Grant Williams

Actor and Tenor
Born Aug 18, 1931

Grant Williams was an American film actor and operatic tenor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Scott Carey in the seminal science fiction film The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), which has since become a cult classic.

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1931 Birth Born on August 18, 1931.


1948 16 Years Old Born John Grant Williams in New York City to a Scottish father and an Irish mother, Williams began acting in summer stock as a child. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1948 to 1952, before and during the Korean War. … Read More


1954 22 Years Old Following several small roles on Broadway and television, he was spotted by a talent scout on Kraft Television Theater in 1954, and signed with Universal Pictures two years later. … Read More
1957 25 Years Old In 1957, in his most memorable role, Williams starred as Scott Carey in his seventh film, The Incredible Shrinking Man, with Randy Stuart playing his wife, Louise. … Read More
1959 27 Years Old Universal Pictures dropped his contract in 1959, and he signed in 1960 with Warner Brothers, where he had a continuing role as the private detective Greg McKenzie in the ABC television series Hawaiian Eye, co-starring Robert Conrad, Anthony Eisley, and Connie Stevens. … Read More


1964 32 Years Old He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1964 as columnist and murderer Quincy Davis in "The Case of the Ruinous Road", and defendant Dr. Todd Meade in the 1965 episode "The Case of the Baffling Bug".
1965 33 Years Old He played the title character (Albert "Patch" Saunders) in the 1965 Bonanza episode "Patchwork Man."
1969 37 Years Old As his acting career declined, he opened a dramatics school in West Hollywood. He also wrote several books on acting. Williams continued to act occasionally in both movies and television. His last released film appearance was in Doomsday Machine (1972 film), but as it was actually shot in 1969, it made Brain of Blood (1972) his last acting work for the screen.


1983 51 Years Old His last TV appearance was in 1983 on the game show Family Feud, where he acted with other cast members from the TV series Hawaiian Eye. Grant Williams died on July 28, 1985 of peritonitis at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. … Read More
1985 54 Years Old Died on July 25, 1985.
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