When Chris and I went to Vegas for Becky's wedding, we stayed in the MGM Grand. The hotel was decorated with a lot of classic Hollywood photos, and 2 really confusing photos in our room. One was an unidentified blond in a photo that appeared to be from the 40s. The other was a similar era tough guy that bore a striking resemblance to Treat Williams.
I took pictures with my camera phone and sent them to Leland and my mom. We kept coming back to Treat Williams.
And it was. In addition to period photos, they included some more contemporary actors and actresses styled from old Hollywood. Treat Williams and Cathy Moriarty. I like them both, but damn was that annoying.
I like Williams, and was trying to figure out why, when you think about the work he's actually done, I like him. I think it has something to do with him parading around in a towel in his first film role, The Ritz back in 1976. Written by future Tony/Emmy/Pulitzer-winning playwright Terrence McNally, starring future Tony nominee Jack Weston, future Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, future Emmy nominee Jerry Stiller, and soon to be full EGOT winner Rita Moreno (she won her Tony for The Ritz on Broadway), and directed by Richard (Help!, A Hard Day's Night, and Superman II) Lester—wow, it almost sounds respectable!
It's really future Teen Choice Award nominee Treat Williams (he has other nominations as well) that shines brightest. Not really, but he did rock that towel. And 30+ years later, that's what we remember. I remember.
Happy birthday dude! Rock on!