Actor Treat Williams passed away on Monday following a motorcycle accident in Vermont, according to state police. During his nearly 50-year career, Williams had leading parts in the films Hair and the TV show Everwood. He was 71.
According to a statement from Vermont State Police, Williams’ motorbike was struck by a Honda SUV as it made a left turn into a parking lot in Dorset shortly before 5 o’clock.
Williams couldn’t avert the collision and was knocked from his motorcycle. He was declared deceased at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, after receiving critical injuries and being transported there, per the statement.
As reported by the authorities, Williams was donning a helmet.
Despite suffering minor wounds, the SUV’s driver did not visit the hospital. Despite the crash’s ongoing investigation, police stated the driver had indicated the turn and wasn’t immediately detained.
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Williams lived in Manchester Center in southern Vermont and went by the name Richard Treat Williams, according to the police.
Additionally confirming the actor’s passing was his agent, Barry McPherson.
Simply distraught, I say. The kindest man ever, he was. McPherson told People magazine, “He was talented.
McPherson described him as “an actor’s actor.” Filmmakers adored him. From the late 1970s till now, he has been the center of Hollywood.
A native of Connecticut, Williams made his acting debut in the 1975 film Deadly Hero as a police officer. He later played roles in over 120 TV shows and motion pictures, such as The Eagle Has Landed, Prince of the City, and Once Upon a Time in America.
He appeared in the 1979 film adaptation of the famous musical Hair and received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of hippy leader George Berger.
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His leading role as Dr. Andrew Brown, a widowed brain surgeon from Manhattan who relocates with his two children to the titular mountain town in Colorado, appeared in hundreds of television episodes. Still, he is arguably most recognized for playing that part from 2002 to 2006 on Everwood.
As Lenny Ross on the television series Blue Bloods, Williams also had a recurrent role.
Broadway productions like Grease and Pirates of Penzance were among those Williams performed on stage.
Coworkers and friends recognized Williams for being thoughtful, giving, and imaginative.
Actor James Woods tweeted: “Treat, and I spent months in Rome filming Once Upon a Time in America.” On the road during a protracted shoot, it can be pretty lonely, but his tenacious good humor and sense of humor were a godsend. I adored him dearly, and I’m heartbroken that he’s no longer with us.
Treat and I spent months in Rome filming Once Upon a Time in America. It can be pretty lonely on the road during a long shoot, but his resilient good cheer and sense of humor was a Godsend. I really loved him and am devastated that he’s gone. #RIP #TreatWilliams pic.twitter.com/2FTBNJJ6lW
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 13, 2023
The writer, director, and producer Justine Williams tweeted, “Working with Treat Williams in Mamet’s Speed the Plow at Williamstown in ’91 was the start of a great friendship.” I swear, I swear. The best way you, Treat. I love you.
Wendell Pierce, an actor, wrote on Twitter that Treat Williams was “a passionate, adventurous, and creative man.” “He made friends with me immediately, and I loved his sense of adventure. Despite only having collaborated on one movie, we kept in touch over the years. Helpful and generous in their support and suggestions. RIP.”