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Gary Anthony Williams

Williams performing with Laughing Matters
at Manuel's, May 2007
Born March 14, 1966 (1966-03-14) (age 43)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years active 1985-present

Gary Anthony Williams (born March 14, 1966) is an American screen actor who most recently appeared in Boston Legal. Additionally, he is known for his recurring role on Fox's Malcolm in the Middle as "Abe" Kenarban. He has done voices for Adult Swim's animated series including Uncle Ruckus for The Boondocks and Coroner Rick on Stroker and Hoop. Williams also appears on the Adult Swim's first live-action show, Saul of the Mole Men. Williams co-founded and is Artistic Director of the L.A. Comedy Shorts film festival in Hollywood, California. He was also a regular cast member on the comedy show Blue Collar TV



Early life & career

Williams was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 1998, Williams was involved in theatre, comedy and television in Atlanta, where his credits include acting with the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, performing and writing for Agatha's: A Taste of Mystery and being a longtime member of Atlanta’s longest running improv troupe, Laughing Matters. Williams had recurring roles in the television series I'll Fly Away and In the Heat of the Night, both filmed in the Atlanta area.


Williams' past roles include Abraham "Abe" Kenarban (Stevie's dad) in the Fox TV sitcom Malcolm in the Middle and as Judge Trudy's Bailiff on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show. Williams was a series regular on the WB Television Network sketch comedy series, Blue Collar TV.

In 2003, Williams had a small role in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, "Invisible Evidence." During season three and four of Boston Legal, Williams appeared as part-time lawyer Clarence Bell, a pathologically shy man who expresses himself through characters, including crossdressing as women (including a nun and celebrities such as Oprah Winfery). The part of Clarence/Clarice was originally to appear in one episode, but was expanded into a recurring role, and then a regular role. He also has/had a part in four different shows on Cartoon Network's late night programing block, Adult Swim, one being a STRATA technician on Saul of the Molemen, another as the self-hating African American, Uncle Ruckus on The Boondocks, Coroner Rick, a recurring character on Stroker and Hoop, he also played the role of Paul Revere on the television special, The Young Person's Guide to History. Williams is currently working on a new Mike Judge animated series.


Williams has appeared in movies such as Undercover Brother, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and Soul Plane. (On the Boondocks second season premiere, "...Or Die Trying", Riley Freeman and Robert Freeman are seen watcing the Soul Plane 2 trailer, when they distinctly hear Williams and voice of grandad, John Witherspoon (who also had an acting role in Soul Plane) having a conversation on the plane.) Williams was also the voice of the title character in the Undercover Brother internet animated series. He also voiced Sweet in The Trumpet of the Swan. Williams will also appear in the upcoming film, The Factory starring John Cusack.

Improv comedy

Williams, Fuzzbee Morse and Nick Jameson perform as the Flying Fannoli Brothers, an improv comedy band. He also performs in the Cookin' With Gas show at The Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles. Williams also returns to Atlanta to perform with Laughing Matters once or twice a year.

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