Who was Treat Williams? Was He Married?

Tue Jun 20 2023
By   tashi

Actor Treat Williams is dead at 71: Learn about his personal life!  

Actor Treat Williams was known for his many acclaimed roles, including in the 1979 musical Hair, Oscar-nominated 1941, Prince of the City, Smooth Talk, Dead Heat, and Miss Congeniality 2. Williams's recent work includes Blue Bloods, Tales From the Crypt, and The Christmas House. 

Despite being an actor of prominent stature, Treat rarely participated in Hollywood's dazzling culture, and instead, preferred to live a quiet life in the countryside with his wife, Pam Van Sant. The Emmy-nominated actor died in a motorcycle crash on June 12, 2023. He was 71.  

Hollywood Mourns the Death of Treat Williams!   

Treat's tragic death was confirmed by his agent, Barry McPherson, who, in his statement, said, "He was killed this afternoon. He was making a left or a right [and] a car cut him off," McPherson; Williams' agent of 15 years, added, "I'm just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented."   

Treat Williams was an Emmy-nominated actor.
Treat Williams was known for his roles in Hair, 1941, and Smooth Talk. Photo Source: Instagram

The accident took place on June 12, around 5 pm, on Route 30, Dorset, Vermont. Treat's motorcycle reportedly crashed into a car when it was making a turn. The actor's surviving family also confirmed the tragedy. Several Hollywood A-listers have since flocked to social media to mourn the death of the actor.  

Chris Pratt, who worked with Treat in the drama series, Everwood, jot down a lengthy tribute for the actor as well as their fellow co-star, John Beasley, who died last month. "Both men were exceptional actors, wonderful husbands, fathers, and friends. They will be missed tremendously," an excerpt of Pratt's statement read.    

The beloved actor died in a motorcycle crash on June 12! 

Other stars, who've taken time to mourn the loss are his co-stars Beverly D’Angelo, Greg Berlanti, director Danny Boyle, actors James Wood, and Vanessa Hudgens.   

A Look Back at Treat Williams' Hollywood Journey!  

Born on December 1, 1951, in Stamford, Connecticut, Treat's penchant for acting started when he was a teenager. He landed an early break playing the lead role in the 70s Broadway stage show Grease, and later went on to star alongside the likes of Jon Travolta, Andrew Sisters, and Ann Reinking, in the musical Over Here.   

Treat Williams is dead at 71.
The actor rose to stardom with the Broadway stage show 'Grease' Photo Source: Instagram

Williams' early film credits include his 1975 debut role in Deadly Hero, The Ritz, The Eagle Has Landed, and Hair, which catapulted him to global stardom. The next decade saw Treat taking on leading and supporting roles in hits like Steven Spielberg-directed 1941, Once Upon a Time in America, and Prince of the City

Williams also carved a prolific resume on television, nabbing versatile roles in Eddie Dodd, Good Advice, The Late Shift, and Everwood. Williams' latent, yet stellar career streak extended to the 2000s.   

Treat Williams rose to fame with Grease.
He recently starred in 'Christmas on the Square and Feud.' Photo Source: Instagram

His most notable work in the last decade was Hallmark's The Christmas House, for which the Emmy nominee garnered much love for headlining the channel's first film on same-sex marriage, Christmas on the Square, in which he co-starred opposite Dolly Parton, and television series, Feud.  

Treat Williams is Survived by His Wife and Their Two Kids!   

The Golden Globe-nominated actor's life and career were seldom the subjects of tabloids. Treat regularly gave fans insights into his remote, far-from-Hollywood life in the rural area of Vermont. The Everwood actor has left behind his 35 years, Pamela Van Sant, and their two kids.   

Treat Williams was married to Pam Van Sant.
Treat married his wife, Pam Van Sant, in 1988. Photo Source: Instagram

Williams' beloved wife often accompanied the actor on red carpets and in recent years, appeared regularly on his social media. The couple's low-profile nuptial started on the same rhythm in the 80s, when the two started dating quietly, and walked down the aisle in an intimate ceremony, in 1988.  

William's wife, Pamela, 68, used to work as an actress and producer before she dedicated her life to raising a family with the late actor. The twosome welcomed their firstborn, son Gill, in December 1992, followed by the birth of their daughter, Elinor, in September 1998.   

Treat Williams is survived by his two kids.
Treat's daughter, Eliie, opened up about her father's untimely death. Photo Source: Instagram

Williams' son previously dabbled in acting. Gill's social media pages, where he often showcases his artistic skills, portray him as a man of many talents. As for Treat's daughter, Elinor, she is reportedly a recent graduate of The University of Vermont.   

Ellie shared a tribute for her father after his untimely death. "This is a pain I have never felt. I am absolutely shattered," she wrote alongside a throwback picture of her parents. Williams' social media reflects the love and gratitude the actor had for his family and their serene life in the countryside.  

 The actor opened up about his balanced life in a rare interview in 2022. "Every day I wake up so grateful to see the view that I see out of my window and to be living up here," the late actor explained, adding, "I don't have any fantasies of being somewhere else."  

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