Fred Williamson

BirthDay:

05 Mar 1938

BirthPlace:

Gary, Indiana, USA

Bio:

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) 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), Black Caesar (1973), and Mean Johnny Barrows (1976). Talented Williamson 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 cast him alongside FX guru Tom Savini as two vampire killing bikers, in his bloody action film From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), and he has most recently appeared on screen (displaying his wonderful comedy skills) playing grumpy Captain Dobey in Starsky & Hutch (2004).
Filmography

Actor ( 143 credits )

Unkillable (2017) Himself
Marilyn: Zombie Hunter (2017) Arbogast
The Black Cobra Returns (2017) Detective Robert Malone (rumored)
Life Outside (2017) Frank
Classic Hollywood Cinemas (2016) Himself
Jackson Bolt (2016) Tommy
Sticky Fingers: The Movie! (2016) Boss (voice)
Check Point (2016) Chester
Victory by Submission (2016) Pokey Lewis
A Chance in the World (2016) Charlie
Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini (2015) Himself
Atomic Eden (2015) Stoker - The Leader
Billy Trigger (2014) Pops
Unsung Hollywood (2014)  Himself (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
.357 (2013) Hammer
Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013)  Jet Black (1 episode, 2014)
The Outsider - Il Cinema Di Antonio Margheriti (2013) Himself
Daddy-O Died So That Love Could Live (2012) Commander Death Blood
Last Ounce of Courage (2012) Warren Hammerschmidt
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s (2012) Himself
The Voices from Beyond (2012) Agent Farley
Dropping Evil (2012) Commander Death Blood
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012)  Dale's Boss (1 episode, 2012)
Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption (2011) Moses
American Grindhouse (2010) Himself - Actor, Three the Hard Way
Street Poet (2010) Gabriel
Shoot the Hero (2010) The General
Directors on Directing (2009) Fred Williamson
Secrets of Life (2009) Himself
Actors Entertainment (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Knight Rider (2008)  DEA Director (1 episode, 2009)
Jocking Around (2007) Himself
Fighting Words (2007) Gabriel
Vegas Vampires (2007) Fred Pittman
Pushing Daisies (2007)  Roland 'Rollie' Stingwell (1 episode, 2009)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Frost (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
Crooked (2006) Jack Paxton
The N Word (2004) (archive footage)
Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted (2004) Himself
Starsky & Hutch (2004) Captain Doby
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (2004)  Coach Stax (1 episode, 2005)
Hello Paradise (2004)  Himself (31 episodes, 2007-2010)
Rome Is Burning (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
On the Edge (2002) Dakota Smith
Into the Night with... (2002) (1 episode, 2007)
Sexual Predator Alert (2002)  Host
Shadow Fury (2001) Sam
Down 'n Dirty (2001) Dakota Smith
Deadly Rhapsody (2001) Jake
The Rage Within (2001) Dakota Smith
Submerged (2000) Captain Masters
The Independent (2000) Himself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Whatever It Takes (1998) Paulie Salano
Ride (1998) Casper's Dream Dad
Pitch (1997) Himself
Full Tilt Boogie (1997) Himself - 'Frost'
Night Vision (1997) Dakota 'Dak' Smith
Fast Track (1997)  Lowell Carter (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Original Gangstas (1996) John Bookman
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Frost
The Jamie Foxx Show (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Arli$$ (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996)  Fred Milton Di Genova / ... (2 episodes, 1998)
Silent Hunter (1995) Sheriff Mantee
South Beach (1993) Mack Derringer
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
State of Mind (1992) Loomis
Three Days to a Kill (1992) Cal
Deceptions (1992) Brady
Renegade (1992)  Jean Luc Leveaux (1 episode, 1994)
Steele's Law (1991) John Steele
Detective Malone (1991) Det. Robert Malone
Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection (1990) Lt. Robert Malone
Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One (1990) Captain Sam Beck
The Kill Reflex (1989) Soda Cracker
The Black Cobra 2 (1989) Lt. Robert 'Bob' Malone
Delta Force Commando (1988) Capt. Samuel Beck
Cobra nero (1987) Detective Robert Malone
Hell's Heroes (1987) Feather
The Messenger (1986) Jake Sebastian Turner
Foxtrap (1986) Thomas Fox
Amen (1986)  Barnet Thompson (1 episode, 1988)
White Fire (1985) Noah Barclay
The Equalizer (1985)  Lt. Mason Warren (2 episodes, 1985)
Half Nelson (1985)  Chester Long (6 episodes, 1985)
Deadly Impact (1984) Lou
I guerrieri dell'anno 2072 (1984) Abdul
Warriors of the Wasteland (1983) Nadir
The Big Score (1983) Detective Frank Hooks
The Last Fight (1983) Jesse Crowder
Vigilante (1983) Nick
Warrior of the Lost World (1983) Henchman
1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982) The Ogre
One Down, Two to go (1982) Cal
Ebony/Jet Showcase (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Fear in the City (1981) John Dikson
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) Hammer, the ladies man
Supertrain (1979)  Al Roberts (1 episode, 1979)
The Inglorious Bastards (1978) Pvt. Fred Canfield
Mr. Mean (1977) Mr. Mean
CHiPs (1977)  Ty (2 episodes, 1979)
Fantasy Island (1977)  Jackson Malone (1 episode, 1979)
Lou Grant (1977)  Crusher Carter (1 episode, 1981)
Blind Rage (1976) Jesse Crowder
Mean Johnny Barrows (1976) Johnny Barrows
Death Journey (1976) Jesse Crowder
No Way Back (1976) Jesse Crowder
Adiós Amigo (1976) Big Ben
Joshua (1976) Joshua
Take a Hard Ride (1975) Tyree
Bucktown (1975) Duke Johnson
Boss Nigger (1975) Boss Nigger
The New Spartans (1975) Lincoln
Three the Hard Way (1974) Jagger Daniels
Black Eye (1974) Stone
Tough Guys (1974) Joe Snake
Crazy Joe (1974) Willy
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (2 episodes, 1976)
The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973) Charley
Black Caesar (1973) Tommy Gibbs
Hell Up in Harlem (1973) Tommy Gibbs
That Man Bolt (1973) Jefferson Bolt
Police Story (1973)  Sergeant Bunny Green / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
Hammer (1972) B.J. Hammer
The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972) Nigger Charley
The Rookies (1972)  Johnny Barrows (1 episode, 1974)
Soul Train (1971)  Guest / ... (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) Beach Boy
MASH (1970) Dr. Oliver 'Spearchucker' Jones
The Bold Ones: The Protectors (1969)  Arnold Bartell / ... (2 episodes, 1969)
Julia (1968)  Steve Bruce / ... (17 episodes, 1969-1971)
The Outsider (1968)  Randall (1 episode, 1969)
Ironside (1967)  Det. Sgt. La Peer (1 episode, 1968)
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967)  Himself(Cocktail Party) (1 episode, 1968)
Star Trek (1966)  Anka (1 episode, 1969)
The Merv Griffin Show (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 1972)
The Gold Rush Boogie (0) Bubba
Anna Lucasta (0) Eddie
Old School Gangstas (0) Ham
The Last Hit Man (0) Dakota Smith
Beyond Control (0) Chief Private Investigator
Beautiful Nightmare (0) Sanderford

Producer ( 20 credits )

Atomic Eden (2015) executive producer
On the Edge (2002) producer
Down 'n Dirty (2001) producer
Night Vision (1997) producer
Original Gangstas (1996) producer
South Beach (1993) producer
Three Days to a Kill (1992) producer
Steele's Law (1991) producer
Taxi Killer (1988) producer
The Messenger (1986) producer
Foxtrap (1986) producer
One Down, Two to go (1982) producer
Mr. Mean (1977) producer
Mean Johnny Barrows (1976) producer
Death Journey (1976) producer
No Way Back (1976) executive producer (as Jeff Williamson) / producer
Adiós Amigo (1976) producer
Boss Nigger (1975) producer
Old School Gangstas (0) producer
The Last Hit Man (0) producer

Writer ( 8 credits )

Vegas Vampires (2007) (screenplay)
The Messenger (1986)
The Last Fight (1983) (writer)
One Down, Two to go (1982) (story) (as Jeff Williamson)
Mr. Mean (1977) (as Jeff Williamson)
Adiós Amigo (1976) (written by)
Joshua (1976) (story and screenplay)
Boss Nigger (1975) (written by)

Director ( 22 credits )

Vegas Vampires (2007)
On the Edge (2002)
Down 'n Dirty (2001)
Original Gangstas (1996) (uncredited)
Silent Hunter (1995)
South Beach (1993)
Three Days to a Kill (1992)
Steele's Law (1991)
Critical Action (1991)
The Kill Reflex (1989)
The Messenger (1986)
Foxtrap (1986)
The Big Score (1983)
The Last Fight (1983)
One Down, Two to go (1982)
Mr. Mean (1977)
Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)
Death Journey (1976)
No Way Back (1976)
Adiós Amigo (1976)
Old School Gangstas (0)
The Last Hit Man (0)