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Anson Williams Biography

Birth Name:
Anson William Heimlich
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Actor, director

Fast Facts

  • Is the cousin of Henry Heimlich, the physician who invented the Heimlich maneuver
  • Sang and danced alongside John Amos in a 1971 McDonald's commercial
  • Transitioned from acting to behind-the-scenes jobs such as writing and producing, and in 1985 he took the advice of his Happy Days costar Ron Howard and began directing
  • After getting exposure as a singer on Happy Days, he embarked on a singing career, releasing a single and co-headlining shows in Las Vegas and Reno
  • Opened a chain of diners called Big Al's with his former Happy Days costar Al Molinaro
  • Founded Physicians Prefer, a company devoted to creating drug-free products, and Starmaker Products, a cosmetics company
  • Has five daughters


  • 1983Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated