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Also Known As: Paul H. Williams, Paul Hamilton Williams Jr. Died:
Born: September 19, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA Profession: songwriter, singer, actor, stunt parachutist, set painter, apprentice jockey, insurance clerk

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A prolific and ubiquitous presence in music, film and on television in the 1970s, Paul Williams was an Oscar-winning songwriter whose gift for gentle pop-rock songs like the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" led to a prolific career as both an artist in his own right as well as a composer for film and television. He also enjoyed a second, more modest career as an actor, spawned in part from his self-effacing appearances on talk shows where he spoofed his diminutive stature and unlikely sexy symbol status. By the mid-1970s, he had scored major hits with "Evergreen" from "A Star in Born" (1976) and "The Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie" (1979), but alcohol and drug issues, as well as changing tastes among music audiences, upended his career. Williams spent much of the 1980s as an actor while gaining his sobriety; he resurfaced in the 1990s with a generation of listeners, including many musicians testifying to the brilliance of his early work. Williams' renaissance led to new songwriting and film work, as well as a humorous tribute with the documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive" (2011), in which he and the film's director attempted to come to terms with his turbulent past. Throughout it...

A prolific and ubiquitous presence in music, film and on television in the 1970s, Paul Williams was an Oscar-winning songwriter whose gift for gentle pop-rock songs like the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" led to a prolific career as both an artist in his own right as well as a composer for film and television. He also enjoyed a second, more modest career as an actor, spawned in part from his self-effacing appearances on talk shows where he spoofed his diminutive stature and unlikely sexy symbol status. By the mid-1970s, he had scored major hits with "Evergreen" from "A Star in Born" (1976) and "The Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie" (1979), but alcohol and drug issues, as well as changing tastes among music audiences, upended his career. Williams spent much of the 1980s as an actor while gaining his sobriety; he resurfaced in the 1990s with a generation of listeners, including many musicians testifying to the brilliance of his early work. Williams' renaissance led to new songwriting and film work, as well as a humorous tribute with the documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive" (2011), in which he and the film's director attempted to come to terms with his turbulent past. Throughout it all, Williams' best work from the 1970s and beyond remained a high-water mark in pop music, preserving his status as one of its most talented practitioners.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Headless Body in Topless Bar (1995) Carl Levin
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 Doors, The (1991) Warhol Pr
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 Can She Bake A Cherry Pie? (1983) Zee'S Husband
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 SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT, PART 3 (1983) Little Enos Burdette
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 Rooster (1982) Rooster Steele
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1965:
Made film acting debut in "The Loved One"
1970:
Wrote hit song "We've Only Just Begun"
1972:
Wrote first film score, "The Getaway"
1973:
Had first Academy Award nomination for "(You're So) Nice to Be Around" from "Cinderella Liberty"
1974:
Earned Academy Award nomination for score of "Phantom of the Paradise"
1976:
Scored "A Star Is Born"; wrote "Evergreen" with Barbra Streisand, winning Academy Award
1977:
Made TV-movie debut, "Flight to Holocaust" (NBC)
1977:
Wrote theme song for "The Love Boat" (ABC)
1977:
Played Little Enos in "Smokey and the Bandit"
1977:
Was musical supervisor for "Sugar Time" (ABC)
1980:
Nominated for an Academy Award for "The Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie"
1982:
Wrote and created TV pilot "Rooster"
1987:
Did score for "Ishtar"
1990:
Interned to become alcoholism counselor
1992:
Did voice of The Penguin for "Batman: The Animated Series" (Fox)
1994:
Made memorable gueat appearance on the CBS drama series "Picket Fences"
1998:
Joined cast of the CBS daytime soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" portraying a recovering alcoholic
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Trouble is I never did." --Paul Williams

Williams underwent treatment for alcoholism in 1989.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2001.

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wife:
Katie Clinton. Divorced.
wife:
Hilda Keenan Wynn. Former talent agent. Married on April 16, 1993; born c. 1955; daughter of actor Keenan Wynn; also a recovering alcoholic.

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father:
Paul Hamilton Williams. Architectural engineer. Killed in an alcohol-related car accident c. 1954.
mother:
Bertha Mae Williams.
son:
Cole Williams. Born c. 1981; mother, Katie Clinton.
daughter:
Sarah Willliams. Born c. 1984; mother, Katie Clinton.
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