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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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Current/Upcoming Projects
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
playing N/A
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: 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: October 25, 2014 || Author: treat williams online

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve had some projects that have taken precedent and I needed to concentrate on those. However, I do have an event for you. Treat attended the 30th Anniversary of the release of his 1984 film ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA back in September. Enjoy.

  • [014] EVENT IMAGES: 09/27/2014 – “Once Upon A Time In America” Photo Call – 52nd New York Film Festival

   

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Posted On: May 19, 2014 || Author: treat williams online

I have three of Treat’s films for you. All of them Treat pretty much had small parts, but he no less made the most of his screen time proving yet again what an amazing actor he is. I think though Treat and James Franco are following each other around. The two were in two films together, each quite different. They are:

• (2013) REACHING FOR THE MOON — The film takes place in the 1950s and Treat plays Robert Lowell, a poet and stars actress Miranda Otto as American poet Elizabeth Bishop.

• (2010) 127 HOURS — Treat plays James Franco’s father in what could loosely be called a cameo. Treat has no lines in the film that depicts the harrowing 127 hours that climber and caver Aron Ralston’s fight for survival after falling into a crevasse while out enjoying nature. Ralston had to resort to cutting his arm off in order to free himself from the fall.

• (2010) HOWL — Treat plays the part of Mark Schorer who testified in court about the early work of Beatnick poet Alan Ginsberg and the writing of his book Howl.

Please check out all these films. They are all amazing and though Treat’s roles are minimal, that does not detract from the fact they are quite good Indie flicks.

  • [385] SCREENCAPS: REACHING FOR THE MOON
  • [282] SCREENCAPS: HOWL
  • [182] SCREENCAPS: 127 HOURS
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Posted On: March 27, 2014 || Author: treat williams online

I have added a whole lot of event images of Treat to the gallery. The first official uploads to the site. They range from the premiere of Treat’s breakout hit HAIR where he played George Berger, through to as current as I have from 2012. I’m not going to link you directly to all the years I have added, only the main section through one of my favourite images. Enjoy.

  • [770] EVENT IMAGES: 1979-2012

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Posted On: March 27, 2014 || Author: treat williams online

Hello and welcome to SALT OF THE EARTH :: TREAT WILLIAMS ONLINE a site dedicated to the wonderfully talented actor/writer/producer/director/author and aviator Treat Williams. This site has come as a bit of a shock to me in terms of the shortness at which I erected it. Treat has been a favourite of mine since seeing him in the 1979 Milos Forman musical HAIR as the draft-card burning hippie George Berger. Treat caught my eye in a big way with his amazing ability to convey so much through the character and with the sheer force of his brilliance. I’ve since become quite a fan of his and this website is my tribute to him and his continuing career. Please come along with me in celebrating this unique talent and to keep up on Treat’s past, present and future work.

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