Anson Williams
American actor
Anson Williams
Anson Williams is an actor and director, best known for his role as gullible but well intentioned singer Warren "Potsie" Weber on the television series Happy Days.
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Anson Williams Proves That "Sixty Is the New Sexy"! (and "100" is the Magic Number in "The Perfect Portion Cookbook"!)
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Actor Anson Williams cemented his status in American pop culture playing the likeable "square" Potsie Weber on the iconic TV show "Happy Days". That beloved sitcom may have had its "final" episode in September 1984, but the show's appeal and fan base have proven to transcend the generations. After "Happy Days", Williams has been busier than ever as a television director, producer, and businessman. He's also a self-proclaimed food lover-- and as we enter 2016, Williams has entered some tasty new territory! The energetic entrepreneur has created "The Perfect Portion Cookbook", which he's co-authored with Mona Dolgov and Bob Warden. The launch of this new project may have been motivated by William's own personal quest for health and fitness (More about that later...!), but the ultimate mission of the book is much larger in scope: To have its readers learn a new way of staying lean and lively, while still enjoying their "tried and true" comfort foods -- 100 calories at a time! It's no my ...
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'Happy Days' Cast Settles Lawsuit
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The cast of "Happy Days" and CBS have come to a settlement over a royalties lawsuit. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS and the cast reached an out-of-court settlement with just 10 days to go before trial was scheduled to begin. The lawsuit was over licensing and merchandising revenue. Members of the "Happy Days" cast were suing over breach of contract and fraud, among other charges. Each of the four original "Happy Days" stars -- Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, Erin Moran and the late Tom Bosley's wife, Patricia -- were to get about $65,000 out of the settlement, THR reports. As part of the settlement the cast will also get future royalties. "Happy Days" stars Ron Howard and Henry Winkler were not involved in the suit. The lawsuit, which was filed in April 2011, originally asked for $10 million, according to CNN. In a statement, CBS said they "never refused to pay the members of the 'Happy Days' cast any of the money they are owed under their contracts, ...
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'Happy Days' actors settle lawsuit
CNN - over 4 years
Four members of the cast, Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross and Erin Moran, along with the widow of Tom Bosley, sued CBS, claiming they have not been been paid for "Happy Days" merchandise.
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CBS, "Happy Days" actors in settlement talks: sources
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - CBS Corp is in settlement talks with cast members of the popular 1970's TV show "Happy Days" to end a legal dispute over revenues from the sitcom's merchandise, an agreement that could have broad ramifications for how TV actors are compensated. Representatives for the actors, who include Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley, began negotiations with CBS after a California judge ruled earlier this month that their case could go forward, according to two people with knowledge of the talks who asked to remain anonymous. ...
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'Happy Days' cast may be owed DVD royalties
Cleveland - over 4 years
Actors Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley may still be owed royalties on the use of their images in DVD packaging, according to a ruling issued Tuesday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White.
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Henry Winkler Interview: Latest Book Reflects on Family, Fishing, Photography ... - Smashing Interviews Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross, Erin Morgan, and the estate of Tom Bosley are suing CBS for unpaid Happy Days merchandising revenue. You are not involved in the lawsuit
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Series Rewind – Happy Days: episodi 1×11 Appuntamento a sorpresa e 1×12 Richie ... - Mag-SeriesUsa (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Potsie (Anson Williams) invita Richie (Ron Howard) ad una festa in maschera e gli procura anche una ragazza che Richie non conosce. Quando la incontra scopre che è decisamente più alta di lui. Cindy, una ragazza che piace molto a Potsie e Ralph (Donny
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Happy Days - Season 1 - DVD Palace
Google News - over 5 years
Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard), „Potsie” Weber (Anson Williams), Ralph Malph (Donny Most) und „Fonzie” (Henry Winkler) stehen in dieser nostalgischen TV-Sitcom an der Spitze einer brillanten Comedytruppe. Man trifft sich am üblichen Platz zum Abhängen
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Series Rewind – Happy Days: episodi 1×09 Ballo scolastico e 1×10 Giusta punizione - Mag-SeriesUsa (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Richie, Ralph (Donny Most) e Potsie (Anson Williams) con l'amico Bag costituiscono un complesso per guadagnare qualche dollaro. La prima uscita è al club dell'università, ma dopo la serata Richie e Potsie si giocano il compenso a poker
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Actors sue for profits from TV and movie classics - Reuters
Google News - over 5 years
The actions against CBS and Paramount were brought by actors behind secondary characters (Anson Williams, who played Potsie; Marion Ross, who played Mrs. Cunningham; Don Most, who played Ralph Malph; and Erin Moran, who played Joanie) on "Happy Days
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Old TV Stars Sue Over Merchandising Royalties - DailyFinance
Google News - over 5 years
Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) and Patricia Bosley, wife of the actor, are suing the consumer arm of CBS (CBS) for $10 million over souvenir proceeds from the
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Happy Days: Die erste Season - Letmeentertainyou.de
Google News - over 5 years
Auch Richard „Richie“ Cunningham (Ron Howard) und seine Freunde Warren „Potsie“ Weber (Anson Williams) und Ralph Malph (Danny Most) machen in den 1950er-Jahren die üblichen Stationen der Pubertät durch. Vater Cunningham (Tom Bosley) muss trotz viel
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CNN Weekend Listings: Sat., August 6 and Sun., August 7 - CNN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Harlow interviews Don Most, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Erin Moran about whether they were cheated out of millions promised in their contracts with CBS Studios. CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of
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David Cassidy goes after 'Partridge Family' fortune - CNN
Google News - over 5 years
Actors Don Most, Anson Williams, Marion Ross and Erin Moran, as well as the widow of actor Tom Bosley, filed a $10 million suit in April, claiming CBS, which owns the show, failed to pay them for "Happy Days" merchandise, which is still being sold
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DVD Rezension: Happy Days, Staffel 1 - myFanbase.de
Google News - over 5 years
Milwaukee/USA, wir befinden uns in den 1950er-Jahren: Der Teenager Richard "Richie" Cunningham (Ron Howard) versucht mit seinen besten Freunden Warren "Potsie" Weber (Anson Williams) und Ralph Malph (Danny Most) die Welt von Autos,
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CBS Fires Back At Happy Days Stars' Lawsuit - ThirdAge
Google News - over 5 years
Actors Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross and Erin Moran are suing CBS for unpaid royalties. In a motion, CBS fires back at "Happy Days" cast members who have filed suit over loss of merchandising revenue, insisting the '70s sitcom stars don't have
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CBS: "Happy Days" actors don't have a case - CBS News
Google News - over 5 years
From left, producer Garry Marshall stands with actors Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Henry Winkler and Anson Williams, of the television show "Happy Days" in Los Angeles, July 12, 2001. (CBS) In April, four "Happy Days" actors - Anson Williams
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'Happy Days' actors sue CBS, network fires back - OnTheRedCarpet.com
Google News - over 5 years
Actors Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most and Erin Moran sued CBS for breach-of-contract and claimed the network cut them out of millions of dollars made from selling products that bear images of their characters, including dolls, DVD covers and ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anson Williams
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 61
    On April 19, 2011, Williams and four of his Happy Days co-stars, Erin Moran, Don Most, Marion Ross and the estate of Tom Bosley, who died in 2010, filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS, which owns the show, claiming they had not been paid for merchandising revenues owed under their contracts.
    More Details Hide Details The cast members claimed they had not received revenues from show-related items, including comic books, T-shirts, scrapbooks, trading cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, toy cars, magnets, greeting cards, and DVDs, where their images appear on the box covers. Under their contracts, they were supposed to be paid 5% from the net proceeds of merchandising if their sole images were used, and half that amount if they were in a group. CBS said it owed the actors $8,500 and $9,000 each, most of it from slot machine revenues, but the group said they were owed millions. The lawsuit was initiated after Ross was informed by a friend playing slots at a casino of a "Happy Days" machine on which players win the jackpot when five Marion Rosses are rolled. In October 2011, a judge rejected the group's fraud claim, which meant they could not receive millions of dollars in potential damages. On June 5, 2012, a judge denied a motion filed by CBS to have the case thrown out, which meant it would go to trial on July 17 if the matter were not settled by then. In July 2012, the actors settled their lawsuit with CBS. Each received a payment of $65,000 and a promise by CBS to continue honoring the terms of their contracts. Williams said, "I'm very satisfied with the settlement. And that's all I can say."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 58
    He founded Starmaker Products, a cosmetics company, and was a featured speaker at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's National Trademark Expo in April 2008, at which he talked about the importance of registered trademarks for small businesses (and signed autographs for Happy Days fans).
    More Details Hide Details Williams is the author of Singing to a Bulldog: From Happy Days to Hollywood Director, and the Unlikely Mentor Who Got Me There.
  • 2003
    Age 53
    While directing a 2003 episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch titled "Sabrina in Wonderland", he appeared as Potsie in a fantasy sequence.
    More Details Hide Details He also joined his fellow Happy Days cast members for reunion specials in 1992 and 2005. Williams is also a businessman. In 1987, fellow Happy Days cast member Al Molinaro and he opened a chain of diners called Big Al's; the business went defunct.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 46
    Despite his success as a director and producer, Williams has occasionally returned to his work on Happy Days in retrospective ways. He played himself in a 1996 Happy Days-themed Boy Meets World episode (which also featured former castmates Tom Bosley and Pat Morita).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 22
    In 1972, Williams landed the role of Potsie Weber in a segment of the comedy-anthology series Love, American Style titled "Love and the Happy Days", which also introduced Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard), Richie's mother Marion (Marion Ross), and other characters that were spun off into the television series Happy Days. (Only Williams, Howard, and Ross reprised their roles for the spin-off).
    More Details Hide Details The new series' first season, during which Williams received second billing after Howard, was centered mainly on Richie and Potsie. Eventually, as break-out character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) and Richie's mother, father, and sister became more popular, Potsie was joined by Ralph Malph (Don Most, who was merely a side character in season one), and Potsie and Ralph became inseparable. Unlike Howard and Most, Williams was one of the few to remain through the entire run of the series, although his appearances became less frequent in later seasons. In some episodes, Richie, Potsie, and Ralph formed a band combo that performed at Arnold's Drive-In and other places. As Potsie, Williams actually sang lead vocals for the group. Williams' first wife, Lorrie Mahaffey, portrayed Potsie's girlfriend, Jennifer, in later seasons. After Happy Days, Williams began a much more prolific career as a television director, starting with short programs for adolescent-age children, including afterschool specials "No Greater Gift" (1985) and "The Drug Knot" (1986), and TV-movie Lone Star Kid (1986). He has gone on to direct many episodes for a variety of television series, including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Charmed. He also directed several episodes of the TV series 7th Heaven.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on September 25, 1949.
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