Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$15 million
Date Of BirthMarch 5, 1938
SpouseLinda Williamson
MarkPerpetually wears his Super Bowl I ring, never taking it off
FactDid a season of NFL Monday Night Football (1970) with Howard Cosell.

Fred “The Hammer” Williamson is an American actor and former professional football player. He was born on March 5, 1938 in Gary, Indiana. His father was a welder and his mother was a homemaker. Williamson has two older sisters. He attended Washington High School in Gary, where he was a star football player. After high school, Williamson attended Northwestern University on a football scholarship. He played for the Northwestern Wildcats from 1956 to 1959. Williamson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1960 NFL Draft. He played for the Steelers from 1960 to 1961. In 1962, Williamson was traded to the Oakland Raiders. He played for the Raiders from 1962 to 1965. In 1966, Williamson retired from football and began his acting career.

Williamson’s first film role was in the 1967 film The Dirty Dozen. He has since appeared in over 70 films. Some of his most notable film roles include Black Caesar (1973), Hell Up in Harlem (1973), Three the Hard Way (1974), Mandingo (1975), Mean Johnny Barrows (1976), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), and Django Unchained (2012). Williamson has also appeared in numerous television shows, including The A-Team, Miami Vice, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Williamson is a member of the Black Stuntmen’s Association and the Stuntmen’s Association of America. He has been married four times and has three children. His net worth is estimated to be $10 million.

General Info

Full NameFred Williamson
Net Worth$15 million
Date Of BirthMarch 5, 1938
Height1.91 m
Weight98 kg
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Architect, Film director, Football player, Actor
EducationNorthwestern University


SpouseLinda Williamson


AwardsJohn Scott Legacy Medal and Premium, Playgirl Man of the Month
MoviesHell Up in Harlem, From Dusk till Dawn, Original Gangstas, Three the Hard Way, The Black Cobra, The Inglorious Bastards, Starsky & Hutch, One Down, Two To Go, Black Caesar, Boss Nigger, That Man Bolt, The Legend of Nigger Charley, Bucktown, 1990: The Bronx Warriors, The New Barbarians, Take a Hard R...
TV ShowsJulia, Half Nelson, Sexual Predator Alert, Fast Track

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#Marks / Signs
1Is typically seen with his trademark cigar, either in film or in person during private interviews.
2Perpetually wears his Super Bowl I ring, never taking it off


1'There's only two things that I demand of my scripts, and they're the same things my audiences demand. First, I have to get the girl. And second, I have to win all the fights. We don't need suspense. With those two ingredients, the picture is assured of being a hit.'


1Has three sons, Fred Jr. Frank, and Jeff.
2Living on the family ranch near Portales, New Mexico. [2003]
3Signed with Oakland Raiders [1961]
4Traded to Kansas City Chiefs. Played in Super Bowl I vs Green Bay. [1965]
5Played in the CFL [1968]
6Signed by San Francisco 49ers. Traded before the start of the 1960 season and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. [1960]
7Speaks Italian fluently.
8Played for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I in January of 1967.
9Turned down a role in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) because he didn't want to parody the "cool hero" image he had developed in films during the 1970s.
10Was one of the judges in the Miss Universe pageant in 1976.
11Has black belts in the following martial arts: Kenpo, Shotokan Karate, and Tae-Kwon-Do.
12Got the nickname Hammer while playing football because he was known to hit hard. "Put the hammer on you".
131959 Northwestern University graduate.
14Graduated from high school in 1955.
15Appeared (mostly) nude in October 73 issue of Playgirl Magazine.
16Did a season of NFL Monday Night Football (1970) with Howard Cosell.
17He is a trained Architect.
18High School - Froebel High School, Gary, IN College - Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
19Played football at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois).




A Chance in the World2016post-productionCharlie
Check Point2016completedChester
Victory by Submission2016completedPokey Lewis
Sticky Fingers: The Movie!2016filmingBoss (voice)
Beautiful NightmareannouncedSanderford
Beyond Controlpost-productionChief Private Investigator
Billy TriggerannouncedPops
Old School Gangstaspre-productionHam
The Gold Rush Boogiepre-productionBubba
The Last Hit ManannouncedDakota Smith
Unkillable2017Master Lee
Jackson Bolt2016Tommy
Real Husbands of Hollywood2014-2016TV SeriesJet Black
Atomic Eden2015Stoker - The Leader
Comedy Bang! Bang!2012-2015TV SeriesChief / Dale's Boss
Daddy-O Died So That Love Could Live2012ShortCommander Death Blood
Last Ounce of Courage2012Warren Hammerschmidt
The Voices from Beyond2012Agent Farley
Dropping Evil2012Commander Death Blood
Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption2011Moses
Street Poet2010Gabriel
Shoot the Hero2010The General
Pushing Daisies2009TV SeriesRoland 'Rollie' Stingwell
Knight Rider2009TV SeriesDEA Director
Hello Paradise2007-2008TV Series
Revamped2007VideoCaptain Michaels
Fighting Words2007Gabriel
Vegas Vampires2007Fred Pittman
Crooked2006Jack Paxton
Spaced Out2006VideoThe Hammer
Transformed2005VideoThe Hammer
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide2005TV SeriesCoach Stax
If Love Hadn't Left Me Lonely2004VideoWillie Brownlee Davis
Starsky & Hutch2004Captain Doby
Sexual Predator Alert2002TV SeriesHost
On the Edge2002Dakota Smith
Shadow Fury2001Sam
Down 'n Dirty2001Dakota Smith
Carmen: A Hip Hopera2001TV MovieLou
Deadly Rhapsody2001Jake
The Rage Within2001Dakota Smith
Submerged2000Captain Masters
Active Stealth1999VideoCapt. Reynolds
Whatever It Takes1998/IIPaulie Salano
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal1998TV SeriesFred Milton Di genova / Fred Milton Di Genova
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror1998VideoSheriff Skaggs
Blackjack1998TV MovieTim Hastings
Ride1998Casper's Dream Dad
Fast Track1997-1998TV SeriesLowell Carter
Night Vision1997Dakota 'Dak' Smith
Arli$$1996TV SeriesFred Williamson
Original Gangstas1996John Bookman
From Dusk Till Dawn1996Frost
Silent Hunter1995Sheriff Mantee
Murder Was the Case: The Movie1995Video shortThe Hammer (segment "Doggy Dogg World")
Renegade1994TV SeriesJean Luc Leveaux
South Beach1993Mack Derringer
State of Mind1992Loomis
Three Days to a Kill1992Cal
Steele's Law1991John Steele
Detective Malone1991Det. Robert Malone
Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection1990Lt. Robert Malone
Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One1990Captain Sam Beck
The Kill Reflex1989Soda Cracker
The Black Cobra 21989Lt. Robert 'Bob' Malone
Deadly Intent1988VideoCurt Slate
Amen1988TV SeriesBarnet Thompson
Delta Force Commando1988Capt. Samuel Beck
Cobra nero1987Detective Robert Malone
Eroi dell'inferno1987Feather
The Messenger1986Jake Sebastian Turner
Foxtrap1986Thomas Fox
The Equalizer1985TV SeriesLt. Mason Warren
Half Nelson1985TV SeriesChester Long
Half Nelson1985TV MovieChester Long
Vivre pour survivre1985Noah Barclay
Deadly Impact1984Lou
I guerrieri dell'anno 20721984Abdul
The Big Score1983Detective Frank Hooks
The Last Fight1983Jesse Crowder
Warriors of the Wasteland1983Nadir
Warrior of the Lost World1983Henchman
One Down, Two to go1982Cal
1990: The Bronx Warriors1982The Ogre
Fear in the City1981John Dikson
Lou Grant1981TV SeriesCrusher Carter
Fantasy Island1979TV SeriesJackson Malone
CHiPs1979TV SeriesTy
Supertrain1979TV SeriesAl Roberts
Wheels1978TV Mini-SeriesLeonard Wingate
The Inglorious Bastards1978Pvt. Fred Canfield
Mr. Mean1977Mr. Mean
Police Story1973-1976TV SeriesSergeant Bunny Green / Snake McKay
Blind Rage1976Jesse Crowder
Death Journey1976Jesse Crowder
No Way Back1976Jesse Crowder
Adiós Amigo1976Big Ben
Mean Johnny Barrows1976Johnny Barrows
The New Spartans1975Lincoln Jefferson Washington IV
Take a Hard Ride1975Tyree
Bucktown1975Duke Johnson
Boss Nigger1975Boss Nigger
The Rookies1974TV SeriesJohnny Barrows
Three the Hard Way1974Jagger Daniels
Black Eye1974Stone
Tough Guys1974Joe Snake
Crazy Joe1974Willy
Hell Up in Harlem1973Tommy Gibbs
That Man Bolt1973Jefferson Bolt
The Soul of Nigger Charley1973Charley
Black Caesar1973Tommy Gibbs
Hammer1972B.J. Hammer
The Legend of Nigger Charley1972Nigger Charley
Julia1969-1971TV SeriesSteve Bruce / Dave Boyd
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon1970Beach Boy
MASH1970Dr. Oliver 'Spearchucker' Jones
The Bold Ones: The Protectors1969TV SeriesArnold Bartell / Officer Williams
Star Trek1969TV SeriesAnka
The Outsider1969TV SeriesRandall
Ironside1968TV SeriesDet. Sgt. La Peer
The Black Cobra Returns2017announcedDetective Robert Malone (rumored)


Old School Gangstaspre-production
The Last Hit Manannounced
Vegas Vampires2007
If Love Hadn't Left Me Lonely2004Video
On the Edge2002
Down 'n Dirty2001
Original Gangstas1996uncredited
Silent Hunter1995
South Beach1993
Three Days to a Kill1992
Critical Action1991
Steele's Law1991
The Kill Reflex1989
The Messenger1986
The Big Score1983
The Last Fight1983
One Down, Two to go1982
Mr. Mean1977
Death Journey1976
No Way Back1976
Adiós Amigo1976
Mean Johnny Barrows1976


Old School Gangstasproducer pre-production
The Last Hit Manproducer announced
Atomic Eden2015executive producer
On the Edge2002producer
Down 'n Dirty2001producer
Night Vision1997producer
Original Gangstas1996producer
South Beach1993producer
Three Days to a Kill1992producer
Steele's Law1991producer
Taxi Killer1988producer
The Messenger1986producer
One Down, Two to go1982producer
Mr. Mean1977producer
Death Journey1976producer
No Way Back1976executive producer - as Jeff Williamson / producer
Adiós Amigo1976producer
Mean Johnny Barrows1976producer
Boss Nigger1975producer


Old School Gangstaspre-production
Vegas Vampires2007screenplay
Three Days to a Kill1992
Steele's Law1991
The Messenger1986story
The Last Fight1983writer
One Down, Two to go1982story - as Jeff Williamson
Mr. Mean1977as Jeff Williamson
Joshua1976story and screenplay
No Way Back1976
Adiós Amigo1976written by
Boss Nigger1975written by


Mean Johnny Barrows1976uncredited


The Messenger1986production assistant - as Jeff Williamson


Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!2010special thanks
Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted2004Documentary special thanks
Forgive Me Father2001special thanks
One Way Out1986special thanks


King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry CohenDocumentary post-productionHimself
Classic Hollywood Cinemas2016DocumentaryHimself
Unsung Hollywood2015-2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini2015DocumentaryHimself
Actors Entertainment2013TV SeriesHimself
Bada$$ Mothaf**kas2013DocumentaryHimself - Host
Back to Black: Foxy Brown and the Blaxploitaton Era2013Video documentary shortHimself
The Outsider - Il Cinema Di Antonio Margheriti2013DocumentaryHimself
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s2012DocumentaryHimself
Spaghetti Soul2011Video documentary shortHimself
Way Black When2010TV MovieHimself
Hello Paradise2008-2010TV SeriesHimself
American Grindhouse2010DocumentaryHimself - Actor, Three the Hard Way
Directors on Directing2009DocumentaryFred Williamson
Secrets of Life2009DocumentaryHimself
Direct Your Own Damn Movie!2009Video documentaryHimself
Train Kept A-Rollin'2008Video documentaryHimself
Rome Is Burning2008TV SeriesHimself
L'urlo di Chen terrorizza ancora l'occidente - Dragonland2008DocumentaryHimself
Kansas City Chiefs: The Complete History2007VideoHimself
Durch die Nacht mit...2007TV Series documentary
Jocking Around2007DocumentaryHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2006TV SeriesHimself
Bullets Over Hollywood2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted2004DocumentaryHimself
The Wild Ride to Super Bowl I2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Da Hammer: Interview with Fred Williamson2003Video shortHimself
Baadasssss Cinema2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jim Brown: All American2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (Pittsburgh, Oakland, Kansas City 1960-67 / Actor, Producer, Director) (as Fred 'Hammer' Williamson)
Hollywood Goes to Hell2000TV Short documentaryHimself
The Independent2000Himself
The Jamie Foxx Show2000TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Full Tilt Boogie1997DocumentaryHimself - 'Frost'
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986TV SeriesHimself
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death1980DocumentaryHammer, the ladies man
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1979TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
Soul Train1972-1974TV Series documentaryGuest / Himself
The Merv Griffin Show1972TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1968TV SeriesHimself(Cocktail Party)
AFL-NFL World Championship Game1967TV SpecialHimself - Kansas City Chiefs Left Cornerback
1966 AFL Championship Game1967TV MovieHimself - Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback

Archive Footage

Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2007TV Series documentaryFrost
The N Word2004Documentary
A Huey P. Newton Story2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)


Nominated Awards

2016Festival AwardInternational Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, LondonBest Feature FilmAtomic Eden (2015)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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