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Van Zandt Jarvis Williams (February 27, 1934 – November 28, 2016) was an actor best known for his leading role as Kenny Madison in both Warner Bros. television detective series Bourbon Street Beat (1959-60) and its sequel, Surfside 6 (1960-62). He teamed for one season with the late Bruce Lee as his partner Kato, in the television series The Green Hornet, broadcast on ABC during the 1966–67 season.

Williams was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Priscilla Anne (Jarvis) and Bernard Cardwell Williams. He grew up on a ranch outside Fort Worth and later studied animal husbandry and business at Texas Christian University. He moved to Hawaii in 1956 after differences with his father on how the ranch should be run.

A diving instructor in Hawaii in 1956, Williams was discovered there in 1957 by producer Mike Todd, who urged him to come to Hollywood to try his hand at acting.[4][5] Todd, husband of Elizabeth Taylor at the time, died in a plane crash, but Williams took vocal and acting lessons and was signed to a contract by Warner Bros. in 1959. His big break came as co-star of the ABC television series Bourbon Street Beat, set in New Orleans. The show aired during the 1959-1960 season; his co-stars were Andrew Duggan, Richard Long, and Arlene Howell. Williams later worked in a General Electric production with Ronald Reagan, and his Bourbon Street Beat character, Kenny Madison, was recycled into the Surfside 6 television series in the same time slot, with new colleagues played by Troy Donahue, Lee Patterson, Diane McBain, and Margarita Sierra. Williams also starred in a television pilot called The Leathernecks that was shown as an episode of ABC's The Gallant Men.

Williams appeared in the films Tall Story (1960), in which he played a smug jock stepping stark naked out of the men's locker room shower giving a young Jane Fonda quite an eye full of him, and The Caretakers (1963) and as series regular Pat Burns in ABC's The Tycoon with Walter Brennan. After his Warner Brothers contract lapsed in 1964, Williams worked in television commercials and guest appearances on various television series.

In 1966, ABC-TV revived George W. Trendle's famous radio character in a new series, The Green Hornet. Van Williams signed with 20th Century-Fox to portray the mysterious masked hero and his alter ego, newspaper editor Britt Reid (son of Dan Reid, Jr. who was the nephew of John Reid, aka The Lone Ranger although The Lone Ranger was not given that as his official true identity name).

Williams played the role straight, unlike the lampoon comedy approach of the same producer's Batman show. He and co-star Bruce Lee also made three guest appearances, in character, on Batman, first in a "batclimb" cameo, ("The Spell of Tut," 9/28/1966), and later in a two-part episode ("A Piece of the Action," 3/1/1967 and "Batman's Satisfaction," 3/2/1967).

Williams's acting career faded around 1973, though he made a few television guest appearances and starred in one more series, a 1975-1976 NBC television show, Westwind. In 1977, he appeared in the episode "Devil Pack" from the NBC series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale).

By the time he starred in The Green Hornet, Williams had become successful investing in various commercial ventures; a TV Guide profile of 1966, titled "Banker with a Sting," characterized him as "your friendly neighborhood tycoon."[citation needed] He retired from acting in 1982 to open a Santa Monica, California communications company that leases time on six two-way radio repeater stations. Williams was also a longtime Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and worked at the Malibu, California, substation.

In 1993, Williams made a cameo in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story as a director of The Green Hornet.

In 2010, the filmmakers of the 2011 Green Hornet film adaptation had wanted him to make a cameo appearance as a cemetery guard, but Williams turned it down.

Williams stated he did not care much for acting, citing some reasons being his resentment towards the people in the industry and their unfair method of going about things. He was also wary of typecasting, pointing to examples of failures it caused in peoples acting careers such as the case of George Reeves when he became too affiliated with his portrayal of Superman. This also became one of his concerns when playing The Green Hornet. Another concern was its strong similarity to Batman and Robin, but claimed that since William Morris, his agent, wanted him to do it, he did it. He also stated that his only interest in acting was taking upon it as a business rather than gaining celebrity status.


Williams married Vicki Flaxman in 1959. Together they had three children. He had five grandchildren. He had twin daughters from a previous marriage. In 1988, Williams owned houses in Sun Valley, Idaho, Fort Worth, and Hawaii. He said it was the fruits of good investments. Pat Priest (The Munsters), Williams's longtime friend and neighbor, said he was her mentor.

He later worked as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and was a volunteer fire fighter at the Malibu station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and suffered singed lungs and back injuries as a result. His favorite pastime was hunting geese, duck, elk, and other animals. Outside his acting career, Williams was also closely affiliated with co-star Adam West. The two of them were neighbors in Sun Valley and spent much leisure time together. West also claimed when people saw them together outdoors, they would comment Batman and The Green Hornet being on a secret case together. Producer Kevin Burns revealed on December 5, 2016, that Williams died on November 28, 2016 from renal failure at the age of 82 in Scottsdale, Arizona. WIKIPEDIA















































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12/18/2018 19:20:52

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12/18/2018 19:16:39
For those who are unfamiliar with the story of the "Alamo",
this might not be too interesting.
The Massacre of a small garrison of Texans & volunteers from many walks of life by the Mexican Army commanded by General Santa Anna.
They held on for 13 days against a vastly superior & well-trained force, finally succumbing to an enemy who out-manned them 5 to 1. There was No quarter given & the defenders were slaughtered without mercy in a final Battle that lasted barely over an hour!
Congressman & pioneer Davy Crockett as well as Gambler & re-known knife-fighter James Bowie were but 2 of those who lost their lives that day in one of the major battles for Texan Independence!
The words "Remember the Alamo" would forever be the rallying cry for those faced with insurmountable odds.
The Alamo, what's left of it, is quiet now, but it's walls retain within them those bloody events of a cold Winter in 1836!
The chapel, where some of the heaviest & bloodiest fighting occurred is a Shrine to those who believed in American ideals & were willing to sacrifice their futures for what they believed in.
Tour now in 360 degrees panoramic mode the places where it all happened.
"THE ALAMO"
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12/18/2018 18:32:23

Evening  oh  my  been  so  windy  the  wind took  my  storm  door

plus  light  snow.,  but  they  say  were  going to be  warmer tomorrow.,went for coffee, plus  the  grocery store ,  gave  a  homeless  man  a  hotmeal

have  a  good  night  my  friend



12/18/2018 15:00:03










stopping by  to say hi and wish you a great rest of your tuesday.. take care and be safe.. hugs judie xoxo



12/18/2018 14:14:54



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A Smile

A smile costs nothing, but gives much.
It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give.
It takes a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor, but that he can be made rich by it.
A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is
something that is of no value to anyone, until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile;
Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.




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12/18/2018 10:27:46

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12/18/2018 07:50:26

Honesty Is A Very Expensive Gift, 


Don't Expect It From Cheap People...!!!


~ Unknown ~











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