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 1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Green Hornet Director
 1979 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Lt. Dwayne Kefir
- Love Is the Word (1979) ... Lt. Dwayne Kefir
 1979 Mrs. Columbo (TV Series)
- The Valley Strangler (1979) ... Fielding
 1979 The Night Rider (TV Movie)
Jim Hollister
 1979 Centennial (TV Mini-Series)
- The Scream of Eagles (1979) ... George
 1978 Colorado C.I. (TV Movie)
Captain Cochran
 1978 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)
Capt. MacAllister
- Pilot (1978) ... Capt. MacAllister
 1977 You Gotta Start Somewhere (TV Movie)
 1977 The Red Hand Gang (TV Series)
OK Okins
- Doc's Big Idea (1977) ... OK Okins
- Search and Rescue (1977) ... OK Okins
- The Missing Jewels (1977) ... OK Okins
- The Man in the Mask (1977) ... OK Okins
 1977 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
- Circle of Treachery (1977) ... Munson
 1977 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Mini-Series)
- Devil Pack (1977) ... Sheriff
 1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Officer Morton
- The Thrill Killers: Part 2 (1976) ... Officer Morton
- The Thrill Killers: Part 1 (1976) ... Officer Morton
 1976 Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (TV Series)
Junior Danvers
- Scag (1976) ... Junior Danvers
 1975 The Runaways (TV Movie)
Joe Ringer
 1975 The Manhunter (TV Series)
- To Kill a Tiger (1975)
 1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
- Thirty a Month and Found (1974) ... Quincy
 1974 Apple's Way (TV Series)
Ritchie Case
- The Lamb (1974) ... Ritchie Case
 1972 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Arnold Sanders
- The Deal (1972) ... Arnold Sanders
 1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Sgt. Artie Hawkins
- The Gambling Game (1971) ... Sgt. Artie Hawkins
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Mr. Parsons
- The Visitor (1970) ... Mr. Parsons
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Bill (segment "Love and the Minister")
- Love and the Minister/Love and the Geisha/Love and the Singles Apartment (1970) ... Bill (segment "Love and the Minister")
 1970 Mannix (TV Series)
- The Search for Darrell Andrews (1970) ... Kidnapper
 1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Sheriff Dave Barrett
- Rimfire (1968) ... Sheriff Dave Barrett
 1966 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series)
The Green Hornet
- Episode #1.2 (1966) ... The Green Hornet
 1966 Preview Tonight (TV Series)
Commander Russ Enright
- Pursue and Destroy (1966) ... Commander Russ Enright
 1966 Batman: The Movie
President Lyndon B. Johnson (voice, uncredited)
 1965 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Dean Peters
- The Courtship of Elly (1965) ... Dean Peters
 1965 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Clark Rice
- No Rice at My Wedding (1965) ... Clark Rice
 1964-1965 The Tycoon (TV Series)
Pat Burns
- Honest Man (1965) ... Pat Burns
- A Slight Case of Merger (1965) ... Pat Burns
- Mr. Wilson in Retirement Land (1965) ... Pat Burns
- Kitchen Caper (1965) ... Pat Burns
- It's All Relative (1965) ... Pat Burns
 1964 Temple Houston (TV Series)
Joey Baker
- Ten Rounds for Baby (1964) ... Joey Baker
 1963 The Caretakers
Dr. Larry Denning
 1963 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Don Munroe
- Two Million Too Much (1963) ... Don Munroe
 1963 The Gallant Men (TV Series)
Lt. Dave Cameron
- The Leathernecks (1963) ... Lt. Dave Cameron
 1961-1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Wade Saunders / Ken Madison
- The Tarnished Idol (1963) ... Wade Saunders
 1962 Red Nightmare (Short)
Air Force Sergeant (uncredited)
 1962 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Ray Masters
- Vengeance Is Mine (1962) ... Ray Masters
 1960 Tall Story
Young Man in Shower (uncredited)
 1959 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Tom Rucker
- The Sanctuary (1959) ... Tom Rucker
 1959 Lawman (TV Series)
Zachary Morgan
- The Young Toughs (1959) ... Zachary Morgan
 1958-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Charlie / Ben
- The Castaway (1958) ... Ben
 1954 King Richard II (TV Movie)
Exton's Servant
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"You Gotta Start Somewhere," CBS-TV, 8 December 1977. See more »

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During the run of The Green Hornet (1966), Williams pushed to give more screen time for co-star Bruce Lee, both to help his friend and martial-arts instructor and to help the show survive by playing up the most popular cast member of the show. The producers refused since they didn't want to take attention away from the star, especially to a nonwhite actor. See more »

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