Bill Williams

Actor, Vaudevillian, Professional swimmer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1916 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Killer of Sheep 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Early Edition 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

There Goes My Baby 1994 (Movie)

Chef (Actor)

Moon Over the Alley 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Giant Spider Invasion 1974 (Movie)

Dutch (Actor)

Scandalous John 1971 (Movie)

Sheriff Hart (Actor)

Rio Lobo 1970 (Movie)

Sheriff Pat Cronin (Actor)

Buckskin 1968 (Movie)

Frank Cody (Actor)

The Hallelujah Trail 1964 (Movie)

Brady (Actor)

Tickle Me 1964 (Movie)

Deputy Sturdivant (Actor)

Hell to Eternity 1960 (Movie)

Leonard (Actor)

The Untouchables 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 (Movie)

Stuntman (Actor)

The Wild Dakotas 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

Apache Ambush 1954 (Movie)

(Actor)

Son of Paleface 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bronco Buster 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Outpost 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Woman's Secret 1949 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

A Dangerous Profession (Movie)

Brackett (Actor)

A Fire in the Sky (TV Show)

Actor

A Likely Story (Movie)

Bill Baker (Actor)

Deadline at Dawn (Movie)

Alex Winkley (Actor)

Johnny Angel (Movie)

Big Sailor (Actor)

Nora Prentiss (Movie)

(Actor)

Racing Blood (Movie)

Tex (Actor)

The Cariboo Trail (Movie)

Mike Evans (Actor)

The Phantom of Hollywood (TV Show)

Actor

The Stratton Story (Movie)

Gene Watson (Actor)

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (Movie)

Bud Felton (Actor)

West of the Pecos (Movie)

Tex Evans (Actor)
Sound (8)

Greatest Space Explorer: Hubble Telescope 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Sound

Farrah Fawcett: America's Angel 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Sound

Terror in Space 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Sound Recordist

Vietnam: Missing in Action 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Sound

Super Structures of the World 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Sound

Now With Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Sound

Number One With a Bullet 1987 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)
Production Management (6)

Emmylou at the Ryman 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Technical Director

Loretta Lynn: The Seasons of My Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Technical Director

The 23rd Annual Dove Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Coordinator

The 10th Anniversary Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Technical Director

Country Comes Home 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Technical Director

The Door Is Always Open (TV Show)

Technical Director
Camera, Film, & Tape (5)

Cutters 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The New WKRP in Cincinnati 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

You Take the Kids 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

FM 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Man You Loved to Hate 1978 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)
Editor (4)

The Unnamable II 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Eyes of the Panther 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Assistant Editor

Alligator 1979 (Movie)

(Assistant Editor)

Past Tense (TV Show)

Assistant Editor
Producer (3)

Tennessee Ernie Ford's White Christmas 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Boots Randolph Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Producer
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Willie Nelson at the Swap Shop: A Live Album 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Visual Effects
Casting (1)

The Sex O'Clock News 1985 (Movie)

(Casting)
Music (1)

The Villain 1979 (Movie)

("The Villain") (Song)
Other (1)

Pulsebeat 1983 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

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).

Relationships

Jody Coulter

Daughter
survived him

Barbara Hale Actor

Wife
married c. 1946 survived him

William Katt Actor

Son
survived him

Nita King

Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

1951

Starred in the popular syndicated TV series, "The Adventures of Kit Carson"

1949

Starred with Hale in "The Clay Pigeon"

1946

Starred with Hale in "A Likely Story", a comic gangster film

1943

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

Played Bill Greer in the syndicated adventure series, "Assignment: Underwater"

Started in vaudeville, touring with the Stuart Morgan dancers

Met future wife, actress Barbara Hale, at RKO

Played Gus Angel on the ABC sitcom, "Date with the Angels"

Acted in stock

Served in WWII with the US Army Air Forces

Became a contract player with RKO; stayed there for nine years

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