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Fort Worth actor Van Williams, 82; played TV’s ‘The Green Hornet’

Actor Van Williams co-starred with a young Bruce Lee in ABC’s The Green Hornet.
Actor Van Williams co-starred with a young Bruce Lee in ABC’s The Green Hornet. Fox TV/Greeway/REX/Shutterstock AP

By Bud Kennedy

Fort Worth

Van Williams, the hunky (really Bud? hunky?  What a hack ~ rf) 1960s TV star from a founding Fort Worth family who played alongside Bruce Lee as the superhero The Green Hornet and guest-starred in a Batman episode, has died in a care center near his Arizona home, family members confirmed to news sources Monday.


Born Van Zandt Jarvis Williams, he was a descendant of Fort Worth pioneer Isaac Van Zandt and the founding Van Zandt and Jarvis ranching families, and was a distant cousin to late songwriter Townes Van Zandt.


He died of renal failure, according to The New York Times. He was 82.


Williams grew up on Locke Avenue near Merrick Street in west Fort Worth and starred at Arlington Heights High School as a speedy football halfback and track sprinter and hurdler. He went to Texas Christian University majoring in business and animal husbandry, according to one biography, but moved to Hawaii and was “discovered” on Waikiki by Oscar-winning movie producer Mike Todd.



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