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Hal Williams
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    (December 14, 1938- )
    Born in Columbus, Ohio
    Birth name is Halroy Candis Williams
    Portrayed Lester Jenkins on '227'
    Portrayed Officer Smith ('Smitty') on 'Sanford and Son'
    Appeared in 'Hardcore (1979),' 'On the Nickel (1980),' 'Private Benjamin (1980),' 'The Rookie (1990),' and 'Guess Who (2005)'
    He had a recurring role on The Waltons.
    He is twice divorced.
    He filmed television movies with Hallmark Channel and the Disney Channel.
    He cited his favorite '227' episode as 'Trial and Error,' specifically the part where Lester dresses in drag to sneak out of the family apartment.
    Although billed as the show's star along with Marla Gibbs, the show's actual popularity went to Jackee Harry (Sandra).
    He took part in the spin-off series of the 'Private Benjamin' movie (which actually did run a respectable three seasons and received several Emmy nominations with one win).
    He worked as a postal worker and corrections officer before moving to Hollywood.
    He broke ground on 'Sanford,' often playing the comedic straight man to inept white officers.
    He was (allegedly) fired from 'The Jimmy Stewart Show' on racial grounds.
    According to reports, the show's star, objected to a black actor ordering his character around on screen.
    He has actively worked on behalf of the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, and hosted its annual Baton Rouge Telethon for years.
    He called working on 'Private Benjamin' with Goldie Hawn 'one of the best experiences of my life.'
    He had a memorable scene in '227' where he gets a near perfect Family Feud score only to lose by a point with Mary's answer ('a cigarette').

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