Bill Williams


Actor
Bill Williams

About

Also Known As
Herman Katt, William Herman Katt, William H Katt, Bill Macwilliams
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
May 15, 1915
Died
September 21, 1992

Biography

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 mode...

Family & Companions

Barbara Hale
Wife
Actor. Married c. 1946; survived him.

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

There Goes My Baby (1994)
Goldie and the Boxer Go to Hollywood (1981)
Cowboy Bob
Moon Over the Alley (1980)
Killer of Sheep (1979)
A Fire In The Sky (1978)
The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)
The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)
Fogel
Drive, He Said (1971)
Referee
Scandalous John (1971)
Sheriff Hart
Rio Lobo (1970)
Sheriff Pat Cronin
The Divorcee (1969)
Buckskin (1968)
Frank Cody
Tickle Me (1965)
Deputy Sturdivant
Spaceflight IC-1 (1965)
Capt. Mead Ralston
The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
Brady, cavalry trooper
Law of the Lawless (1964)
Silas Miller
The Scarface Mob (1962)
Martin Flaherty
The Sergeant Was a Lady (1961)
Colonel House
Hell to Eternity (1960)
Leonard
Oklahoma Territory (1960)
Temple Houston
A Dog's Best Friend (1960)
Wes Thurman
Alaska Passage (1959)
Al Grant
Space Master X-7 (1958)
John Hand
Legion of the Doomed (1958)
Lt. Smith, also known as Hayward
The Halliday Brand (1957)
Clay Halliday
Pawnee (1957)
Matt Delaney
The Storm Rider (1957)
Sheriff Pete Coulton
Slim Carter (1957)
Frank Hanneman
The Hired Gun (1957)
The Wild Dakotas (1956)
Jim Henry
The Broken Star (1956)
Deputy Bill Gentry
Chief Crazy Horse (1955)
Sergeant
Hell's Horizon (1955)
Paul Jenkins
Apache Ambush (1955)
James Kingston
Wiretapper (1955)
Jim Vaus
The Outlaw's Daughter (1954)
Jess Raidley, also known as Big Red
Racing Blood (1954)
Tex
Torpedo Alley (1953)
Tom Graham
The Pace That Thrills (1952)
"Dusty" Dick L. Weston
Son of Paleface (1952)
Kirk
Rose of Cimarron (1952)
George Newcomb
Bronco Buster (1952)
Himself
Footlight Varieties (1951)
The Last Outpost (1951)
Sgt. Tucker
Havana Rose (1951)
Tex Thompson
Blue Blood (1951)
Bill Manning
The Great Missouri Raid (1951)
Jim Younger
California Passage (1950)
Bob Martin
Blue Grass of Kentucky (1950)
Lin McIvor
Rookie Fireman (1950)
Joe Blake
Operation Haylift (1950)
Bill Masters
The Cariboo Trail (1950)
Mike Evans
Range Justice (1949)
Chuck
Fighting Man of the Plains (1949)
Johnny Tancred
The Clay Pigeon (1949)
Jim Fletcher
A Dangerous Profession (1949)
Claude Brackett
A Woman's Secret (1949)
Lee [Crenshaw]
The Stratton Story (1949)
Eddie Dibson
Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1949)
Cheerleader
A Likely Story (1947)
Bill [Baker]
Nora Prentiss (1947)
Reporter
Deadline at Dawn (1946)
Alex Winkler
Till the End of Time (1946)
Perry Kincheloe
Sing Your Way Home (1945)
Officer
Johnny Angel (1945)
Big sailor
Those Endearing Young Charms (1945)
Jerry
West of the Pecos (1945)
Tex Evans
The Body Snatcher (1945)
Back to Bataan (1945)
Aide
Zombies on Broadway (1945)
Jack, the sailor
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Bud Felton
Murder in the Blue Room (1944)
Larry [Dearden]
Two Fisted Sheriff (1937)
Dunne
The Best Man Wins (1935)
Tender
King Kong (1933)
New Yorker
The Last Man (1932)
Gibbs

Cinematography (Feature Film)

The Man You Loved To Hate (1979)
Camera Assistant
Carefree (1938)
2nd unit Photographer
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Cooperated on Photographer

Editing (Feature Film)

Past Tense (1994)
Assistant Editor
The Unnamable II (1993)
Editor
Alligator (1980)
Assistant Editor

Music (Feature Film)

The Villain (1979)
Song

Dance (Feature Film)

Pulsebeat (1984)
Choreography

Sound (Feature Film)

Number One With a Bullet (1987)
Sound Editor

Casting (Feature Film)

The Sex O'Clock News (1986)
Casting

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)
Special Thanks To

Producer (Special)

Tennessee Ernie Ford's White Christmas (1972)
Executive Producer
The Boots Randolph Show (1972)
Producer
The Nashville Sound of Boots Randolph (1971)
Producer

Editing (Special)

The Eyes of the Panther (1989)
Assistant Editor

Visual Effects (Special)

Willie Nelson at the Swap Shop: A Live Album (1992)
Visual Effects

Sound (Special)

Terror in Space (1998)
Sound Recordist

Misc. Crew (Special)

Greatest Space Explorer: Hubble Telescope (2000)
Sound
Farrah Fawcett: America's Angel (1999)
Sound
Vietnam: Missing in Action (1999)
Sound
Super Structures of the World (1997)
Sound

Life Events

1944

Film acting debut in "Murder in the Blue Room", a musical mystery movie

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"

Photo Collections

A Dangerous Profession - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from RKO's A Dangerous Profession (1949), starring George Raft and Pat O'Brien. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Clay Pigeon, The (1949) - They Should've Let Him Die That’s the old Long Beach Naval Hospital at East 7th St. and Bellflower (site of the VA Hospital now), as we meet Bill Williams as hospitalized Seaman Jim Fletcher, Harold Landon a blind comrade, Ann Doran the nurse and Frank Wilcox the doctor, opening The Clay Pigeon, 1949, from director Richard Fleischer and writer Carl Foreman.
Clay Pigeon, The (1949) - Only Man In The Navy As TCM’s Eddie Muller has noted, just about all viewers would have known that Bill Williams (as Jim, the partial-amnesiac hospital-escapee and suspected traitor sailor) and Barbara Hale (as Martha), who meet here, were husband and wife off screen; good thing and well-played by director Richard Fleischer, in The Clay Pigeon, 1949.
Clay Pigeon, The (1949) - A Shock Of Some Sort The two goons, motives unknown, have just run fugitive amnesiac sailor Jim (Bill Williams) and Martha (Barbara Hale), his hostage, and the widow of the fellow POW who’s death he’s suspected of causing, off the road, and ensuing events incline her to reconsider his story, in The Clay Pigeon, 1949.
Deadline At Dawn (1946) - It Rhymes With Moon Savvy New York taxi-dancer June (Susan Hayward) has volunteered to accompany small-town on-leave sailor Alex (Bill Williams) as he tries to return a bundle of cash he thinks he must have stolen while drunk, in Deadline At Dawn, 1946, from a Cornell Woolrich story.
Deadline At Dawn (1946) - Let's Melt Some Ice Together Sailor Alex (Bill Williams), secretly afraid he’s committed a murder while drunk, is reluctant to part with kindly cabbie Gus (Paul Lukas), but meets taxi-dancer June (Susan Hayward) back at the scene, both discovering they still haven’t found evidence clearing him, in Deadline At Dawn, 1946.
Cariboo Trail, The (1950) - I Rassled A Grizzly Once Gabby Hayes introduces and ingratiates himself as prospector Grizzly, welcoming rancher-prospectors Redfern (Randolph Scott) and Mike (Bill Williams) and cook Ling (Lee Tung Foo) from Montana to British Columbia, early in Twentieth Century-Fox’s The Cariboo Trail, 1950.
Cariboo Trail, The (1950) - A Man With A Dream Of Cattle Much is accomplished in director Edwin L. Marin’s opening, Canadian history, and the introduction of Randolph Scott as Redfern and Bill Williams as disgruntled Mike, the ubiquitous Lee Tung Foo their cook, in the restored print of the Nat Holt Cinecolor Western The Cariboo Trail, 1950.
Rio Lobo - Got A Warrant Right Here Writer George Plimpton here as gunman "George," during his "try everything" phase, as McNally (John Wayne), Cronin (Bill Williams) and Cordona (Jorge Rivero) prevent the arrest of Shasta (Jennifer O'Neill), in Howard Hawks Rio Lobo, 1970.
Deadline At Dawn (1946) - Marry John Barrymore Hung-over on-leave sailor Alex (Bill Williams) in Manhattan, having awakened not knowing how he got $1,400 in cash, meets taxi-dancer June (Susan Hayward) who's been dealing with a client (Edgar Caldwell) and a bouncer (Edward Gargan), in Deadline At Dawn, 1946.
Giant Spider Invasion, The - Pool Hall Dutch (Bill Williams, spouse of leading lady Barbara Hale) leads an armed band of Wisconsin rednecks from a pool hall in The Giant Spider Invasion, 1975.

Trailer

Family

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

Companions

Barbara Hale
Wife
Actor. Married c. 1946; survived him.

Bibliography