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Bart Williams, Character Actor on Stage and Screen, Dies at 65

Bart Williams, a veteran character actor who was active in Actors Equity, died from cancer at his home in Bullhead City, Arizona, on June 28. He was 65.

Born in Los Angeles, he appeared in Equity productions nationwide over many decades, often reprising roles for which he became celebrated such as Franklin D. Roosevelt in “Annie,” Cap’n Andy in “Show Boat,” Major General Stanley in “The Pirates of Penzance” and the Wizard in “The Wizard of Oz.”

Film credits included “The Doomsday Clock,” “Short Circuit 2,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “An Enemy of the People,” while highlights of his career in television include  “Mad TV,” “Weird Science,” “Abbott & Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld,” “Totally Hidden Video” and “General Hospital.”

He was also a successful writer, director and producer, recently garnering numerous festival awards for his feature documentary “The Last First Comic,” about Irv Benson, the only surviving burlesque comedy headliner.

For Actors Equity Association, Bart served as principal councilor on the Western Regional Board and National Council plus the Hollywood Boulevard Theaters and Membership Education Committees.

His encyclopedic knowledge of theater, radio, film and television history was nearly matchless.

He is survived by a brother and two nieces.

Donations may be made to the Actors Fund.

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