Williams appeared in several movies, including Edward Scissorhands, The Jerk and Spike Lee's drama Mo' Better Blues.
He also starred in a string of Broadway shows, and his turn in What the Wine-Sellers Buy won him the 1974 Drama Desk Award, but he will perhaps be best remembered for his role as 'pretty Tony' in 1973 blaxploitation film The Mack.
In a post on Twitter.com, Jackson writes, "RIP, Dick Anthony Williams! Truly an Acting MUTTUHF**KUH! Pretty Tony, to those who know!"
The Wire star Wendell Pierce adds, "An actor who embodied what a journeyman artist is: persistent, innovative, and transcendent, Dick Anthony Williams has died. RIP."
Williams' cause of death is unknown as WENN went to press.