Actor Treat Williams, known for his roles in TV dramas like “Blue Bloods” and “Everwood,” passed away at the age of 71 due to a motorcycle accident in Vermont, according to his longtime agent Barry McPherson.
The crash occurred on Route 30 near Dorset on Monday, with authorities attributing it to a vehicle driver’s failure to notice Williams’ motorcycle while making a turn.
Williams, born Richard Treat Williams, began his career as an understudy to John Travolta in “Grease” and went on to establish himself with notable performances in projects such as “Hair” and “Prince of the City.” He later transitioned to diverse roles, including playing the villain in “The Phantom” and super-agent Michael Ovitz in the HBO movie “The Late Shift.”
Williams found success on television with shows like “Everwood,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chesapeake Shores.” He also appeared in the HBO miniseries “We Own This City.”
He is survived by his wife Pam Van Sant and their two children. His agent described him as a talented and beloved actor who had made a significant impact on Hollywood since the late 1970s.