Actor Treat Williams is dead at 71. He lost his life in a motorcycle accident on June 12, 2023. And news of the tragedy left fans and celebrities stunned and heartbroken.
With a Hollywood career that’s been going since the 1970s, Treat Williams is one of those faces just about everyone recognizes even if they can’t place the specific movie or show. His first big appearance on screen came in 1975 with the thriller Deadly Hero. However, his 1979 role as George Berger in the film Hair is when many began to take note of the talented performer.
Throughout the decades, he’s made all kinds of appearances in movies and on TV, from The WB’s Everwood and the popular CBS show Blue Bloods, to films like Heart of Dixie and Deep Rising. He also starred in multiple Hallmark and Christmas movies.
So, with Treat remaining an “acting worker,” news of his unexpected death hit hard.
Treat Williams Dead After Motorcycle Accident
The accident claiming Treat Williams’ life occurred on June 12, 2023, in Vermont.
“He was making a left or a right [and] a car cut him off,” confirmed Barry McPherson, the actor’s agent of 15 years.
Police believe the driver of the car was turning and simply didn’t see the actor on his motorcycle. And though medical crews airlifted Treat to a hospital in New York, the actor didn’t survive his injuries.
Survived by his two children, Gill and Ellie, and his wife, actress Pam Van Sant, the unexpected loss understandably rocked the family.
“This is a pain I have never felt. I am absolutely shattered,” Treat’s daughter Ellie shared in an Instagram story. “Thank you to everyone who has sent messages and kept our family in your hearts during this terrible heartbreak.”
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Reactions To The Tragic News
The terrible news also hit Treat Williams’ agent of 15 years, Barry McPherson, hard, as he spoke with the public confirming the tragedy.
“I’m just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented,” Barry said. Treat’s agent continued, “He was an actor’s actor. Filmmakers loved him. He’s been the heart of Hollywood since the late 1970s… He’s had a balanced career.”
Plenty of others echoed this sentiment after hearing the news that Treat Williams is dead, remembering the actor as a kindhearted family man.
“This news is devastating,” said Gregory Smith, who performed alongside Treat on Everwood. “Treat was a wonderful man and a brilliant actor. Above all, he loved his family so much. I'm very grateful for the time I got to spend as part of his extended tv family. He made an indelible impression on me during my most formative years. I will always cherish my time with Treat and think fondly of his stories, his laugh and his passion for adventure. I'm sending love to his family, Pam, Gil and Elinor. He will be deeply missed.”
Little House On The Prairie star Melissa Gilbert responded to the news, saying, “This is not real. It can't be. Oh, This one hurts.”
She later followed up with a personal story of experiencing Treat Williams’ kindness.
More Celebrity Reactions To The Death Of Treat Williams
While once shooting for a film, the firstborn son of Melissa’s best friend suddenly passed away. She desperately needed to get home for the memorial, but there were no flights available.
Hysterical, Melissa Gilbert sought anyone at all with a plane who could help. Treat Williams ended up coming to her rescue and showed incredible compassion during the ordeal.
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Wendell Pierce appeared in the movie Confirmation alongside Treat Williams and after hearing the news that his colleague was dead, he recalled what an impact Treat had on him.
“Treat Williams was a passionate, adventurous, creative man. In a short period of time, he quickly befriended me & his adventurous spirit was infectious. We worked on just 1 film together but occasionally connected over the years. Kind and generous with advice and support. RIP,” he wrote.
Treat Williams was a passionate, adventurous, creative man. In a short period of time, he quickly befriended me & his adventurous spirit was infectious. We worked on just 1 film together but occasionally connected over the years. Kind and generous with advice and support. RIP pic.twitter.com/jjZN8VcLR8
- Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) June 13, 2023
And as more and more tributes hit social media, they all commented on the kind, caring spirit of Treat Williams.
Treat and I spent months in Rome filming Once Upon a Time in America. It can be pretty lonely on the road during a long shoot, but his resilient good cheer and sense of humor was a Godsend. I really loved him and am devastated that he's gone. #RIP #TreatWilliams pic.twitter.com/2FTBNJJ6lW
- James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 13, 2023
Ahhhhhh mannnnn! I jus devastated! This is breaking my heart. Treat Williams rest in peace. One of the truly nicest guys I've ever met! My prayers go out to Treat's family...what a loss. So, so so sad 🙏🏾🕊️🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/xVk4ik5xyG
- David Alan Grier AKA #LeonMusk (@davidalangrier) June 13, 2023
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I'm in shock! RIP Dear Treat.
My condolences to Pam, Gilles, Ellie and the family. A wonderful actor and friend. pic.twitter.com/hurBQfejRu
- Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) June 13, 2023
He had it all.
Heart of gold.
And that name... Treat Williams.
He truly and deeply cared about what's going on here in America and around the world. Climate change, social justice, freedom, truth, tolerance...... pic.twitter.com/7cKP4nETTz
- Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) June 13, 2023
Our prayers go out to the family during this extremely difficult time.
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