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Treat Williams

Treat Williams
Williams in 1982
Born Richard Treat Williams
(1951-12-01) December 1, 1951
Rowayton, Connecticut, United States
Occupation Actor/author
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Pam Van Sant (m. 1988)
Children 2, Ellie and Gill

Richard Treat Williams (born December 1, 1951) is a Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated American actor and children's book author who has appeared on film, stage and television.[1] He first became well known for his starring role in the 1979 film Hair, and later also starred in the films Prince of the City, Once Upon a Time in America, The Late Shift and 127 Hours. From 2002 to 2006, he was the lead of the television series Everwood and was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Theatre 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Williams was born in Rowayton, Connecticut, the son of Marian (née Andrew), an antiques dealer, and Richard Norman Williams, a corporate executive.[2] His maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Senator William Henry Barnum of Connecticut, the third cousin of the showman P. T. Barnum,[3] and a distant relative was Robert Treat Paine,was a signatory to the Declaration of Independence.[4] Williams graduated from the Kent School in Connecticut and Franklin and Marshall College. Williams was featured in the February 1980 edition of Playgirl.[4]


Williams made his film debut in the 1976 thriller film Deadly Hero.[5] He came to world attention in 1979, when he starred in the Miloš Forman film Hair, which was based on the 1967 Broadway musical. He has gone on to appear in over 75 films and several television series, including, most notably, 1941 (1979), Once Upon A Time In America (1984), Dead Heat (1988), Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), and Deep Rising (1998).

Williams was nominated for a Sidney Lumet's Prince of the City (1981) and a third for his performance as Stanley Kowalski in the television presentation of A Streetcar Named Desire. In 1996, Williams was nominated for a Best Actor Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work in The Late Shift, an HBO movie, in which he portrayed agent Michael Ovitz.

Williams has also worked as a director, winning two festival awards for directing Texan in Showtime's Chanticleer Films series.

In 1996, he played villain Xander Drax in Paramount's big budget comic book adaptation, The Phantom, in which Williams' character did his best to take over the world and kill Billy Zane's mysterious superhero.

Williams' career includes numerous stage roles. He won a Drama League Award for his work in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies, and another for starring in the off-Broadway production of Captains Courageous. Other notable Broadway shows include Grease, the Sherman Brothers' Over Here!, Once in a Lifetime, Pirates of Penzance and Love Letters, and off-Broadway, he has appeared in David Mamet's Oleanna and Oh, Hell (at Lincoln Center), Some Men Need Help and Randy Newman's Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong. He premiered the Los Angeles production of Love Letters and appeared in War Letters at the Canon Theatre in Los Angeles.

Williams may be best known for his leading role as Dr. Andrew Brown in the WB television series Everwood, about a New York City neurosurgeon who moves his family to Colorado. Although the show's ratings were never spectacular, it won critical acclaim and had a devoted following. Williams received two SAG Award nominations (2003 and 2004) for his role on the show.

Williams has recently made several guest appearances on the ABC drama organ transplant center, before it was canceled due to low ratings. He also starred in a Lifetime movie called the Staircase Murders, which aired April 15, 2007.

Williams starred in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, titled Beyond the Blackboard, with his former Everwood co-star, Emily VanCamp, which aired on CBS on April 24, 2011.[6]

In early 2010, videos were posted on YouTube as well as edits made to Williams' WorldHeritage page and a Facebook page made faking his death. These included a graphic and detailed explanation as to his illness and place of death. In August 2011, Williams responded to these rumors in an interview with Contact Music when speaking of more recent rumors linking him to the new Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained. Regarding the death hoax, Williams stated, "I did see that and I think those things are dangerous for your family and friends."

Williams in 2008

Williams has been cast in the CBS television pilot Peachtree Lines as mayor Lincoln Rylan. The serial is an examination of political, social, and cultural issues in Atlanta also starring Victoria Rowell (Naomi Grace), Ving Rhames (Ving Wesley), James Van Der Beek (Garrett Cindell), Jason Dohring (Travis Diring), and Jena Malone (Sierra Jayden).

Adding to his long list of accomplishments, Williams has now published a children's book titled Air Show! (Illustrated by Robert Neubecker, and published in 2010 by Disney/Hyperion Books). The target audience being children ages three to seven, the book playfully documents the airshow experience with simple text and bold illustrations of such aircraft as a Boeing B-17, a Pitts Special biplane, and the U.S. Navy's Blue Angel F/A-18.

Personal life

In 1969, Williams' high-school football coach, who was also a flight instructor, offered to train him in a Piper Super Cub. Williams became an FAA instrument-rated commercial pilot with privileges in both single engine and multi-engine airplanes, rotorcraft. He also is certified as a flight instructor.[7] Williams holds a type-rating for Cessna Citation jets.[8] He has owned a Clipped-wing Cub, Cherokee 180, Seneca II, and a Navajo Chieftain which is used for family travel between homes.[9]

Williams lives with his wife, Pam Van Sant, and two children, Gill and Ellie, in Manchester, Vermont.



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Ritz, TheThe Ritz Michael Brick
1976 Marathon Man Central Park Jogger Uncredited
1976 Deadly Hero Billings
1976 Eagle Has Landed, TheThe Eagle Has Landed Capt. Harry Clark
1979 Hair George Berger Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
1979 1941 Cpl. Chuck 'Stretch' Sitarski
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Echo Base Trooper
Cloud City trooper
1980 Why Would I Lie? Cletus
1981 Prince of the City Daniel Ciello Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1981 Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, TheThe Pursuit of D. B. Cooper D. B. Cooper
1983 Neapolitan Sting Ferdinando detto Giugiù
1983 Dempsey Jack Dempsey Television movie
1984 Streetcar Named Desire, AA Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski Television movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1984 Once Upon a Time in America James Conway O'Donnell
1984 Flashpoint Ernie Wyatt
1985 Smooth Talk Arnold Friend Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
1986 Men's Club, TheThe Men's Club Terry
1987 J. Edgar Hoover J. Edgar Hoover Television movie
1987 Echoes in the Darkness Rick Guida Television movie
1988 Sweet Lies Peter
1988 The Third Solution Mark Hendrix
1988 Night of the Sharks David Ziegler
1988 Dead Heat Det. Roger Mortis
1989 Heart of Dixie Hoyt Cunningham
1989 Third Degree Burn Scott Weston Television movie
1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story Ray Carson Television movie
1990 Max and Helen Max Rosenberg Television movie
1990 Beyond the Ocean Unknown
1991 Final Verdict Earl Rogers Television movie
1992 Till Death Us Do Part Alan Palliko Television movie
1992 Water Engine, TheThe Water Engine Dave Murray Television movie
1992 Deadly Matrimony Alan Masters Television movie
1993 Bonds of Love Robby Smith Television movie
1993 Where the Rivers Flow North Champ's Manager
1994 Hand Gun George McCallister
1994 Vault of Horror I Unknown Television movie
1994 Parallel Lives Peter Barnum Television movie
1994 Texan Man in Chinos Television short
Chicago International Film Festival Award for Best Short
1995 Mister Dog Unknown
1995 Taming Power of the Small, TheThe Taming Power of the Small Unknown Short film
1995 In the Shadow of Evil Jack Brenner Television movie
1995 Johnny's Girl Johnny Television movie
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Critical Bill
1996 Mulholland Falls Col. Nathan Fitzgerald
1996 Late Shift, TheThe Late Shift Michael Ovitz Television movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1996 Phantom, TheThe Phantom Xander Drax
1997 Devil's Own, TheThe Devil's Own Billy Burke
1998 Deep Rising John Finnegan
1998 Escape: Human Cargo John McDonald Television movie
1998 Substitute 2: School's Out, TheThe Substitute 2: School's Out Karl Thomasson Television movie
1998 Every Mother's Worst Fear Mitch Carson Television movie
1999 Deep End of the Ocean, TheThe Deep End of the Ocean Pat Cappadora
1999 36 Hours to Die Noah Stone Television movie
1999 Substitute: Winner Takes All, TheThe Substitute: Winner Takes All Karl Thomasson Television movie
1999 Journey to the Center of the Earth Theodore Lytton Television movie
2000 Hopewell David Jonas Television movie
2001 Crash Point Zero Agent Jason Ross
2001 Critical Mass Mike Jeffers
2001 Skeletons in the Closet Will Video
2001 The Substitute 4: Failure Is Not an Option
2001 Venomous Dr. David Henning Video
2002 Guilty Hearts Stephen Carrow Television movie
2002 Gale Force Sam Garrett Video
2002 Hollywood Ending Hal
2002 Circle, TheThe Circle Mr. Spencer Runcie
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Collins
2007 Staircase Murders, TheThe Staircase Murders Michael Peterson Television movie
2007 Moola Luis Gordon
2007 The Hideout Father Amy
2008 What Happens in Vegas Jack Fuller Sr.
2008 Good Behavior Burt Valencia Television movie
2008 Front of the Class Norman Cohen Television movie
2009 Chasing a Dream Gary Stiles Television movie
2009 Safe Harbor Doug Television movie
2010 Mask Maker Mr. Tucker
2010 Howl Mark Schorer
2010 127 Hours Aron's Dad
2010 Martino's Summer Captain Jeff Clark
2010 Boston's Finest Jack Holt Television movie
2011 Little Bit of Heaven, AA Little Bit of Heaven Jack Corbett
2011 Oba: The Last Samurai Col. Wessinger
2011 Beyond the Blackboard Dr. Warren Television movie
2012 Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Dr. Grey
2012 Deadfall Becker
2013 In the Blood Robert Grant Post-production
2013 Age of Dinosaurs Gabe Filming
2013 Persecuted Pre-production
2014 Barefoot Mr. Wheeler


Year Title Role Notes
1985 American Playhouse Hudley T. Singleton III Episode: "Some Men Need Help"
1987 Faerie Tale Theatre Prince Andrew Episode: "The Little Mermaid"
1991 Eddie Dodd Eddie Dodd 6 episodes
1992 Tales from the Crypt Howard Prince Episode: "None But the Lonely Heart"
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Dr. Achilles Milo (voice) 2 episodes
1993 Road to Avonlea Zak Morgan Episode: "Moving On"
1993–1994 Good Advice Jack Harold 19 episodes
2002 UC: Undercover Teddy Collins Episode: "Teddy C"
2002 Going to California Officer Terrence 'Terry' Miller Episode: "The West Texas Round-up and Other Assorted Misdemeanors"
2002–2006 Everwood Dr. Andrew 'Andy' Brown 89 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2003–04)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Parental Unit
2006 Brothers & Sisters David Morton 3 episodes
2007 Heartland Dr. Nathaniel 'Nate' Grant 9 episodes
2009 Storm, TheThe Storm Robert Terrell 2 episodes
2011 Against the Wall Don Kowalski 13 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jake Stanton Episode: "Spiraling Down"
2012 Leverage Pete Rising Episode: "The Blue Line Job"
2012 The Simpsons Himself/William Sullivan Episode: "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again"
2012–2013 White Collar Samuel Phelps / James Bennett 6 episodes
2013 Chicago Fire Benny Severide 3 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Mick Logan 2 episodes
2013 Eve of Destruction Max Salinger 2 episodes
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sam 1 episode
2015 American Odyssey Colonel Stephen Glen Main cast


Year Title Role Theatre
1972–1980 Grease Danny Zuko
1974–1975 Over Here! Utah
1978 Once in a Lifetime Jerry Hyland
1981–1982 Pirates of Penzance, TheThe Pirates of Penzance The Pirate King
1982 Some Men Need Help Hudley T. Singleton III 47th Street Theatre
1989–1990 Love Letters Andrew Makepiece Ladd III
1989 Bobby Gould in Hell Bobby Gould Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
1992–1994 Oleanna John Orpheum Theatre
1999 Captains Courageous, the Musical Manuel Manhattan Theatre Club
2001 Follies Buddy Plummer


  1. ^ "The Doctor Is In - Again". The Washington Post. 17 June 2007. (TV Week, p. 5).
  2. ^ Treat Williams Biography (1951— )
  3. ^ "Marien ' Andy'Williams, 82, Rowayton antique dealer". The Darien Times. 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  4. ^ a b "TREAT WILLIAMS IS AIMING FOR SUCCESS ON MANY FRONTS". Philadelphia Inquirer. 1984-09-04. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
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  6. ^ "Let Them Shine, a New "Hallmark Hall of Fame" Presentation Starring Emily Vancamp". Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
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  9. ^ "Treat Williams". AOPA pilot. February 2011. 

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