Actor Treat Williams known for ‘Hair’ and ‘Blue Bloods’ dies in tragic accident at 71 years old

Death is an unfortunate part of life, and losing someone we love is never easy. Even if it is an actor we admired. The news of Treat William’s death is heartbreaking.

Keep reading to learn more about what happened.

Actor Treat Williams was beloved by many. According to his agent, the actor passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident. He was 71 years old.

The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. on Monday. The location for the accident was on Vermont Route 30 just north of Morse Hill Road in Dorset in Vermont.

Williams was driving a 1986 Honda motorcycle and crashed with a Honda Element. The SUV was being driven by 35-year-old Ryan Koss. Initial investigation has shown that Koss signaled a left turn before turning into a parking lot and coming into the path of the bike.

Officials say Williams was unable to avoid the crash and was thrown off his motorcycle. The actor was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in Albany for treatment but was unfortunately pronounced dead.

“Sadly, Treat was killed in a motorcycle crash tonight. It is a tragedy,” Treat’s agent Barry McPherson said in a statement.

Koss was checked for minor injuries at the site of the accident but was not taken to the hospital since they were minor.

Treat Williams was born Richard Treat Williams in Rowayton, Connecticut. He then went to college and studied theater, after which he moved to New York. In New York he got the role of John Travolta’s understudy for Danny Zuko for “Grease.”

The actor’s acting credits show his versatility as a performer. He landed a role in director Milos Forman’s adaptation of the musical “Hair” in 1979. After this he worked with A-list director, Sidney Lumet in his crime drama “Prince of the City.“

The actor worked in several popular television movies including the television adaptation for “A Streetcar Named Desire.” He also got parts in TV movies where he played boxer Jack Dempsey and FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover.

The actor took darker roles in the 1990s where he played villains. He played “The Phantom” and super-agent Michael Ovitz in the HBO movie based on the book “The Late Shift.” The movie was about the battle for “The Tonight Show” and its succession between Jay Leno and David Letterman. His portrayal of the role earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination.

His career was having a bit of a revival lately as the actor scored major roles in network television shows. He appeared in the CW series “Everwood” for four seasons after which he appeared in “Chicago Fire.” He also one of the staples in the show “Chesapeake Shores,” appearing in 53 episodes between 2016 and 2022. He also starred in the HBO miniseries “We Own This City,” produced by David Simon on the chronicle of corruption and internal politics in the Baltimore police department.

His latest acting credit was the in hit HBO show Blue Bloods as Lenny Ross, a detective with the NYPD.

He is survived by his wife Pam Van Sant and their two children.

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