Treat Williams, the beloved actor known for his roles in “Everwood” and “Hair,” has passed away at the age of 71 following a tragic motorcycle accident.
The news of Williams’ death was confirmed on Monday evening by his agent of 15 years, Barry McPherson, who expressed deep devastation over the loss. McPherson described Williams as the nicest guy and a remarkably talented actor, highly regarded by filmmakers since the late 1970s. He highlighted Williams’ satisfaction with his recent work and his balanced career.
The accident took place on Monday around 5 p.m. on Route 30 near Dorset, Vermont. According to Jacob Gribble, the fire chief for Dorset, the collision involved Williams’ motorcycle and a car. It appears that the car driver failed to see the motorcycle while making a turn. Williams was the only person injured in the incident, and he was airlifted to a hospital in New York by a LifeNet helicopter. Emergency services, including the Manchester Fire Department, East Dorset Fire, and Rupert Fire, responded to the scene.
The Vermont State Police released a statement later that day, confirming Williams’ identity and providing initial details about the crash. The investigation is still in its early stages, and further examination of the scene will be conducted on the following day, June 13.
Williams had a long and illustrious career spanning over four decades. He made his film debut in 1975 with the thriller “Deadly Hero” and went on to star in notable films such as “The Ritz,” “The Eagle Has Landed,” and the critically acclaimed “Hair” in 1979, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He received another Golden Globe nomination for his role in “Prince of the City” (1981).
In 2002, Williams took on the lead role of Dr. Andrew “Andy” Brown in The WB’s series “Everwood,” which ran for four seasons. His outstanding performance in the show earned him a SAG Award nomination. Throughout his career, he amassed more than 120 credits, appearing in films like Steven Spielberg’s “1941,” “Heart of Dixie,” and various TV shows including “Blue Bloods,” “The Late Shift,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chesapeake Shores.” Williams also made appearances in several Hallmark projects and Netflix productions.
Williams is survived by his wife, actress Pam Van Sant, and their two children, Gille and Ellie. His legacy as a talented and beloved actor will be remembered by fans and colleagues alike.