Name Hal Williams
Years active 1969–present
|Full Name Halroy Candis Williams|
Born December 14, 1934 (age 81) (1934-12-14) Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Spouse Renee Himes (m. 1978–1984), Gay Anderson (m. 1975–1976)
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Movies and TV shows 227, Guess Who, Private Benjamin, The Sinbad Show, Snow 2: Brain Freeze
Similar People Marla Gibbs, Alaina Reed Hall, Helen Martin, Kevin Rodney Sullivan, Jackee Harry
Halroy Candis "Hal" Williams (born December 14, 1938) is an American actor, best known for his recurring role as Police Officer Smith ("Smitty") on Sanford and Son (1972–76) and as the patriarch Lester Jenkins, the husband of Marla Gibbs's character, on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985–90).
Hal Williams on 227
Williams started in the acting business in 1969. Since then, he has appeared in movies such as Paul Schrader's Hardcore, Howard Zieff's Private Benjamin (he also portrayed the role of Sgt L.C. "Ted" Ross in the television series of the same name), and Clint Eastwood's The Rookie. He was controversially fired from The Jimmy Stewart Show in 1971 at the insistence of its star, James Stewart. In the early to mid-1990s, he starred in many of comic Sinbad's productions, including The Sinbad Show and The Cherokee Kid. He played the grandfather in the Bernie Mac film Guess Who.
His other television credits include Moonlight, Moesha, Suddenly Susan, Minor Adjustments, L.A. Law, Night Court, Magnum, P.I., Hill Street Blues, Gimme a Break, The Jeffersons, The Dukes of Hazzard, T.J. Hooker, The Waltons, Knots Landing, The White Shadow, What's Happening!!, Good Times, Quincy, M.E., Kung Fu, S.W.A.T., Gunsmoke and That Girl.
Williams is also the host of the annual Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation nationally televised telethon.