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      Paul Williams

      Paul Williams

      Highest Rated: 100% Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

      Birthday: Sep 19, 1940

      Birthplace: Bennington, Nebraska, USA

      A prolific and ubiquitous presence in music, film and on television in the 1970s, Paul Williams was an Oscar-winning songwriter whose gift for gentle pop-rock songs like the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" led to a prolific career as both an artist in his own right as well as a composer for film and television. He also enjoyed a second, more modest career as an actor, spawned in part from his self-effacing appearances on talk shows where he spoofed his diminutive stature and unlikely sexy symbol status. By the mid-1970s, he had scored major hits with "Evergreen" from "A Star in Born" (1976) and "The Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie" (1979), but alcohol and drug issues, as well as changing tastes among music audiences, upended his career. Williams spent much of the 1980s as an actor while gaining his sobriety; he resurfaced in the 1990s with a generation of listeners, including many musicians testifying to the brilliance of his early work. Williams' renaissance led to new songwriting and film work, as well as a humorous tribute with the documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive" (2011), in which he and the film's director attempted to come to terms with his turbulent past. Throughout it all, Williams' best work from the 1970s and beyond remained a high-water mark in pop music, preserving his status as one of its most talented practitioners.

      Highest rated movies

      Paul Williams Still Alive poster
      Paul Williams Still Alive
      The Chase poster
      The Chase
      The Muppet Movie poster
      The Muppet Movie
      Phantom of the Paradise poster
      Phantom of the Paradise
      Smokey and the Bandit poster Smokey and the Bandit The Doors poster
      The Doors
      The Cheap Detective poster
      The Cheap Detective
      Battle for the Planet of the Apes poster
      Battle for the Planet of the Apes

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      88% 64% Superman: Red Son Brainiac (Voice) - 2020
      86% 86% The Bandit Self - 2016
      No Score Yet 77% Daft Punk Unchained Self - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland Cinematographer $18.6M 2014
      No Score Yet 67% The Ghastly Love of Johnny X Cousin Quilty (Character) $2.4K 2012
      97% 77% Paul Williams Still Alive Unknown (Character) $37.6K 2011
      26% 59% The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Lord Harmony (Character) $95.1M 2004
      No Score Yet 57% Alibi Eugene (Character) - 2003
      21% 22% The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick Unknown (Character) $582 2001
      No Score Yet 56% A Regular Frankie Fan Narrator - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Kind of Hush Mick (Character) - 1999
      82% 81% The General Writer $1.2M 1998
      No Score Yet 22% Men Producer $3.1K 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Markus 4 Dr. Tangu (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Use Your Head Dave (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Phantom 2040: The Ghost Who Walks Mr. Cairo (Voice) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Headless Body in Topless Bar Carl Levin (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mirage Director,
      Producer
      - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rose Against the Odds Lionel Rose (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die Duke (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 59% A Million to Juan Jenkins (Character) $1.2M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Returns Duke (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Exposure Director,
      Producer
      - 1993
      88% 87% Strictly Ballroom Hair Designer $9.1M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frogs! Unknown (Character) - 1992
      57% 79% The Doors Warhol PR (Character) $32.7M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sky Trackers Doctor Tony Masters (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chill Factor Clifford White (Character) - 1990
      40% 39% Ishtar Original Music and Songs $12.7M 1987
      No Score Yet 7% Zombie High Ignatius (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frog Gus (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 81% The Night They Saved Christmas Ed (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Planet Director - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? Zee's Husband (Character) - 1983
      17% 17% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 Little Enos Burdette (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rooster Rooster Steele (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Miss Right Director - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Albert "Rooster" Brooks (Character) - 1981
      17% 43% Smokey and the Bandit II Little Enos (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Wild West Revisited Michelito (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 50% Stone Cold Dead Julius Kurtz (Character) - 1979
      88% 88% The Muppet Movie Unknown (Character),
      Original Music
      - 1979
      50% 57% The Cheap Detective Boy (Character) - 1978
      60% 50% The End Original Music - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nunzio Director - 1978
      100% 85% Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Original Music - 1977
      78% 85% Smokey and the Bandit Little Enos Burdette (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight to Holocaust Colorado Davis (Character) - 1977
      81% 80% Bugsy Malone Original Music - 1976
      86% 84% Phantom of the Paradise Swan (Character),
      Original Music
      - 1974
      36% 30% Battle for the Planet of the Apes Virgil (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 17% Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues Director - 1972
      No Score Yet 83% The Revolutionary Director - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Out of It Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1969
      89% 73% The Chase Seymour (Character) - 1966

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Future-Worm! Future Danny (Guest Voice) 2016
      100% 92% Adventure Time The Hierophant (Guest Voice) 2015
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2011
      No Score Yet 95% Rugrats Train Conductor (Guest Voice) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Parkers Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      76% 77% Star Trek: Voyager Koru (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perversions of Science Unknown (Character) 1997
      33% No Score Yet Boston Common Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet 63% The New Adventures of Captain Planet Kujo (Guest Voice) 1995
      No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 93% Babylon 5 Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She-Wolf of London Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      78% No Score Yet The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet People Like Us Unknown (Character) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gimme a Break Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1981-1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980-1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.J. and the Bear Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Jacques (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Heavens Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet 100% The Odd Couple Paul Williams (Guest Star) 1974