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Welcome to SALT OF THE EARTH :: TREAT WILLIAMS ONLINE @ treatwilliams.org a site dedicated to actor/director/producer/author and avid aviator Treat Williams. Best known for his breakout performance as the draft-card-burning hippie George Berger in the Milos Forman film Hair, and for his heart-warming four years as the transplanted neurosurgeon Dr. Andy Brown on the WB series Everwood Treat has gone on to star in many films and television shows. Included: Chicago Fire, White Collar, Brothers & Sisters, Against The Wall, Heartland, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Howl, Prince of the City, 1941, Pursuit of DB Cooper, Deep Rising, Mulholland Falls, A Streetcar Named Desire, Once Upon A Time In America, Why Would I Lie, and many more. Treat is also an accomplished pilot and has written a children's book about his joy of flying. I am NOT Treat Williams. This site has a NO PAPARAZZI policy.
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Television: Confirmation
playing Senator Ted Kennedy
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Year: 2015
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Television: American Odyssey
playing Colonel Stephen Glen
Director: Peter Horton
Year: 2015
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Film: The Congressman
(Formerly Catatonk Blues)

playing Charlie Winship
Director: Jared Martin and Robert Mrazek
Year: 2014
Status: Post-Production
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Film: Operation Rogue
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Director: Brian Clyde
Year: 2014
Status: Completed
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Posted On: September 26, 2015 || Author: treat williams online

The website DenofGeek has named two of Treat’s films as some of the most under appreciated of 1984. In the list, they name FLASHPOINT where Treat played the part of Ernie Wyatt, and the film ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA where Treat played the part of James Conway O’Donnell. Here’s what DenofGeek had to say.

9. Flashpoint

Here’s a brilliantly paranoid throwback to the conspiracy thrillers of the Nixon era – most obviously Parallax View. The chance discovery of a corpse and a partly-buried jeep reveal long-hidden links back to the assassination of John F Kennedy, which spells all sorts of trouble for the Texas cops who unearth the whole affair. Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams star in a thriller told by director William Tannen in taut, terse fashion.

3. Once Upon A Time In America

Sergio Leone’s sumptuous, punishingly long drama about organized crime in New York was subjected to a brutal edit for its North American release. Chopped down from 229 minutes to 139, the edited Once Upon A Time In America was scorned by critics for its lack of coherence, and largely shunned by audiences. It was a cruel fate for a superbly acted and mounted film, with Robert De Niro and James Woods both magnificent as Jewish gangsters climbing the ranks of Prohibition-era Manhattan.

If you can’t spend the near four hours of attention the film requires, our advice is to watch it in two parts. Woods once described Once Upon A Time In America as Leone’s finest film. He may well be right.

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Posted On: September 26, 2015 || Author: treat williams online

Double post today. Looks like Treat will be a busy bee. Not only is he starring in the Hallmark series of films CHESAPEAKE SHORES, but he’s also scheduled to take the stage in a production of MAN OF LAMANCHA at the Weston, Vermont playhouse.

Weston’s 2016 season reflects growing national stature

Weston Playhouse has been “breaking a leg” for 80 years and will be celebrating with not one, but two gala seasons. The summer 2016 season will begin the celebration, opening with “Man of La Mancha” starring Treat Williams, and feature the long-running Broadway hit “Mamma Mia!”

“There are barely more than a dozen theaters in the country that have achieved that (80 year) standing,” Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler explained in a phone interview.

“Happily for Weston, we’ve got to that point where our age starts to look equal to our accomplishments,” he said. “More important than that is that this needs to be a celebration not so much of our past but of our future.”

The 2016 main stage season also includes “Round and Round the Garden,” the third play in British playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s comic trilogy, and the Arthur Miller classic “All My Sons,” continuing Weston’s American Masters series. The intimate Other Stages productions, including the annual children’s show, will be announced when details have been confirmed.

The company is also in the midst of a $10 million capital campaign to create a year-round cultural center for retreats, workshops and performances on its village campus. For its second year of celebration, Weston hopes to open its Walker Farm arts center, including a state-of-the-art studio theater, in 2017.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is Vermont’s oldest professional theater company and has long been the benchmark for the state. But, more and more, with its top-notch productions such as last season’s “Guys and Dolls” and “The Glass Menagerie,” and its development of new musical theater, Weston is seen as competitive nationally.

“This is a vibrant and important company that is making a major contribution in its own home state and region, but is increasingly making work that is recognized on a national level,” Stettler said.

Part of Weston’s success comes from its “Vermont values.”

“What’s really special about Weston is we have the combination of a high level of artistry and a high level of humanity,” Stettler said. “There are a lot of companies around the country that do really good work and are not fun places to be on the inside. And there are plenty of places around the country — which Weston was — that are not doing the work that they would like to or should, but are creating family.

“Weston is finally at the point where it’s doing both. And I can say that with huge confidence,” he said.

The main stage season will open with “Man of La Mancha” (June 28-July 16), starring Williams. Having launched his career with the Broadway production of “Grease” and the film version of “Hair,” Williams will return to the musical stage as Cervantes/Don Quixote under the direction of Tony winner Wayne Cilento (“The Who’s Tommy,” “Wicked”).

“Treat is so pumped about doing this piece and bringing his friend Wayne Cilento, who is Broadway royalty as much as Treat is industry royalty,” Stettler said. “That Weston gives them a playground for them to do this together is just so exciting for them and for us.”

In collaboration with Dorset Theatre Festival and White River Junction’s Northern Stage, Weston will produce “Round and Round the Garden” (July 21-30), of the “The Norman Conquests.” The three companies will share a cast and creative team in bringing the trilogy to life, encouraging audiences to follow the exploits that take place in and around an English country house on a summer weekend.

Weston is one of the first regional theaters to secure the rights to “Mamma Mia!” (Aug. 4-20), one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, a feel-good musical based on the songs of ABBA. Producing founding director Tim Fort (“42nd Street,” “Les Misérables”) reunites with choreographer Michael Raine (“Guys and Dolls,” “A Chorus Line”) to deliver this blockbuster.

Continuing its five-year American Masters series, Weston celebrates Miller’s 100th birthday with “All My Sons” (Aug. 25-Sept. 4). Director Mary B. Robinson (Weston’s “Copenhagen”) will be at the helm of this Tony-winning play. It will include lectures, a statewide teachers workshop, school matinees and a performance at the Flynn Center in Burlington.

“This is a portrait of a company that I’ve always wanted us to be, that we’re finally beginning to show that we are,” Stettler said. “This coming season gives a picture of where Weston playhouse is — and where it’s going.”

For further details about the Weston 2016 season, sign up for the company’s eNews at www.westonplayhouse.org.

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Posted On: September 26, 2015 || Author: treat williams online

After the cancellation of AMERICAN ODYSSEY, Treat will be starring in a series of films from the novels called CHESAPEAKE SHORES. Treat will star alongside Jesse Metcalfe, Diane Lane, and Barbara Niven. Treat will be playing the part of Mick O’Brien. Here’s hoping the best for it. More news as it becomes available.

Treat Williams & More to Star in Hallmark Channel’s CHESAPEAKE SHORES Movie Series

Hallmark CHANNEL announces the start of production on “Chesapeake Shores,” a series of Hallmark CHANNEL original movies debuting on the network in 2016. The film is based on the novels of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods. Jesse Metcalfe (“Dallas,” “Desperate Housewives”) stars alongside Meghan Ory (“Once Upon A Time”), Golden Globe(R) nominated actor Treat Williams (“Everwood,” “Hair”), Academy Award(R) nominee Diane Ladd (“Wild At Heart”) and Barbara Niven (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”) in this epic, multi-generational family drama.

“It is a true honor to bring to life Sherry Woods’ captivating novel of family and forgiveness,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “This amazing, all-star cast will expertly portray Woods’ emotional, poignant and romantically woven story. We know our audience will be as taken and swept away by ‘Chesapeake Shores’ as we are.”

Ory portrays Abby O’Brien – a high-powered career woman, divorcee and mother to two young daughters. After years away from her family, she takes a trip from New York City to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores. The visit brings her face to face with her past, including her high school sweetheart Trace (Metcalfe), her undemonstrative father Mick (Williams), her daring sister Jess, and her beloved grandmother Nell. This trip also makes Abby notice the toll her career has taken on her ability to be a hands-on mother to her daughters. As she spends more time in her charming hometown, Abby begins to consider a permanent move to the town she once called home — Chesapeake Shores.

Metcalfe portrays Trace Riley, a handsome musician who was Abby’s first love. After high school, Abby abruptly left Trace and Chesapeake Shores without warning, an action he has never forgiven her for. Trace eventually follows his dreams to become a musician, only to return to Chesapeake Shores years later and find that Abby, too, is back in their hometown. The two remember what they once had, sparking deep and unresolved emotions.

Williams portrays Mick O’Brien, the commanding patriarch of the O’Brien clan. Mick’s wife walked out on him years ago, leaving him a single father working hard to provide for his family. Unfortunately his work took precedent, which made him emotionally unavailable to his children. When his daughter Abby returns home, it marks a new beginning for Mick and Abby as they work to reconnect and repair their strained relationship.

Ladd portrays Nell O’Brien, the beloved matriarch of the O’Brien clan and Mick’s mother. She is a warm, maternal and wise woman — with a lovely Irish lilt – who took over rearing of the O’Brien brood when her son’s wife, Megan, abandons the family. Through the decades, she is the glue that keeps the fractious, fractured family together.

Niven portrays Megan, Mick O’Brien’s estranged wife.

Dan Paulson is the executive producer. Martin Wood is the director and executive producer. Vicki Sotheran and Greg Malcolm are the producers. Nancey Silvers is the writer and executive producer, based on the books by Sherryl Woods, who also serves as an executive producer.

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Posted On: June 20, 2015 || Author: treat williams online

I know I’m behind in Treat’s episodes of AMERICAN ODYSSEY, and I’m sincerely sorry. My mom died May 16 and I’ve had a ton of things to do to settle her estate. Considering the finale is coming up in two weeks, I’m going to wait till I have the next two episodes done and post them all at once. Thank you for understanding.

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Posted On: June 20, 2015 || Author: treat williams online

Treat’s new film is getting a debut at a local film festival.

Actor Treat Williams To Preview His New Film At Wadsworth

SUSAN DUNNE

10:12 a.m. EDT, June 19, 2015

Robert Mrazek was a U.S. Congressman from New York for 10 years. A few years ago, he wrote a screenplay about a U.S. Congressman at a crossroads in his life. To embody the character, the Maine resident sought out another New Englander: veteran star Treat Williams.

“He wrote this lovely story about a man, a Vietnam vet and a Congressman, who has a very bad day. He turns it into a kind of life-changing event that takes place over the course of three days,” Williams said. “It’s in the spirit of films like Frank Capra’s films. There’s a very old-school feel to it.”

Williams, Mrazek and their collaborators are shopping the movie around to film festivals. Williams is hosting a sneak preview of “The Congressman” at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford on Friday, June 26. He will open the evening with an onstage Q&A with movie critic Rex Reed.

Williams lives in Manchester, Vt., with his wife, Pam, and daughter, Eleanor. Their son, Gill, is grown and working in the TV industry. In a phone interview from Manchester, Williams said that when he first read “The Congressman,” it reminded him of a film he tried to get made years earlier.

“I grew up in a lobster-fishing town in Connecticut, Rowayton, which at the time was on the other side of the tracks from Darien, real working-class,” he said. “A few years ago I … tried to make a film about a lobster fisherman who tries to make a life change. It never got made.

“Then I read this. Oddly, this script is nothing like the story I told, but it is set in Maine and it is about rediscovering your roots and what makes you happy in life,” he said. “It’s about coming home.”

Mrazek told the Boothbay (Maine) Register in 2013, when the movie was going into post-production, that the story was inspired by a fishing-zone dispute fought by a Monhegan Island lobster fisherman in the ’90s.

Internet Movie Database describes the movie: “Newly divorced, battered by the media, betrayed by friends, eight-term Congressman Charlie Winship is tired of Washington politics and the corruption of the special-interest lobbyists. Only upon meeting his constituents on [the fictional] Catatonk Island lying 20 miles off the Maine coast does Charlie find the strength once again to fight the good fight and find a love interest to fill his heart.”

The movie was shot in Maine, primarily on Monhegan Island, where Mrazek and director Jared Martin both own homes. Augusta fills in for Washington, D.C., and other scenes were shot in Rockland. It also stars “Pretty Little Liars” actor Ryan Merriman, “Person of Interest” star Elizabeth Marvel, as well as Josh Mostel, George Hamilton and Fritz Weaver.

A Life In Film

Williams, 62, got his colorful first name from distant relative Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He graduated from Kent School in Connecticut, then Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

When he started in show-biz he did musicals and comedies on stage, including playing Danny Zuko in “Grease” on Broadway. His first lead role in a movie was in the 1979 musical “Hair,” in which he played the hippie Berger, who makes a crucial mistake in the name of friendship.

“[‘Hair’ director] Milos Forman came and saw me. He was with Baryshnikov. He said to me, ‘Treat, I have to tell you, you do something very few actors do, you go completely overboard,'” he said. “I still don’t know if that was a compliment or whether he was warning me. After 12 auditions, I won the role.”

He broke into film drama with the lead role in “Prince of the City,” the 1981 thriller about a conflicted cop in a corrupt city. That changed how people saw him. “I went from being a lightweight musical-comedy guy to a guy who shouldn’t do comedy now, the serious cop guy,” he said.

Over the years has worked steadily, including playing a union boss in Sergio Leone’s saga, “Once Upon a Time in America,” portraying a menacing stranger in the coming-of-age tale ‘Smooth Talk” and an unhinged ex-gangster in the off-kilter noir “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead.” He also had the lead role, as a neurosurgeon who moves from New York to Colorado, in the TV series “Everwood,” from 2002 to 2006.

He is especially proud of “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead.” “I played a psychopath,” he said. “I finally broke the mold. After that, I don’t think anyone said ‘I see what he does.'”

Deborah Gaudet, curator of film and theater at the Atheneum, praised Williams’ versatility. “He is equally as convincing playing a friendly neighbor, or a disciplined military man, or a sleazy creep. He is credible in serious roles, yet has great comedic timing,” Gaudet said. She said Williams and Reed have known each other for years. “I am sure the discussion will be very entertaining,” she said.

Williams said his next role has a lot in common with “The Congressman”: He’ll play another politician. He said he has been cast to play Ted Kennedy in “Confirmation,” an HBO movie directed by Rick Famuyiwa on the 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Kerry Washington has been cast to play Anita Hill, Wendell Pierce to play Thomas and Greg Kinnear to play Joe Biden.

A SPECIAL NIGHT WITH TREAT WILLIAMS AND REX REED will be on Friday, June 26, at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. in Hartford. A reception will be held starting at 5 p.m., Williams and Reed will hold an onstage conversation starting at 6 p.m. and a sneak preview of “The Congressman” will be shown at 7 p.m. Admission is $25, $22 members, film and conversation only $12, members $10, seniors and students $11, Insider Access $5. thewadsworth.org.

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Posted On: June 06, 2015 || Author: treat williams online

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Treat has been added to the cast of an upcoming HBO drama called CONFIRMATION. The film is about Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings. Treat will be playing the late Lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy. I’m not going to go out on a limb here to say this, but this is perfect casting. I’m sure Treat will do the late senator justice.

Treat Williams, Bill Irwin Join HBO’s ‘Confirmation’ (Exclusive)

June 05, 2015 12:42pm PT by Lesley Goldberg , Kate Stanhope

HBO’ Confirmation is adding to its impressive cast list once again.

Treat Williams and Bill Irwin are the latest actors to join the upcoming TV movie about Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation hearings, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Confirmation, from HBO Films, details the explosive 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings (at which Anita Hill testified), which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way people think about sexual harassment, victims’ rights and modern-day race relations.

Williams has been cast as Ted Kennedy, who was one of Thomas’ biggest critics. He famously pressed Thomas about his unwillingness to express an opinion about Roe v. Wade during the hearings. Irwin will play John Danforth, who used his clout in Washington D.C. to boost the confirmation of Thomas, who had worked for Danforth for many years during his terms as Attorney General of Missouri and Senator.

Scandal’s Kerry Washington stars as Hill and Treme’s Wendell Pierce will play Thomas. The cast also includes Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Alison Wright andGreg Kinnear, the latter who will play Vice President Joe Biden. (And who also, coincidentally, played a Kennedy in the 2011 miniseries The Kennedys.)

Academy Award-nominated writer Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) will pen the script and executive produce the drama, which hails from Groundswell Productions in association with ABC Signature. Groundswell CEO Michael London (ABC’s upcoming soap The Astronaut Wives Club) and production president Janice Williams will executive produce alongside Grant and Washington. Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa will direct the TV movie, which will begin production in early summer.

Williams, whose credits include Everwood and Chicago Fire, can currently be seen on American Odyssey. He is repped by APA and Lasher Group. Irwin’s credits include Interstellar, Law & Order: SVU and CSI. He is repped by Innovative Artists and Viking Entertainment.

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Posted On: May 14, 2015 || Author: treat williams online

My apologies for now having these up before now, however, I’ve been having some personal issues that have made it impossible for me to get these updates up. My 91 year-old mother has had to be admitted to the hospital and my attentions have been toward her. I hope you’ll understand. Anyway, I have Treat’s last three AMERICAN ODYSSEY episodes for you. Still not enough of Col. Glen for my liking, but when he’s on Treat makes a huge impact. I’m loving this show explicitly for it’s daring to go where other network shows won’t. This whole arc with Odell (Anna Friel) is somewhat reminiscent of the story of American Jessica Lynch, a private in the army who was supposedly taken prisoner by the Iraqis back in the early phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The controversy was over the fact that the story turned out to be largely untrue of Lynch’s imprisonment. But this show is giving us a somewhat daring view of the ability of the government to cover up unpleasant events.

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Posted On: April 20, 2015 || Author: treat williams online

Here are the screencaps from tonight’s thrilling episode of AMERICAN ODYSSEY. Treat had a really good scene as Col. Glen where he got a little testy with the young Jake Robinson (Harrison Walters). It seemed to me tonight the plot was ratcheted up a few notches. We get a little bit more of Treat in next week’s promo included below. Enjoy.

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Posted On: April 13, 2015 || Author: treat williams online

I have some HQ stills from AMERICAN ODYSSEY for you. Three episodes worth. Treat looking amazing in uniform.

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Posted On: April 13, 2015 || Author: treat williams online

A bit of Treat in last night’s AMERICAN ODYSSEY episode. Any little bit is a good thing. I’m hoping by the previews for next week and further we’ll get more, though what we did see of Treat was indeed a small treat. I’m loving him as Col. Glen. My gosh he looks smashing in uniform. I have more from the show for you after this post. Stay tuned.

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