Born in Baltimore, Montel Williams served in the U. S. Military from 1974 until 1989, first in the Marine Corps and then the Navy, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1991, he created The Montel Williams Show for Paramount Television. He received a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1996. The popular show continued until 2008. He hosted a daily radio show, Montel Across America from 2009-2010.
Williams has guest-starred in episodic television, including three episodes of JAG, as a Navy Seal. Others include The Peacekeeper (1997), Touched by an Angel, Guiding Light and All My Children. He produced and narrated the Starline Films documentary, 4CHOSEN: The Documentary. He is active with the nonprofit MS Foundation as well as military causes.
Montel is also a contributing host for CNN and MSNBC.