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The Man with the Golden Voice: “I Went from Homeless to Hollywood” | Where Are They Now | OWN

The Man with the Golden Voice: “I Went from Homeless to Hollywood” | Where Are They Now | OWN


[MUSIC PLAYING] TED WILLIAMS: You know,
on January 4, 2011 I was again homeless and
penniless and hopeless, in some people’s eyes. And when I got the call
that they were looking for a homeless guy with
a– a golden voice, I had no idea, really, who
they were talking about until someone called
me and told me, it’s you that
you’re looking for! Your video went viral! Again, I don’t know what to
make of that because I wasn’t familiar with viral videos. And I didn’t post that video. And I knew nothing–
very little, should I say– of
the internet at all. And next thing you
know, I’m on “The Today Show” with Matt
Lauer and Meredith and all of those great people. And all of a sudden thereafter
I’m on one of the leading doctor shows on television. I mean, the cameras,
the lights– I’ve had all of the
networks around the world. I went from homeless
to Hollywood. [LAUGHS] I went
from drinking rotgut to Grey Goose in a
matter of minutes. [MUSIC PLAYING] Overwhelming would
be an understatement. Let’s just say I was
paralyzed with fear. I was paralyzed
with– with success. I just didn’t know what
to feel at any given time. My emotions surfaced
out of nowhere. All through my homeless
days, I never cried. My father died, I never cried. Here, I get to this point. And it seemed like everything
that I should have and would have cried for surfaced. And I just became
an emotional wreck. I– I feel like it was,
really, too much too fast. I mean, hey, giving me a job
would have been one thing. Ted, you know, you’ve won this. You’ve– you’ve got that. And thank you so much. I would’ve– I’d have been
satisfied right then and there. [MUSIC PLAYING] When people see me,
they see an act of God. They also see that
God is still alive, and he’s still working
modern-day miracles. I really do feel that
he who was homeless will lead the hopeless home. I don’t want people to think
of me as I left this earth that I was a crackhead. I want them to–
to see the impact. And I want my grandkids
to look on YouTube and see some of the
things that their pawpaw was proud of, that did. And– and I’m not going to
sell myself short for anything because God gave me
this for a reason. And that reason is to
be here, to talk to you, to tell you to keep
me in your prayers. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is Friends of the Homeless. It’s a shelter that was
here when I needed it. One of the big things that I
know that many of these guys suffer from, as well as me
back in the day, was socks. We didn’t have many. But today, I’m going to
give back some socks. All right, Danny. -I love you, brother.
-I love you. You know I do. Thank you, man. TED WILLIAMS:
(VOICEOVER) I was right there at the head of the
line waiting for my handout. So this is where I have
a lot of loyalties now. There’s my brother. How you doing? TED WILLIAMS: (VOICEOVER)
It’s just exciting to meet the people and to
embrace them with hugs and all of that stuff because
they know that I was just, five years ago, in the
same situations that they were. [MUSIC PLAYING] Five years ago I held
a sign that said, “I have a God-given gift of voice. I’m an ex-radio announcer
who’s fallen on hard times. Please, any help would
be greatly appreciated. Thank you, and God bless.” You know, if I was
asked to rewrite that sign today it would say, “I
have a God-given gift of voice. Acknowledge him in all my ways,
and he will direct my path. Thank you, and God bless.”

Comments (100)

  1. He reminds me of a character from Courage the Cowardly Dog

  2. His voice is a bit similar to James Earl Jones

  3. the king from disenchantment ?

  4. This guy’s smile ends world hunger

  5. This dude looks like Vinny from adventure time

  6. Damn he do got a nice voice tho

  7. If voice was a man

  8. YouTube: Time to bring the whole squad back for a throwback

  9. His new teeth are a bit much.

  10. Part of the voice is based on a golden hearted personality.

  11. This men is perfect example that God exist

  12. Modern day miracles? He was walking on water, turning water into wine, raising the dead. Today what qualifies as a "modern miracle" is nothing but chance!! Instead of thanking god, he should be thanking the guy who videotaped him and circulated it. I'm sick of people thanking god for the SURGEON who saved their life or a loved ones life… god had nothing to do with it! He would have allowed you to die. Do you know how I know? He allows 6,000 children to suffer and die daily!!! There is no god! Hes a delusion that's been propagated on everyone since childhood.

  13. Imagine how much potential is out there homeless on the streets.

  14. You look Way younger now than you did when you were homeless

  15. He talks so well,so eloquently and the way he sees himself,he’s a real hero…

  16. Help All homeless people not only them with "golden voice"

  17. Such a great story

  18. 3:21 y the homeless women got a Louis Vuitton hat on🤨

  19. Obama??!?? What happened to you

  20. he looks like he’d be in big mouth lmfao

  21. A black with white hair nice

  22. 😍💙💙💙🇴🇲

  23. Kinda reminds me of Sammy Davis Jr

  24. Seen him a few months ago in westside columbus ohio homeless again begging for change at a speedway

  25. "Rot-Gut to Grey Goose in a matter of minutes!"

  26. “Only in the darkness do you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King

  27. He looks like an Obama caricature.

  28. He looks like the guy off of beyond scared straight

  29. Million dollar smile how bout that

  30. He looks like a horse.

  31. If the guy didn't record and help he still would of been homeless

  32. Oprah said “tragically drugs and alcohol interfered”. No he chose to do drugs. Then he chose to change his life and live differently. And now look.

  33. 0:26 he sounds like dave chappelle

  34. Just so everyone knows, after hollywood he used his saved up money to become a crack addict and became homeless again.
    Theres no fixing these types of ignorant people

  35. He looks like that dude In the mask movie after he puts the mask on

  36. Man I need more stories like this and less televised drama!

  37. Very glad his life turned around for good

  38. Next MORGAN FREEMAN?

  39. He should read books

  40. kono giorno giovanna niwa yume ga aru.

  41. How did Obama go from homeless to president? I'm so inspired 🙌

  42. You did the opposite of what others did. They start in Hollywood and end up as homeless, you started out homeless and ended up in Hollywood

  43. He sounds like the redguards from oblivion and morrowind oh my god

  44. I wanna this Man as a Dota 2 announcer pack

  45. he looks like how his voice sounds

  46. What about the guy who recorded & posted the video ? I feel like they would’ve been bffs

  47. we have found Obama's long lost brother his name is
    Earlwin Obama.

  48. Sammy Davis Jr looking good there

  49. Not to discredit his current success, all glory to him…. but what kind of person stays homeless for 20 years? It doesn't add up. Feels to me like he waited for life to come to him rather than him chasing life.

  50. Aww man he's so sweet

  51. Dene wala jabhi deta deta chapad phad ke

  52. He is rather handsome

  53. How did he get a call if he was homeless and had nothing.

  54. This man is one of the sweetest people I've ever seen

  55. He looks like that McDonald's character moon guy he has that same smirk and chin but really I do respect him

  56. Its not just his voice, its how he talks.. so proper.

  57. 3 years ago recommended

  58. I’m kinda confused

  59. Handsome Jack, is that you?

  60. I love that he didn't leave GOD OUT!

  61. No Offence But He Look Like Reginald From Scared Beyond Straight

  62. Lol his speaking pace reminds me of Donkey from Shrek

  63. This guy sounds like a narrator for movies or books

  64. Is it just me or does He look like Sammy Davis Jr!

  65. Saw this man at a gas station once his voice hella smooth

  66. Love seeing a good thing happen to people.

  67. Amen brother ,may Gods glory shine through your work and commitment to Him(Jesus Christ).Stay the course brother.Praying for you.

  68. I bet this guy has a huge wiener

  69. he look like a guess who character

  70. God bless you my friend. A pure golden heart ♡

  71. The best thing about poor people when they go rich is that they keep their humble

  72. This guy sounds like 1990s jazz

  73. Mouth full of chiclets

  74. How could he own a phone if he was homeless?

  75. He is a great guy ! Thanks to evryone who participated to make this man shine.

  76. Humble man. It takes a lot of humility to admit what you were, and where you come from. To knowingly acknowledge your mistakes, and say you need help to continue to live right… That takes guts! God bless him

  77. he kinda looks like the shadow man from the princess and the frog

  78. Old Brandon Rogers

  79. So is he back out smokin hard again or what?

  80. Yo his teeth are literally so bright

  81. whoever disliked this video is boo boo

  82. His smile is so bright, with his 67 teeth and all

  83. But where tf you get a phone and who been paying it? 🤨

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