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Overview (4)

Born in Gary, Indiana, USA
Birth NameFrederick Robert Williamson
Nickname Hammer
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 (1975). 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).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: heresun

Spouse (3)

Linda Williamson (1988 - present)
Ginette Lavonda (1960 - 1967) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
? (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Perpetually wears his Super Bowl I ring, never taking it off
Is typically seen with his trademark cigar, either in film or in person during private interviews.

Trivia (21)

Played football at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois).
High School - Froebel High School, Gary, IN College - Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
He is a trained Architect.
Did a season of NFL Monday Night Football (1970) with Howard Cosell.
Appeared (mostly) nude in October 73 issue of Playgirl Magazine.
Graduated from high school in 1955.
1959 Northwestern University graduate.
Got the nickname Hammer while playing football because he was known to hit hard. "Put the hammer on you".
Has black belts in the following martial arts: Kenpo, Shotokan Karate, and Tae-Kwon-Do.
Was one of the judges in the Miss Universe pageant in 1976.
Turned down a role in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) because he didn't want to parody the "cool hero" image he had developed in films during the 1970s.
Played for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I in January of 1967.
Speaks Italian fluently.
Signed by San Francisco 49ers. Traded before the start of the 1960 season and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. [1960]
Played in the CFL [1968]
Traded to Kansas City Chiefs. Played in Super Bowl I vs Green Bay. [1965]
Signed with Oakland Raiders [1961]
Living on the family ranch near Portales, New Mexico. [2003]
Has three sons, Fred Jr. Frank, and Jeff.
The October 24, 1979, issue of Variety, in the Italian Production section, announced the movie "Due Nelle Stelle" (English title "Two in the Stars") by director Anthony Ascott, cast Fred Williamson, Bo Svenson, Arthur Kennedy, Jackie Basehart, and Antonella Interlenghi began filming in September 1979. No evidence the movie was ever finished.
Variety, June 6, 1984, in the Production Pulse section announced that the film "Snowballs" starting filming May 22, 1984, in Banff and Calgary for Ryckman Films. Director was Ray Arsenault, with cast Fred Williamson and Jackson Davis. No evidence the film was ever completed or released.

Personal Quotes (1)

'There's only two things that I demand of my scripts, and they're the same things my audiences demand. First, I have to get the girl. And second, I have to win all the fights. We don't need suspense. With those two ingredients, the picture is assured of being a hit.'

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