Williams, Dick Anthony 1938– (Dick Richard, Dick Williams, Richard Anthony Williams)

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Williams, Dick Anthony 1938- (Dick Richard, Dick Williams, Richard Anthony Williams)


Born August 9, 1938, in Chicago, IL; married Gloria Edwards (died, February 12, 1988); children: Gary, one more. Education: Attended Malcolm X College and Kennedy King College.


Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1937.


Actor, director, and producer. Sometimes credited as Richard Anthony Williams, Dick Richard, or Dick Williams. Cofounder of the New Federal Theatre.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Drama Desk nomination, outstanding performance, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best performance by a featured actor in a play, and Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Award, best actor, 1974, all for What Wine Sellers Buy; Tor Award and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best performance by a featured actor in a play, 1975, both for Black Picture Show; Critics Award, outstanding achievement in performance, Drama-Logue, for Dink Blues; Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Award, 1975.


Stage Appearances:

(New York debut) Title role, Big Time Buck White, Village South Theatre, New York City, 1968.

Nigger Nightmare, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Omar Butler I, Jamimma, Henry Street Settlement's New Federal Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Rico, What the Wine Sellers Buy, Henry Street Settlement's New Federal Theatre, 1973, then Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, later New Theatre for Now, Los Angeles, both 1974.

Alexander, Black Picture Show, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1975.

Al Seaver, We Interrupt This Program, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1975.

Bobby Foster, The Poison Tree, Ambassador Theatre, 1976.

Also appeared in Dink Blues.

Stage Work:

Director, The Pig Pen, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1970.

Coproducer (with Woodie King), Black Girl, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1971.

Director, In New England Winter, Henry Street Settlement's New Federal Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Producer, A Recent Killing, Henry Street Settlement's New Federal Theatre, 1973.

Film Appearances:

Corbin, Up Tight!, 1968.

Ronald, The Lost Man, 1969.

(As Dick Richard) Malthus, Who Killed Mary What's 'ername? (also known as Death of a Hooker), Cannon, 1971.

(As Dick Richard) Spencer, The Anderson Tapes, Columbia, 1971.

(As Dick Richard) Pretty Tony, The Mack (also known as The Mack and His Pack), 1973.

(As Richard Williams) Joe Creole, Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (also known as Slaughter 2), 1973.

Preston, Five on the Black Hand Side, 1973.

Limo driver, Dog Day Afternoon, Warner Bros., 1975.

Paul, The Long Night, 1976.

District Attorney Winston, Deadly Hero, AVCO-Embassy, 1976.

Slake, The Deep, Columbia, 1977.

Andrew Jackson, An Almost Perfect Affair, Paramount, 1979.

Taj, The Jerk, Universal, 1979.

(As Richard Williams) Vicar, The Final Conflict (also known as Omen III: The Final Conflict), 1981.

Detective Paul Mackey, The Star Chamber, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.

Dan Gardner, Summer Rental, 1985.

Slasher Williams, Gardens of Stone, 1987.

Predator: The Concert, 1987.

Francis, Tap, 1989.

Big Stop Williams, Mo' Better Blues, 1990.

Officer Allen, Edward Scissorhands, 1990.

Henry, The Rapture, 1991.

The Gifted, 1993.

Clem, A Room Without Doors, 1998.

Mr. Armstrong, The Players Club, New Line Cinema, 1998.

Harold, Hot Boyz, Artisan Entertainment, 2000.

Missouri, Black Listed, York, 2003.

Elder Jonah, Jonah, 2003.

David, Virgin Again, Lead Dog, 2004.

Asa Jamir/Henry Washington, The Stolen Moments of September, Alpine, 2007.

August, Steamroom, Fencesitter, 2007.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Title role, Freeman, 1977.

Anthony, The Storyteller, NBC, 1977.

Martin, Sparrow, 1978.

John Tubman, A Woman Called Moses, NBC, 1978.

Danny York, Hollow Image, ABC, 1979.

Dr. Hopstone, Some Kind of Miracle, CBS, 1979.

Helmholtz Watson, Brave New World, NBC, 1980.

Jim Downs, The Night the City Screamed, ABC, 1980.

Samuel Taylor, Keeping On, 1981.

Ralph Joplin, The Sophisticated Gents, NBC, 1981.

Detective Campbell, A Gun in the House, CBS, 1981.

Reverend Richard Henderson, Sister, Sister, NBC, 1982.

Morris Elliot, Something So Right, CBS, 1982.

Leonard Hayes, This Is Kate Bennett, ABC, 1982.

For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (also known as For Us, the Living), 1983.

Detective Wylie, Through Naked Eyes, ABC, 1983.

Instructor, Night Partners, CBS, 1983.

Dr. Hume, Challenge of a Lifetime, ABC, 1985.

Jonas Jones, Our Family Honor, 1985.

Heart of the City, 1986.

Jackson Phillips, Cast the First Stone (also known as Cast the First Stone: The Diane Martin Story), NBC, 1989.

Rick Herd, Royal Gambit, ABC, 1989.

Caswell Baker, Percy and Thunder, TNT, 1993.

After All, Black Entertainment Television, 1999.

The Mutant Watch, 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

Ed Van Duzer, Heart of the City, 1986.

Abe Davis, Homefront, ABC, 1991-92.

Television Appearances; Specials:

(As Dick Williams), The Richard Pryor Special?, 1977.

Malcolm X, The Meeting, PBS, 1989.

The 7th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, syndicated, 1992.

Mr. Prince, What About Your Friends?, CBS, 1995.

Clem, A Room Without Doors, Showtime, 1999.

X-Men: The Mutant Watch, Fox, 2000.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Malcolm X, King, NBC, 1978.

Gawain Butler, James A. Michener's "Space," CBS, 1985.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Mondo Mabamba, "Public Affairs-DR-07," Dragnet 1967, 1968.

Spokesperson, "Robert Phillips vs. the Man," Ironside, 1968.

Reuben, "The Last Payment," Ironside, 1973.

Harry Martin, "Kill Huggy Bear," Starsky and Hutch, 1975.

Maceo Prentiss, "Quickie Nirvana," The Rockford Files (also known as Jim Rockford, Private Investigator), 1977.

Jomo, The Man from Atlantis, 1977.

"It's Easier to Pass an Elephant through the Eye of a Needle than a Bad Check in Bel Aire," Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, 1980.

Wayne, "Brother Tom," The Jeffersons, 1980.

Tyler Humphries, "Friends," Lou Grant, 1981.

Deputy District Attorney Baker, "The Eyewitness," Archie Bunker's Place, 1982.

Sly, "Let Them Eat Pretzels," Cagney & Lacey, 1983.

Grayson, "The Dog Who Knew Too Much," Hart to Hart, 1984.

"I Do, I Don't," Trapper John, M.D., 1984.

Chief of Detectives Jonas Jones, a recurring role, Our Family Honor, 1985.

Detective Kennedy, "That Terrible Swift Sword," Stingray, 1986.

Soul Train, 1986.

Detective Fredickson, "A Good Citizen," 227, 1987.

Malcolm X, "The Meeting," American Playhouse, 1989.

Frank Gilbert, "Life After Death," A Man Called Hawk, 1989.

"Carolann," B. L. Stryker, 1989.

Jackson, L.A. Law, NBC, 1989.

Bill Randfield, "Mother Nature's Son," WIOU, 1990.

Charles Jackson, "Bound for Glory," L.A. Law, 1990.

Bill Randfield, "Ode to Sizzling Sal," WIOU, 1991.

Beverly's father, The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1992.

Franklin Hovey, "Safe Sex," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

Franklin Hovey, "Pacific Rimshot," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

Ray Boyd, "Citizen Roc: Parts 1 & 2," Roc, Fox, 1994.

Agent Reggie Purdue, "Young at Heart," The X-Files, Fox, 1994.

Sam Burdette, "White Rabbit," Law & Order, NBC, 1994.

Mr. Prince, "What About Your Friends," CBS Schoolbreak Special, 1995.

"All the Players Came," Martin, Fox, 1995.

Whitney Roland, John Grisham's "The Client", CBS, 1995.

Beverly's father, "Beverly and the Prop Job," The Larry Sanders Show, 1995.

Agent McFadden, "Bird in the Hand," Due South, CBS, 1995.

Judge Crandall, "One on One," Sparks, UPN, 1996.

Special Agent Mike Lang, "Code Blue," JAG, CBS, 1997.

Harvey Boutier, "Dead Man Talking," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1997.

Charles Wilkes, "All in the Family," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1997.

Doctor, "Hood Sweet' Hood: Part 2," The Parent 'Hood, 1999.

"X-men," HBO First Look, HBO, 2000.

A recurring role, That's Life, CBS, 2001.

Reverend Neal Cook, "Cupid & Psycho," The Shield, FX Channel, 2002.

Reverend Neal Cook, "Two Days of Blood," The Shield, FX Channel, 2002.

Bad Whist Party Throwdown, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Captain Hawkins, Big John, NBC, 1983.



Mackin' Ain't Easy, 2002.

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