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Also Known As: Richard Treat Williams Died:
Born: December 1, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rowayton, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, director

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Prolific actor Treat Williams went from early success on Broadway to starring roles in highly anticipated film projects before ultimately earning a reputation as a versatile performer capable of playing the hero, villain, or later in his career, sturdy father figure. After establishing a commanding screen presence with diverse performances in Milos Forman's underrated musical "Hair" (1979) and Sidney Lumet's superior cop drama "Prince of the City" (1981), Williams seemed poised to enter the ranks of A-list actors. However, a series of poor career choices and bad luck at the box office relegated him to made-for-television projects and low-budget thrillers for a number of years. There were occasional bright spots, such as a supporting role in Sergio Leone's massive gangster drama "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984) and a noteworthy turn as a crazy criminal in the thriller "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" (1995). On television Williams earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of agent Michael Ovitz in "The Late Shift" (HBO, 1996), and won acclaim as the lead of the drama series "Everwood" (The WB, 2002-06). Although cast more frequently in the role of patriarch at this point in his...

Prolific actor Treat Williams went from early success on Broadway to starring roles in highly anticipated film projects before ultimately earning a reputation as a versatile performer capable of playing the hero, villain, or later in his career, sturdy father figure. After establishing a commanding screen presence with diverse performances in Milos Forman's underrated musical "Hair" (1979) and Sidney Lumet's superior cop drama "Prince of the City" (1981), Williams seemed poised to enter the ranks of A-list actors. However, a series of poor career choices and bad luck at the box office relegated him to made-for-television projects and low-budget thrillers for a number of years. There were occasional bright spots, such as a supporting role in Sergio Leone's massive gangster drama "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984) and a noteworthy turn as a crazy criminal in the thriller "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" (1995). On television Williams earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of agent Michael Ovitz in "The Late Shift" (HBO, 1996), and won acclaim as the lead of the drama series "Everwood" (The WB, 2002-06). Although cast more frequently in the role of patriarch at this point in his career, Williams had long since proven his versatility as one of the most dependable actors in Hollywood.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Texan (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Barefoot (2014)
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 Operation Rogue (2014)
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 In the Blood (2014)
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 Age of Dinosaurs (2013)
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 Deadfall (2012)
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 127 Hours (2010)
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1973:
First New York acting job as understudy to John Travolta in "Grease"; eventually took over the leading role
1974:
Had prominent supporting role in the Broadway musical "Over Here", starring the Andrews Sisters; Travolta co-starred
1975:
Feature film debut, "The Ritz"
1979:
Gave a winning performance as the hippie leader Berger in the film adaptation of "Hair", directed by Milos Forman
1981:
Earned acclaim for his title performance in Sidney Lumet's "Prince of the City"
1981:
Returned to Broadway succeeding Kevin Kline in "THe Pirates of Penzance"
1983:
TV-movie debut (as title character), "Dempsey" (CBS)
1984:
Co-starred in Sergio Leone's gangster epic "Once Upon a Time in America"
1984:
Played Stanley Kowalski opposite Ann-Margaret in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (CBS)
1985:
Was suitably charming and menacing as Arnold Friend in "Smooth Talk", directed by Joyce Chopra
1987:
First TV miniseries, "Echoes in the Darkness" (CBS)
1987:
Portrayed title role of the former FBI director in "J Edgar Hoover" (Showtime)
1991:
TV series debut "Eddie Dodd" (ABC)
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Co-starred off-Broadway in David Mamet's "Oleanna"
1993:
Starred opposite Shelley Long in CBS sitcom "Good Advice"
1994:
Made directorial debut with "Texan", a short film that aired on Showtime's "Directed By" series
1995:
Delivered a fine villainous turn in "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"
1996:
Co-starred as the nasty Xander Drax in "The Phantom"
1996:
Garnered an Emmy nod as Mike Ovitz in the HBO drama "The Late Shift"
1997:
Again played a villain in "The Devil's Own"
1998:
Cast as former mercenary turned teacher Karl Thomasson (a role originally created by Tom Berenger) in the sequel "The Substitute 2: School's Out", aired on HBO
1999:
Portrayed Michelle Pfeiffer's husband in "The Deep End of the Ocean"; first time playing Jonathan Jackson's on screen father
1999:
Returned to the New York stage as the star of the Off-Broadway musical "Captains Courageous"
1999:
Reprised Thomasson for "The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All" (HBO)
1999:
Headed the cast of the USA miniseries "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
2000:
Once again played former mercenary Thomasson in "The Substitute 4: Failure Is Not an Option"; premiered on HBO
2001:
Again played Jonathan Jackson's father in the taut thriller "Skeletons in the Closet";
2001:
Co-starred as Buddy in the Broadway revival of "Follies"
2002:
Played a cheating husband whose mistress comes to believe he may have killed his wife in the CBS crime drama "Guilty Hearts"
2002:
Acted in Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending"
2002:
Cast as a neurosurgeon who moves to a small Colorado town in "Everwood" (The WB); received a SAG nomination for best acter in a drama series for 2003 and 2004
2005:
Cast in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" with Sandra Bullock
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Education

Kent School: Kent , Connecticut -
Franklin & Marshall College: Lancaster , Pennsylvania - 1973

Notes

"I couldn't get arrested. I did some bad movies, and the heat was off. My roles were about making a living. I'm the world's biggest worrier, so it wasn't a pretty time. I thought it was over." --Williams on his career slump in the 1980s in People, October 16, 1995.

"It was also a period in my life when I was really indulgent and crazy and kind of out of control. I wasn't aware how fleeting success is." --Williams discussing the mid-1980s in Time Out New York, November 29-December 6, 1995.

"I'm playing villains. I'm in my villain period. I think they're fun and at the moment, these are the best parts that have come along." --Williams in Daily News, November 26, 1995,

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companion:
Dana Delany. Actor. Together in the early 1980s.
wife:
Pamela Williams. Dancer, actor. Married in June 1988.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Richard Norman Williams. Retired business executive.
mother:
Marion Williams. Antiques dealer.
son:
Gil Williams. Born c. 1992.
daughter:
Elinor Williams. Born in October 1998.
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