makes him happy.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Billy Porter’s partner?

Billy Porter's husband is Adam Smith, who he married in 2017. They have been together since 2009 after meeting each other while working at Carnegie Mellon University.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Apart from being an actor, Porter is also a singer, stage performer, actor, and vocal coach. He has especially become an important figure in Hollywood not only for remarkable acting performances but also for the unique and extraordinary fashion styles he brings to the red carpet.
He currently stars in the television series 'Pose'. He was nominated for the series for a Golden Globe award and won the 2019 Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and he became the first black gay man to win in a leading actor category. Primetime Emmys have never even nominated any black gay man before.
Billy is best known for his album 'Kinky Boots', which won a Grammy award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Charity Work

Billy Porter is a very active charity worker. He has worked with several charities over the years, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Trevor Project, and GLAAD. In 2019, he was honored with the Humanitarian Award from the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

What awards has Billy Porter won?

Billy Porter has won several awards over the years. These include a Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in 'Kinky Boots' and an Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a musical for the same in 2013. In 2014, he bagged a Grammy award for the Best Musical Theater Album for 'Kinky Boots', and in 2019, he won an Emmy award for an Outstanding Actor in Lead Role in a Drama Series for 'Pose'.

Billy Porter’s Hobbies And Interests

Billy Porter is a very talented and creative person. He likes to sing, dance, act, paint, play golf, and write poetry in his spare time. As Japanese food is his favorite, he loves trying out new Japanese restaurants with his husband.

Other Interesting Billy Porter Facts And Trivia

Before becoming extremely successful in the field of acting, Porter started out initially as a singer and had three solo albums released!
His marriage to Adam Smith was ordained by his minister sister, Mary Martha E. Ford!
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Billy Porter Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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178 cm

Eye Color

Dark Brown

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Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts

Net Worth



Adam Smith


William E. Porter, Cloerinda Ford


Mary Martha E. Ford

Annual Earnings

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