Adam Williams (1922 - 2006)

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Adam Williams in Without Warning, 1952
Born Adam Berg
November 26, 1922
New York City, U.S.[1]
Died December 4, 2006 (aged 84)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film and television actor, flight school owner
Years active 1951–1978
Spouse(s) Marilee Phelps (?–1970; 3 children)
Carole Berg (1974–2006; 3 children, 4 stepchildren)
Adam Williams (born Adam Berg; November 26, 1922 – December 4, 2006) was an American film and television actor.
Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa. A veteran "bad guy" actor of 1950s film and TV, he began his career after distinguished World War II military service as a United States Navy pilot, for which he received the Navy Cross.[2] In 1952, Williams played the lead, a Los Angeles woman killer, in the film Without Warning! In 1953, he was cast as Larry, a car bomber, in The Big Heat. He had a leading role in the 1958 science fiction movie The Space Children. Other notable film roles include the psychiatrist in Fear Strikes Out (1957) and Valerian in North by Northwest (1959).
An accomplished pilot, Williams also worked as an examiner for the FAA.
During the 1950s and 1960s, he appeared on dozens of television series, including the syndicated Sheriff of Cochise, set in Arizona and starring John Bromfield, and Have Gun – Will Travel in the episode "The Reasonable Man". He portrayed private detective and murderer Jason Beckmeyer in the 1957 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Runaway Corpse." In 1961, he was cast as Jim Gates in the episode "Frontier Week" on Joanne Dru's sitcom Guestward, Ho!, set on a dude ranch in New Mexico. In 1960, he played the role of a sailor hitching a ride in The Twilight Zone season 1 episode "The Hitch-Hiker", where he is picked up by a terrified driver played by Inger Stevens, who is compelled to pick him up so that he may offer protection and safety to her from a mysterious hitchhiker who shows up at various times and places along the road while she travels across country. Many reviewers have cited this episode as one of The Twilight Zone's "10 Greatest" of the series.[3] He had also appeared in the Twilight Zone episode "A Most Unusual Camera". He appeared in a couple episodes of The Rifleman and Bonanza, and in 1961 as Adam in "A Rope for Charlie Munday", in the ABC adventure series The Islanders. He was cast as Burley Keller in the 1961 episode "The Persecuted" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Lawman. He guest-starred in an episode of the 1961 NBC series The Americans, based on family conflicts stemming from the American Civil War, and in an episode of the 1961 series The Asphalt Jungle. One of his later roles was in the 1976 television movie Helter Skelter.

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Williams died in Los Angeles of lymphoma in 2006 at the age of 84. He is interred in California.

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Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA United States

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Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA United States

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Queen for a Day (1951) - Chuck, High Diver segment
Flying Leathernecks (1951) - Lt. Bert Malotke
Without Warning! (1952) - Carl Martin
Vice Squad (1953) - Marty Kusalich
The Big Heat (1953) - Larry Gordon
Dragonfly Squadron (1954) - Capt. Wyler
The Yellow Tomahawk (1954) - Cpl. Maddock
Crashout (1955) - Fred Summerfield
The Sea Chase (1955) - Kruger - Wireless Operator (uncredited)
The Proud and Profane (1956) - Eustace Press
The Rack (1956) - Sgt. Otto Pahnke
Fear Strikes Out (1957) - Dr. Brown
The Garment Jungle (1957) - Ox
The Oklahoman (1957) - Bob Randell
The Lonely Man (1957) - Lon
The Space Children (1958) - Dave Brewster
The Badlanders (1958) - Leslie
Darby's Rangers (1958) T/5 Heavy Hall
North by Northwest (1959) - Valerian
The Last Sunset (1961) - Calverton
Convicts 4 (1962) - Guard
Gunfight at Comanche Creek (1963) - Jed Hayden
The New Interns (1964) - Wolanski
The Glory Guys (1965) - Pvt. Lucas Crain
Follow Me, Boys! (1966) - Sergeant (uncredited)
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) - Sergeant Roberts
This Is a Hijack (1973) - Smitty

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1922 - In the year that Adam Williams was born, on November 4th, British Egyptologists George Carnarvon and Howard Carter unearthed the first step leading to King Tutankhamen's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. By the end of the month they had unearthed the steps and broken through the door into the intact tomb. This was the only tomb that had remained unlooted that had been found (and is, to date). Filled with gold, jewels, and ancient everyday items, the find was priceless - in terms of money and history.

1927 - At the age of merely 5 years old, Adam was alive when 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

1929 - At the age of just 7 years old, Adam was alive when the St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened on February 14th. In Chicago, seven men from the North Side Irish gang were gunned down by Al Capone's South Side Italian gang at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street. Al Capone was making a successful move to take over Chicago's organized crime. But the St. Valentine's Day massacre also resulted in a public outcry against all gangsters.

1946 - Adam was 24 years old when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

1986 - By the time he was 64 years old, on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

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Adam Williams
Born November 26, 1922 in Wall Lake, Iowa, USA
Died December 4, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA (lymphoma)
Birth Name Adam Berg
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)
Adam Williams was born on November 26, 1922 in Wall Lake, Iowa, USA as Adam Berg. He was an actor and writer, known for North by Northwest (1959), The Big Heat (1953) and Darby's Rangers (1958). He was married to Marilee Phelps. He died on December 4, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Spouse (1)
Marilee Phelps (? - 17 July 2000) ( her death) ( 1 child)
Veteran "bad guy" actor of 50s film and TV who began his career after decorated WWII military service as a U.S. Navy pilot (Navy Cross). Typed into playing gunslingers, psychos and menacers, particularly after his lead role in Without Warning! (1952) set the pace.
Father of music supervisor Madeleine Smith.
He was born in New York City, to Ethel and Adam Louis Berg. His parents were of German descent.

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Adam Williams (actor)
Born Adam Berg November 26, 1922
New York City, U.S.[1]
Died December 4, 2006 (aged 84)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lymphoma
Occupation Film and television actor, flight school owner
Years active 1951–1978
Spouse(s) Marilee Phelps (?–1970; 3 children)
Carole Berg (1974–2006; 3 children, 4 stepchildren)
was an American film and television actor.
An accomplished pilot, Williams also worked as an examiner for the FAA.
Life and career
Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa. A veteran "bad guy" actor of 1950s film and TV, he began his career after distinguished World War II military service as a United States Navy pilot, for which he received the Navy Cross.[2] In 1952, Williams played the lead, a Los Angeles woman killer, in the film Without Warning! In 1953, he was cast as Larry, a car bomber, in The Big Heat.
He had a leading role in the 1958 science fiction movie The Space Children.
Other notable film roles include the psychiatrist in Fear Strikes Out (1957) and Valerian in North by Northwest (1959).
During the 1950s and 1960s, he appeared on dozens of television series, including the syndicated Sheriff of Cochise, set in Arizona and starring John Bromfield, and CBS's Have Gun – Will Travel in the episode "The Reasonable Man". He portrayed private detective and murderer Jason Beckmeyer in the 1957 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Runaway Corpse." In 1961, he was cast as Jim Gates in the episode "Frontier Week" on Joanne Dru's ABC sitcom Guestward, Ho!, set on a dude ranch in New Mexico. In 1960 he played the role of a sailor hitching a ride in The Twilight Zone season 1 episode "The Hitch-Hiker", where he is picked up by a terrified driver played by Inger Stevens, who is compelled to pick him up so that he may offer protection and safety to her from a mysterious hitchhiker who shows up at various times and places along the road while she travels across country. Many reviewers have cited this episode as one of The Twilight Zone's "10 Greatest" of the series.[3] He had also appeared in another Twilight Zone episode, "A Most Unusual Camera". He appeared in a couple episodes of The Rifleman and Bonanza, and in 1961 as Adam in "A Rope for Charlie Munday", in the ABC adventure series The Islanders. He was cast as Burley Keller in the 1961 episode "The Persecuted" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Lawman. He guest-starred in an episode of the 1961 NBC series The Americans, based on family conflicts stemming from the American Civil War, and in an episode of the 1961 ABC series The Asphalt Jungle. One of his last roles was in the 1976 television movie Helter Skelter.
Death
Williams died in Los Angeles of lymphoma in 2006 at the age of eighty-four. He is interred in California.
Filmography
Queen for a Day (1951) - Chuck, High Diver segment
Flying Leathernecks (1951) - Lt. Bert Malotke
Without Warning! (1952) - Carl Martin
Vice Squad (1953) - Marty Kusalich
The Big Heat (1953) - Larry Gordon
Dragonfly Squadron (1954) - Capt. Wyler
The Yellow Tomahawk (1954) - Cpl. Maddock
Crashout (1955) - Fred Summerfield
The Sea Chase (1955) - Kruger - Wireless Operator (uncredited)
The Proud and Profane (1956) - Eustace Press
The Rack (1956) - Sgt. Otto Pahnke
Fear Strikes Out (1957) - Dr. Brown
The Garment Jungle (1957) - Ox
The Oklahoman (1957) - Bob Randell
The Lonely Man (1957) - Lon
The Space Children (1958) - Dave Brewster
The Badlanders (1958) - Leslie
Darby's Rangers (1958) T/5 Heavy Hall
North by Northwest (1959) - Valerian
The Last Sunset (1961) - Calverton
Convicts 4 (1962) - Guard
Gunfight at Comanche Creek (1963) - Jed Hayden
The New Interns (1964) - Wolanski
The Glory Guys (1965) - Pvt. Lucas Crain
Follow Me, Boys! (1966) - Sergeant (uncredited)
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) - Sergeant Roberts
This Is a Hijack (1973) - Smitty
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