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Anson Williams
Born Anson William Heimlick
September 25, 1949 (1949-09-25) (age 60)
Los Angeles, California,
United States
Occupation Actor/Director
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Lorrie Mahaffey
(1978–1986; divorced)
Jackie Gerken
(1988–present)

Anson Williams (born September 25, 1949) is an actor and director.

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Born as Anson William Heimlick in Los Angeles, California — his father Haskell legally changed the original spelling of the family name from "Heimlich". He attended high school, where he was captain of the track team and acted in multiple school productions. He is best known for his role as gullible but well intentioned singer Warren "Potsie" Weber on the long-running hit television series Happy Days. On the first season of the show, the stories centered mainly on Richie (Ron Howard) and Potsie (Anson got second star billing during this season). Eventually, as Fonzie (Henry Winker) and Richie's mother, father and sister became more popular, Potsie was joined with Ralph (Donny Most, who was merely a side character on season one) and both Potsie and Ralph were inseparable (like they were one character with two personalities). Unlike Ron Howard and Donny Most, Anson was one of the few to remain through the entire run of the series, although his appearances became less frequent in later seasons.

In 1986, Williams directed the CBS School Break Special The Drug Knot. This dealt with the problem of teenage drug abuse and was highly acclaimed. Many critics praised it as the best anti-drug show ever made. He has gone on to direct many episodes of popular television shows, including episodes of Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed.

In 2005, Anson Williams and the rest of the cast of Happy Days appeared in Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion on ABC.

Anson Williams is the second cousin of Dr. Henry Heimlich, known for creating the Heimlich Maneuver for treating choking victims.

He guest starred as himself in an episode of Boy Meets World in its third season as a nod to Happy Days and also guest starred on Sabrina, which he was also directing at the time, reprising the role of Potsie in a fantasy sequence.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's National Trademark Expo kicked off on April 10, 2008 with Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford, exhibitor and “Happy Days” star Anson Williams, Mayor William Euille of Alexandria and USPTO Director Jon Dudas, along with a cast of trademarked characters [1]

Star Trek directorial credits

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