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William Katt

William Katt is an American actor. Katt was born February 16, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, the son of actors Bill Williams and Barbara Hale. He attended Orange Coast College, before pursuing a career as a musician. He then started acting, appearing in summer stock and small television roles. His earlier film credits include the role of a jock in Brian DePalma's 1976 film Carrie, and the role of Sundance Kid in the 1978 fim Butch and Sundance, The Early Days. Katt can also be seen auditioning for the part of Luke Skywalker for 1977's Star Wars on many Star Wars documentaries.

Katt then got the role of Ralph Hinkley, a mild-mannered schoolteacher who is given a flying suit by aliens on the television series The Greatest American Hero in 1981, and played the role till the show was cancelled in 1983. Although Katt felt silly in the costume, it would become his most famous role. From 1987 onwards, Katt played the recurring role of detective Paul Drake Jr. in the periodic Perry Mason TV movies, co-starring with his mother Barbara Hale, who resumed her Della Street role from the original show's run.

Katt recently appeared in the 1991 sitcom Good Sports. He married his current wife Deborah Kahne on February 16, 1981, and has two sons, Clayton Alexander and Emerson Hunter.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

William Katt Facts

BirthdayFebruary 16, 1951 (72)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Height5' 8½" (1m74)  How tall is William Katt compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Daddy's Girl
Say Goodbye
House: Two Stories
The Man From Earth
House Double Feature
Problem Child 3: Junior in Love
Rules of Engagement
One True Thing
World Trade Center
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