For the football player of the same name see Grant Williams (football player).
Grant Williams (August 18, 1930 - July 25, 1985) was an American film actor best remembered for his portrayal of Scott Carey in the seminal science fiction classic film The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). The film has become an existential cult classic.
Born John Grant Williams
in New York City
of Scottish parents, he began acting in summer stock
as a child. He served in The Air Force
from 1948 to 1952 after graduation from high school. Upon completion of his military service he returned to New York and attended classes in three colleges:
Williams was initially interested in singing and performed with both the New York City Opera
and The Robert Shaw Chorale
. He also played piano professionally. He soon became interested in acting and enrolled at the Actors Studio
in New York City
under Lee Strasberg
. After several small roles on Broadway and television he was spotted by a talent scout on Kraft Television Theater
in 1954 and signed with Universal Pictures
in 1956. He made his film debut in Red Sundown
the same year.
Williams was given the lead in his seventh film The Incredible Shrinking Man in 1957. Despite good reviews and the success of the film his career continued with lackluster roles. After Universal Pictures dropped his contract in 1959, he signed with Warner Brothers, where his first assignment was a continuing role in the television series Hawaiian Eye. Several film and television roles followed. After his acting career declined, he opened an acting school in Hollywood and authored several books on the subject. He continued acting with sporadic roles in film and television. His last film assignment was in The Doomsday Machine in 1972.
Grant Williams died July 25
after being treated for blood poisoning at the Veteran's Administration Hospital
in Los Angeles
. He was buried at The Los Angeles National Cemetery
, Los Angeles
in section 218, space 83. He was survived by one brother.
Grant Williams was a relative of Scottish opera singer Mary Garden. He remained a lifelong bachelor.