American soul singer best known for his time with the legendary Motown group The Temptations. He was the last surviving member of the group.
He was raised by both of his grandmothers and became interested in music when he was a teenager.
He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
He was married to Josephine Rogers from 1961 to 1964, Ann Cain from 1967 to 1973, and Goldie Williams from 1983 to 1997. He has a son Otis Williams III, and a daughter, model Elan Carter.
He was briefly engaged to singer Patti LaBelle .