Treat Williams

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Treat Williams
BornRichard Treat Williams
(1951-12-01) December 1, 1951 (age 60)
Rowayton, Connecticut, United States
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Pam Van Sant (1988–present; two children)
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Treat Williams
BornRichard Treat Williams
(1951-12-01) December 1, 1951 (age 60)
Rowayton, Connecticut, United States
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Pam Van Sant (1988–present; two children)

Richard Treat Williams (born December 1, 1951) is a Screen Actors Guild Award–nominated American actor and children's book author who has appeared on film, stage and television.[1] From 2002 to 2006, he was the star of the television series Everwood. He is also known for starring in "The Substitute" franchise, beginning with the 2nd movie of the series The Substitute 2.


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-grandfather was Senator William Henry Barnum of Connecticut,[3] and a distant relative was Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.[4] 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 Feb 1980 edition of Playgirl.[4]


Williams made his film debut in the 1976 thriller film Deadly Hero.[5] He came to world attention when he starred in the Miloš Forman film Hair (1979) which was based on the Broadway musical Hair. 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, a 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[disambiguation needed] 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 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.

Speculations have Williams playing Killer Croc in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan. According to sources close to the film, Williams' role will be minor. Williams will be starring in an upcoming Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, titled Beyond the Blackboard, with his former Everwood co-star, Emily VanCamp, which will air on CBS, April 24, 2011.[6]

In early 2010, videos were posted on YouTube as well as edits made to Williams' Wikipedia 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 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 Vermont. The family also has a home in New York City.


1976Ritz, TheThe RitzMichael Brick
1976Marathon ManCentral Park Jogger (uncredited)
1976Deadly HeroBillings
1976Eagle Has Landed, TheThe Eagle Has LandedCaptain Clark
1979HairGeorge Berger
19791941Cpl. Chuck 'Stretch' Sitarski
1980Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackEcho Base Trooper (uncredited)
1980Why Would I Lie?Cletus
1981Prince of the CityDaniel CielloNominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1981Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, TheThe Pursuit of D. B. CooperD.B. Cooper
1983Neapolitan StingFerdinando detto Giugiù
1983DempseyJack DempseyTV movie
1984Once Upon a Time in AmericaJames Conway O'Donnell
1984A Streetcar Named DesireStanley KowalskiTV movie
1984FlashpointErnie Wyatt
1985Some Men Need HelpHudley T. Singleton IIITV movie
1985Smooth TalkArnold Friend
1986Men's Club, TheThe Men's ClubTerry
1987J. Edgar Hoover (TV-film)J. Edgar Hoover
1987Faerie Tale TheatrePrince AndrewEpisode: "The Little Mermaid"
1987Choes in the DarknessRick GuidaTV movie
1988Sweet LiesPeter Nicholl
1988Third Solution, TheThe Third SolutionMark Hendrix
1988La notte degli squaliDavid Ziegler
1988Dead HeatDet. Roger Mortis
1989Third Degree BurnScott WestonTV movie
1989Heart of DixieHoyt Cunningham
1990Beyond the Ocean
1990Drug Wars: The Camarena StoryRay CarsonTV miniseries
1990Max and HelenMax RosenbergTV movie
1991Eddie DoddEddie Dodd6 episodes
1992Till Death Us Do PartAlan PallikoTV movie
1992Tales from the CryptHoward PrinceEpisode: "None But the Lonely Heart"
1992Water Engine, TheThe Water EngineDave MurrayTV movie
1992Batman: The Animated SeriesDr. Achilles Milo (voice)Episode: "Cat Scratch Fever"
Episode: "Moon of the Wolf"
1992Deadly MatrimonyAlan MastersTV movie
1993Bonds of LoveRobby SmithTV movie
1993Road to AvonleaZak MorganEpisode: "Moving On"
1993Where the River Flows NorthChamp's Manager
1993–1994Good AdviceJack Harold19 episodes
1994Vault of Horror ITV movie
1994Parallel LivesPeter BarnumTV movie
1994TexanMan in ChinosTV short
1994Hand GunGeorge McCallister
1995Mister Dog
1995Taming Power of the Small, TheThe Taming Power of the SmallShort film
1995In the Shadow of EvilJack BrennerTV movie
1995Johnny's GirlJohnnyTV movie
1995Things to Do in Denver When You're DeadCritical Bill
1996Mulholland FallsCol. Nathan Fitzgerald
1996Late Shift, TheThe Late ShiftMichael OvitzTV movie
1996Phantom, TheThe PhantomXander Drax
1997Devil's Own, TheThe Devil's OwnBilly Burke
1998Deep RisingJohn Finnegan
1998Escape: Human CargoJohn McDonaldTV movie
1998Substitute 2: School's Out, TheThe Substitute 2: School's OutKarl ThomassonTV movie
1998Every Mother's Worst FearMitch Carson (uncredited)TV movie
1999Deep End of the Ocean, TheThe Deep End of the OceanPat Cappadora
199936 Hours to DieNoah StoneTV movie
1999Substitute 3: Winner Takes All, TheThe Substitute 3: Winner Takes AllKarl ThomassonTV movie
1999Journey to the Center of the EarthTheodore LyttonTV movie
2000HopewellTV movie
2001Crash Point ZeroAgent Jason Ross
2001Substitute 4: Failure Is Not An Option, TheThe Substitute 4: Failure Is Not An OptionKarl ThomassonVideo
2001Critical MassMike Jeffers
2001Skeletons in the ClosetWillVideo
2001VenomousDr. David HenningVideo
2002UC: UndercoverTeddy CollinsEpisode: "Teddy C"
2002Gale ForceSam GarrettVideo
2002Guilty HeartsStephen CarrowTV movie
2002Going to CaliforniaOfficer Terrence 'Terry' MillerEpisode: "The West Texas Round-up and Other Assorted Misdemeanors"
2002Hollywood EndingHal
2002Circle, TheThe CircleMr. Spencer Runcie
2002–2006EverwoodDr. Andrew 'Andy' Brown89 episodes
2005Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and FabulousFBI Asst. Director Walter Collins
2006Brothers & SistersDavid Morton4 episodes
2007Staircase Murders, TheThe Staircase MurdersMichael PetersonTV movie
2007MoolaLuis Gordon
2007HeartlandDr. Nathaniel 'Nate' Grant9 episodes
2007Hideout, TheThe HideoutFather Amy
2008Good BehaviorBurt ValenciaTV movie
2008What Happens in VegasJack Fuller Sr.
2008Hallmark Hall of FameNorman CohenEpisode: "Front of the Class"
2009Chasing a DreamGary StilesTV movie
2009Safe HarborDougTV movie
2009Storm, TheThe StormRobert TerrellTV miniseries
2010Boston's FinestJack HoltTV movie
2010MaskeradeMr. Tucker
2010HowlMark Schorer
2010127 HoursAron's Dad
2010L'estate di MartinoCapitano Jeff Clark
2011A Little Bit of HeavenJack Corbett
2011Oba: The Last SamuraiColonel Wessinger
2011Beyond the BlackboardDr. WarrenTV movie
2011Against the WallDon KowalskiTV series
2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJake StantonEpisode Number 282 "Spiraling Down"
2012White CollarSam Phelps
1972–1980GreaseDanny Zuko
1974–1975Over Here!Utah
1978Once in a LifetimeJerry Hyland
1981–1982Pirates of Penzance, TheThe Pirates of PenzanceThe Pirate King
1982Some Men Need HelpHudley T. Singleton III47th Street Theatre
1989–1990Love LettersAndrew Makepiece Ladd III
1989Bobby Gould in HellBobby GouldMitzi E. Newhouse Theatre
1992–1994OleannaJohnOrpheum Theatre
1999Captains Courageous, the MusicalManuelManhattan Theatre Club
2001FolliesBuddy 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. 
  5. ^ Maltin, Leonard (September 1992). Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 1993. New York, NY: Signet Books. p. 285. ISBN 0-451-17381-3. 
  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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