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Paul Williams



Diminutive musical prodigy Paul Williams worked as an apprentice jockey, professional skydiver and insurance salesman before turning to acting. Williams' size and puckish countenance enabled him to play adolescents well into his twenties; one of the best of his early film roles was the surly teenaged genius in The Loved One (1965). Though he kept a hand in acting throughout the 1970s, he was better known for his songwriter accomplishments. Working with such collaborators as Biff Rose, Roger Nichols and Charles Fox, he turned out such enduring song hits as The Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun," Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World," Three Dog Night's "Old Fashioned Love Song" and Dionne Warwick's "That's What Friends Are For." In films, Williams was Oscar nominated for his musical contributions to 1974's Phantom of the Paradise (in which he also starred), 1975's Bugsy Malone and 1979's The Muppet Movie. In 1976, Williams and collaborator Barbra Streisand won an Academy Award for the hit tune "Evergreen," the highlight of the Streisand remake of A Star is Born. As mentioned, Williams was never too busy to accept an occasional acting role. He played Little Enos in the first two Smokey and the Bandit movies, camped it up as Dr. Miguelito Loveless Jr. in the 1979 TV movie The Wild Wild West Returns, and could be heard as the voice of the Penguin in TV's Batman: The Animated Series (1992). Paul Williams was also a popular guest on talk shows, quiz programs and variety series.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Paul Williams Still Alive
  • Paul Williams
2012
91% Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?
  • Actor
2010
18% Valentine's Day
  • Romeo Midnight
2010
No Score Yet Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2008
43% The Rules of Attraction
  • Duty Doctor
2002
62% The Tigger Movie
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Men
  • Producer
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Mirage
  • Producer
  • Donald Gale
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Phantom 2040: The Ghost Who Walks
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet A Million to Juan
  • Jenkins
1994
No Score Yet The November Men
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Arthur Gwelyn
1994
No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Frogs!
  • `Gus' Buono Duono
1992
54% The Doors
  • Warhol PR
1991
No Score Yet Sky Trackers
  • Tony Masters
1991
No Score Yet Chill Factor
  • Clifford White
1990
No Score Yet Solar Crisis (Crisis 2050)
  • Freddy the Bomb
1989
42% Old Gringo
  • Cinematographer
1989
No Score Yet Frog
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Zombie High
  • Ignatius
1987
No Score Yet Best Enemies
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Night They Saved Christmas
  • Ed
1984
No Score Yet Purple Hearts
  • MP-Jeep
1984
No Score Yet Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?
  • Zee's Husband
1983
20% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
  • Little Enos
1983
20% Smokey and the Bandit II
  • Little Enos
1980
No Score Yet Stone Cold Dead
  • Julius Kurtz
1979
87% The Muppet Movie
  • El Sleezo Pianist
1979
No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Revisited
  • Michelito
1979
50% The Cheap Detective
  • Boy
1978
81% Smokey and the Bandit
  • Little Enos
1977
91% Phantom of the Paradise
  • Swan
1974
38% Battle For The Planet Of The Apes
  • Virgil
1973
No Score Yet The Revolutionary
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Watermelon Man
  • Employment Office Clerk
1970
80% The Chase
  • Seymour
1966
53% The Loved One
  • Gunther Fry
1965

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Taq
No Score Yet Batman: The Animated Series
  • Actor
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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