Treat Williams

Treat Williams: Everwood and Hair actor dies in road accident

Actor Treat Williams, known for his roles in the film musical “Hair” and the TV series “Everwood,” has passed away at the age of 71 due to a road accident. The incident occurred in Vermont when Williams was riding his motorbike and was hit by an SUV making a left turn. He sustained critical injuries and was airlifted to a hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Williams had a prolific career spanning nearly 50 years, accumulating over 130 screen credits. His family, in a statement published by Variety magazine, expressed their shock and deep sorrow at the loss, describing him as a loving family man who was passionate about his craft and excelled in it.

His agent, Barry McPherson, who had represented him for 15 years, remembered Williams as a kind-hearted and talented actor. Williams had a significant presence in Hollywood since the late 1970s and was highly regarded by his peers.

Notable works in Williams’ filmography include his breakthrough role in “Hair,” Steven Spielberg’s “1941,” “Once Upon A Time In America,” “Dead Heat,” “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead,” and “Deep Rising.” He also made a mark in stage acting with performances in Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” and as Danny Zuko in the original Broadway production of “Grease.”

In the early 2000s, Williams portrayed widowed Dr. Andy Brown in the TV drama “Everwood” and appeared in other shows such as “Chesapeake Shores,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Chicago Fire.” He received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his work in “The Late Shift” and various projects in the 1980s, respectively.

Born Richard Treat Williams in Connecticut in 1951, he is survived by his wife Pam Van Sant, whom he married in 1988, and their two children. Williams’ passing is mourned by the entertainment industry, with fellow actor Wendell Pierce highlighting his passion, creativity, and adventurous spirit.

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