Birthday: February 16, 1951 Birth
Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Height: 5' 8"
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The son of actors Bill Williams and Barbara Hale, curly-haired leading man William Katt is fond of noting that he made his movie "debut" while residing in his mother's womb during filming of Lorna Doone (1951). After attending Orange Coast College, Katt pursued a career as a musician. He then made his formal acting bow in summer stock and small TV roles. Among Katt's film credits are the role of the high-school jock date of telekinetic wallflower Sissy Spacek in Carrie (1977), and one-half of the title role in Butch and Sundance, The Early Days (1979). From 1981 through 1983, Katt played the reluctant-superhero protagonist (originally named Ralph Hinkley, redubbed Ralph Hanley after the '81 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan) on TV's Greatest American Hero. Beginning in 1987, Katt played the recurring role of detective Paul Drake Jr. in the periodic Perry Mason TV movies, co-starring with his mother Barbara Hale, who resumed her "Della Street" characterization from the original 1961-66 Mason run. Katt also worked on the scripts of several of these latter-day Masons. More recently, William Katt was a regular on the 1991 Farrah Fawcett-Ryan O'Neal TV sitcom Good Sports.
His mother appeared with him in Big Wednesday (1978).
Lookalike son of actor Bill Williams, who starred as Kit Carson in "The Adventures of Kit Carson" (1951), and mother, actress Barbara Hale.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1977" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 29. 
Children: Clayton Alexander & Emerson Hunter.
Attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.
Brother of Jody Katt (b. 1947) and Juanita Katt (b. 1953).
Auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars (1977) opposite Kurt Russell, who auditioned for the role of Han Solo.
During California's historic Gubernatorial Recall, he got a good laugh from a fan at North Hollywood's Beverly Garland Inn...after being asked about the research and preparation he had done for his short-lived series Top of the Hill (1989) (TV). The fan told him, "...So why don't YOU run for Governor?"
Attended and was a mentor at the 2nd annual HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, MT in October 2005. HatcH is a film and arts festival whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration, and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators.
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