Hal Williams

Hal Williams

Williams at The Waltons 40th Anniversary, 2012.
Born Halroy Candis Williams
(1938-12-14) December 14, 1938
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969present
Spouse(s) Renee Himes (m. 1978–84)
Gay Anderson (m. 1975–76)
Website actorhalwilliams.com

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).

Williams started out 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.[1] 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.

Selected credits


Year Production Role Theatre(s) Notes
1981 Nevis Mountain Dew Boise McCanles Los Angeles Actors Theatre


  1. James Stewart: A Biography by Donald Dewey (Turner Publishing, Atlanta, 1996, page 454)

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