Anson Williams is a guy of many talents, but the one that brought him the most fame was his performance as Warren “Potsie” Weber on the popular television sitcom “Happy Days.” Williams has shown his abilities not just as a singer and director but also as an actor during the course of his career. It is reasonable to say that nothing quite compares to his lengthy stint on the much-loved sitcom “Happy Days,” despite the fact that he has been on quite a few well-known shows throughout the course of his career.
Williams was born in Los Angeles, in the state of California, on September 25th, 1949. On the other hand, Anson William Heimlich is his official name, since it was given to him at birth. It’s interesting to note that his grandfather, Haskell Heimlich, was the one who decided to alter the spelling of the family name to Heimlick. But Williams’ uncle, Dr. Henry Heimlich, who was a physician, did not. It’s possible that the term sounds familiar since it’s the inspiration for the Heimlich technique, which is used to treat people who are choking.
Williams continued his education by enrolling in Burbank High School, where he eventually became the leader of the track squad at his school. Additionally, he was a performer in a number of school performances. Because he established himself in the entertainment sector just a few years after graduating from high school, there is no question that he was always destined for success. In fact, there is no question that he has always been meant for stardom. Williams was hired in the role of Potsie Weber in a segment for “Love, American Style” in 1972. The piece also included other characters that were later adapted into the sitcom “Happy Days.” Don Most, who played the role of Ralph Malph in the series, was another actor who appeared in it.
Williams and Most went on to create a loving connection with each other that has lasted for such a long time, that Most was even Williams’ best man at his wedding. The friendship between these two men has lasted so long because of how long it has lasted. Williams faced a number of obstacles along the road, including beating cancer, but it wasn’t until he was 73 that he discovered the one who would complete his happily ever after.
Williams has established himself as not just an accomplished actor but also a well-respected director throughout the course of his career. He has appeared in a number of noteworthy projects. The television shows “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Lizzie McGuire,” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” are just a few examples of the shows on which he has worked.
Naturally, though, Williams’s claim to fame is owed to his performance as Potsie on the television show “Happy Days.” Williams appeared in almost 200 episodes of the show during the course of its existence, which spanned from 1974 to 1984. During this period, Most was also a part of the series, although his appearances were fewer and farther between in comparison to Williams’s, since he was only in 168 total episodes. As a result of the increased interest in the series brought about by the popularity of Henry Winkler’s portrayal of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli, Potsie and Ralph were able to form an enduring bond.
The fact that Williams was able to form genuine connections while working on the program demonstrates how significant it was to him. Even in later seasons of the show, his first wife, Lorrie Mahaffey, played the role of his on-screen lover. Before moving on to pursue a career in film directing, Williams had success in the music industry during his time spent working on the television series.
On the other hand, Williams encountered several challenges on his journey. According to Closer Weekly, in 2016 he was given a diagnosis of Stage 2 colon cancer. He then had two operations and spent three weeks in the hospital after the procedures. Williams had a “wake-up call” and gained a new perspective on life as a result of earning a clean bill of health.
“I took a negative and turned it into a positive,” he stated. “Through this experience, I discovered that my life has meaning.” Williams continued by saying, “I needed to reorder the priorities in my life. It ended up being useful for me in the sense that it helped me become much more steadfast in the beliefs that I have.
Williams was able to develop “a deeper appreciation” for his family as a result of the turn of events, which includes five daughters and a number of grandkids. “I always knew that I loved them, and I always knew that they were important, but now it’s on a whole new level.”
On the other hand, Williams had not yet discovered his happily ever after at that point in time. Shortly after his treatment for cancer, he made the decision to relocate to Ojai, California, which had the effect of reviving his spirits. “I owe a lot to Ojai for that, for my health, for my sanity, and for the ability to move forward,” Williams added. Because of his deep affection for the community, he even made a bid for the office of mayor, but he was defeated by Betsy Stix.
Williams has also had difficulty in his romantic relationships. 1986 was the year that brought an end to his marriage to Mahaffey. After that, he had a long and happy marriage to Jackie Williams, which lasted for nearly three decades until coming to an end in 2019, as reported by the Daily Mail.
On the other hand, in May of 2023, according to the Daily Mail, Williams, who was 73 at the time, tied the wedding with Sharon MaHarry. MaHarry now works in the real estate industry, although in the past he has also held positions as an advertising executive and a novelist.
The stunning photographs from the couple’s wedding day were released on the “Happy Days” International Fanclub’s Facebook page along with the following caption: “ANSON and SHARON congratulations on your wedding ” Your coming together should offer you more happiness than you could ever have hoped for. #ansonwilliams #happywedding.”
However, one of the most touching moments was when Most stood up as Williams’ best man at the wedding! They have such a fantastic relationship that Williams has even referred to Most as his “brother.” They have a wonderful bond.
Williams uploaded a picture from the wedding that he had taken, in which Most could be seen standing next to him as Williams and his wife faced each other across the room. The photo was captioned by Williams with the phrase “A magical moment in time.”
In another statement, he emphasized that “it’s never too late to get it right!”