- Moved to the U.S. with his family at age 11.
- Studied civil engineering in college, but had to drop out in order to help support his family.
- Joined Martin and Seig's Mastodon Minstrels in 1893 and met George Walker there; the two paired up to form a comedy team.
- Performed for King Edward VII of the United Kingdom in 1904.
- Debuted his signature song, "Nobody," during the 1906 Broadway production of Abyssinia.
- Hired by Ziegfield's Follies in 1910 and became their highest paid star.
- Collapsed during a performance of Under the Bamboo Tree in 1922 and died several weeks later.
- Charlotte Thompson — Wife
- Frederick Williams Jr. — Father
- Julia Williams — Mother
- Attended Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States