Deal with Williams, star of ‘Everwood,’ dies in bike accident at age 71


Deal with Williams, a star of the TV present “Everwood” and the musical “Hair,” was killed in a motorbike accident in Vermont on Monday night.

The dying of the 71-year-old actor was confirmed to The Occasions by Williams’ agent of 20 years, Barry McPherson.

“They couldn’t save him,” stated an emotional McPherson. “And it’s simply such a horrible factor, an pointless factor.”

In response to McPherson, Williams was driving his bike on a Vermont roadway when a automobile crossed in entrance of him. Williams crashed into the automobile, the agent stated. Williams was nonetheless aware when his spouse, Pam Van Sant, and son Gill Williams arrived on the scene. He died of inner accidents suffered within the crash, McPherson stated.

“He’d been such a cheerful man,” the agent stated, preventing again tears, “working nonstop, and he has nice tasks popping out that he was enthusiastic about, and simply to have this occur out of the blue like this. I’m nonetheless surprised.”

About half-hour earlier than the crash occurred, he posted a video to Twitter of a person tending to his farm with the caption, “What an actual Vermonter does.”

Jacob Gribble, the fireplace chief for Dorset, Vt., instructed Folks that the crash occurred round 5 p.m. on Route 30 close to an auto restore store.

Gribble instructed the outlet that Williams was airlifted to a hospital in New York. Not lengthy after, he succumbed to his accidents.

McPherson stated Williams had been excited for his forthcoming undertaking, Ryan Murphy’s “Feud: Capote’s Girls,” wherein the actor portrays former CBS head and media tycoon Invoice Paley, alongside Tom Hollander as Capote, Calista Flockhart, Diane Lane, Naomi Watts and Chloë Sevigny.

“I hope all people appreciates how fantastic he was,” McPherson stated. “Simply beloved by filmmakers and different actors.”

In an announcement shared with Deadline, the Williams household stated, “As you possibly can think about, we’re shocked and enormously bereaved right now. Deal with was full of affection for his household, for his life and for his craft, and was really on the prime of his sport in all of it. It’s all so stunning proper now, however please know that Deal with was dearly and deeply liked and revered by his household and everybody who knew him.

“We’re past devastated and ask that you simply respect our privateness as we take care of our grief,” the assertion continued. “To all his followers, please know that Deal with appreciated all of you and please proceed to maintain him in your hearts and prayers.”

Williams debuted on the massive display with the 1975 thriller “Lethal Hero” however gained notoriety within the 1979 musical movie “Hair,” when his portrayal of George Berger landed him a Golden Globe Award nomination for brand spanking new star of the 12 months.

He was additionally nominated for a Golden Globe for finest actor in a movement image drama for the 1981 movie “Prince of the Metropolis.” Williams additionally had roles within the movies “The Eagle Has Landed,” “As soon as Upon a Time in America” and “The Late Shift,” in addition to numerous different movie, stage and tv roles. Williams additionally notably portrayed Dr. Andrew ‘’Andy’’ Brown, starring on the celebrated tv collection “Everwood” from 2002 to 2006.

Williams appeared in 1996 on “The Late Present With David Letterman” to advertise his 1995 neo-noir darkish comedy “Issues to Do in Denver When You’re Lifeless.” He instructed Letterman about life on his 15-acre Vermont “farmette,” describing himself as a “dangerous gentleman farmer” with no animals however plenty of vegetation, a fruit orchard and grapevines.

He was additionally a passionate aviator and sometimes flew his small aircraft forwards and backwards from Vermont to New York. He realized fly as an adolescent; his soccer coach was a Navy SEAL who gave him two free flying classes. Through the Sundance Movie Competition in 2011, Williams stated that, at 17, he had no cash, so he began singing at events and driving a cab, and he additionally obtained his pilot’s license.

“And I simply by no means stopped,” he stated, earlier than including that he labored in musicals and saved sufficient cash to purchase an airplane for $3,000. “I obtained all of the rankings. I went straight up from personal, business, after which I obtained my helicopter [license], business flight teacher.”

Flying, he stated, is “very shut for me to church. It’s a place the place I can talk with a better energy. It’s a spot the place I really feel that I’m in charge of my life, which in our business may be very tough to really feel.”

In December 2020, Williams mentioned appearing in musicals throughout a featurette for Netflix’s “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Sq.” and stated that his all-time favourite function was taking part in T-Birds dangerous boy Danny Zuko in “Grease.” He stated it taught him all the things he knew about stage appearing and musicals. In his early days, he was John Travolta’s understudy on Broadway.

The “Hair” star additionally performed guitar and sang in a band with Air Provide’s Graham Russell. They performed covers of their favourite songs from the final a number of a long time and, based on Williams, raised a “couple hundred thousand {dollars}” for Save the Youngsters’s tsunami aid fund in addition to different causes.

“Deal with Williams was an excellent mensch, an actors actor, and to not point out a triple menace of his craft,” tweeted leisure publicist Danny Deraney.

Additionally posting a tribute was Mark Hamill, who famously portrayed Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars” and labored with Williams, who performed an Echo Base Trooper on “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Again.”

“Simply heard the terrible information that the world has misplaced [Treat Williams.] Such an exquisite individual… such a gifted actor… such a treasured pal. I’m gutted. RIP Pal.”

Williams additionally labored with Tom Selleck on the CBS police drama “Blue Bloods” from 2016 to 2023. In an announcement shared with The Occasions, Selleck stated, “It has been stated that we’re all simply passing time and occupy our chair very briefly. My pal Deal with was aptly named and occupied his chair so nicely. I’ll miss him however I can’t overlook him. Nicely completed, my pal.”

The actor is survived by his spouse, actor and producer Pam Van Sant, and their two kids, Gill and Elinor.


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