Dick A. Williams

From the NY Times Obituary, February 21, 2012

Dick Anthony Williams, a prolific actor who created enduring roles in blaxploitation films during the 1970s while simultaneously securing his reputation on the New York stage with Tony-nominated performances and a Drama Desk Award, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 77.

His death was confirmed by a family friend, Samantha Wheeler. No cause was given.

Mr. Williams was in the top rank of the first generation of black actors to find steady work in American film, television and theater. Though he was most often cast in supporting roles, his performances were invariably singled out by critics for their intelligence and subtlety.

In 1974 he was widely praised for his performance in Ron Milner’s “What the Wine-Sellers Buy,” the first play by an African-American produced by Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival.

[Also credited as Dick Williams]

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
PlaywrightOne 1970-71 Season
Director In New England Weather 1970-71 Season
Director One 1970-71 Season
Actor Jamimma 1972-73 Season
Actor The Meeting 1986-87 Season