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Also Known As: Herman Katt, William Herman Katt, William H Katt, Bill Macwilliams Died: September 21, 1992
Born: May 15, 1916 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, vaudevillian, professional swimmer

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Blond stalwart of film and TV. Williams' all-American good looks usually led to him being cast in good-guy leads or second leads, sometimes opposite wife Barbara Hale. RKO groomed the boyish actor for stardom in the immediate postwar period, but despite the popular and critical success of "Till the End of Time" (1946), a story of returning WWII veterans, Williams was soon playing in modestly budgeted action pictures and crime dramas. He was best known for the title role of the syndicated 1950s TV series, "The Adventures of Kit Carson", in which the frontier scout was teamed up with Mexican sidekick El Toro (Don Diamond). Williams also had leading roles in another syndicated adventure series, "Assignment Underwater", and the sitcom "Date with the Angels", in which he played the husband of Betty White. He made guest appearances on a wide variety of TV series including "M Squad", "The Millionaire", "The Lawman", "77 Sunset Strip", "The Wild, Wild West", "Lassie", "Dragnet", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", and "Adam-12". Williams' many feature credits include "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), "Deadline at Dawn" (1946), "The Stratton Story" (1949), Frank Tashlin's "Son of Paleface" (1952) and Howard Hawks' "Rio...

Blond stalwart of film and TV. Williams' all-American good looks usually led to him being cast in good-guy leads or second leads, sometimes opposite wife Barbara Hale. RKO groomed the boyish actor for stardom in the immediate postwar period, but despite the popular and critical success of "Till the End of Time" (1946), a story of returning WWII veterans, Williams was soon playing in modestly budgeted action pictures and crime dramas. He was best known for the title role of the syndicated 1950s TV series, "The Adventures of Kit Carson", in which the frontier scout was teamed up with Mexican sidekick El Toro (Don Diamond). Williams also had leading roles in another syndicated adventure series, "Assignment Underwater", and the sitcom "Date with the Angels", in which he played the husband of Betty White. He made guest appearances on a wide variety of TV series including "M Squad", "The Millionaire", "The Lawman", "77 Sunset Strip", "The Wild, Wild West", "Lassie", "Dragnet", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", and "Adam-12". Williams' many feature credits include "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), "Deadline at Dawn" (1946), "The Stratton Story" (1949), Frank Tashlin's "Son of Paleface" (1952) and Howard Hawks' "Rio Lobo" (1970).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 There Goes My Baby (1994) Chef
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 Killer of Sheep (1979)
5.
 Fire In The Sky, A (1978) Dale Turner
6.
 The Giant Spider Invasion (1975) Dutch
7.
 The Phantom of Hollywood (1974) Fogel
8.
 Drive, He Said (1971) Referee
9.
 Scandalous John (1971) Sheriff Hart
10.
 Rio Lobo (1970) Sheriff Pat Cronin
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Started in vaudeville, touring with the Stuart Morgan dancers
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Acted in stock
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Served in WWII with the US Army Air Forces
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Became a contract player with RKO; stayed there for nine years
1944:
Film acting debut in "Murder in the Blue Room", a musical mystery movie
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Met future wife, actress Barbara Hale, at RKO
1946:
Starred with Hale in "A Likely Story", a comic gangster film
1949:
Starred with Hale in "The Clay Pigeon"
1951:
Starred in the popular syndicated TV series, "The Adventures of Kit Carson"
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Played Gus Angel on the ABC sitcom, "Date with the Angels"
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Played Bill Greer in the syndicated adventure series, "Assignment: Underwater"
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Education

Pratt Institute: Brooklyn , New York -

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wife:
Barbara Hale. Actor. Married c. 1946; survived him.

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son:
William Katt. Actor. Survived him; best known for essaying the title role of the comic adventure series "The Greatest American Hero".
daughter:
Jody Katt Coulter. Survived him.
daughter:
Nita Katt King. Survived him.

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