Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, Sammy Williams, best known for his Tony Award winning performance as Paul San Marco in the original production of A Chorus Line, has passed away yesterday morning at 69. As Paul San Marco, Mr. Williams was also awarded the prestigious Obie Award and was given a Special Theatre World Award for his contribution to that production.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Williams took the infamous "Trenton Makes The World Takes" slogan to heart. His 40 year career took him from the lights of Broadway, in such shows as The Happy Time, Applause, and SeeSaw, through Europe, Hollywood, and back to the Great White Way.

After a ten year hiatus, Williams returned to the stage in 1998 creating new roles in shows such as Too Old For The Chorus, Like An Old Song, and Doing Judy, a hilarious whodunit murder mystery in which he portrayed a would be Judy Garland female impersonator.

Wearing a dress, heels, and false eyelashes lead him back to the awards podium garnishing a Robbie Award as Best Featured Actor in a Comedy. Recently Williams was seen in the Actors Workout Studio production of The Bench in which he created the very tender role of Albert in The Caretaker! Rave notices were given for his lead performance as Terry in the musical comedy All This and Heaven Too. His one man show "And the Winner Is" played through out the Los Angeles area and major cities across the US.

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Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams
Sammy Williams attending the After Party for the All Star Benefit "Six Degrees of Marvin Hamlisch" benefitting The Actors Fund and honoring Broadway Musical Director Fran Liebergall at Symphony Space in New York City. October 4, 2010

Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams
Sammy Williams performing in the All Star Benefit "Six Degrees of Marvin Hamlisch" benefitting The Actors Fund and honoring Broadway Musical Director Fran Liebergall at Symphony Space in New York City. October 4, 2010

Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams
Sammy Williams, Ron Dennis, Kelly Bishop, Donna McKechnie, Don Pippin & Priscilla Lopez performing in the All Star Benefit "Six Degrees of Marvin Hamlisch" benefitting The Actors Fund and honoring Broadway Musical Director Fran Liebergall at Symphony Space in New York City. October 4, 2010

Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams
Sammy Williams, Ron Dennis, Kelly Bishop, Donna McKechnie, Robert LuPone & Priscilla Lopez with Fran Liebergall performing in the All Star Benefit "Six Degrees of Marvin Hamlisch" benefitting The Actors Fund and honoring Broadway Musical Director Fran Liebergall at Symphony Space in New York City. October 4, 2010

Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams
Sammy Williams with ensemble from A CHORUS LINE performing in the All Star Benefit "Six Degrees of Marvin Hamlisch" benefitting The Actors Fund and honoring Broadway Musical Director Fran Liebergall at Symphony Space in New York City. October 4, 2010

Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams
Sammy Williams with the ensemble for A CHORUS LINE performing in the All Star Benefit "Six Degrees of Marvin Hamlisch" benefitting The Actors Fund and honoring Broadway Musical Director Fran Liebergall at Symphony Space in New York City. October 4, 2010

Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams
Sammy Williams, Ron Dennis, Kelly Bishop, Donna McKechnie, Don Pippin & Priscilla Lopez performing in the All Star Benefit "Six Degrees of Marvin Hamlisch" benefitting The Actors Fund and honoring Broadway Musical Director Fran Liebergall at Symphony Space in New York City. October 4, 2010

Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams
Sammy Williams attending the After Party for the All Star Benefit "Six Degrees of Marvin Hamlisch" benefitting The Actors Fund and honoring Broadway Musical Director Fran Liebergall at Symphony Space in New York City. October 4, 2010

Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams
Sammy Williams attending the After Party for the All Star Benefit "Six Degrees of Marvin Hamlisch" benefitting The Actors Fund and honoring Broadway Musical Director Fran Liebergall at Symphony Space in New York City. October 4, 2010

Photo Flash: Remembering Sammy Williams
Sammy Williams attending the After Party for the All Star Benefit "Six Degrees of Marvin Hamlisch" benefitting The Actors Fund and honoring Broadway Musical Director Fran Liebergall at Symphony Space in New York City. October 4, 2010

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