Legendary actor, Van Williams has passed away at the age of 82, according to a new report, Dec. 5. ‘The Green Hornet’ star died Mon. Nov. 29 at his Scottsdale, Arizona home. Get the sad details here.
Van Williams, who was the original star of The Green Hornet, has passed away due to kidney failure, his wife of 57 years, Vicki Williams told The Hollywood Reporter, Dec.5. The legendary actor was 82-years-old when he died, Nov. 29, at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. His wife told publication that had only one kidney since he was 25-years-old.
“He had a wonderful, caring, and kind heart,” Vicki Williams, told our sister publication, Variety. “He was a wonderful husband, he was a fabulous father, and a devoted grandfather,” she said.
The iconic actor played the masked hero, The Green Hornet in the original TV series to Batman in the 1960s. He starred as a playboy editor/published, named Britt Reid. He was known for her mysterious mask, fedora and and long coat. Although the show lasted just 26 episodes, it left a memorable mark on the small screen and pop culture. So much, that The Green Hornet was made into an action comedy film in 2011 starring Seth Rogen, 34, and Cameron Diaz, 44.
Van was originally a diving instructor in Hawaii before he was discovered there in 1957 by Mike Todd, a producer who was married to Elizabeth Taylor at the time. He then teamed up with Warner Bros, and had his first big break when costarred on Bourbon Street Beat, an ABC detective series, and Surfside 6.
Van was a Texas native, born in Fort Worth. His 83 birthday would have been Feb. 27, 2017. He was active in the TV and film work from 1954-1982.
Our thoughts go out to Van’s friends and family during this difficult time.
HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite Van Williams film?