R.I.P. Treat Williams

He died in a motorcycle accident, age 71.

6 thoughts on “R.I.P. Treat Williams

  1. Gotta give him one thing, that’s a badass way to go out.

    I’ll remember him for one of the best forgotten classic horror movies that should have been a massive hit: Deep Rising. Great character, great movie, was potentially going to kick off a King Kong reboot then it bombed.

    Now, through a series of Disney hijinks, it’s “in the vault” and out of print. At least, it was a few years ago when I tried to show it at a movie series I hosted. Unavailable for screening at any price.

    Because clearly Kevin O’Connor is a Disney princess.


    Instead of King Kong, the director went on to make an obscure little movie involving mummies with Brendan Fraser and most folks forgot Deep Rising.

    I didn’t, and Treat remained a favorite and the one that got away. Imagine a world where Treat is running away from King Kong instead of Fraser running away from the Mummy? In some dimension…

  2. Speaking of celebrity obits: I only just learned that Ed “Hatchet to the Crotch” Ames passed away last month, at 95. Not sure how that one slipped by me.

    1. I think that hatchet to the crotch may be the most watched scene in the history of the Tonight Show. It was replayed as part of every one of Johnny Carson’s anniversary shows. I was a huge fan of the Daniel Boone show, watching it in syndication in the 1970s. I always thought Mingo was the best character on the show. It wasn’t the same after he left. I used to wake up at 5:30 am to watch Daniel Boone on WOR Channel 9 each morning before school. This was before my family got a VCR to make timeshifting possible. Daniel Boone was the only show I ever woke up that early to watch. I must have loved it.

      RIP Mr. Ames.

  3. I always think of him as DB Cooper. Not a good film, but that’s a great role to play.

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