Treat Williams, a prolific actor renowned for his roles in projects like Everwood, Hair, and Once Upon a Time in America, has sadly passed away at the age of 71. The news was confirmed by his agent of fifteen years, Barry McPherson, in a statement to People.com. According to McPherson, Williams lost his life on Monday, June 12th, in a tragic motorcycle accident caused by a car cutting him off while he was driving.
“He was killed this afternoon. He was making a left or a right [and] a car cut him off,” expressed McPherson in his statement. “I’m just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented. He was an actor’s actor. Filmmakers loved him. He’s been the heart of Hollywood since the late 1970s. He was really proud of his performance this year. He’s been so happy with the work that I got him. He’s had a balanced career.”
Treat Williams was born on December 1, 1951, in Rowayton, Connecticut. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and made his onscreen debut in 1975 with Deadly Hero. After a standout role in 1976’s The Ritz, he gained recognition for his portrayal of George Berger in the 1979 film adaptation of Hair, which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. He also had an uncredited role as an Echo Base Trooper in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Throughout his career, he appeared in numerous films, including The Phantom, Once Upon a Time in America, Night of the Sharks, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, 127 Hours, Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, and Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square.
One of Williams’ most beloved performances was as Dr. Andrew Brown, the lead character in The WB’s hit series Everwood, which aired from 2002 to 2006. He continued to make memorable appearances on television shows such as Brothers & Sisters, Heartland, Chicago Fire, Blue Bloods, American Odyssey, and We Own This City. Additionally, he showcased his talent in theater productions like Follies, Grease, Over Here!, Once in a Lifetime, Love Letters, and Pirates of Penzance.
Beyond acting, Williams was an FAA instrument-rated commercial pilot and a certified flight instructor. He even authored a children’s book about aircraft. He married Pam Van Sant in 1988, and they had two children together, Gille and Ellie.
Our thoughts go out to Treat Williams’ family, friends, and devoted fans during this difficult time of loss.
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