Beloved Actor Treat Williams Passes Away in Motorcycle Accident
Actor Treat Williams, known for his remarkable performances in TV series like “Everwood” and movies like “Hair,” tragically died on Monday at the age of 71 after being involved in a motorcycle crash in Vermont, as reported by state police. The incident occurred in the town of Dorset when a Honda SUV, making a left turn into a parking lot, collided with Williams’ motorcycle shortly before 5 p.m., according to Vermont State Police. Despite Williams’ efforts to avoid the collision, he was thrown from his motorcycle and sustained critical injuries. He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, where he was later pronounced dead.
Williams, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, resided in Manchester Center in southern Vermont, as mentioned by the police. His agent, Barry McPherson, confirmed the devastating news of the actor’s passing, expressing deep sorrow over the loss. McPherson described Williams as a genuinely kind-hearted individual and an exceptionally talented actor, revered by the industry and loved by his colleagues.
Born Richard Treat Williams in Connecticut, he made his movie debut in 1975 and went on to have an illustrious career, appearing in over 120 TV and film roles. His notable works include movies such as “The Eagle Has Landed,” “Prince of the City,” and “Once Upon a Time in America.” Williams earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of George Berger in the 1979 film adaptation of the musical “Hair.”
On television, Williams gained significant recognition for his lead role as Dr. Andrew Brown in the series “Everwood” from 2002 to 2006. He also had a recurring role in the TV show “Blue Bloods” and made appearances in numerous other TV shows throughout his career.
In addition to his on-screen endeavors, Williams made notable contributions to the stage, appearing in Broadway productions like “Grease” and “Pirates of Penzance.” His talent, generosity, and creativity left a lasting impact on his colleagues and friends, who fondly remembered him as a remarkable individual. Actor James Woods, who worked with Williams on the film “Once Upon a Time in America,” expressed his deep sadness over the loss, emphasizing Williams’ resilience, good humor, and the close bond they shared during their time together. Writer, director, and producer Justine Williams recalled their friendship that began during the filming of Mamet’s “Speed the Plow” and expressed her love for the actor.
Actor Wendell Pierce also paid tribute to Williams, highlighting his adventurous spirit, kindness, and generosity. The passing of Treat Williams has left a void in the entertainment industry, and he will be dearly missed by his colleagues, friends, and fans. May he rest in peace.