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Bill Williams

William Herman Katt (born Herman August Wilhelm Katt; May 15, 1915 – September 21, 1992), known as Bill Williams, was an American television and film actor. He is best known for his starring role in the early television series The Adventures of Kit Carson, which aired in syndication from 1951 to 1955. Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York[1] to German immigrant parents. He attended the Pratt Institute, and became a professional swimmer, performing in underwater shows. He landed a walk-on role as a theater usher in King Kong (1933). He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, but was discharged before the end and became an actor. His credited debut was in The Blue Room in 1944, using the professional name Bill Williams. His first starring role was opposite Susan Hayward in Deadline at Dawn (1946). Williams appeared in ten films before he landed the lead role in television's The Adventures of Kit Carson, which ran for 105 episodes. When the series ended, Williams' star power faded. It was revived in 1957 when he co-starred with Betty White on television in Date with the Angels. Williams portrayed Federal agent Martin Flaherty in The Scarface Mob (1959), the pilot for ABC's The Untouchables. However, when the series was accepted, the role went to Jerry Paris. Williams turned down the lead in Sea Hunt in 1958, believing that an underwater show would not work on television. Lloyd Bridges accepted the part and turned it into a hit. Williams did star as a former Navy frogman in Assignment: Underwater, which ran for just one season. He played a variety of roles on Perry Mason, in which his wife Barbara Hale co-starred as Raymond Burr's secretary Della Street. In a 1962 episode, "The Case of the Crippled Cougar," he played defendant Mike Preston. In 1963, he was murder victim Floyd Grant in "The Case of the Bluffing Blast." In 1965 Williams played murderer Charles Shaw in "The Case of the Murderous Mermaid," and was murderer Burt Payne in "The Case of the 12th Wildcat". Williams appeared with his son in a final season episode of Ironside, bringing him together again with Raymond Burr. He also made numerous guest appearances on television and worked in low-budget science fiction films until his retirement.

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May 21, 1915 In Brooklyn, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie King Kong 1933-03-15
Latest Project:
Movie Night of the Zombies 1981-01-01
Known For
Poster of Ironside
Poster of Batman
Poster of Perry Mason
Poster of Music at the Meadowbrook
Movie Night of the Zombies 1981-01-01
Series B. J. and the Bear Unknown 1979-02-10
Series 240-Robert Unknown 1979-08-28
Movie A Fire in the Sky Dale Turner 1978-11-26
Movie The Moon Over the Alley Sherry 1976-04-02
Movie 69 Minutes Unknown 1976-10-06
Movie The Giant Spider Invasion Dutch 1975-10-01
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series Primus Unknown 1971-09-15
Movie Rio Lobo Blackthorne Sheriff Pat Cronin 1970-04-01
Movie Buckskin Frank Cody 1968-05-01
Series Adam-12 Unknown 1968-09-21
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Movie Tickle Me Deputy Sturdivant 1965-06-30
Movie Spaceflight IC-1 Capt. Mead Ralston 1965-08-01
Series The Wild Wild West Unknown 1965-09-17
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Movie Law of the Lawless Silas Miller 1964-05-13
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Movie Oklahoma Territory Temple Houston 1960-03-01
Movie Hell to Eternity Leonard 1960-08-01
Series Assignment: Underwater Bill Greer 1960-09-09
Movie Alaska Passage Al Graham 1959-02-11
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Movie The Scarface Mob Martin Flaherty 1959-04-19
Series Laramie Unknown 1959-09-15
Movie A Dog's Best Friend Wesley 'Wes' Thurman 1959-12-20
Series Men into Space Unknown 1959-09-30
Movie Space Master X-7 John Hand 1958-06-01
Series Yancy Derringer Unknown 1958-10-02
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Date with the Angels Unknown 1957-05-10
Movie The Storm Rider Sheriff Colton 1957-03-01
Movie Pawnee Matt Delaney 1957-09-07
Movie The Halliday Brand Clay Halliday 1957-01-01
Series M Squad Unknown 1957-09-20
Movie Slim Carter Frank Hanneman 1957-11-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie The Wild Dakotas Jim Henry 1956-02-28
Movie The Broken Star Deputy Marshal Bill Gentry 1956-04-01
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Movie Wiretapper James Arthur Vaus, Jr. 1955-08-10
Movie Hell's Horizon Paul Jenkins 1955-12-31
Movie Apache Ambush James Kingston 1955-08-24
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie Outlaw's Daughter Jess Raidley aka Big Red 1954-11-01
Movie Torpedo Alley Tom Graham 1953-12-25
Movie Rose of Cimarron George Newcomb 1953-01-01
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series Music at the Meadowbrook Unknown 1953-05-23
Movie The Pace That Thrills Richard L. 'Dusty' Weston 1952-03-01
Movie Son of Paleface Kirk 1952-07-14
Series The Adventures of Kit Carson Unknown 1951-08-11
Movie The Great Missouri Raid Jim Younger 1951-02-01
Movie Blue Blood Unknown 1951-01-28
Movie The Last Outpost Sgt. Tucker 1951-04-04
Movie Havana Rose Tex Thompson 1951-09-15
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Operation Haylift Bill Masters 1950-05-05
Movie The Flame and the Arrow Outlaw (uncredited) 1950-07-07
Movie The Cariboo Trail Mike Evans 1950-08-01
Movie California Passage Bob Martin 1950-12-15
Movie A Woman's Secret Lee Crenshaw 1949-01-13
Movie The Clay Pigeon Jim Fletcher 1949-03-03
Series Adventures In Jazz Unknown 1949-01-28
Movie The Stratton Story Eddie Dibson 1949-05-12
Movie A Dangerous Profession Claude Brackett 1949-12-10
Movie Fighting Man of the Plains Marshall Johnny Tancred 1949-11-16
Movie A Likely Story Bill Baker 1947-04-18
Movie Sarge Goes to College Janitor 1947-05-13
Movie Deadline at Dawn Alex Winkley 1946-03-18
Movie Till the End of Time Perry Kincheloe 1946-07-23
Movie The Body Snatcher Medical Student 1945-05-25
Movie Back to Bataan (uncredited) 1945-05-30
Movie Those Endearing Young Charms Jerry 1945-06-19
Movie West of the Pecos Tex Evans 1945-08-10
Movie Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Bud Felton 1944-11-15
Movie King Kong Theatre Usher (uncredited) 1933-03-15