Fast Facts

  • Moved to LA from his native Ohio in 1968; worked for the California Youth Authority while trying to break into show business.
  • First TV guest role was in a 1970 episode of That Girl.
  • Had a recurring role on Sanford and Son as Officer "Smitty" Smith.
  • Reprised his role of Sgt. L.C. Ross from Private Benjamin in the 1981-83 CBS sitcom version of the film.
  • Costarred with Marla Gibbs in 227 on-stage in Los Angeles before it became an NBC series in 1985.
  • Set up a scholarship fund for minority students studying TV communications in memory of his son Mark, who died in a camping accident in 1977.
  • With 227 costar Gibbs, was honored at the Giving Back Corporation's spring 2010 Celebrity Roast & Toast.


  • Mark Williams — Son


  • Birth Name: Harold Williams
  • Birth Place: Columbus, OH
  • Profession: Actor

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