Treat Williams began his professional career as an understudy in “Grease” on Broadway. After his 1976 film debut in Deadly Hero, he returned to Broadway and “Grease,” this time in the starring role. Spotted on stage by film director Milos Forman, he was cast in Forman’s Hair, for which he earned a Golden Globe® Award nomination. Over the course of his career, he has appeared in over 75 films, along with a number of critically acclaimed roles on television. Some highlights from Williams’s expansive career include roles in Steven Spielberg’s 1941, a Golden Globe Award®-nominated performance in Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America and Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours.
Williams’s many television projects include a Golden Globe® Award-nominated performance in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” an Emmy® Award-nominated performance in HBO’s “The Late Shift,” HBO’s “Confirmation,” Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Front of the Class," the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries originals “Rocky Mountain Christmas” and “Beyond the Blackboard” as well as Lifetime’s “The Staircase Murders.” He has also appeared in such series as The CW’s “Heartland,” ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” and had a lead role in The WB’s “Everwood,” for which he earned two SAG Award nominations.
Williams’s extensive stage work has continued, both on and off Broadway, including roles in “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Over Here,” and “Once in a Lifetime.” He received Theater World Awards for his work in “Captains Courageous” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies.” His costar in the latter, Gregory Harrison, now recurs as his on-screen brother Thomas on “Chesapeake Shores.”
Recently, Williams appeared in Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas House,” Netflix’s “Christmas on the Square” with Dolly Parton and “12 Mighty Orphans” opposite Robert Duvall, Luke Wilson and Martin Sheen. Williams had lead roles on both NBC’s “Chicago Fire” and “American Odyssey” as well as in a recurring role in NBC’s “Blue Bloods.” He recently co-starred with Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens in STX’s “Second Act” and alongside Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek, Jim Gaffigan and Joe Manganiello in Vertical Entertainment’s “Drunk Parents.”