Dec. 1st, 1951
Rowayton, Connecticut, USA
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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. 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.
Born in Rowayton, Connecticut, the son of Marian (née Andrew), an antiques dealer, and Richard Norman Williams, a corporate executive. His maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Senator William Henry Barnum of Connecticut, the third cousin of the showman P. T. Barnum, and a distant relative was Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Williams graduated from the Kent School in Connecticut and Franklin and Marshall College. During his adolescence, Treat was often affectionately referred to by nicknames such as "Sweet Treat" and "Big Meat Treat". These later resurfaced when Williams was featured in the February 1980 edition of Playgirl.
Williams made his film debut in the 1976 thriller film Deadly Hero. 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 Golden Globe Award for his part in Hair as George Berger. He got a second Golden Globe nomination for starring in 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 Brothers & Sisters playing David Morton, a friend and potential suitor of the 'Sally Field' character. Williams starred in the short lived series Heartland on TNT as Nathaniel Grant, the head of a Pittsburgh 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.
Williams lives with his wife, Pam Van Sant, and two children, Gill and Ellie, in Manchester, Vermont.
- Certified Flight Instructor, rated in single and multi-engine airplanes and helicopters.
- Was a professional pilot for a year in the early 1980s.
- Children: Son Gill Williams (b. 1992) and daughter Elinor Williams (b. 1998).
- Was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in June 2004.
- Graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1973
- Andy Brown, Williams' character on _"Everwood" (2002)_ (qv), was ranked #43 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
- Graduated from Kent School, the same high school that 'Ted Danson' (qv), 'Peter Farrelly' (qv) and 'Seth MacFarlane' (qv) attended.
- The nickname "Treat" comes from one of his maternal ancestors, Robert Treat Paine, whose signature appears on the Declaration of Independence.