Andy Williams

"The Emperor of Easy," as he was known to his faithful fans in the U. K., Andy Williams was a singer and television host whose tasteful renditions of songs from the Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer songbook like "Moon ... Read more »
Born: 12/03/1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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The Great American Road Trip 2009 (Tv Show)

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Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

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The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Jonathan Winters: On the Loose 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Osmonds: Pure and Simple 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Kathie Lee: Home for Christmas 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 37th Annual Grammy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Andy Williams in Concert at Branson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Andy Williams Christmas Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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An Evening With Andy Williams 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Music Center 25th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope's Easter Vacation in the Bahamas 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Caesar's 20th Birthday Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Mancini and Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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CBS' Happy New Year America 1984 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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CBS' Happy New Year America 1983 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The People's Choice Awards 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Andy Williams' Early New England Christmas 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Johnny Cash: Christmas in Scotland 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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100 Years of Golden Hits 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Las Vegas: Palace of Stars 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Andy Williams Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Celebration: The American Spirit 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Bob Hope Comedy Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Andy Williams Christmas Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Osmonds Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Andy Williams Christmas Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Andy Williams Christmas Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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To Europe With Love 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Andy Williams Special 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Movin' 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Portrait of Petula 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

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The Andy Williams Show 1962 - 1968 (TV Show)

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The Bob Hope Show (09/29/65) 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

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I'd Rather Be Rich 1963 (Movie)

Warren Palmer (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (01/11/61) 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

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The Andy Williams-June Valli Show 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

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The Space Children 1957 (Movie)

Dave Brewster (Actor)

Monica Mancini... On Record (TV Show)

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Monsanto Presents Mancini (TV Show)

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Music (34)

Getaway 2013 (Movie)

("It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year") (Song Performer)

(500) Days of Summer 2009 (Movie)

("There Goes The Fear") (Song)

Zombieland 2009 (Movie)

("Kingdom Of Rust") (Song)

Catch and Release 2007 (Movie)

("There Goes the Fear") (Song)

Full of It 2007 (Movie)

("There Goes The Fear") (Song)

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

("It's The Most wonderful Time of The Year") (Song Performer)

The Perfect Holiday 2007 (Movie)

("It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year") (Song Performer)

Dirty 2006 (Movie)

("I'll Remember You") (Song Performer)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 (Movie)

("White Christmas") (Song Performer)

The Zodiac 2006 (Movie)

("It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year") (Song Performer)

Happy Here and Now 2005 (Movie)

("Twine Time") (Song)

Happy Here and Now 2005 (Movie)

("Looking Up At You, Looking Down At Me") (Song Performer)

Lord of War 2005 (Movie)

("It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year") (Song Performer)

Raising Helen 2004 (Movie)

("Sister Sunshine") (Song)

Surviving Christmas 2004 (Movie)

("It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year") (Song Performer)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

("It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year") (Song Performer)

Blue Crush 2002 (Movie)

("Firesuite") (Song)

Bridget Jones's Diary 2001 (Movie)

("Can't My Eyes Off You") (Song Performer)

Last Resort 2001 (Movie)

("Happy Heart") (Song Performer)

Rogue Trader 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

("Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)") (Song)

The Assignment 1997 (Movie)

("The Most Wonderful Time of the Year") (Song Performer)

Hexed 1993 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song Performer)

The Man Without A Face 1993 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song Performer)

Encino Man 1992 (Movie)

("Rythym Is a Mystery") (Song)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

("The Most Wonderful Time of the Year") (Song Performer)

Evening at Pops (06/20/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song Performer

No Man's Land 1987 (Movie)

("Dear heart") (Song Performer)

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song Performer)

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

("You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" "Are You Sincere") (Song Performer)

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 (Movie)

("Marmalade Molasses and Honey") (Song Performer)

Wake Me When It's Over 1960 (Movie)

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My House in Umbria (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

"The Emperor of Easy," as he was known to his faithful fans in the U. K., Andy Williams was a singer and television host whose tasteful renditions of songs from the Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer songbook like "Moon River" and "Days of Wine and Roses" made him one of the more well-loved entertainers of the 1960s and 1970s. A former child member of a vocal act featuring his brothers, Williams broke out on his own in 1951 and soon established himself as an effortlessly warm and smooth singer on the aforementioned songs, as well as hits like "Are You Sincere," "Music to Watch Girls By" and "(This Is Where I Begin) Love Story." He parlayed his popularity into a lengthy second career as the host of his own variety series, which ran for over a decade before settling into yearly specials, especially around the holidays. He later became one of the most successful performers in the Southern entertainment mecca of Branson, Missouri, where his easygoing charm and unblemished baritone continued to please generations of music fans.

Relationships

Debbie Haas

Wife
Married May 3, 1991

Claudine Longet Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 15, 1961 Separated in 1970 Divorced Feb. 7, 1975 Williams supported Longet throughout her murder trial in 1976

Noelle Williams Actor

Daughter
Born Sept. 24, 1963; mother, Claudine Longet

Christian Williams

Son
Born April 15, 1965; mother Claudine Longet

Bobby Williams

Son
Born Aug. 1, 1969; mother, Claudine Longet; named for Williams' close friend Robert F. Kennedy

Bob Williams

Brother

Dick Williams

Brother

Don Williams

Brother

Milestones

2011

Featured in the musical documentary "The Lennon Sisters: Same Song, Separate Voices"

2009

Compilation album Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams released on Columbia Records

2007

Landed a multi-episode guest appearance on "As the World Turns" (CBS)

2004

Featured in the PBS special "Andy Williams: My Favorite Duets"

2003

Recorded a duet of "Can’t Take My Eyes Off You" with singer-actress Denise van Outen that reached the Top 40 in Europe and Asia

1999

Returned to the U.K. Top 10 with "Music to Watch Girls By"; single was used in television commercials for Fiat and Diet Pepsi

1991

Opened the Moon River Theatre in Branson, MO

1982

Starred in and executive produced "Andy Williams' Early New England Christmas"

1970

Starred in his first televised holiday special "The Andy Williams Christmas Show" (NBC); also executive produced

1970

Began a multi-year hosting stint for the Grammy Awards

1969

Recorded the theme song to the drama feature "Love Story"

1968

Sang at the funeral of his close friend Robert F. Kennedy, for whom he had campaigned during his presidential run, and whom he had seen assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in June of that year; Columbia released the two singles Williams performed at the

1966

Began a 20-year stint as a headliner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV

1964

Feature acting debut in the comedy "I'd Rather Be Rich" opposite Sandra Dee and Robert Goulet

1963

Received first Gold certification from RIAA with the album Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests

1962

Released the album Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes

1961

Recorded Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini's classic composition "Moon River"; track originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; Williams performed song at the 1962 Oscar ceremony

1961

Married French singer and "The Andy Williams Show" regular Claudine Longet

1961

Signed with Columbia Records

1959

Hosted the music and variety program "The Andy Williams Show" (CBS, 1959; NBC, 1962-71)

1958

Scored numerous Top 10 hits including "Are You Sincere," "The Village of St. Bernadette," and "Lonely Street"

1957

Landed his first and only No. 1 with a cover of Charlie Gracie's "Butterfly"

1956

Signed with Cadence Records and released his first Top 10 single "Canadian Sunset"

1954

Began regularly performing as a solo act on NBC's "Tonight Starring Steve Allen"

1951

The Williams Brothers disbanded

1943

Made feature debut with brothers in ""Janie" and "Kansas City Kitty"

1942

Moved to Los Angeles with his brothers; landed a film contract with MGM

1938

Formed the quartet The Williams Brothers with his brothers Don, Dick and Bob; father managed the group

Bonus Trivia

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In 1976, Williams was embroiled in a scandalous murder case involving his ex-wife Claudine Longet, who was arrested on charges of murdering her then-boyfriend, skier Spider Sabich. Williams appeared at Longet’s side throughout the trial, escorting her to and from court each day, providing character testimony, and legal assistance. The lack of evidence resulted in Longet being convicted of misdemeanor negligent homicide and serving a 30-day sentence.

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In November 2011, Williams announced that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy treatments. The singer had missed several performances at the Moon River Theatre’s pre-Christmas celebration due to treatment in Texas, which had prompted the announcements.

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