In fact, one might have to do a bit of a deep dive into the past of Treat Williams to find a few footprints he made along the way, and -- sadly -- that's what I'm here for this morning.
Though it might be the stuff of legends in some corners of the Web-O-Sphere, Williams' contribution to the wider Star Wars mythology was not all that significant. He appeared as an uncredited Rebel soldier aboard Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and has rather famously (in some circles) shared pictures of this very brief stint for all to see.
In 1987, he paid a visit to TV's Fairie Tale Theatre for good measure.
In 1988, he shared the screen with comedian Joe Piscopo in Dead Heat, a Horror/Comedy from the good people at New World Pictures.
In 1992, he stopped in for a thrill and a chill to an installment of HBO's Tales From The Crypt.
Then -- in 1996 -- he stepped deep into the wells of theatrical Fantasy with a big role: in the guise of Xander Drax, he was the face of evil squaring off against none other than The Phantom. Though I found the feature a bit undercooked, I did like the obvious good vs. evil chemistry Williams shared with the heroic lead Billy Zane.
1998 saw the man taking to the high seas in pursuit of adventure with more than a smidgen of Horror: Deep Rising cast Williams as John Finnegan, an oceanic highjacker who does battle against some deep sea creatures.
In 1999, the man headlined a television miniseries adaptation of Jules Verne's Adventure/Classic Journey To The Center Of The Earth for Hallmark Entertainment. While perhaps the effort isn't as memorable as all had hoped, it did score a 2000 Saturn Award nomination in the category of 'Best Single Genre Television Presentation.'
In 2001? "Snakes ... why did it have to be snakes?" Williams found himself under attack from some dangerous snakes released upon mankind by some unforeseen seismic activity in Venomous from genre director Fred Olen Ray.
Though there might be a few more, what's left does lean heavily toward more conventional fare, and I think I'll leave it at that. If nothing else, what I've listed certainly demonstrates that the man never shied away from the worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror; and I think his resume -- well over one hundred different screen roles -- shows that fans hoping to relive what goodness he leaves behind will not find slim pickings when they begin their search.
As it's been said, none of us lasts forever, and word reached us yesterday that the man was involved in a motorcycle accident that cut his days short in a tragic end.
Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family, friends, and fans of Treat Williams. May he rest in peace.