Many actors stumble into their profession, but Gary Anthony Williams was dropped into it by a computer error.
The Georgia-born actor, who plays Clarence Bell and his alter ego, Clarice, on ABC’s “Boston Legal,” had assumed he would wind up going into business before a computer glitch mistakenly assigned him to a high-school drama class. It was love at first sight.
“I had a great teacher, and we did some mime and improv stuff,” Williams says. “Immediately, I thought, ‘This is good.’ ”
After a brief stab at college, Williams moved to Atlanta and began working at the Academy Theatre and the Georgia Shakespeare Festival. In 1988, he joined the city’s long-running improv troupe Laughing Matters, where he performed until 1998, when he and wife Leslie moved to California.
An unsuccessful audition for a role in the pilot of Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle” led to a plum recurring role on the sitcom as Abe Kenarban, the father of Malcolm’s best pal, Stevie.
“It was a huge education for me in the business out here,” Williams says. “I would see Bryan Cranston being so nice to everybody. He told me, ‘I made a deal, if I was ever the lead on a show, I would not be an ass.’ That whole set was really like family, which is exactly how ‘Boston Legal’ is.”
Williams has his fingers crossed that he will again be part of the David E. Kelley dramedy next season.
“David tapped into something that nobody else really knows about me, which is that I really am a very shy guy” he says. “I get to play around with that a lot, and this is really three characters in one that he has written, so it’s just wonderful.”
Erik Per Sullivan has grown up since we last saw him on Malcolm in the Middle and is starring in the new film MO.
MO, an inspirational, stylized independent movie from first-time director Brian Scott Lederman. MO is an amusing, yet poignant true story about a boy living with Marfan syndrome, a serious connective tissue disorder. MO was the centerpiece film at this year’s Malibu International Film Festival, premièred on April 14th.
What happens when you’re going more than 100 mph and you have to, well, go? Frankie Muniz, racecar driver, reveals all! Get behind the wheel with the former Malcolm in the Middle star, now 21, as he competes in the Long Beach, Calif., Grand Prix and find out what happens when you drink lots of water before hitting the track – plus more from behind the scenes.
The band who created the ever catchy “Boss of Me” song for Malcolm in the Middle are back with a new album.
When not busy making children’s albums or writing TV theme songs, They Might Be Giants still find time to work on new records.
The Else, the band’s twelfth album in 25 years, will be released July 10. The record was produced by the Dust Brothers and Patrick Dillett.
In addition to the previous 11 albums, the band is known for writing the theme songs for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Malcolm in the Middle, which won a Grammy in 2002. TMBG will hit the road for most of the rest of this month making their way around America.
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