Treat Williams

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Treat Williams
Treat Williams - 1982.jpg
Williams in 1982
Richard Treat Williams

(1951-12-01) December 1, 1951 (age 71)
EducationKent School
Alma materFranklin & Marshall College
  • Actor
  • author
Years active1972–present
Pam Van Sant
(m. 1988)

Richard Treat Williams (born December 1, 1951) is an American actor, writer and aviator who has appeared on film, stage and television in over 120 credits.[1] He first became well known for his starring role in the 1979 musical film Hair, and later also starred in the filmsThe Eagle has landed, 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. He has additionally been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, two Satellite Awards and an Independent Spirit Award.

Early life and education[edit]

Williams was born December 1, 1951 in Rowayton, Connecticut, the son of Marian (née Andrew), an antiques dealer, and Richard Norman Williams, a corporate executive.[citation needed] His maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Senator William Henry Barnum of Connecticut, a third cousin of the showman P. T. Barnum.[2] Williams is a distant relative of Robert Treat Paine, who was a signatory to the Declaration of Independence.[3][4]

Williams played football in high school.[4] He graduated from the Kent School in Connecticut and Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania.


Williams made his film debut in the 1975 thriller film Deadly Hero.[5] The following year he played a supporting role in The Ritz, a squeaky-voiced private detective looking for his suspect in a gay bathhouse. He came to world attention in 1979, when he starred as George Berger in the Miloš Forman film Hair, which was based on the 1967 Broadway musical. Williams was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in the film. He was featured in the February 1980 edition of Playgirl magazine.[3] He has gone on to appear in over 75 films and several television series. Notable films include: 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' second Golden Globe nomination was for his starring role in Sidney Lumet's Prince of the City (1981). His third nomination was for his performance as Stanley Kowalski in the television presentation of A Streetcar Named Desire. In 1996, he 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.

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 played 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 made several guest appearances on the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters as David Morton, a friend and potential suitor of Sally Field's character. He starred in the short-lived series Heartland on TNT as Nathaniel Grant, but the series was canceled due to low ratings. He also starred in a Lifetime movie, Staircase Murders, which aired April 15, 2007.

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

Williams in 2008

Williams appears in the CBS television pilot Peachtree Lines as Mayor Lincoln Rylan. The serial is an examination of political, social and cultural issues in Atlanta.

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

With Thora Birch on the set of The Etruscan Smile

Williams currently plays a role as Mick O' Brien in a Hallmark Channel television series called Chesapeake Shores originally airing August 2016 till current.

He also had a recurring role in Chicago Fire as Kelly Severide's father, Benny Severide until his character's death in season 7.

Williams has authored a children's book, Air Show!, illustrated by Robert Neubecker, published in 2010 by Disney/Hyperion Books). Targeted at an audience of children ages three to seven, the book playfully documents an airshow experience with simple text and bold illustrations of such aircraft as a Boeing B-17, a Pitts Special biplane and the US Navy's Blue Angel F/A-18.

Personal life[edit]

In 1969, Williams' high school football coach, who was also a flight instructor, offered to train him in a Piper Super Cub.[4] At age 21, he was a private pilot.[4] Williams became an FAA instrument-rated commercial pilot with privileges in both single engine and multi-engine airplanes as well as rotorcraft helicopter.[7] He holds a type-rating for Cessna Citation jets.[4] He also is certified as a flight instructor.[4] He has owned a Piper Clipped-wing Cub, Piper Cherokee 180, Piper Seneca II and a Piper Navajo Chieftain which is used for family travel between homes.[4]

Williams resides in Park City, Utah and Manchester Center, Vermont[4][8] with his wife, Pam Van Sant, and two children, Gille and Ellie.

Select theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Venue Notes
1972-1980 Grease Danny Zuko
1974-1975 Over Here! Utah
1978 Once in a Lifetime Jerry Hyland
1981-1982 The 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 Belasco Theatre


Theatrical releases[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Deadly Hero Billings
1976 The Ritz Michael Brick
Marathon Man Central Park Jogger Uncredited
The Eagle Has Landed Captain Harry Clark
1979 Hair George Berger Nominated: Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
1941 Corporal Chuck 'Stretch' Sitarski
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Echo Base Trooper Uncredited[9]
Why Would I Lie? Cletus
1981 Prince of the City Daniel Ciello Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper D.B. Cooper
1983 Neapolitan Sting Ferdinando
1984 Once Upon a Time in America James Conway O'Donnell
Flashpoint Ernie Wyatt
1985 Smooth Talk Arnold Friend Nominated: Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
1986 The Men's Club Terry
1988 Sweet Lies Peter
Night of the Sharks David Ziegler
The Third Solution Mark Hendrix
Dead Heat Detective Roger Mortis
1989 Heart of Dixie Hoyt Cunningham
1990 Beyond the Ocean Christopher
1993 Where the Rivers Flow North Champ's Manager
1994 Hand Gun George McCallister
Texan Man In Chinos Short film; also director
Chicago International Film Festival Award for Best Short
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Bill 'Critical Bill'
1996 Mulholland Falls Colonel Nathan Fitzgerald
The Phantom Xander Drax
1997 The Devil's Own Billy Burke
1998 Deep Rising John Finnegan
The Substitute 2: School's Out Karl Thomasson
1999 The Deep End of the Ocean Pat Cappadora
The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All Karl Thomasson
2000 Critical Mass Mike Jeffers
2001 Crash Point Zero Jason Ross
Skeletons in the Closet Will
The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option Karl Thomasson
Venomous Dr. David Henning
2002 Gale Force Sam Garrett
Hollywood Ending Hal
The Circle Spencer Runcie
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous FBI Assistant Director Walter Collins
2007 Moola Luis Gordon
The Hideout Father Amy
2008 What Happens in Vegas Jack Fuller Sr.
2010 Maskerade Mr. Tucker
Howl Mark Schorer
127 Hours Larry Ralston
Martino's Summer Captain Jeff Clark
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Jack Corbett
Oba: The Last Samurai Colonel Wessinger
2012 Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Dr. Grey
Deadfall Sheriff Marshall T. Becker
2013 In the Blood Robert Grant
Reaching for the Moon Robert Lowell
2014 Barefoot Mr. Wheeler
Operation Rogue General Hank Wallace
2016 The Congressman Charlie Winship
2017 The Etruscan Smile Frank
2018 Second Act Anderson Clarke
2019 The Great Alaskan Race Dr. Welch
Drunk Parents Dan Henderson
2020 Run Hide Fight Sheriff Tarsy
Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square Carl
2021 12 Mighty Orphans Amon Carter
2022 The Noel Diary

Television series[edit]

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"
Echoes in the Darkness Rick Guida 2 episodes
1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story Ray Carson 3 episodes
1991 Eddie Dodd Eddie Dodd Main cast; Season 1
1992 Tales from the Crypt Howard Prince Episode: "None But the Lonely Heart"
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 Main cast; Season 1 & 2
1999 Journey to the Center of the Earth Theodore Lytton 2 episodes
2002 UC: Undercover Teddy Collins Episode: "Teddy C"
Going to California Officer Terrence 'Terry' Miller Episode: "The West Texas Round-up and Other Assorted Misdemeanors"
2002–2006 Everwood Dr. Andrew 'Andy' Brown Main cast; Seasons 1-4
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—SAG 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 Main cast; Season 1
2009 The Storm Robert Terrell 2 episodes
2011 Against the Wall Don Kowalski Main cast; Season 1
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jake Stanton Episode: "Spiraling Down"
2012 Leverage Pete Rising Episode: "The Blue Line Job"
The Simpsons Himself/William Sullivan Voice, episode: "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again"
2012–2013 White Collar Samuel Phelps/James Bennett Recurring role; Season 4
2013–2018 Chicago Fire Benny Severide Recurring role; 16 episodes (seasons 1-7)
2013 Eve of Destruction Max Salinger 2 episodes
Hawaii Five-0 Mick Logan 2 episodes
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sam Episode: "Dead in His Tracks"
2015 American Odyssey Col. Stephen Glen Main cast; Season 1
2016–2022 Chesapeake Shores Mick O'Brien Main cast
2016–present Blue Bloods Lenny Ross Recurring role
2022 We Own This City Brian Grabler

Television films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Dempsey Jack Dempsey
1984 A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1987 J. Edgar Hoover J. Edgar Hoover
1989 Third Degree Burn Scott Weston
1990 Max and Helen Max Rosenberg
1991 Final Verdict Earl Rogers
1992 Till Death Us Do Part Alan Palliko
The Water Engine Dave Murray
Deadly Matrimony Alan Masters
1993 Bonds of Love Robby Smith
1994 Parallel Lives Peter Barnum
1995 In the Shadow of Evil Jack Brenner
Johnny's Girl Johnny
1996 The Late Shift Michael Ovitz 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
1998 Escape: Human Cargo John McDonald
Every Mother's Worst Fear Mitch Carson
1999 36 Hours to Die Noah Stone
2000 Hopewell David Jonas
2002 Guilty Hearts Stephen Carrow
2007 The Staircase Murders Michael Peterson
2008 Good Behavior Burt Valencia
Front of the Class Norman Cohen
2009 Safe Harbor Doug
Chasing a Dream Gary Stiles
2010 Boston's Finest Jack Holt
2011 Beyond the Blackboard Dr. Warren
2013 Age of Dinosaurs Gabe
2016 Confirmation Ted Kennedy
2020 The Christmas House Bill
2021 The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls


  1. ^ "The Doctor Is In - Again". The Washington Post. 17 June 2007. (TV Week, p. 5).
  2. ^ "Marien 'Andy' Williams, 82, Rowayton antique dealer". The Darien Times. 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  3. ^ a b "Treat Williams is Aiming for Success on Many Fronts". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 1984-09-04. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Schiff, Barry (February 5, 2011). "Pilots: Treat Williams". AOPA Pilot. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Maltin, Leonard (September 1992). Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 1993. New York: 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.
  7. ^ "Airmen Certification Database". December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "FAA recognizes Richard Treat Williams: Manchester Center-based pilot sets positive example". Aviation Business Gazette. September 18, 2013. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  9. ^ Neo, Darth. "Unseen rare images from Carrie Fishers personal collection". Star Wars Archives. Retrieved 2019-07-27.

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