Anson Williams Wiki Biography
Anson William Heimlich was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 25 September 1949, so under the zodiac sign of Libra and holding American nationality – he is popular for being an actor while most of this popularity came from his role of Warren Potsie Weber in “Happy Days” TV series which aired from 1974 to 1984.
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Childhood and education
Anson was born into a Jewish family – his father Haskell was initially named Haskell Heimlich before changing his last name to Heimlick.
Anson fell in love with acting at quite a young age, as he spent so much time watching movies and TV series on his black and white TV screen. He was very sportive during the years he spent at Burbank High School, and served as the captain of the track team, as well as acting in numerous plays performed at the school. He was also a great student, who had very high grades and it was expected of him to enroll at college, however, Anson had other plans.
After he matriculated from the Burbank High School in 1967, Anson decided to completely focus on his career as an actor, and didn’t enroll at college.
Career of an actor
Anson did not get to become an actor right away, but rather worked several odd jobs to financially support himself until he finally launched his acting career in 1971 when he appeared alongside John Amos in a McDonald’s commercial.
The commercial helped Anson get noticed in the film industry, and he won the role of Potsie Weber in the TV comedy series entitled “Love, American Style”, while later becoming part of the “Happy Days” TV series which made him very famous. The first season of the show was based mainly on the lives of Potsie and his father Richie played by Ron Howard, and this role helped him gain recognition and grow a fanbase – also Anson met his first wife in the final seasons of the series.
As soon as “Happy Days” ended, Anson tried his luck in directing, as he got to work on short programs made for children including “No Greater Gift” shot in 1985, and “The Drug Knot” in 1986. Anson’s directing skills were soon noticed, and he got to direct some of the very popular TV series over the next few years, such as “The Pretender”, “Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, and numerous others.
As well as an actor and a movie director, Anson is also a businessman – he opened a chain of restaurants together with his friend from the “Happy Days” TV series Al Molinaro, but the business has been closed for many years now. After it went defunct, Anson founded the Starmaker Products company, and became a spokesperson, as he spoke during the US Patent and Trademark Office’s National Trademark Expo held in April 2008.
Anson is a bit of a writer as well, as he wrote and published his book entitled “Singing to a Bulldog: From Happy Days to Hollywood Director, and the Unlikely Mentor Who Got Me There”.
Anson suing “Happy Days” production
Anson and four of his friends from the “Happy Days” TV series sued CBS – the owner of the show – stating that they were robbed as CBS wasn’t paying them the money from merchandising revenues which their contract guaranteed them to get. By their contract, each of them was supposed to get five percent from net proceeds of selling merchandise if their images were used in it, however, CBS paid them nothing, although after the five of them filed a lawsuit, CBS responded that they only owed them around $9,000 each.
In October 2011, the judge working on the case stated that Anson and his friends were not to receive millions of dollars which they asked for – CBS then asked for the case to be thrown out which the judge denied, and the lawsuit was initially settled by CBS giving each of the five people $65,000, and an undertaking that they would continue to pay them the five percent from selling “Happy Days” merchandise.
Personal life and relationships
Anson remains very secretive when it comes to his love life, as he hasn’t shared much about it, but being a famous actor means that one cannot hide completely from the media’s attention.
Anson has married twice – he met his future first wife while still part of the “Happy Days” TV series, as she joined the cast in the final two seasons. Lorrie Mahaffey and Anson were an instant match and as the people who were there later described it, the two fell for one another almost as soon as they laid eyes on each other. They exchanged their wedding vows on 19 November 1978, and are parents to a single child whose gender and name are not known.
Anson Williams – "Potsie" on "Happy Days" – revealed in a Facebook post yesterday that he was diagnosed with colon…
The marriage lasted for eight years as the two divorced in 1986 – rumor has it that it was due to Anson’s infidelity, and that his now second wife was the cause. Anson and Jackie Gerken married in 1988, and have been together ever since – 31 years and counting. They are parents to four children while the child he has with Lorrie is currently living with her.
There are no controversies surrounding Anson’s love life – it’s not known whether or not he has dated any other women besides his two wives.
Hobbies and interests
Anson has been involved in numerous activities throughout the years, and his interest changes numerous times, as he was always trying new things but eventually gets bored of them.
Anson loved reading comic books when he was younger, but this stopped when he was around 22 and when he began acting in “Happy Days”. He enjoyed playing billiards with his friends, which is something he still enjoys, but he prefers golf as he gets to be in nature while also competing at a game with his friends. He has always been a big fan of beer, but now doesn’t drink as much as he did before because of his health. Anson always liked flying in planes, especially private jets, and has even considered getting a license so that he could fly his own plane, however, this hasn’t happened.
Since he was a kid, Anson has been a lover of animals – he grew up alongside a dog and now has two dogs who make him and his wife company, as all of their kids are already grown and have left home.
Appearance and net worth
Anson is currently 69 years old. He has short black hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, and weighs around 143lbs (65kgs).
According to authoritative sources, his current net worth is estimated to be more than $1.8 million, and is steadily rising thanks to numerous projects he is currently working on.
Social media presence
It appears as Anson is not that active on the internet, as he is an old-fashioned soul who is trying to stay away from the things which the modern age brought.
It seems that the only active profile of his is on Twitter, which he launched in September 2014 and which is currently followed by more than 2,300 people, while he’s tweeted over 70 times, but his last one was on 18 May 2015. There is an Instagram account of Anson, but it only counts 66 followers and a single picture uploaded onto it, while his fan page on Facebook currently counts more than 1,000 ‘likes’.