Paul Williams

Singer, Songwriter, Actor
A prolific and ubiquitous presence in music, film and on television in the 1970s, Paul Williams was an Oscar-winning songwriter whose gift for gentle pop-rock songs like the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" led to a ... Read more »
Born: 09/19/1940 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Music (74)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

("Rainbow Connection") (Song)

Paul Williams Still Alive 2012 (Movie)

("Still Alive") (Song)

Paul Williams Still Alive 2012 (Movie)

("Still Alive") (Song Performer)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 2012 (Movie)

("Tijuana Ride") (Song)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

("Rainbow Connection") (Song)

Young Adult 2011 (Movie)

("We've Only Just Begun") (Song)

Over Her Dead Body 2008 (Movie)

("Harvest Festival") (Song)

1408 2007 (Movie)

("We've Only Just Begun") (Song)

Park 2007 (Movie)

"We've Only Just Begun" (Song)

The Ex 2007 (Movie)

("Drinks For Two") (Song)

The Ex 2007 (Movie)

("Drinks For Two") (Song Performer)

The Break-Up 2006 (Movie)

("Rainbow Connection") (Song)

Off the Map 2005 (Movie)

("We've Only Just Begun") (Song)

Raising Helen 2004 (Movie)

("Stand Back") (Song)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

("We've Only Just Begun") (Song)

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

("The Love Boat") (Song)

Ghost Ship 2002 (Movie)

("Love Boat Theme") (Song)

Detroit Rock City 1999 (Movie)

("We've Only Just Begun") (Song)

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Theme Lyrics

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

conductor("Parade of Charioteers (from 'Ben Hur')" (Boston Pops Orchestra)) (Music Conductor)

The Castle 1999 (Movie)

("We've Only Just Begun") (Song)

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

("We've Only Just Begun") (Song)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

("The Love Boat Theme") (Song)

The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Curly Sue 1991 (Movie)

("Thirty-Five-Thirty") (Song)

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

("Evergreen") (Song)

Everybody Wins 1990 (Movie)

("Hymn") (Song Performer)

Everybody Wins 1990 (Movie)

(Song)

Everybody Wins 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Loose Cannons 1990 (Movie)

("Theme From the Love Boat") (Song)

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

("The Love Boat") (Song)

Worth Winning 1989 (Movie)

("We've Only Just Begun") (Song)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

original songs("Dangerous Business" "Portable Picnic" "Love in My Will" "Carol" "That a Lawnmower Can Do All That" "Wardrobe of Love" "Hello Ishtar") (Song)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

executive music producer("Dangerous Business" "That a Lawnmower Can Do All That" "Hello Ishtar" "I Look to Mecca" "How Big Am I") (Music Producer)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

("Software" "The Echo Song" "I Look to Mecca" "How Big Am I") (Music)

Who's That Girl 1987 (Movie)

("We've Only Just Begun") (Song)

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

("Double or Nothing") (Song)

Summer Rental 1985 (Movie)

("'Love Boat' Theme") (Song)

Terror in the Aisles 1984 (Movie)

("Life at Last") (Song)

Condo 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Theme Song

It Takes Two 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

lyrics("Love Boat Theme") (Theme Lyrics)

The Secret of Nimh 1982 (Movie)

("Flying Dreams") (Song Performer)

Carbon Copy 1981 (Movie)

("I'm Gonna Get Closer to You") (Song)

Agatha 1979 (Movie)

lyrics("Agatha") (Theme Lyrics)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

songs("The Rainbow Connection" "Frogs' Legs So Fine" "Movin' Right Along" "Can You Picture That?" "Never Before" "Something Better" "This Looks Familiar" "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday") (Song)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Another Day 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Music

Sparrow 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Music

Sparrow 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Music

The End 1978 (Movie)

("Another Fine Mess") (Song)

The End 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

One on One 1977 (Movie)

(Song)

The McLean Stevenson Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

A Star Is Born 1976 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

A Star Is Born 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

A Star Is Born 1976 (Movie)

("Watch Closely Now" "Spanish Lies" "Hellacious Acres" "Woman in the Moon" "With One More Look at You" "Everything" "Evergreen") (Song)

Bert D'Angelo, Superstar 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Music

Bugsy Malone 1976 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Bugsy Malone 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Griffin and Phoenix 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Song

Lifeguard 1976 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Sunshine Part II 1976 (Movie)

("I Never Had It So Good") (Song)

Phantom of the Paradise 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

Thunderbolt And Lightfoot 1974 (Movie)

("Where Do I Go From Here") (Song Performer)

Thunderbolt And Lightfoot 1974 (Movie)

(Song)

Cinderella Liberty 1973 (Movie)

Lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

No Place to Run (TV Show)

Song

The Love Boat (TV Show)

Theme Music

Trouble Comes to Town (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (49)

The Bold and the Beautiful 1986 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Williams Still Alive 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Postal Worker 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Celebrating the Hitmakers II 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Headless Body in Topless Bar 1996 (Movie)

Carl Levin (Actor)

Phantom 2040 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Walker, Texas Ranger 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Voice

Frogs! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Halloween 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

Warhol PR (Actor)

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

56th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

People Like Us 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? 1983 (Movie)

Zee's Husband (Actor)

Smokey and the Bandit - Part 3 1982 (Movie)

Little Enos Burdette (Actor)

We Dare You! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mouseketeers Reunion 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinah and Friends 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

Little Enos Burdette (Actor)

Stone Cold Dead 1979 (Movie)

Julius Kurtz (Actor)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

El Sleezo Pianist (Actor)

The Paul Williams Show 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

Boy (Actor)

Smokey and the Bandit 1977 (Movie)

Little Enos Burdette (Actor)

The Flip Wilson Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Phantom of the Paradise 1974 (Movie)

Swan (Actor)

Battle For the Planet of the Apes 1973 (Movie)

Virgil (Actor)

Watermelon Man 1970 (Movie)

Employment Office Clerk (Actor)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

Seymour (Actor)

The Loved One 1964 (Movie)

Gunther Fry (Actor)

Flight to Holocaust (TV Show)

Actor

Frog (TV Show)

Voice

Hart to Hart Returns (TV Show)

Actor

Nick & Noel (TV Show)

Voice

Rooster (TV Show)

Actor

The Blinkins (TV Show)

Voice
Writer (1)

Biography

A prolific and ubiquitous presence in music, film and on television in the 1970s, Paul Williams was an Oscar-winning songwriter whose gift for gentle pop-rock songs like the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" led to a prolific career as both an artist in his own right as well as a composer for film and television. He also enjoyed a second, more modest career as an actor, spawned in part from his self-effacing appearances on talk shows where he spoofed his diminutive stature and unlikely sexy symbol status. By the mid-1970s, he had scored major hits with "Evergreen" from "A Star in Born" (1976) and "The Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie" (1979), but alcohol and drug issues, as well as changing tastes among music audiences, upended his career. Williams spent much of the 1980s as an actor while gaining his sobriety; he resurfaced in the 1990s with a generation of listeners, including many musicians testifying to the brilliance of his early work. Williams' renaissance led to new songwriting and film work, as well as a humorous tribute with the documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive" (2011), in which he and the film's director attempted to come to terms with his turbulent past. Throughout it all, Williams' best work from the 1970s and beyond remained a high-water mark in pop music, preserving his status as one of its most talented practitioners.

Relationships

Bertha Mae Williams

Mother

Katie Clinton

Wife
divorced

Paul Williams

Father
killed in an alcohol-related car accident c. 1954

Cole Williams

Son
born c. 1981 mother, Katie Clinton

Sarah Willliams

Daughter
born c. 1984 mother, Katie Clinton

Hilda Wynn

Wife
married on April 16, 1993 born c. 1955 daughter of actor Keenan Wynn also a recovering alcoholic

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
obtained certification as a drug and alcohol counselor

Milestones

1998

Joined cast of the CBS daytime soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" portraying a recovering alcoholic

1994

Made memorable gueat appearance on the CBS drama series "Picket Fences"

1992

Did voice of The Penguin for "Batman: The Animated Series" (Fox)

1990

Interned to become alcoholism counselor

1987

Did score for "Ishtar"

1982

Wrote and created TV pilot "Rooster"

1980

Nominated for an Academy Award for "The Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie"

1977

Was musical supervisor for "Sugar Time" (ABC)

1977

Made TV-movie debut, "Flight to Holocaust" (NBC)

1977

Played Little Enos in "Smokey and the Bandit"

1977

Wrote theme song for "The Love Boat" (ABC)

1976

Scored "A Star Is Born"; wrote "Evergreen" with Barbra Streisand, winning Academy Award

1974

Earned Academy Award nomination for score of "Phantom of the Paradise"

1973

Had first Academy Award nomination for "(You're So) Nice to Be Around" from "Cinderella Liberty"

1972

Wrote first film score, "The Getaway"

1969

Wrote hit song "We've Only Just Begun"

1965

Made film acting debut in "The Loved One"

Bonus Trivia

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Williams underwent treatment for alcoholism in 1989.

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Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2001.

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