Treat Williams, Star Of Everwood And Hair, Dead At 71 From Motorcycle Crash

Treat Williams has died after a motorcycle crash at the age of 71.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

Treat Williams in Everwood

Treat Williams has died after being involved in a motorcycle accident. The Everwood star was 71. His death was confirmed by his agent, Barry McPherson. “He [Williams] was killed this afternoon. He was making a left or a right [and] a car cut him off,” McPherson told People. “I’m just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented.”

“He was an actor’s actor. Filmmakers loved him. He’s been the heart of Hollywood since the late 1970s,” McPherson continued. “He was really proud of his performance this year. He’s been so happy with the work that I got him. He’s had a balanced career.” Treat Williams was critically injured when a Honda SUV suddenly turned in front of him.

The ensuing collision threw Treat Williams off his 1986 Honda motorcycle. He was taken to Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the SUV, who was not hurt, was not named. Police confirmed that an investigation is ongoing, and officers will return to the scene of the accident on Tuesday, June 13.

Treat Williams’s career began in 1975 with his film debut in Deadly Hero. He quickly expanded his repertoire by taking on roles in movies like The Ritz and The Eagle Has Landed in 1976. However, it was in 1979 that Williams experienced a significant breakthrough after being cast as George Berger in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Hair.

His performance was met with critical acclaim and earned him his first Golden Globe nomination for New Star of The Year. Treat Williams further solidified his talent and versatility with another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his role in 1981’s Prince of the City. In 2002, Willams made his foray into television as Dr. Andrew Brown in The WB’s drama series Everwood.

Treat Williams’ portrayal of the lovable doctor captivated audiences for all four seasons of the show. His exceptional work earned him a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in 2003. He went on to accumulate over 120 acting credits with roles in Blue Bloods, The Late Shift, Chicago Fireand Chesapeake Shores.

Treat Williams in Blue Bloods

Moreover, Treat Williams made appearances in several Hallmark projects such as The Christmas House, Beyond the Blackboard, Safe Harbor, and Chasing a Dream. He has also been involved in Netflix productions like Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square and The Noel Diary. His last on-screen appearance will be in Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series Feud: Capote’s Women.

Treat Williams will portray a former CBS head and media tycoon named Bill Paley. The story will focus on Truman Capote and his famous female friendships. The series, which is set to debut in 2024, also stars Naomi Watts as Babe Paley and Tom Hollander as Capote.

Treat Williams is survived by his wife, Pam Van Sant, and their two children, Gille and Ellie. Although he will be missed, the actor’s remarkable contributions to the entertainment industry will continue to enthrall viewers for years to come.