Rhys Williams (actor)
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in Bonanza (1960)
31 December 1897|
Clydach, Glamorgan, Wales
|Died||28 May 1969
Santa Monica, California, USA
|Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles|
|Spouse(s)||Elsie Dvorak (?-1969) (his death) 2 children|
Rhys Williams (31 December 1897 – 28 May 1969) was a Welsh character actor in movies and television, whose career spanned several decades.
He made his film debut in How Green Was My Valley (1941). This movie takes place in rural Wales with him being the only Welsh actor. The film was actually filmed in Hollywood with Canadian, American, Irish and English actors. Williams, the only genuine Welshman in the cast, was originally hired solely to coach the actors in their Welsh accents; ultimately director John Ford gave Williams a role in the film. In 1945, Williams played the role of Dr. McKay in the acclaimed The Bells of St. Mary's, starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.
He is recognizable to fans of the television series, Adventures of Superman as a sadistic character in an early episode called "The Evil Three" (1952). He made a guest appearance in 1958 as art collector Rufus Varner in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Purple Woman." His other television appearances were on such programs as the religion anthology series, Crossroads, CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson, Peter Gunn, with Steve Allen in the 1960 episode "Play Acting", Riverboat, and The Lloyd Bridges Show.
His later appearances were on Temple Houston, 77 Sunset Strip, The Wild Wild West, Twelve O'Clock High, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible, Mannix, The Donna Reed Show, Here Come the Brides, and The Andy Griffith Show.
Williams died at the age of seventy-one; his remains are interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
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