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Adam Williams

Adam Williams (born Adam William Berg, November 26, 1922 – December 4, 2006) was an American film and television actor. A veteran "bad guy" actor of 1950s film and TV, he began his career after distinguished World War II military service as a United States Navy pilot, for which he received the Navy Cross. In 1952, Williams played the lead, a Los Angeles woman killer, in the film Without Warning! In 1953, he was cast as Larry, a car bomber, in The Big Heat. He had a leading role in the 1958 science fiction movie The Space Children. Other notable film roles include the psychiatrist in Fear Strikes Out (1957) and Valerian in North by Northwest (1959). During the 1950s and 1960s, he appeared on dozens of television series, including the syndicated Sheriff of Cochise, set in Arizona and starring John Bromfield, and Have Gun – Will Travel in the episode "The Reasonable Man". He portrayed private detective and murderer Jason Beckmeyer in the 1957 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Runaway Corpse." In 1961, he was cast as Jim Gates in the episode "Frontier Week" on Joanne Dru's sitcom Guestward, Ho!, set on a dude ranch in New Mexico. In 1960, he played the role of a sailor hitching a ride in The Twilight Zone season 1 episode "The Hitch-Hiker", where he is picked up by a terrified driver played by Inger Stevens, who is compelled to pick him up so that he may offer protection and safety to her from a mysterious hitchhiker who shows up at various times and places along the road while she travels across country. Many reviewers have cited this episode as one of The Twilight Zone's "10 Greatest" of the series. He had also appeared in the Twilight Zone episode "A Most Unusual Camera". Between 1959 and 1967 he appeared in six episodes of The Rifleman and in four episodes of Bonanza, and in 1961 as Adam in "A Rope for Charlie Munday", in the ABC adventure series The Islanders. He was cast as Burley Keller in the 1961 episode "The Persecuted" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Lawman. He guest-starred in an episode of the 1961 NBC series The Americans, based on family conflicts stemming from the American Civil War, and in an episode of the 1961 series The Asphalt Jungle. One of his later roles was in the 1976 television movie Helter Skelter.

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Nov 26, 1922 In Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Queen for a Day 1951-07-07
Latest Project:
Movie Underbelly Files: Infiltration 2011-02-14
Known For
Poster of The High Chaparral
Poster of The Virginian
Poster of Perry Mason
Poster of Queen for a Day
Movie Underbelly Files: Infiltration S.E.R.T. 2011-02-14
Movie The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story Celam 2003-05-24
Series Switch Unknown 1975-09-09
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series The High Chaparral Unknown 1967-09-10
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Felony Squad Unknown 1966-09-12
Movie Follow Me, Boys! Sergeant (uncredited) 1966-12-01
Series Honey West Unknown 1965-09-17
Movie The Glory Guys Pvt. Lucas Crain 1965-07-07
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Movie The New Interns Wolanski 1964-06-01
Series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Unknown 1964-09-14
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Series The Fugitive Truck Driver 1963-09-17
Movie Gunfight at Comanche Creek Jed Hayden 1963-11-06
Movie Convicts 4 Guard 1962-09-15
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Series The Gallant Men Unknown 1962-10-05
Series The Asphalt Jungle Unknown 1961-04-02
Series The Americans Unknown 1961-01-23
Movie The Last Sunset Calverton 1961-06-07
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Movie Mission of Danger Unknown 1960-01-01
Series Outlaws Unknown 1960-09-26
Series Guestward, Ho! Unknown 1960-09-29
Series The Roaring 20's Unknown 1960-10-15
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Series Black Saddle Brad Pickard 1959-01-10
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Movie North by Northwest Unknown 1959-07-08
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Series The Twilight Zone Woodward 1959-10-02
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Movie The Space Children Dave Brewster 1958-06-01
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Movie The Badlanders Leslie 1958-09-03
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie The Oklahoman Bob Randell 1957-05-19
Movie The Garment Jungle Ox 1957-04-25
Movie Fear Strikes Out Doctor Brown 1957-03-20
Movie The Lonely Man Lon 1957-06-21
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series M Squad Unknown 1957-09-20
Series Telephone Time Unknown 1956-04-08
Movie The Proud and Profane Eustace Press 1956-06-13
Movie The Rack Sgt. Otto Pahnke 1956-11-02
Series Wire Service Wells 1956-10-04
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Movie Crashout Fred Summerfield 1955-03-01
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Yellow Tomahawk Cpl. Maddock 1954-05-01
Movie The Big Heat Larry Gordon 1953-10-14
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Vice Squad Marty Kusalich 1953-07-31
Movie Without Warning! Carl Martin 1952-05-08
Movie Queen for a Day Chuck 1951-07-07
Movie Flying Leathernecks Lt. Bert Malotke 1951-08-28