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Willam Belli (born June 30, 1982) is an American actor, drag queen, and recording artist, who is known for his recurring role as transsexual Cherry Peck in Nip/Tuck and for being a contestant on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. In addition to acting, Belli found viral success with his music video parodies "Chow Down" and "Boy is a Bottom." He is a member of the Los Angeles pop group DWV.
Willam Belli was born on June 30, 1982, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the younger of two children. Willam lived in Cocoa Beach, Florida, for middle school and high school. Belli's father worked at the Kennedy Space Center. His aunt is television director Mary Lou Belli.
Willam's first TV appearance was on an episode of the game show Street Smarts, but his first acting credit was as the role of a street hustler named Darren Jacobs on two episodes of The District in 2002.
In 2008, Willam was featured on the single artwork for the song "Breakin' Up" by Rilo Kiley. He has also modeled as part of the Tranimal Master Class Workshop at the Machine Project, which was photographed by Austin Young.
Willam is a member of the band Tranzkuntinental, which made its debut at The Roxy in 2009. The band was started by Charlie Paulson and Xander Smith and features drag queens Detox, Kelly Mantle, Rhea Litré, and Vicky Vox.
In January 2011, he was featured in Rihanna's music video "S&M" along with Detox and Morgan McMichaels as back-up dancers.
World of Wonder contacted Willam's manager asking for him to audition for the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. In November 2011, Logo TV announced that Willam was among 13 contestants competing on the fourth season. Fellow castmate Chad Michaels had competed with Willam in the California Entertainer of the Year Pageant in 2010. Willam won the main challenges in the episodes "Float Your Bloat" and "Frenemies," but was disqualified in the latter. In the episode "Reunited," Willam stated that his disqualification was due to conjugal visits made by his husband in his hotel room. Willam used the publicity of his disqualification to release his single "Chow Down," which was a parody of Wilson Phillips' "Hold On" that addressed the 2012 Chick-fil-A same-sex marriage controversy. The song featured Detox and Vicky Vox.
On March 12, 2012, he released his first single "Trouble," which was produced by RuPaul's Red Hot collaborator Tom Trujillo. The music video for the song was directed by porn director Chi Chi LaRue and premiered on Logo TV. On March 21, Willam released "The Vagina Song," a parody of "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars as his third single, which had been previously uploaded to YouTube in 2010. The music video was directed by Michael Serrato, who also directed Willam's music video for "Chow Down."
Willam released "Love You Like a Big Schlong" on April 29, 2012. Produced by Uncle Slam, the song parodies "Love You Like a Love Song" by Selena Gomez & the Scene. The song was inspired after Willam lost a lip syncing contest to 7-year-old Eden Wood during a segment of the 2012 NewNowNext Awards.
In November 2012, Belli was featured with country music artist Drake Jensen on a cover of Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man." That same month, Willam self-released his debut album The Wreckoning via his website.
In January 2013, Willam released "Boy is a Bottom," featuring Detox and Vicky Vox, to coincide with the fifth season premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race. The song is a parody of "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys and also features an altered version of the "breakdown" from "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue. "Boy is a Bottom" debuted at number six on Billboard's Comedy Digital Songs, selling 3,000 downloads in its first week.
On August 14, 2013, Belli was featured along with Shangela, Detox, Raven, Morgan McMichaels, Shannel, and Courtney Act, in Lady Gaga's lyric video for her single Applause.