JoBeth Williams

Actor, Director
Working steadily for decades in a wide variety of mediums, JoBeth Williams successfully transitioned from effervescent leading lady to mature actress with a lengthy rsum of consistently strong performances. Possibly ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1948 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (89)

Crawlspace 2015 (Movie)

Rosemary Fletcher (Actor)

In My Dreams 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: LA 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

Edith (Actor)

TiMER 2010 (Movie)

Marion (Actor)

Uncorked 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Guiding Light 1951 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Sybil 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Land of Women 2007 (Movie)

Agnes Webb (Actor)

crazylove 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

14 Hours 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Fever Pitch 2005 (Movie)

Maureen Meeks (Actor)

Into the Fire 2005 (Movie)

June Sickles (Actor)

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rose Technique 2003 (Movie)

Dr Lillian Rose (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Gun 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Norm 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Herd of Their Own 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Justice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ted Danson: One Lucky Guy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Payne 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Skeleton Woman 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Just Write 1998 (Movie)

Sydney Stone (Actor)

Little City 1998 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

When Danger Follows You Home 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Jungle2jungle 1997 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

John Grisham's The Client 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Final Appeal 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

Bessie Earp (Actor)

Me, Myself and I 1993 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Fish Police 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 1992 (Movie)

Lieutenant Gwen Harper (Actor)

Dutch 1991 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

Switch 1991 (Movie)

Margo Brofman (Actor)

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Will Love Jeanette? 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

My Name Is Bill W. 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home 1989 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Memories of Me 1988 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Desert Bloom 1986 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

Poltergeist II: the Other Side 1986 (Movie)

Diane Freeling (Actor)

Kids Don't Tell 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Adam 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

American Dreamer 1984 (Movie)

Cathy Palmer (Actor)

Teachers 1984 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Endangered Species 1982 (Movie)

Harriet Purdue (Actor)

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

Diane Freeling (Actor)

Stir Crazy 1980 (Movie)

Meredith (Actor)

Kramer vs. Kramer 1979 (Movie)

Phyllis Bernard (Actor)

The Dogs of War 1979 (Movie)

Jessie (Actor)

The World Beyond 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Somerset 1969 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Feasting With Panthers 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

A Chance of Snow (TV Show)

Actor

A Season of Hope (TV Show)

Actor

Adam: His Song Continues (TV Show)

Actor

Baby M (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Through (TV Show)

Actor

Chantilly Lace (TV Show)

Actor

Child in the Night (TV Show)

Actor

Final Appeal (Movie)

(Actor)

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Fun and Games (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s (TV Show)

Actor

It Came From The Sky (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Jonny's Golden Quest (TV Show)

Voice

Love's Christmas Journey (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Ordained (TV Show)

Actor

Parallel Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby Jean and Joe (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Black Pill (TV Show)

Actor

The Day After (TV Show)

Actor

The Ponder Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Trapped in a Purple Haze (TV Show)

Actor

Victim of Love (TV Show)

Actor

Voices From Within (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Swans (Movie)

[English version] (Voice)
Producer (7)

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Producer

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Producer

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Producer

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Producer

The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Producer

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Producer

Bump in the Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer
Director (3)

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Frankie and Hazel (TV Show)

Director

On Hope (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Working steadily for decades in a wide variety of mediums, JoBeth Williams successfully transitioned from effervescent leading lady to mature actress with a lengthy résumé of consistently strong performances. Possibly best remembered for her breakout portrayal of a terrified suburban housewife in the supernatural horror film "Poltergeist" (1982), Williams played Diane Freeling with a conviction and authenticity that kept audiences on the edge of their seats. On the heels of that success was the ensemble drama "The Big Chill" (1983), in which Williams' character, unhappy with her current marriage, considers rekindling a relationship with her old flame during a weekend reunion with college friends. Considered a classic by a generation, the film marked the directorial debut of writer Lawrence Kasdan, and allowed Williams to act alongside some of the brightest stars in film at that time. Williams made her mark on television, with roles in TV-movies like the Cold-War cautionary tale "The Day After" (1983), and in "Adam" (NBC, 1983), in which she portrayed the anguished mother of a missing child. She also impressed with her initial outing as a director with "On Hope" (Showtime, 1994), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film. Following her appearance with Nick Nolte in Arthur Hiller's black comedy, "Teachers" (1984), there were fewer headlining roles in feature projects, and more work on television series such as "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ). Williams soon settled into a steady career pattern, frequently playing mother figures in smaller films like "In the Land of Women" (2007), making Williams one of the few women of a certain age who successfully segued into a respected character actress after enjoying a high-profile leading lady career in her prime.

Relationships

Kevin Kline Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

John Pasquin Director

Husband
met in 1970 married in 1982 Born c. 1945 producer-director of the TV sitcom hit "Home Improvement" previously married

Nick Pasquin

Son
born in 1990 adopted adoptive father John Pasquin

Will Pasquin

Son
born in 1987 adopted adoptive father John Pasquin

Sarah Pasquin

Step-Daughter
born c. 1967 Pasquin's daughter from his first marriage

Roger Williams

Father
died in 1978

Frances Williams

Mother

EDUCATION

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island 1970

Milestones

2011

Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin

2009

Guest starred on several episodes of ABC's "Private Practice"

2007

Guest starred on four episodes of Showtime's serial-killer drama "Dexter"

2006

Joined the cast of Fox's drama "24" in season five

2005

Co-starred with Sean Patrick Flanery and Melina Kanakaredes in Michael Phelan's "Into the Fire"

2001

Acted in "The Ponder Heart" (PBS)

2000

Co-starred in the ABC movie "Trapped in a Purple Haze"

2000

Directed the Showtime movie "Frankie and Hazel"

1999

Returned to series TV as co-star of "Payne" (CBS), a short-lived Americanization of "Fawlty Towers" starring John Larroquette

1998

Portrayed astronaut wife Marge Slayton in "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO)

1997

Directed by husband John Paquin in "Jungle2Jungle"

1995

Garnered third Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on "Frasier" (NBC)

1994

Made directorial debut with "On Hope"; earned 1994 Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Film

1994

Portrayed Bessie Earp in "Wyatt Earp"

1991

Landed featured roles in "Switch" and "Dutch"

1989

Co-starred in "My Name Is Bill W" (CBS)

1988

Reportedly turned down the lead role on the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown," which Diane English created with her in mind

1988

Portrayed Mary Beth Whitehead in the fact-based drama "Baby M" (ABC); received second Emmy nomination

1987

Co-starred in the TV-movie "Murder Ordained" (CBS)

1986

Reprised role in "Poltergeist II: The Other Side"

1986

Again played Reve Walsh in the sequel "Adam: His Song Continues" (NBC)

1983

Co-starred in the ensemble drama "The Big Chill," featuring Kline and Tom Berenger

1983

Acted in the controversial ABC drama "The Day After"

1983

Played Reve Walsh, the mother of a child who was abducted, in the NBC drama "Adam"; earned Emmy nomination

1982

Played leading role in the supernatural thriller "Poltergeist"

1980

Broadway debut as a replacement in "Moonchildren," co-starring Kevin Kline

1979

Film acting debut in small role in "Kramer vs. Kramer"

1977

Played regular role of Brandy on "Guiding Light" (CBS)

1975

Had regular role of Carrie Wheeler on the NBC serial "Somerset" (NBC)

1974

TV debut in "Theater in America" presentation of Trinity Square Repertory's production "Feasting With Panthers"

Joined Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI after graduating from college

Starred in TV series "John Grisham's 'The Client'"

Bonus Trivia

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Williams publicly discussed her attempts to become pregnant. After four miscarriages, she and her husband decided to adopt.

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