Paul Williams

Born Sep 19, 1940

Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr. is an Academy Award-winning American composer, musician, songwriter, and actor.

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1940 Birth Born on September 19, 1940.


1953 12 Years Old Williams was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Paul Hamilton Williams, an architectural engineer, and his wife, Bertha Mae (née Burnside), a homemaker. His father died in a car accident in 1953 when Williams was 13 years old, after which Williams grew up living with his aunt.


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One of his brothers was John S. Williams, a NASA rocket scientist, who participated in the Mercury and Apollo programs and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, their highest honor, in 1969. … Read More


1973 32 Years Old …  On February 9, 1973, Williams made a joke appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in which he sang a song in full make-up as Virgil.
1974 33 Years Old He also played Migelito Loveless, Jr. in The Wild Wild West Revisited (1979), a reunion movie featuring the original cast of Wild Wild West television series, and played himself, singing a song to Felix Unger's daughter Edna, in The Odd Couple television series in 1974. … Read More
1976 35 Years Old After appearing on The Muppet Show in 1976, Williams worked closely with Jim Henson's Henson Productions on The Muppet Movie, most specifically on the soundtrack, and even had a cameo in the movie as the piano player in the nightclub (who had a sign on the piano saying "Don't shoot piano player") where Kermit the Frog meets Fozzie Bear. … Read More
1980 39 Years Old In October 1980, Williams was host of the Mickey Mouse Club 25th Anniversary Special on NBC-TV. … Read More


1993 52 Years Old …  In 1993 he married Hilda Keenan Wynn, daughter of actor Keenan Wynn. … Read More


2007 66 Years Old He wrote the music for a musical production of Happy Days that debuted in 2007 and also made a cameo appearance as an animated version of himself singing "Breathe in the Sunshine" in the hit animated TV series Dexter's Laboratory. … Read More
2009 68 Years Old Williams is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his songs have been performed by both pop and country music artists. In April 2009, Williams was elected President and Chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
2011 70 Years Old In September 2011, director Stephen Kessler's documentary Paul Williams Still Alive premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. … Read More
Williams and Nile Rodgers were the only featured artists to speak on behalf of Daft Punk at the 2014 Grammy Awards upon their receipt of the Album of the Year award for Random Access Memories. … Read More
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