Getting to know talk show host Montel Williams with this week's "10 questions"

TAMPA, Fla - Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes?

Each week , ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader, politician or even national celebrity.

We go beyond the questions that are news of the day. After all sometimes, we want know more about them. What's their favorite music? Biggest regret? And who do they look up to?

This week, one of the best known television hosts, Montel Williams!

Williams was born in Baltimore, one of five children.

His father helped set the standards of being a great role model and leader. Herman Williams, Jr. was a firefighter who became Baltimore's first African-American fire chief.

And from early on, it was evident that Montel Williams was also destined to do great things and he was a man people listened to. In high school he was class president, two years in a row, in his junior and senior years.

It wasn't just there he exhibited leadership, following high school, Williams joined the Marines. And, also like his father an admirable first:  he was the first black Marine to attend the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island and one of only four to graduate.

He then went on to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. He also learned how to speak Russian and Mandarin Chinese.

While in the Navy, Williams started programs that seemed quite fitting with his career as a television host. He started working as a  full-time motivational speaker. He also developed "Reach for the American Dream"  a non profit that helped provide college scholarships to students in need.  
Shortly after, he embarked on his career in television. Hosting the Emmy-award winning "The Montel Williams Show."

In recent years, Williams decided to embark on another venture. He became the spokesperson for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

Another cause close to his heart, helping those with multiple sclerosis. Williams himself was diagnosed with the condition in the late 1990's and  wanted to help others. It lead to him creating  the non-profit Montel Williams MS Foundation.

He's also helped support several causes, including "A Soldiers Smile" a charity that helps provide free and discount dental services to U.S. Troops.

Williams has also guest starred in several television shows and Off-Broadway plays.

But, as you will see by the answer to the last question, "If you could have a different career than the one you do know?" It is evident that Williams wants to continue to lead and make a difference.

Hope you enjoy his answers!

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1. What is your all-time favorite movie or song?


2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?

I have an iPhone and my favorite app is poker by Zynga.

3. Have you come up with a few things you'd like to do before you die? If so, what's on your bucket list?

Forget about dying, but I'd like to snow board the Himalayas.

4. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?

I've never had a mentor

5. What was your very first job?


6. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

To be taller

7. What do you consider your greatest success?

I haven't had one yet

8. Tell us something about you most people don't know?

I have tattoos

9. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?

Nelson Mandela, Ghandi & Moses

10. If you could have a different career, other then what you're doing now, what would it be?

President of the United States

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