Every generation has its own superstars – the ones they look up to and expect to be with forever – starring in some of the screen’s favorite films and television shows. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some artists’ fame and glory is meant for just one generation, the rest resigned to look back and admire their glory and brilliance in their prime. One artist whose work undoubtedly influenced a generation before slowly retiring from the public eye is William Katt.
Katt is an American actor who has appeared in both films and television and has had major roles in both media, most notably in The Greatest American Hero Adults and teenagers in the ’70s and ’80s knew William Katt, but for those who don’t, read more about him below.
Biography & Age
William Katt’s long active career comes as no surprise considering he was born and raised in Hollywood’s most important city, Los Angeles. He was born on February 16, 1951 to actors Bill Williams and Barbara Hale. The Los Angeles-born actor made his way through the Army & Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California before attending Orange Coast College.
William initially pursued a career in music, but as a child with acting blood running in his veins, it was only a matter of time before he found acting again. At the age of 19 he found his way and began appearing in small television roles while doing plays on stage during the summers. Of course, he went on to play some of the more well-known roles, starting with the Sundance Kid in the classic film. Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
However, before he got into playing iconic characters, he starred in some early roles such as Tommy Ross in the 1976 horror film, Carrie His performance in the film helped lift him from the shadows into the limelight as an aspiring actor, a fact recognized by John Willis’ 1977 Screen World Vol. 29, which named him among 12 promising new actors. After Carrie , his next notable project was Big Wednesday where he starred alongside Gary Busey and Jan-Michael Vincent.
The film also offered him the opportunity to work with his mother, Barbara Hale, who played his mother in the film, creating an interesting piece of film trivia in the process.
Without a doubt, William Katt has had quite a successful career, but it could have been a very different career had he been cast as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise. William was known to audition for the role, but it eventually went to Mark Hamill. He later got his chance to play a famous hero in the TV show, America ‘s Greatest Hero , which starred Ralph Hinkley and became a superhero after being given a superpowered suit by aliens.
The show ran for three years and to this day has maintained its cult following. Not only did the show give William a chance to play a superhero, but he also got a chance to pursue his original passion as a musician, recording and releasing a soft rock album titled Secret Smile.
Other notable films and television appearances include the House Movies and the Perry Mason films, of which he starred in nine, playing Paul Drake Jr. Others include Player , The Man From Earth , Andromeda a few others.
Wealth (income and earnings)
William Katt has certainly done well in Hollywood so far. He managed to star in some classic projects and to date he has appeared in several films and TV shows. This has given the “Sundance Kid” a decent net worth of $500,000.
Is William Katt Married? family, woman
William Katt has been married twice. His first marriage was to Deborah Kahane in 1979. The couple were together for 13 years and had two children – Clayton and Emerson before divorcing in 1992. William Katt was not single for long after his first divorce. He married Danielle Hirsch in 1993 and had one daughter, Dakota with her. In all, William Katt has four children by two wives, the fourth being a stepson, Andrew by his wife, Danielle Hirsch’s previous marriage.