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Anson Williams

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The "watershed moment" for American actor Anson Williams arrived in February 1972. On a seemingly minor and inconsequential note, Williams -- then a 22-year-old, aspiring actor -- signed to appear opposite TV vet Ron Howard on a one-shot episode of the anthology series Love, American Style. Entitled "Love and the Happy Days," the segment featured two characters named Richie and Potsie -- a rather conservative teen and his "experienced" pal, attending high school together and coming of age in 1950s Milwaukee. The ratings for that episode rocketed off the charts, and prompted series producers to spin off a sitcom entirely devoted to the said adolescent friendship. And yet, though Happy Days premiered in January 1974 and ran for 11 seasons to consistently sensational ratings (virtually becoming an American pop-culture phenomenon), Williams and the Potsie character soon paled in comparison to the dynamism of Henry Winkler's rebel Fonzie -- carrying the show off in a much different direction than that originally intended. Williams nevertheless stuck with Happy Days through the end of its tenth season, and continued to pursue additional roles, though subsequent efforts (such as a turn in the dull telemovie I Married a Centerfold) never even came close to generating as much exposure as Days. Perhaps for this reason, Williams (like Henry Winkler, in fact) stepped behind the camera and began helming television projects -- initially, prime-time feature soapers (Little White Lies, All-American Murder), then, as the years rolled on, episodes of hit series including Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Star Trek: Voyager. In the early 2000s, Williams also directed episodes of the popular Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire, starring Hilary Duff.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet I Married a Centerfold
  • Bick Bellows
1996
No Score Yet Dream Date
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet All-American Murder
  • Director
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet A Perfect Little Murder
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Your Mother Wears Combat Boots
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet No Greater Gift
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Little White Lies
  • Director
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
2015
  • Clayton
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Secret Life of the American Teenager
2008-2013
  • Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
1996-2003
  • Director
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
  • Director
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
1990-2000
  • Director
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
76% Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Director
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
85% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Director
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Director
  • 1997
No Score Yet Xena: Warrior Princess
1995-2001
  • Director
  • 1996

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