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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameWilliam Theodore Katt
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

William Katt was born in Los Angeles, California, USA as William Theodore Katt. He is the son of actress Barbara Hale and actor Bill Williams. He is an actor and director, known for Big Wednesday (1978), The Greatest American Hero (1981), Carrie (1976) and The Man from Earth (2007). He has been married to Danielle Hirsch since April 10, 1993. They have two children. He was previously married to Deborah Kahane.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ABW

Spouse (2)

Danielle Hirsch (10 April 1993 - present) ( 2 children)
Deborah Kahane (22 July 1979 - 9 May 1986) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (19)

Appeared with his mother, Barbara Hale, in Big Wednesday (1978).
Lookalike son of actor Bill Williams, who starred as Kit Carson in The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951), and mother, actress Barbara Hale.
In 1977 he was listed as one of 12 Promising New Actors of 1977 in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 29.
Has four children--two sons (Clayton Alexander and Emerson Hunter), a stepson Andrew and a daughter Dakota.
Attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.
Brother of Jody Katt (b. 1947) and Juanita Katt (b. 1953).
Auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) opposite Kurt Russell, who auditioned for the role of Han Solo.
During California's historic gubernatorial recall, after being asked about the research and preparation he had done for his short-lived series Top of the Hill (1989), a fan asked, "So why don't YOU run for Governor?".
Attended and was a mentor at the 2nd annual HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, MT, in October 2005. HatcH is a film and arts festival whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration, and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators.
In 2008 he started his own line of comic books, Catastrophic Comics, with the launch of the critically acclaimed book "Sparks" co-created with Christopher Folino.
Disliked his The Greatest American Hero (1981) outfit so much, due to its look and discomfort, that "TV Guide" had to use an illustration of him rather than a photo for one cover.
Won "Best Actor" for his performance in Deadland (2009) at the 2010 Mountain Film Festival.
His acting mentor is Piper Laurie.
Best known by the public for his starring role as Ralph Hinkley on The Greatest American Hero (1981).
Also co-starred in several of the made-for-TV Perry Mason movies in the 1980s alongside his famous mother, Barbara Hale, and Raymond Burr. His role in those movies was as Paul Drake Jr., a private detective, somewhat reprising the role of William Hopper in the original Perry Mason (1957) TV series.
As an actor, he was highly influenced by Piper Laurie.
Credits Piper Laurie as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Actress Piper Laurie took him under her wing, when he was 25.
John Denver and William Katt were to star in the film "The Higher Ground" produced and directed by Bruce Reisman. It was inspired by Denver's song of the same title and was scheduled to film in San Jose, California, in February 1993, delayed to fall 1993. The project was never completed.

Personal Quotes (1)

When I play a good guy, I try to explore them and figure out what shapes them and makes them interesting. When I'm playing a bad guy, I try to explore everything that makes them good. No one ever really thinks that they're a bad guy.

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