Bernard Williams (producer)
Williams was born in London. He began his career in filmmaking by working inside the mailroom of Associated British Pictures when he was a teenager. He later married Valerie Norman Dannels, the daughter of the film director Leslie Norman, with whom he had three children, Dana, Vanessa and Howard. He and his family moved from the United Kingdom to Los Angeles, California, in 1981 to pursue his production career. Williams' marriage to Valerie Norman Dannels ended in divorce.
Williams served as the second and third director for two films in the early 1960s: the science fiction film, The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), and Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) directed by Otto Preminger. Williams also worked as a production manager for the British television series, The Prisoner (1967–68), a project associated with actor Patrick McGoohan. Additionally, he served as a production manager for the film, Battle of Britain (1969), which was directed by Guy Hamilton.
Williams was an associate producer on Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Barry Lyndon (1975). He produced or associate produced six films with director Frank Oz, beginning with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). His other collaborations with Oz were What About Bob? (1991), Housesitter (1992), The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), Bowfinger (1999), and The Score (2001).
Williams also produced The Big Sleep (1978), a remake of the 1946 film; Flash Gordon (1980); Ragtime (1981); The Bounty (1984), starring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins; Manhunter, (1986) which was directed by Michael Mann; and Daredevil (2003), a superhero film starring Ben Affleck. With Rosilyn Heller, Williams co-produced Who's That Girl (1987), starring Madonna.
Bernard Williams died from stomach cancer in Burbank, California, on 4 January 2015, at the age of 72. He was survived by his former wife and his three children.
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