Vale: Van Williams

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US actor Van Williams, best known for the 1960s crime-fighting serial The Green Hornet, has died aged 82.

He died on November 28th of renal failure in Arizona, according to reports.

Williams starred as Britt Reid, a suave newspaper owner by day and masked vigilante by night in The Green Hornet. Bruce Lee got his start in acting by appearing as his sidekick, Kato. It ran for just 26 episodes in 1966, but has since been revived as a 2011 film starring Seth Rogen.

He was working as a diving instructor in Hawaii when he was cast as private eye Kenny Madison in the 1959’s Bourbon Street Beat, followed by the sequel, Surfside 6.

Williams also made cameos in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Beverly Hillbillies. His last credit was for the 1993 biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

One Comment:

  1. daveinprogress

    I only remember him from the cross over Batman episode when he and Bruce Lee were Special Guest Hero or visitor as opposed to villain. Van was an incredibly handsome dude.

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