Adam Williams

Adam Williams

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Heat (1953)

Lowest Rated: 60% The Last Sunset (1961)

Birthday: Nov 26, 1922

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Actor Adam Williams served in the United States Navy as a pilot during World War II and was awarded the Navy Cross for his service. After he left the military, he went to Hollywood to pursue film acting. In 1951, Williams made his film debut in the comedy "Queen for a Day," which was based on the popular daytime Mutual Broadcasting Company radio program. The following year he starred as a serial killer in "Without Warning!," but he first garnered notice in the noir film "The Big Heat" as car-bomber Larry Gordon. Williams built a reputation in film for his bad guy roles, and worked steadily throughout the '50s. He also began appearing on television shows, on a number of popular series including the westerns "Have Gun - Will Travel," "The Rifleman" and "Bonanza." However, his best-known project is undoubtedly Hitchcock's "North by Northwest," where he pulled double duty as an actor and a pilot. In the film, he plays Valerian, the henchman who falls off of Mount Rushmore. Williams also served as the pilot who chased down Cary Grant in the iconic cornfield scene. Williams retired from acting in the late 1970's, after his final onscreen performance, Jansen, on the adventure series "Sword of Justice." He died from lymphoma at age 84.

Highest rated movies

The Big Heat
North by Northwest
Fear Strikes Out
The Last Sunset

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Raven James Chronicles Volume One Producer - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Called Hatter Fox Guard (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 70% The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit Sgt. Roberts (Character) - 1968
60% 58% The Last Sunset Calverton (Character) - 1961
97% 94% North by Northwest Valerian (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 14% The Space Children Dave Brewster (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 34% The Badlanders Leslie (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 45% Darby's Rangers Cpl. Heavy Hall (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 25% The Oklahoman Randell (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 65% The Garment Jungle Ox (Character) - 1957
83% 77% Fear Strikes Out Doctor Brown (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 18% The Lonely Man Lon (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 50% The Rack Sgt. Otto Pahnke (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proud and Profane Eustace Press (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yellow Tomahawk Cpl. Maddock (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl in Room 17 Marty Kusalich (Character) - 1953
100% 90% The Big Heat Larry Gordon (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 43% Without Warning Carl Martin (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Queen for a Day Chuck (Character) - 1951

TV

Credit
87% 97% Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon George Damler (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix George Henderson (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1961 1965 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Thin Man (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Truck Driver (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1962 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star),
Director
1959 1961-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Chuck Lynch (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law and Mr. Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1960 1962
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1958 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Slim Trent (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1961
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Woodward (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1958 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Al Hart (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Northwest Passage Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Jason Beckmeyer - P.I. (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage 7 Danny Rawlings (Character) 1955