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Anson Williams, born on September 25, 1949, in Los Angeles, United States of America, is an American actor, film and television director, screenwriter, and singer.
Anson Williams portrayed Potsie Weber in 'Love and Happy Days', which is a segment of the anthology comedy TV series 'Love, American Style' in 1972. In the American spin-off sitcom 'Happy Days', he played the same role as Warren 'Potsie' Weber from 1974-1984, along with actors Ron Howard, Marion Ross, and Henry Winkler, who played Richie, Marion, and Fonzie.
He remained throughout the sitcom's entire run, and he lent his voice when the characters formed a band and performed in various places.
Williams was a nominee for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the character of Potsie. Williams started to direct short programs for children and afterschool specials like 'No Greater Gift' and 'The Drug Knot' in 1985 and 1986, respectively. He is a prominent television director and has directed episodes on shows like 'Lizzie McGuire', 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager', 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch', 'Melrose Place', 'Star Trek: Voyager, and Xena: Warrior Princess'. Al Molinaro and Williams opened a chain of diners called Big Al’s in 1987, but the business did not last. He is the founder of a cosmetics company called Starmaker Products.
The net worth of Anson William is around $1.8 million.
The annual earnings of Anson Williams are not yet known.
Anson Williams is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) tall.
Anson Williams will turn 73 in 2022. He was born on September 25, 1949.
The birth name of Anson Williams was Anson William Heimlich. He was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 25, 1949. His father is Haskell Heimlich, and his mother is Rosalind Horowitz. Williams went to Burbank High School, and he was the captain of the track team there. He participated in various school productions.
Anson Williams married Lorrie Mahaffey, who portrayed Potsie’s girlfriend in Happy Days, in 1978, but the couple separated in 1986. He then married Jackie Gerken in 1988, but they divorced after more than thirty years of marriage. Williams has not announced whether he is publicly dating anyone currently.
Anson Williams and John Amos appeared in a 1971 commercial for McDonald’s. He is best known for portraying the character of Warren 'Potsie' Weber on the American television show 'Happy Days' from 1974-1984, which earned him a Golden Globe Nomination. The series's first season revolved mostly around his characters, Potsie and Richie Cunningham. Williams remained on the show for the entirety of its run and sang lead vocals for the band that the characters Richie, Potsie, and Ralph formed. He released a single called Deeply n 1977, which reached the 93rd position on the Hot 100.
After starring in Happy Days, Williams started to direct television episodes of television shows, and it proved to be more fruitful for him. He started with afterschool specials like 'The Drug Knot' and 'No Greater Gift' and then went on to direct episodes of 'Beverly Hills', 'The Pretender', 'Charmed', '7th Heaven', and 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys'. In a Happy Days-themed episode of 'Boy Meets World', he played himself along with former castmates Tom Bosley and Pat Morita. He appeared as Potsie in a fantasy sequence in an episode of 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' in 2003. He joined his fellow 'Happy Days' cast members for 'The Happy Days Reunion Special' in 1992 and 'Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion' in 2005. He has written and published the book Singing to a Bulldog: From Happy Days to Hollywood Director and the Unlikely Mentor Who Got Me There.
Anson Williams and Willie Aames participated in a Hollywood celebrity charity tennis match. He also participated in a benefit for the Hollywood Museum. He said in an interview that it has been paramount for him to be able to give back, and he has been motivated by his uncle Dr. Heimlich.
Ansom Williams was nominated for the Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Anson Williams loved reading comic books when he was younger. He used to be a glider pilot. He wrote the story for the television movie 'Skyward' in 1980, starring Bette Davis. He feared flying, and the pilots used in the movie convinced him to beat his fear by sailplaning, which became his hobby. He enjoys playing billiards and golf with his friends. Williams is an animal lover and has two dogs.
Williams and four of his Happy Days co-stars filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS in 2011. It was said in the contract that they would receive 5% from the net proceeds of merchandising, but the actors claimed that they had not received their share of payment from merchandise revenues. In July 2012, their payments were settled, and Williams said that he was satisfied with the settlement.
Anson Williams’ second cousin, whom he calls uncle, Dr. Henry Heimlich, was an American thoracic surgeon and medical researcher who invented the technique of abdominal thrusts to stop choking, which is famously known as the Heimlich maneuver.
His favorite acting mentor is Marian Ross, who took him under his wing when he was 24 years old.
His work in the TV series 'Beverly Hills, 90210'.
His work in the television series 'Happy Days' won him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.
As a singer and actor, he worked in several movies and TV films over the years.
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