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Also Known As: Bill Katt, William Theodore Katt Jr. Died:
Born: February 16, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, musician, director, singer

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A blond lead and supporting player of stage, screen and TV, Katt came to prominence in director Brian De Palma's modern horror classic, "Carrie" (1976), portraying a handsome athlete who pays a heavy price when he escorts the title character to the prom. He went on to appear in such films as the surfer feature "Big Wednesday" (1978), the Western prequel "Butch and Sundance: The Early Years" (1979) and the horror film "House" (1986). Much of Katt's subsequent feature work has been released direct to video.On the small screen, Katt made his debut as star of the fantasy series "The Greatest American Hero" (ABC, 1981-83), playing a mild-mannered school teacher who is endowed with super human powers when he dons a special costume. He received kudos for his sensitive portrayal of a retarded young man in the TV-movie "The Rainmaker" (1982) before co-starring with his mother, Barbara Hale, in a series of Perry Mason TV-movies beginning with "Perry Mason Returns" (1985) and seven follow-ups in which he played Paul Drake, Jr., offspring of Perry's personal private investigator (William Hopper).

A blond lead and supporting player of stage, screen and TV, Katt came to prominence in director Brian De Palma's modern horror classic, "Carrie" (1976), portraying a handsome athlete who pays a heavy price when he escorts the title character to the prom. He went on to appear in such films as the surfer feature "Big Wednesday" (1978), the Western prequel "Butch and Sundance: The Early Years" (1979) and the horror film "House" (1986). Much of Katt's subsequent feature work has been released direct to video.

On the small screen, Katt made his debut as star of the fantasy series "The Greatest American Hero" (ABC, 1981-83), playing a mild-mannered school teacher who is endowed with super human powers when he dons a special costume. He received kudos for his sensitive portrayal of a retarded young man in the TV-movie "The Rainmaker" (1982) before co-starring with his mother, Barbara Hale, in a series of Perry Mason TV-movies beginning with "Perry Mason Returns" (1985) and seven follow-ups in which he played Paul Drake, Jr., offspring of Perry's personal private investigator (William Hopper).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  River's End (2007)
2.
  Clean and Narrow, The (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Deadland (2012)
2.
 Super (2011)
3.
4.
 Earthling (2010)
5.
 Bone Eater (2008)
6.
7.
 Room and Board (2007)
8.
 Determination of Death (2001) John Logan
9.
 Circuit (2001) Gino
10.
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Grew up in Southern California
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Stage acting debut at the South Coast Repertory Theater in "We Bombed in New Haven"
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Did six year stint in the US Air National Guard
1971:
Feature debut, "The Late Liz"
1976:
Breakout role in a feature, "Carrie"
1978:
First starring role in a feature, "Big Wednesday"
1981:
TV debut as star of fantasy series, "The Greatest American Hero"
1982:
TV-movie debut, "The Rainmaker"
1985:
Co-starred with his mother Barbara Hale in a series of Perry Mason reunion TV-movies beginning with "Perry Mason Returns"
1986:
Regular role in a series, "Our House"
1989:
Star of short-lived TV series, "Top of the Hill"
1991:
Had featured role on the short-lived series "Good Sports" (CBS)
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Had recurring role on "Models Inc." (Fox)
1999:
Feature directorial debut, "The Clean and Narrow"; also co-wrote script
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Education

Orange Coast College: Costa Mesa , California -
Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Workshop: Los Angeles , California -

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companion:
Amy Irving. Actor. Dated before filming of "Carrie".
wife:
Deborah Kahane. Married on July 2, 1979.

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mother:
Barbara Hale. Actor. Best-known as Della Street on "Perry Mason".
father:
Bill Williams. Actor.
son:
Clayton Alexander Katt. Born on January 27, 1980.
son:
Emerson Hunter Katt. Born on April 5, 1985.
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