Actor Bill Williams, Played TV’s Kit Carson, Dead at 77
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ Actor Bill Williams, star of ″The Adventures of Kit Carson″ TV show in the 1950s, died of complications from a brain tumor. He was 77.
Williams died Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman Sue Wyninegar.
Williams filmed 104 Kit Carson episodes from 1951-54 with Don Diamond as his sidekick, El Toro.
He also appeared in Western movies such as ″Gunfight at the O.K. Corral″ and ″Rio Lobo.″
Born William H. Katt, Williams said in a 1951 interview that he had yearned for wide-open spaces while growing up in New York’s Brooklyn borough.
He became a junior national champion swimmer in his teens and began his career in vaudeville with the Stuart Morgan dancers.
After Army Air Corps service in World War II, he made his debut as a contract player for RKO and then was loaned to Universal and featured in the 1944 mystery ″Murder in the Blue Room.″
He was in more than 50 films, including ″Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo,″ ″Those Endearing Young Charms,″ ″The Great Missouri Raid,″ ″Son of Paleface,″ ″Bronco Buster,″ ″Broken Star,″ ″Scandalous John″ and ″Till the End of Time.″
His is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters and four grandsons. His wife, actress Barbara Hale, played Della Street on television’s ″Perry Mason.″ His son, William T. Katt, starred in the television show ″The Greatest American Hero″ and plays Paul Drake Jr. in the new ″Perry Mason″ movies.