Thursday, June 20, 2024

RIP Sad Shocking News: Actor Treat Williams Dead in a Motorcycle Accident At Age 71, Star of “Prince of the City” and TV’s “Everwood”


Terrible news: actor Treat Williams died this afternoon in a motorcycle accident. He was 71. The accident took place near his place in Dorset, Vermont. Only a few hours earlier he’d posted videos of mowing the lawn on his farm.

His family issued this statement:

“It is with great sadness that we report that our beloved Treat Williams has passed away tonight in Dorset, Vermont after a fatal motorcycle accident. As you can imagine, we are shocked and greatly bereaved at this time. Treat was full of love for his family, for his life and for his craft, and was truly at the top of his game in all of it. It is all so shocking right now, but please know that Treat was dearly and deeply loved and respected by his family and everyone who knew him. We are beyond devastated and ask that you respect our privacy as we deal with our grief. To all his fans, please know that Treat appreciated all of you and please continue to keep him in your hearts and prayers.”

I knew Treat Williams, and interviewed him many times, once for the old US Magazine. He was a great guy, popular with everyone. He got his start in the original production of “Grease” on Broadway. He starred in the film version of “Hair!” and appeared in several Broadway productions including taking over for Kevin Kline in “The Pirates of Penzance.”

His major breakthrough was starring Sidney Lumet’s classic film, “Prince of the City.” In recent years he’d starred in the TV series, “Everwood.” Williams came from Fairfield County, Connecticut was old friends with actress Dana Delany. An even older friend was the late “60 Minutes” essayist Andy Rooney, who was his neighbor growing up. In his family tree he counted P.T. Barnum and robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Earlier today, Williams posted the Tweet below. What a shock. Condolences to his family.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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