Anson Williams is an established actor, singer and director, best known for his role of Warren "Potsie" Weber on the television series HAPPY DAYS (1974–1984), a role for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. Williams has since become a prominent television director, working on programs such as MELROSE PLACE, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, LIZZIE MCGUIRE and THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER.
Williams began his career in 1971, when he appeared in a commercial for McDonald’s. The first of many. 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). 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. Williams was one of the few to remain through the entire run of the series.
After HAPPY DAYS, Williams began a very prolific career as a television director, starting with short programs for adolescent-age children, including afterschool specials "NO GREATER GIFT" and "THE DRUG KNOT", and TV-movie LONE STAR KID. He has gone on to direct many episodes for a variety of television series, including THE PRETENDER, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, MELROSE PLACE, SEAQUEST 2032, 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.
Williams is also a businessman. 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.
Williams is the author of Singing to a Bulldog: From HAPPY DAYS to Hollywood Director, and the Unlikely Mentor Who Got Me There.
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