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Samm-Art Williams

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Original Name
Samuel Arthur Williams
Birth
Burgaw, Pender County, North Carolina, USA
Death
13 May 2024 (aged 78)
Burgaw, Pender County, North Carolina, USA
Burial
Burgaw, Pender County, North Carolina, USA Add to Map
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Playwright, Television Screenwriter, Producer, Actor. He will be remembered for his penning of the Broadway play Home (1979) which earned him both a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk nomination. Additionally, he produced the popular TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which starred Will Smith. He attended Morgan State University and following college, he relocated to Philadelphia where he became a member of the New Freedom Theatre with who he was a performer. He moved on to Broadway and was an understudy for the play The First Breeze of Summer (1975). He moved to Hollywood and made his motion picture debut in the film Summerdog (1977). Williams went on to a wide range of films and TV programs usually cast in the role of a police officer. His other film credits include the cult-classic picture The Wanderers (1979), Dressed to Kill (1981) and Blood Simple (1984). His television credits include The New Mike Hammer, 227, Miami Vice and The Women of Brewster Place. During the late 1970s, he turned to writing and would pen stories for the TV programs American Playhouse, Cagney & Lacey and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He was a producer and writer for the series Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. He received Emmy Award nominations for Motown Returns to the Apollo (1985) and Frank's Place (1988).

Playwright, Television Screenwriter, Producer, Actor. He will be remembered for his penning of the Broadway play Home (1979) which earned him both a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk nomination. Additionally, he produced the popular TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which starred Will Smith. He attended Morgan State University and following college, he relocated to Philadelphia where he became a member of the New Freedom Theatre with who he was a performer. He moved on to Broadway and was an understudy for the play The First Breeze of Summer (1975). He moved to Hollywood and made his motion picture debut in the film Summerdog (1977). Williams went on to a wide range of films and TV programs usually cast in the role of a police officer. His other film credits include the cult-classic picture The Wanderers (1979), Dressed to Kill (1981) and Blood Simple (1984). His television credits include The New Mike Hammer, 227, Miami Vice and The Women of Brewster Place. During the late 1970s, he turned to writing and would pen stories for the TV programs American Playhouse, Cagney & Lacey and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He was a producer and writer for the series Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. He received Emmy Award nominations for Motown Returns to the Apollo (1985) and Frank's Place (1988).

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: May 14, 2024
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/270253299/samm-art-williams: accessed ), memorial page for Samm-Art Williams (20 Jan 1946–13 May 2024), Find a Grave Memorial ID 270253299, citing Burgaw Cemetery, Burgaw, Pender County, North Carolina, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.