Adam Williams

Actor Adam Williams served in the United States Navy as a pilot during World War II and was awarded the Navy Cross for his service. After he left the military, he went to Hollywood to pursue film acting. In 1951 ... Read more »
Born: 11/26/1922

Filmography

Actor (28)

The Girl Called Hatter Fox 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Helter Skelter 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is a Hijack 1972 (Movie)

Smitty (Actor)

The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit 1968 (Movie)

Sergeant Roberts (Actor)

The Glory Guys 1964 (Movie)

Crain (Actor)

Gunfight at Comanche Creek 1963 (Movie)

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The New Interns 1963 (Movie)

Wolanski (Actor)

Maverick 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Convicts Four 1961 (Movie)

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The Last Sunset 1961 (Movie)

Calverton (Actor)

North By Northwest 1959 (Movie)

Valerian (Actor)

The Badlanders 1958 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

Darby's Rangers 1957 (Movie)

"Heavy" Hall (Actor)

Fear Strikes Out 1957 (Movie)

Dr Brown (Actor)

The Lonely Man 1957 (Movie)

Lon (Actor)

The Oklahoman 1957 (Movie)

Bob Randell (Actor)

The Garment Jungle 1956 (Movie)

The Ox (Actor)

The Proud and the Profane 1956 (Movie)

Eustace Press (Actor)

The Rack 1956 (Movie)

Sergeant Otto Pahnke (Actor)

Crashout 1955 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

The Sea Chase 1955 (Movie)

Kruger (Actor)

The Yellow Tomahawk 1954 (Movie)

Corporal Maddock (Actor)

The Big Heat 1953 (Movie)

Larry Gordon (Actor)

Vice Squad 1952 (Movie)

Marty Kusalich (Actor)

Without Warning 1952 (Movie)

Carl Martin (Actor)

Flying Leathernecks 1951 (Movie)

Lt. Bert Malotke (Actor)

Helter Skelter (Movie)

Terrence Milik (Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actor Adam Williams served in the United States Navy as a pilot during World War II and was awarded the Navy Cross for his service. After he left the military, he went to Hollywood to pursue film acting. In 1951, Williams made his film debut in the comedy "Queen for a Day", which was based on the popular daytime Mutual Broadcasting Company radio program. The following year he starred as a serial killer in "Without Warning!", but he first garnered notice in the noir film "The Big Heat" as car-bomber Larry Gordon. Williams built a reputation in film for his bad guy roles, and worked steadily throughout the '50s. He also began appearing on television shows, on a number of popular series including the westerns "Have Gun - Will Travel", "The Rifleman" and "Bonanza". However, his best-known project is undoubtedly Hitchcock's "North by Northwest", where he pulled double duty as an actor and a pilot. In the film, he plays Valerian, the henchman who falls off of Mount Rushmore. Williams also served as the pilot who chased down Cary Grant in the iconic cornfield scene. Williams retired from acting in the late 1970's, after his final onscreen performance, Jansen, on the adventure series "Sword of Justice". He died from lymphoma at age 84.

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