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

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.”


  1. I wasn't homeless , could've been.
    I felt his emotion ; I could understand what it's like. And the humbleness of him just wanting his grand and great grandchildren to see an learn from him or for him to just be kept in prayer is a Blessing. God Bless Us All ! Amen.

    He gives back.
    He should really voice act .

    If you read this , Bless You Too .💜

  2. I will forever remain Humble , because I know I could have less .
    I will always be Grateful , because I know I've had less .👌

  3. Of all the comments on here, its sad that nobody even thought outside the box. The missing link here is that. . . . the majority of people here in the entire U.S. just bypass homeless people at every given moment. One person gave this guy a golden opportunity & it helped him get off the streets. It would be better if there were a billion of those kind of people to help every homeless person get off of the streets by presenting a golden opportunity like the way this guy was blessed. Talk about 1 in a billion. . . . .terribly sad.

  4. This is the real hollywood people like to hear. Rags to riches. A good man becoming a success. Bless this man.

  5. What a charismatic man!!! You deserve what you have won, you love what you sing and the people who are listening you they are enjoying with your golden voice man 👍❤

  6. you cannot take a crack addict shitstain from the streets put a suit on him and expect them to be civilized didn't they get the memo

  7. He such an inspiration because he was given the opportunity to change his life and he accepted it, he made a difference for himself, yet at the same time a role model for others, I applaud him, well done ted👏👏👏

  8. We went to my school for thanksgiving dinner his voice was incredible 🥰😢 I remember he gave me a hug

  9. "Went from homeless to Hollywood".. umm what's the difference? I mean Hollywood is filled with homeless people.

  10. He truly does have an amazing amazing exceptionally perfect voice for the radio, and thank God his life had a much greater half waiting for him…. so beautiful. And thankfully that other dude shared his video. Stay blessed my man….

  11. This man has never forget what he's been threw when people get to the big time they always seem to forget real quick

  12. God is awesome,His miracles are unfathomable ,He is the ancient of days,we made in his likeness,He is God alone,He is who he is,God is God.Believe in him,dnt sell yourself short,he’s come through for me so many times,Even when I didn’t trust him,he still saved me.His love is overwhelming.if u can read this,knw that God has got u.Acknowledge him in all your ways,there’s a miracle at the end of the tunnel for u.Have faith.

  13. dont blame god for your ability to be saved just like you shouldn't blame god for your misfortune you are the powerful being that saved yourself. no god can save or bring you down that is up to you to make that choice to change .

  14. Good heavens man, that is called a miracle!!! Infinity% that God,Jesus, virgin mary or a angel was right there fixing it up. But on the other side,not that I'm jealous but sad for some people who suffer from birth to death with a disease or so never gets help from up above. But yes yes yes I understand the person who suffers get through the golden gates without questioning or so and lives eternally!!!! Man o man life is hard, but we all have to suffer some way!!!!

  15. his big mouth allows him to create excellent voice resonance. Just like Freddie Mercury, who had an extra pair of incisors

  16. No lie I used to think this man was The very own bob Marley. Time perception was way off. This was until like 2014

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