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Claude “Fiddler” Williams

Biography

Few great jazz music artists enjoyed such an extended life and profession as Claude “Fiddler” Williams, who outlasted practically all his contemporaries and achieved his ideal successes at a sophisticated age. Williams started playing electric guitar at age group ten; he was motivated to consider up violin after hearing Joe Venuti play a gig near his Muskogee, Fine, home. He performed around Oklahoma with bassist Oscar Pettiford, amongst others. His 1st professional experience arrived in 1927 when he became a member of Terrence Holder’s respectable territory music group in Oklahoma Town. Williams remained on after Holder was ousted by his sidemen due to bad administration and was changed by bassist Andy Kirk. The music group became referred to as the Clouds of Pleasure (also the Dark Clouds of Pleasure, 12 Clouds of Pleasure, Initial 11 Clouds of Pleasure, etc.) and loved significant amounts of achievement, credited in no little part towards the carrying out and composing skills of the youthful pianist Mary Lou Williams. Claude Williams performed within the Kirk band’s 1st recordings, but was pressured to keep around 1930 when sick health avoided him from completing a tour. Williams caused the rings of Alphonse Trent in 1932, George E. Lee in 1933, and Chick Stevens in 1934-1935; he also used Nat “Ruler” Cole and his sibling, bassist Eddie Cole, in Chicago during this time period. Williams played acoustic guitar with Count number Basie in 1936 and therefore became the very first guitarist to record using the music group. He was changed the next 12 months by Freddie Green. Through the past due ’30s and early ’40s, Williams caused the Four Tones of Tempo in Chicago, Cleveland, and Flint, MI. A number of the even more notable music artists he caused through the ’50s consist of pianist Jay McShann, saxophonist Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and pianist Hank Jones. Williams resolved in Kansas Town once more in 1953. There he spent a lot of the following twenty years leading his personal groups, however, not producing information. A gig with McShann in the first ’70s resulted in Williams’ 1st recordings in almost three years and Williams’ second profession was born. Within the ’70s and ’80s, he toured with McShann and worked well like a presented soloist at jazz celebrations. He played inside a Paris creation from the musical Dark and Blue and a fresh York time with pianist Roland Hanna and drummer Grady Tate. His superstar rose within the ’90s; he was highlighted on the tv screen program CBS Information Weekend Morning and performed at Carnegie Hall as well as the Lincoln Middle in NY. He also performed at the initial inauguration of Leader Bill Clinton, performed international celebrations, and recorded many extremely acclaimed CDs. He was also the very first inductee from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Popularity. Getting into his ninth 10 years, Williams was still quite energetic, venerated by jazz music artists and fans as well. The venerable elder statesman of jazz passed on at age 96 in Apr of 2004.

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Died April 26, 2004, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Music Groups The Baby Namboos
Music Songs Fiddler's Dream, You've Got To See Your Mama Every Night, One for the Count, That Certain Someone, The Fiddler, My Silent Love, Things Ain't What They Used To Be, Limehouse Blues, There Will Never Be Another You, Just You, Just Me, Mood Indigo, You've Got to See Your Mama Ev'ry Night or You Can't See Mama at All, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, A Smooth One, A Hundred Years from Today, From 4 To 6, Lester Leaps In, Billie's Bounce, All Of Me, Moten Swing, Smooth Sailing, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, For Basie, Canadian Sunset, Exactly Like You, Straight, No Chaser, You Are My Desire, Li'l Darlin', Swinging The Blues: Honeysuckle Rose, S'wonderful, I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Just Friends
Albums Kansas City Giants, Kansas City on My Mind, Swingin' the Blues, Live at J's, Part 2, Live At J's - Part 1, Swing Time in New York, Echoes of Spring, King of Kansas City, Call for the Fiddler, My silent love (Paris -Toulouse 1977) [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions]


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#Fact
1 Once described the characters he played in westerns as "prairie scum".
2 During the 1950s and 1960s he was active in Arthur Kennedy's Stage Society, along with Gary Cooper, Akim Tamiroff, Jeff Corey, Tony Curtis, Mildred Dunnock, Anthony Quinn and Patricia Neal.
3 In 1970 the First Annual Strother Martin Film Festival was held at Chicio State College in California.
4 In 1936 he won the National Junior Sringboard Division Championship at age 17. He never won the adult championship, finishing second in 1944 nd third in 1946. Although he barely missed making the 1948 Olympic Team, he did gain access to Hollywood by giving swimming lessons to Marion Davies at San Simeon and the children of Charles Chaplin. He was hired as a swimming extra in films between 1948 and 1950m including The Damned Don't Cry (1950).
5 The name Strother is old Teutonic for 'river.'.
6 The press dubbed him as "The Andy Devine for the Age of Anxiety" and "A Gabby Hayes without Honor.".
7 Played a character named Stoner in two unrelated movies: Sssssss (1973) and Up in Smoke (1978).
8 Appeared in six movies with John Wayne: The Horse Soldiers (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), McLintock! (1963), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), True Grit (1969) and Rooster Cogburn (1975).
9 He collaborated with friend and filmmaker J.D. Feigelson on dialog in the screenplay for the cult film Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981). Feigelson was writing the the film to star Strother, but before it could be set for production he passed away. Charles Durning replaced Martin in the lead role of Otis P. Hazelrigg. One of the memorable lines in the film was Martin's contribution: "He's thirty-three years old, Mrs. Ritter, he's physically mature.".
10 Interviewed in "Bad at the Bijou" by William R. Horner (McFarland, 1982).
11 No relation to Dewey Martin although erroneously claimed as such in some sources.
12 Frequently co-starred with L.Q. Jones, who in real life was one of his closest friends.
13 Frequently cast alongside Paul Newman, in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Slap Shot (1977) and several others.
14 Did an episode of the The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) called "Baby Fat" in which he portrayed a playwright based on Tennessee Williams in 1965. Fifteen years later while hosting Saturday Night Live (1975), he admitted during the monologue that because of that part, many times he was actually mistaken for the famous playwright.
15 Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Court of Remembrance, #G62420.
16 Bitten by a snake during filming of Sssssss (1973)


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hotwire 1980 The Weasel
Tajna Nikole Tesle 1980 George Westinghouse
Better Late Than Never 1979 TV Movie J.D. Ashcroft
The Villain 1979 Parody Jones
Nightwing 1979 Selwyn
The Champ 1979 Riley
Love and Bullets 1979 Louis Monk
Stubby Pringle's Christmas 1978 TV Movie Old Hollander
Vega$ 1978 TV Series Hank Jenner
Up in Smoke 1978 Arnold Stoner
Steel Cowboy 1978 TV Movie Pinky Pincus
The End 1978 Dr. Waldo Kling
Baretta 1975-1977 TV Series Harris Stump / Lyman P. Dokker / Doc Stockwell / ...
ABC Weekend Specials 1977 TV Series Bill Driscoll
Slap Shot 1977 Joe McGrath
The Rockford Files 1977 TV Series Thomas Tyler 'T.T.' Flowers
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday 1976 Billy
Movin' On 1975 TV Series Cabe Miller
Rooster Cogburn 1975 McCoy
Hard Times 1975 Poe
One of Our Own 1975 TV Movie LeRoy Atkins
Petrocelli 1975 TV Series Clate Dobie
Gunsmoke 1956-1974 TV Series Ben Snow / Timble / Billy / ...
Paper Moon 1974 TV Series
Hawkins 1973-1974 TV Series R.J. Hawkins
The Rookies 1974 TV Series Teacher
Sssssss 1973 Dr. Carl Stoner
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1973 TV Series Buckshot
Bonanza 1964-1972 TV Series Cole Younger / Joad Bruder / Lonnie Stern / ...
Pocket Money 1972 Bill Garrett
Nichols 1972 TV Series Zachariah
Hannie Caulder 1971 Rufus Clemens
Fools' Parade 1971 Lee Cottrill
The Brotherhood of Satan 1971 Doc Duncan
Red Sky at Morning 1971 John Cloyd
Love, American Style 1970 TV Series Dennis Wright (segment "Love and the Old Boyfriend")
The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970 Bowen
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1970 TV Series Terry Riggs
The Virginian 1965-1970 TV Series Luther Watson / Finley
Daniel Boone 1969 TV Series Tarbot
The Name of the Game 1969 TV Series Nanyface
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 Percy Garris
The Wild Bunch 1969 Coffer
True Grit 1969 Col. G. Stonehill
The Doris Day Show 1969 TV Series Tyrone Lovey
The Guns of Will Sonnett 1967-1968 TV Series Joby / Harvey Bains
It Takes a Thief 1968 TV Series Willard Knox
The Danny Thomas Hour 1968 TV Series Paul Rooney
He & She 1968 TV Series The Rev. Mr. Anderson
Run for Your Life 1968 TV Series Holly Amberton
Gentle Ben 1968 TV Series Reed Olmstock
Tarzan 1967 TV Series O'Keefe / Captain Boggs
Cool Hand Luke 1967 Captain
Iron Horse 1966-1967 TV Series Applegate / Johnny Burke
The Flim-Flam Man 1967 Lovick
The Invaders 1967 TV Series Charlie Coogan
Death Valley Days 1964-1967 TV Series Ed Schieffelin / Alfred Hall / Charlie Neal / ...
The Big Valley 1966-1967 TV Series Fludd / Dan'l Hawkes
The Road West 1967 TV Series Grady Couts
Gilligan's Island 1967 TV Series George Barkley
The Rounders 1966 TV Series Cousin Fletch
Lost in Space 1966 TV Series Nerim
An Eye for an Eye 1966 Trumbull
Nevada Smith 1966 Barney (uncredited)
A Man Called Shenandoah 1966 TV Series Cowboy
Harper 1966 Claude
The Legend of Jesse James 1966 TV Series Meeker
Perry Mason 1961-1965 TV Series Roy Hutchinson / Gerald Sommers / Joe Mead / ...
The Sons of Katie Elder 1965 Jeb Ross
Shenandoah 1965 Train Engineer
Rawhide 1959-1965 TV Series Bates / Meeker
Brainstorm 1965 Mr. Clyde
The Dick Van Dyke Show 1965 TV Series Harper Worthington Yates
Kentucky Jones 1965 TV Series Boney Benton
Profiles in Courage 1965 TV Series
The Fugitive 1964 TV Series Deputy Shirky Saulter
Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 Fiddler
The Lieutenant 1964 TV Series Taxi Driver
McLintock! 1963 Agard
Glynis 1963 TV Series Dance Hall Customer
Showdown 1963 Charlie Reeder
The Dakotas 1963 TV Series Pvt. Antrim Copang
77 Sunset Strip 1963 TV Series Charles Sloane
Ben Casey 1962 TV Series Calvin 'Rabbits' Ross / Adam Raemecker
Stoney Burke 1962 TV Series Buck Buckley
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962 Floyd
The Dick Powell Theatre 1962 TV Series
Pete and Gladys 1962 TV Series Harold Horton
Outlaws 1962 TV Series Garvey
The New Breed 1962 TV Series Benny Kohler
Have Gun - Will Travel 1957-1962 TV Series Boise Peabody / Carew / Dooley Delaware / ...
The Twilight Zone 1961 TV Series Mothershed
The Deadly Companions 1961 Parson
The Americans 1961 TV Series Wadd
Sanctuary 1961 Dog Boy
The Law and Mr. Jones 1961 TV Series
Hotel de Paree 1959-1960 TV Series Aaron Donager
Lawman 1959 TV Series Jack Foley
The Rebel 1959 TV Series Jess
The Horse Soldiers 1959 Virgil
Whirlybirds 1959 TV Series 'The Great Herman'
The Wild and the Innocent 1959 Ben Stocker
The Texan 1959 TV Series Polk Blackston
Black Saddle 1959 TV Series Pit Thatcher
The Shaggy Dog 1959 Thurm
Jefferson Drum 1958 TV Series Pete Henke
Trackdown 1958 TV Series Benny French
Bitter Heritage 1958 TV Movie Earle Eheeler
The Walter Winchell File 1958 TV Series Little Julie
Studio One in Hollywood 1958 TV Series
The Lineup 1957-1958 TV Series
Panic! 1958 TV Series Hank Judson
Playhouse 90 1958 TV Series Earle Wheeler
Navy Log 1958 TV Series D'Amico
Cowboy 1958 Cowhand Bitten by Snake (uncredited)
Broken Arrow 1957-1958 TV Series Joe Roman / Renton
General Electric Theater 1956-1958 TV Series Obie / Gunnery Officer Daly
Man Without a Gun 1958 TV Series
The Adventures of Jim Bowie 1958 TV Series Leopold Vaupel
Boots and Saddles 1958 TV Series Slocum
Black Patch 1957 Deputy Petey Walker
The Web 1957 TV Series
Copper Sky 1957 Pokey
Lassie 1956-1957 TV Series Lem Boots
Telephone Time 1957 TV Series
Matinee Theatre 1957 TV Series Phil
The Millionaire 1957 TV Series Pete Hill
Zane Grey Theater 1957 TV Series Joby
The Gray Ghost 1957 TV Series Michael
The New Adventures of Charlie Chan 1957 TV Series Tomar
The Black Whip 1956 Thorny
I Love Lucy 1956 TV Series Cafe Waiter
Attack 1956 Sgt. Ingersol
Johnny Concho 1956 Townsman (uncredited)
Schlitz Playhouse 1953-1956 TV Series Bellhop / Mr. Ralph
Frontier 1956 TV Series Lee / Mayes
Crusader 1956 TV Series Ray Dutcher
World Without End 1956 Nihka (uncredited)
Cavalcade of America 1955 TV Series Wilkins
Target Zero 1955 Pvt. Dan O'Hirons (uncredited)
Crossroads 1955 TV Series Landry Kersh
Stage 7 1955 TV Series Pete / Lt. Bob Handley
The Big Knife 1955 Stillman (uncredited)
Kiss Me Deadly 1955 Harvey Wallace
Strategic Air Command 1955 Airman (uncredited)
The Man Behind the Badge 1955 TV Series Brother Daniel
The Silver Chalice 1954 Father (uncredited)
Drum Beat 1954 Scotty
Studio 57 1954 TV Series Pete Dutton
A Star Is Born 1954 Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Mystery Is My Business 1954 TV Series
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse 1954 TV Series
Prisoner of War 1954 Man on Crutches (uncredited)
The Lone Wolf 1954 TV Series Nick Davis
World for Ransom 1954 Corporal (uncredited)
Treasury Men in Action 1954 TV Series
Four Star Playhouse 1953 TV Series Tom Blair
South Sea Woman 1953 Marine in Audience at Court-martial (uncredited)
Hollywood Opening Night 1953 TV Series
The Magnetic Monster 1953 Co-Pilot
Big Town 1952 TV Series Paul Evans / Eddie Benson
Androcles and the Lion 1952 Soldier (uncredited)
Fireside Theatre 1951-1952 TV Series
Chevron Theatre 1952 TV Series
Storm Over Tibet 1952 Co-pilot
Invitation Playhouse: Mind Over Murder 1952 TV Series
Dragnet 1952 TV Series
Scandal Sheet 1952 Man on crutches (uncredited)
Dangerous Assignment 1952 TV Series Riri
Rhubarb 1951 Michael 'Shorty' McGirk (uncredited)
The Red Badge of Courage 1951 Corporal (voice, uncredited)
Stars Over Hollywood 1951 TV Series
The Asphalt Jungle 1950 William Doldy (uncredited)
The Damned Don't Cry 1950 Springboard Diver (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live 1980 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live 1980 TV Series Himself - Host
Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy 1978 TV Special Turtle Ranch Boss
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1975 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1973 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Winds of Whoopie 1983 TV Movie Turtle Ranch Boss
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart 1980 TV Special documentary Actor 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1978 TV Series Thurm
Frontier Justice 1958 TV Series Toby

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor - Television Hawkins (1973)


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#Quote
1 [on his career] Maybe there has been some diamond dust and gold glitter in my life . . . but among so much shit, it didn't have much luster.
2 [Three days before his death] No man can achieve immortality. We don't live for what comes after we are dead, but for what we can achieve in this life - the only chance we have.
3 [interviewed in March, 1980] The character actor's struggle for survival is a bitch today. There was a time when people like me would have been approached, at least, to be under contract to the studio and farmed out picture by picture. It's true that a man like myself does not know after this movie--this may be the last movie I ever do in my life. I have no assurance.
4 Age is as much an asset for character players as it is for good wine. Human experiences, both good and bad, leave their marks on one's face and bearing. A few lines on the face and a few gray hairs coupled with the idiosyncrasies an actor adopts throughout life help out round out the actor's personality. So far as I'm concerned, the older a character actor gets, the firmer his position is.

#Trademark
1 Often played grimy, unlikeable villains

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