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Treat Williams dies in motorcycle accident

Treat Williams died in a traffic accident at the age of 71. The US actor is best known for his leading roles in the film musical “Hair” and in the series “Everwood”.

US actor Treat Williams died in a motorcycle accident in the US state of Vermont. A car collided with Williams’ motorcycle in the town of Dorset, police said.

The 71-year-old, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown to the ground and was later pronounced dead at hospital. The driver was only slightly injured. Williams, whose full name was Richard Treat Williams, lived in the southern Vermont city of Manchester. His agent Barry McPherson confirmed his death.

Williams was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as hippie leader George Berger in the film adaptation of the hit 1979 musical Hair.

Known from “Hair” and “Everwood”

Williams broke into Hollywood in 1979 in the lead role of charismatic hippie George Berger in Milos Forman’s musical adaptation Hair. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Newcomer. Steven Spielberg got him in front of the camera for the comedy 1941 (1979), Sidney Lumet for the crime thriller Prince of the City (1981).

Williams also starred opposite Robert De Niro in the gangster drama ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ (1984), director Sergio Leone’s last film. He has had other roles in the action comedy Miss Undercover (2005) and survival drama 127 Hours (2010).

In the US he was probably best known for his leading role as Dr. Andrew Brown in the TV series Everwood. Williams was also seen on Broadway, including in “Grease” and “Pirates of Penzance”.

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