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Anson Williams—”Potsie” from “Happy Days”—Guest 01/28/2016

Anson Williams
Anson Williams

Ken Boxer Live is honored to have as its next guest the multi-talented Anson Williams. (Complimentary audience tickets to this event are available.)

Most of us remember Williams as the gullible, but lovable, Potsie Weber from the paradigmatic 1970’s television series Happy Days. Originating during a time of 1950’s nostalgia—American Graffiti, a movie with a similar theme, was a top-grossing film in 1973—Happy Days‘ eleven seasons (each of which roughly tracks one of the eleven years from 1955-1965) sits among those few series we deem as our all-time favorites, reminding us of a much simpler time not that long ago. Today the series resides in that wonderful television universe granted only to the very few: perpetual syndication.

Unlike most of the cast, Williams remained throughout the entire eleven seasons, although his appearances became less frequent during later episodes. Decades later Williams would return retrospectively to Happy Days, playing in various Happy Days-themed productions. Also, he and cast member Al Molinaro opened a now defunct chain of Happy Days-related diners called Big Al’s (mimicking its namesake from the series).

Anson Williams
“Happy Days”

After Happy Days, Williams began a very prolific career as a television director. Some of the series he directed include Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Melrose Place, and Charmed.

In 2011 Williams was party to a breach-of-contract lawsuit that he and three other Happy Days cast members filed against CBS, the owner of the show, claiming they had not been paid for revenue derived from show-related sales items, such as dolls, greeting cards, t-shirts, and the like. This was finally settled with each cast member receiving $65,000 along with a CBS promise to adhere more strictly to paying the actors the residuals due them.

It truly is an incredible honor to have Anson Willams as our guest. Please join Ken and Tai for what will surely be a lively and exciting interview.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, January 25th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 01/28/2016, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)