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      Van Williams

      Van Williams

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      Birthday: Feb 27, 1934

      Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

      Van Williams was an American actor born on February 27, 1934 in Fort Worth, Texas. After attending Texas Christian University and studying animal husbandry and business, Williams moved to Hawaii. There, he was working as a diving instructor when he was discovered by producer Mike Todd, who was then married to Elizabeth Taylor. Todd urged Williams to move to Hollywood and take up acting, which he did. He made his television and professional acting debut in the TV movie "King Richard II" (NBC, 1954) as an uncredited servant. After building a number of brief TV credits, Williams joined the main cast of a TV show, playing Ken Madison on detective series "Bourbon Street Beat" (ABC, 1959-1960), then a version of the same character on "Surfside 6" (ABC, 1960-62). Williams acted regularly over the course of the early '60s, popping up in other William T. Orr-created detective shows, and even "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66) and "The Beverly Hillbillies" (CBS, 1962-1971) in 1965. Williams landed the role of his career when he played the title character on pulp hero action show "The Green Hornet" (ABC, 1966-67). He starred alongside an up-and-coming Bruce Lee as sidekick Kato. He also appeared in a few crossover episodes of ABC hero peer "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68) as the Green Hornet; eventually, he would be neighbors with "Batman" star Adam West in Ketchum, Idaho. After the cancellation of "The Green Hornet," Williams worked less and less, making episodic appearances and starring in the short-lived family series "Westwind" (NBC, 1975-76). He became disillusioned by acting, which he saw as a business move, and retired. Williams was a Reserve Deputy Sherriff and volunteer firefighter for Los Angeles County, and made his final screen appearance as a director of "The Green Hornet" in the biopic "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (1993). Williams died from renal failure on November 28, 2016, at age 82, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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      THE CARETAKERS, Van Williams (standing Left), Polly Bergen (lying down), Robert Stack (right), 1963

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bruce Lee: The Way of the Warrior Self - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fury of the Dragon Britt Reid/The Green Hornet (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 73% The Runaways Joe Ringer (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 57% The Green Hornet Britt Reid/The Green Hornet (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 23% The Caretakers Dr. Larry Denning (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Richard II Exton's Servant (Character) - 1954

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Lt. Dwayne Kefir (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Quincy (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Apple's Way Ritchie Case (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Executive 1 (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet 100% The Green Hornet Unknown (Character) 1966-1967
      72% 79% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show Clark Rice (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gallant Men Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Wade Saunders (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Ken Madison (Character) 1960-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bourbon Street Beat Kenny Madison (Character) 1959-1960