The star lost his battle with cancer on 28 June (15) in Bullhead City, Arizona, according to Variety.com.

Williams' film and TV credits include Hello Dolly!, Short Circuit 2, An Enemy of the People, General Hospital and Abbott & Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld.

He was also known for his roles as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Annie, Cap'n Andy in Show Boat, Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance and The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz in Actors Equity productions.

In addition to his acting roles, Williams was the writer, director and producer of acclaimed documentary The Last First Comic, about burlesque comedian Irv Benson.