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Williamson, Fred Biography




biography of Williamson, Fred

Hammer
5 March 1938, Gary, Indiana, USA
6' 3"
Former Oakland Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs football star who rose to prominence as one of the first African-American male action stars of the "blaxploitation" genre of the early 1970s, who has since gone on to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer! Burly, yet handsome 6' 3" Williamson first came to attention in the TV series _"Julia" (1968)_ (qv) playing love interest, Steve Bruce. However, his rugged, athletic physique made him a natural for energetic roles and he quickly established himself as a street wise, tough guy in films including _That Man Bolt (1973)_ (qv), _Black Caesar (1973)_ (qv), and _Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)_ (qv). Talented Williams established his own production company "Po 'Boy Productions" in 1974, which has produced over 40 movies to date. Like many young American stars of the 1960s and '70s, Williamson was noticed by Italian producers who cast him in a slew of B-grade action movies that occupied a lot of his work in the 1980s. From the late '80s onwards, much of his work has been of the "straight to video" fare (often playing police officers), but none could deny he has kept actively busy in movies and TV for over three decades, both in front of and behind the camera. More recently, indie director 'Robert Rodriguez (I)' (qv) cast him alongside FX guru 'Tom Savini' (qv) as two vampire killing bikers, in his bloody action film _From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)_ (qv), and he has most recently appeared on screen (displaying his wonderful comedy skills) playing grumpy Captain Dobey in _Starsky & Hutch (2004)_ (qv).
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-   'Linda' (? - present)


-   Perpetually wears his Super Bowl I ring, never taking it off

-   Is typically seen with his trademark cigar, either in film or in person during private interviews.


-   Played football at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois).

-   High School - Froebel High School, Gary, IN College - Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

-   He is a trained Architect.

-   Did a season of _"NFL Monday Night Football" (1970)_ (qv) with 'Howard Cosell' (qv).

-   Appeared (mostly) nude in October 73 issue of Playgirl Magazine.

-   Graduated from high school in 1955.

-   1959 Northwestern University graduate.

-   Got the nickname Hammer while playing football because he was known to hit hard. "Put the hammer on you".

-   Has black belts in the following martial arts: Kenpo, Shotokan Karate, and Tae-Kwon-Do.

-   Was one of the judges in the Miss Universe pageant in 1976.

-   Turned down a role in _I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)_ (qv) because he didn't want to parody the "cool hero" image he had developed in films during the 1970s.

-   Played for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I in January of 1967.

-   Speaks Italian fluently.


-   TV commercial: He starred in a memorable commercial for King Cobra Beer in the late 1980s and early 1990s ("Don't let the smooth taste fool you!"). 'Martin Kove' (qv), of _The Karate Kid (1984)_ (qv) fame, performed in a very similar King Cobra spot around the same time.

-   Music video: Appeared in 'Snoop Dogg' (qv)'s video "Doggy Dogg World" (1994).

-   Interviewed in "Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak", 2009.

-   (2012) PSA for "Wounded Warriors Project".


-   'There's only two things that I demand of my scripts, and they're the same things my audiences demand. First, I have to get the girl. And second, I have to win all the fights. We don't need suspense. With those two ingredients, the picture is assured of being a hit.'


-   _Monday Night Mayhem (2002) (TV)_ (qv)


-   (1968) Played in the CFL

-   (2003) Living on the family ranch near Portales, New Mexico.

-   (1965) Traded to Kansas City Chiefs. Played in Super Bowl I vs Green Bay.

-   (1961) Signed with Oakland Raiders

-   (1960) Signed by San Francisco 49ers. Traded before the start of the 1960 season and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.


-   "TV Guide" (USA), 24 January 2004, Vol. 52, Iss. 4, pg. 12, by: Ileane Rudolph, "Insider Q & A"

-   "Shock Cinema" (USA), 1999, Iss. 15, pg. 3-7, by: Steve Ryfle, "The Last Action Hero: Shock Cinema Talks With Fred Williamson"

-   "Total Film" (UK), April 1997, Iss. 3, pg. 66-70, by: Andy Lowe

-   "Empire" (UK), 1997, Iss. 93, pg. 46, by: Adam Smith, "Where are they now?: Blaxpoitation Hero..."


-   "Premiere" (USA), May 1996, Vol. 9, Iss. 9, pg. 104, by: Andy Webster


-   "Playboy" (USA), December 1973, Vol. 20, Iss. 12, pg. 209, by: Arthur Knight, "Sex Stars of 1973"

-   "Playboy" (USA), November 1973, Vol. 20, Iss. 11, pg. 254-255, by: Arthur Knight, "Sex In Cinema 1973"


-   "Shock Cinema" (USA), 1999, Iss. 15

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Acting in movies

  1. Unkillable (2014)
  2. .357 (2013)
  3. Billy Trigger (2013)
  4. Life Outside (2013)
  5. Sticky Fingers: The Movie! (2013)
  6. The Gold Rush Boogie (2013)
  7. Daddy-O Died So That Love Could Live (2012)
  8. Dropping Evil (2012)
  9. Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s (2012)
  10. Last Ounce of Courage (2012)
  11. The Voices from Beyond (2012)
  12. "Comedy Bang! Bang!" (2012) {Seth Rogen Wears a Plaid Shirt & Brown Pants (#1.5)}
  13. 4-Bidden (2011) {{SUSPENDED}}
  14. Evil Menace (2011) {{SUSPENDED}}
  15. Spaghetti Soul (2011) (V)
  16. The Voices from Beyond (2011) {{SUSPENDED}}
  17. Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption (2011)
  18. American Grindhouse (2010)
  19. Hollywont (2010) (V) {{SUSPENDED}}
  20. Shoot the Hero (2010)
  21. Street Poet (2010)
  22. Way Black When (2010) (TV)
  23. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Tippi Hedren (#7.3)}
  24. Black Kissinger (2009) {{SUSPENDED}}
  25. Direct Your Own Damn Movie! (2009) (V)
  26. Directors on Directing (2009)
  27. Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s (2009) {{SUSPENDED}}
  28. I Was a Teenage Demigod (2009) {{SUSPENDED}}
  29. Last Ounce of Courage (2009) {{SUSPENDED}}
  30. Secrets of Life (2009)
  31. Secrets of Life (2009) {{SUSPENDED}}
  32. Spats (2009) {{SUSPENDED}}
  33. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Indian Canyon's Golf Resort 2008 (#6.5)}
  34. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Newport Beach Boat Parade (#6.10)}
  35. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Playboy Golf 2008 (#6.8)}
  36. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Sinatra Celebrity Golf 2008 (#6.9)}
  37. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Westin Mission Hills (#6.12)}
  38. "Knight Rider" (2008) {Fly by Knight (#1.15)}
  39. "Pushing Daisies" (2007) {Water & Power (#2.12)}
  40. Train Kept A-Rollin' (2008) (V)
  41. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Agua Caliente Resort Casino (#5.5)}
  42. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Art Under the Umbrella's (#5.1)}
  43. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Balboa Bay Club Escoffier (#5.3)}
  44. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Celebrity Tennis (#5.13)}
  45. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Hong Kong (#5.14)}
  46. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Indian Canyons Golf Resort (#5.12)}
  47. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Mickey Rooney (#5.9)}
  48. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Mountain Biking (#5.11)}
  49. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Peter Marshal (#5.8)}
  50. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Playboy Golf (#5.7)}
  51. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {St. Theresa Gala (#5.10)}
  52. "Rome Is Burning" (2003) {(2008-03-04)}
  53. Fighting Words (2007)
  54. I Wanna Dance (2007) {{SUSPENDED}}
  55. Jocking Around (2007)
  56. Kansas City Chiefs: The Complete History (2007) (V)
  57. Revamped (2007) (V)
  58. "Durch die Nacht mit..." (2002) {Franco Nero und Fred Williamson}
  59. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Balboa Bay Club Smoker (#4.10)}
  60. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Bali (#4.7)}
  61. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Celebrity Golf (#4.9)}
  62. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Chamonix France (#4.6)}
  63. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Desert Regional Medical Center (#4.2)}
  64. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Exotic Cars (#4.8)}
  65. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Hammer at Frank Sintra Celeb Golf (#4.4)}
  66. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Indian Wells Tennis (#4.5)}
  67. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Joshua Tree (#4.1)}
  68. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {McCormick Car Auction (#4.3)}
  69. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Palm Spring Modern Architecture (#4.13)}
  70. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Rancho Las Palmas Resort (#5.2)}
  71. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Rishikesh India (#4.12)}
  72. "Hello Paradise" (2004) {Silver Rock Resort (#4.11)}
  73. Soft Target (2006)
  74. Spaced Out (2006) (V)
  75. "The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame..." (1999) {The NCAA for Not Paying Student Athletes}
  76. Bullets Over Hollywood (2005) (TV)
  77. Transformed (2005) (V)
  78. "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" (2004) {Daydreaming & Gym (#1.11)}
  79. Lexie (2004) (V)
  80. Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted (2004)
  81. Starsky & Hutch (2004)
  82. The N Word (2004)
  83. The Wild Ride to Super Bowl I (2004) (TV)
  84. Da Hammer: Interview with Fred Williamson (2003) (V)
  85. Vegas Vampires (2003)
  86. "Sexual Predator Alert" (2002)
  87. Baadasssss Cinema (2002) (TV)
  88. Jim Brown: All American (2002) (TV)
  89. On the Edge (2002)
  90. A Huey P. Newton Story (2001) (TV)
  91. Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001) (TV)
  92. Deadly Rhapsody (2001)
  93. Down 'n Dirty (2001)
  94. Shadow Fury (2001)
  95. The Rage Within (2001)
  96. Hollywood Goes to Hell (2000) (TV)
  97. Submerged (2000)
  98. The Independent (2000)
  99. "The Jamie Foxx Show" (1996) {Super Ego (#4.12)}
  100. Active Stealth (1999) (V)
  101. "Intimate Portrait" (1993) {Pam Grier}
  102. Blackjack (1998) (TV)
  103. Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) (V)
  104. Ride (1998)
  105. Whatever It Takes (1998/II)
  106. "Fast Track" (1997) {Change of Heart (#1.22)}
  107. "Fast Track" (1997) {Deconstructing Eagle Ridge (#1.21)}
  108. "Fast Track" (1997) {Fighting Words (#1.13)}
  109. "Fast Track" (1997) {Going Japanese (#1.16)}
  110. "Fast Track" (1997) {Good Old Days (#1.17)}
  111. "Fast Track" (1997) {Guys with Guns (#1.20)}
  112. "Fast Track" (1997) {Jeff's Back (#1.18)}
  113. "Fast Track" (1997) {Kat's Cradle (#1.15)}
  114. "Fast Track" (1997) {My Mother, Myself (#1.19)}
  115. "Fast Track" (1997) {Real Time (#1.14)}
  116. "Fast Track" (1997) {The Temptation of Beckett (#1.23)}
  117. "PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal" (1996) {All Hallow's Eve (#3.9)}
  118. "PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal" (1996) {The Kiss (#3.5)}
  119. Full Tilt Boogie (1997)
  120. Night Vision (1997)
  121. Pitch (1997)
  122. The Big Score (1997) (TV)
  123. "Fast Track" (1997) {Beckett's Return (Pilot) (#1.1)}
  124. "Fast Track" (1997) {Combustions (#1.8)}
  125. "Fast Track" (1997) {Fast Money (#1.6)}
  126. "Fast Track" (1997) {Fathers & Sons (#1.5)}
  127. "Fast Track" (1997) {Kennedy Gets a Ride (#1.9)}
  128. "Fast Track" (1997) {Lap of Faith (#1.4)}
  129. "Fast Track" (1997) {Sibling Rivalry (#1.12)}
  130. "Fast Track" (1997) {Sweet Thunder (#1.2)}
  131. "Fast Track" (1997) {The Race Fan (#1.3)}
  132. "Fast Track" (1997) {The Whole Truth (#1.7)}
  133. "Fast Track" (1997) {Triangle (#1.10)}
  134. "Fast Track" (1997) {Winners & Sinners (#1.11)}
  135. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
  136. Original Gangstas (1996)
  137. "Arli$$" (1996) {Colors of the Rainbow (#1.7)}
  138. Murder Was the Case: The Movie (1995) (V)
  139. Silent Hunter (1995)
  140. "Renegade" (1992) {Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (#3.6)}
  141. South Beach (1993)
  142. Deceptions (1992)
  143. State of Mind (1992)
  144. Three Days to a Kill (1992)
  145. Detective Malone (1991)
  146. Steele's Law (1991)
  147. Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One (1990)
  148. The Black Cobra 2 (1990)
  149. The Black Cobra 3 (1990)
  150. The Kill Reflex (1989)
  151. Deadly Intent (1988) (V)
  152. Delta Force Commando (1988)
  153. Cobra nero (1987)
  154. Eroi dell'inferno (1987)
  155. Foxtrap (1986)
  156. The Messenger (1986)
  157. "Ebony/Jet Showcase" (1982) {(1986-10-17)}
  158. Half Nelson (1985) (TV)
  159. "Half Nelson" (1985) {Diplomatic Inmunity (#1.3)}
  160. "Half Nelson" (1985) {Malibu Colony (#1.7)}
  161. "Half Nelson" (1985) {Nose Job (#1.4)}
  162. "Half Nelson" (1985) {The Beverly Hills Princess (#1.6)}
  163. "Half Nelson" (1985) {The Deadly Vase (#1.1)}
  164. "Half Nelson" (1985) {Uppers and Downers (#1.2)}
  165. "The Equalizer" (1985) {Back Home (#1.13)}
  166. "The Equalizer" (1985) {Reign of Terror (#1.12)}
  167. I guerrieri dell'anno 2072 (1984)
  168. Impatto mortale (1984)
  169. Vivre pour survivre (1984)
  170. I nuovi barbari (1983)
  171. The Big Score (1983)
  172. The Last Fight (1983)
  173. Vigilante (1983)
  174. Warrior of the Lost World (1983)
  175. 1990: I guerrieri del Bronx (1982)
  176. Il cappotto di legno (1981)
  177. "Lou Grant" (1977) {Violence (#4.18)}
  178. Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980)
  179. "CHiPs" (1977) {Roller Disco: Part 1 (#3.1)}
  180. "CHiPs" (1977) {Roller Disco: Part 2 (#3.2)}
  181. "Fantasy Island" (1977) {The Pug/Class of '69 (#3.10)}
  182. "Supertrain" (1979) {Express to Terror (#1.1)}
  183. "Wheels" (1978)
  184. Blind Rage (1978)
  185. Quel maledetto treno blindato (1978)
  186. Mr. Mean (1977)
  187. Adiós Amigo (1976)
  188. Death Journey (1976)
  189. Joshua (1976)
  190. Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)
  191. No Way Back (1976)
  192. One Down, Two to Go (1976)
  193. The System (1976)
  194. "Police Story" (1973) {Thanksgiving (#4.7)}
  195. Boss Nigger (1975)
  196. Bucktown (1975)
  197. Take a Hard Ride (1975)
  198. Black Eye (1974)
  199. Crazy Joe (1974)
  200. Three the Hard Way (1974)
  201. Tough Guys (1974)
  202. "Soul Train" (1971) {Al Green/The Impressions (#3.26)}
  203. "The Rookies" (1972) {Johnny Lost His Gun (#3.7)}
  204. Black Caesar (1973)
  205. Hell Up in Harlem (1973)
  206. That Man Bolt (1973)
  207. The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973)
  208. "Police Story" (1973) {Dangerous Games (#1.1)}
  209. Hammer (1972)
  210. The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)
  211. "Soul Train" (1971) {Bobby Womack/The Bar-Kays/Candi Staton (#2.1)}
  212. "Soul Train" (1971) {Curtis Mayfield/War/Wilson Pickett (#1.26)}
  213. "The Merv Griffin Show" (1962) {(1972-04-18)}
  214. "Julia" (1968) {Anniversary Faults (#3.24)}
  215. "Julia" (1968) {Cool Hand Bruce (#3.17)}
  216. "Julia" (1968) {Courting Time (#3.19)}
  217. "Julia" (1968) {Paper Tigers (#3.22)}
  218. "Julia" (1968) {Strictly for the Birds (#3.20)}
  219. "Julia" (1968) {The Gender Trap (#3.25)}
  220. MASH (1970)
  221. Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)
  222. "Julia" (1968) {Absence Makes the Heart Glow (#2.29)}
  223. "Julia" (1968) {Bowled Over (#3.8)}
  224. "Julia" (1968) {Half Past Sick (#3.2)}
  225. "Julia" (1968) {Kim an' Horror (#3.6)}
  226. "Julia" (1968) {Long Time No Ski (#3.9)}
  227. "Julia" (1968) {Magna Cum Lover (#3.7)}
  228. "Julia" (1968) {Parents Can Be Pains (#3.11)}
  229. "Julia" (1968) {Ready, Aim, Fired (#3.1)}
  230. "Julia" (1968) {Dancer in the Dark (#1.18)}
  231. "Star Trek" (1966) {The Cloud Minders (#3.21)}
  232. "The Bold Ones: The Protectors" (1969) {A Case of Good Whiskey at Christmas Time (#1.1)}
  233. "The Bold Ones: The Protectors" (1969) {Deadlock (#1.0)}
  234. "The Outsider" (1968) {The Flip Side (#1.20)}
  235. "Ironside" (1967) {Sergeant Mike (#2.13)}
  236. 1966 AFL Championship Game (1967) (TV)
  237. AFL-NFL World Championship Game (1967) (TV)

Edited

  1. Mean Johnny Barrows (1976) (uncredited)

Written

  1. Spats (2009) {{SUSPENDED}} (story)
  2. Vegas Vampires (2003) (screenplay)
  3. Three Days to a Kill (1992)
  4. Steele's Law (1991)
  5. The Messenger (1986) (story)
  6. The Last Fight (1983) (writer)
  7. Mr. Mean (1977) (as Jeff Williamson)
  8. Adiós Amigo (1976) (written by) <1,1,1>
  9. Joshua (1976) (story and screenplay) <1,1,1>
  10. No Way Back (1976)
  11. One Down, Two to Go (1976) (story) (as Jeff Williamson)
  12. Boss Nigger (1975) (written by) <1,1,1>

Misc

  1. The Messenger (1986) (production assistant) (as Jeff Williamson)
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