Anson Williams

He may have created one of the most durable secondary characters in sitcom history, but Anson Williams made his greatest contribution behind the camera as one of television's most prolific episodic directors. Williams's ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1949

Filmography

Director (29)

The Secret Life of the American Teenager 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Baywatch Hawaii 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Beverly Hills 90210 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Clueless 1994 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Diagnosis Murder 1993 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1987 - 1988, 1992 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

L.A. Law 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Live Shot 1994 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1993 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Melrose Place 1993 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Profiler 1993 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

SeaQuest 2032 1994 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

SeaQuest DSV 1993 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1987 - 1988, 1992 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Star Trek: Voyager 1993 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Nightmare Room 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Sons & Daughters 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Body & Soul 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Charmed 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

7th Heaven 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

All-American Murder 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Dream Date 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

The Drug Knot 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

The Lone Star Kid 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Little White Lies (TV Show)

Director

No Greater Gift (TV Show)

Director

Your Mother Wears Combat Boots (TV Show)

Director
Actor (22)

Celebrity Ghost Stories 1995 - 1996, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fudge 1994 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Days 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 4 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Happy Days Reunion 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Video Games 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Anson and Lorrie 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

'Twas the Night Before Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gong Show 1975 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing!... A 50th Anniversary Gala 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paul Lynde Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Top of the Month 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Love and the Happy Days 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

I Married a Centerfold (TV Show)

Actor

Inside America (TV Show)

Actor

Lisa, Bright and Dark (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

All-American Murder 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Little Shots 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Skyward Christmas 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Skyward (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

He may have created one of the most durable secondary characters in sitcom history, but Anson Williams made his greatest contribution behind the camera as one of television's most prolific episodic directors. Williams's professional future was ensured in the second acting gig he ever landed; a one-off appearance on "Love, American Style." In an episode entitled, "Love and the Happy Days," he was a teenager named Potsie having a coming-of-age conversation with his buddy Richie, played by veteran child star Ron Howard. The ratings response prompted the series producers to spin off a sitcom based on the relationship of these two teens and call it "Happy Days." Set in 1950s Milwaukee, the show revolved around the Cunningham family but when Henry Winkler's cool rebel Arthur Fonzarelli became a breakout character, Williams's Warren "Potsie" Weber was relegated to the background along with fellow second banana Ralph Malph (played by Donnie Most). To his credit, Williams stayed through the end of the show's 10th season. After appearing as the lead in the panned made-for-television movie "I Married a Centerfold," Williams reinvented himself as a much in-demand television director. Starting out with the 1986 anti-drug after-school special "The Drug Knot," he quickly moved on to helming episodes of shows from different genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and crime dramas.

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