Werdegang / Biographie von Ron Williams

(deutsche Biographie siehe Presse)

  Geboren in Oakland / Californien / USA

GI (Militärpolizist, Journalist, AFN-Sprecher)
In den USA und Deutschland anschließend

erster US-Kabarettist in Deutschland (Ensemblemitglied des Kleinen Renitenztheater Stuttgart, Gastspiele u.a. bei Stachelschweine Berlin), erste eigene One-Man Shows, Fernseh- und Bühnenauftritte in Europa als Sänger, Schauspieler und Moderator.

1975 Bühnenauftritte als Schauspieler in ganz Europa, u.a. Ensemble-Mitglied in Rick Cluchey’s San Quentin Drama Workshop
  “The Cage“ und “The Wall is Mama“ London, Edingburgh (Regie: Rick Cluchey)
  “Von Mäusen und Menschen“ (Regie:Peer Schmidt)
  “Die Nacht kurz vor den Wäldern“; Einmann-Stück von Koltés (Regie; Sigrid Herzog)

 
1976-1986 eigene One-Man-Shows, u.a.
  “Happy-Birthday America“, “Frontbetreuung“, “Countdown“ und
  “Geh zum Teufel“ (u.a. Lach- und Schießgesellschaft München
  Kommödchen Düsseldorf, Unterhaus Mainz, kleines Renitenztheater Stuttgart)

 
1983-2017 Mitwirkung in über 800 Fernsehsendungen
  Kinofilme u.a.
  “Kunyonga“ Titelrolle (Regie: Hubert Frank)
  “Stadtpiraten“ Hauptrolle (Regie: Rolf Silber)
  “Das Kondom des Grauens“, Rolle: Polizeichef (Regie: Martin Walz)

  Fernsehfilme und –Serien u.a.
  “Das Brot des Siegers“ (ARD)
  “Wüstenfieber“ sechsstellige Serie (ZDF)
  “Die Bombe tickt“ (ARD)
  “Der Alte“ (ZDF)
  "Klinik unter Palmen" Dominikanische Republik (ARD)
  „Traumhotel Tobago"

  Eigene Fernsehshows u.a.
  “Ronabend“ (WDR / ARD)
  “Countdown“ (HR / ARD)

 
  Synchronsprecher (Film, Fernsehen, Werbung) u.a.
  “GEOKIDs“ National Geographic Präsentator ,,Francesco Flaminco“
  “Nightmare before Christmas“ (Regie: Tim Burton), Stoptrick-Film Rolle : Oogie Boogie Man,
  “Arielle“ Kinofilm Buena Vista Rolle: Sebastian die Krabbe, Juni 98
  “Arielle 2“ Rolle: Sebastian die Krabbe, Oktober 2000

 
  Host / Präsentator u.a.
  “Musikszene“ sieben Jahre einmal monatlich (ARD/ORF)
  “Focus on Europe“ (Deutsche Welle TV) für PBS-TV USA und weltweit
  7 Jahre einmal monatlich
  “Just vor Fun“ (WDR-Kinderprogramm) 13 Folgen
  “Spaß am Dienstag“ (WDR / ARD) 14 Folgen
  “Berlin Mitte“ Talkshow (SFB / 1plus / NDR) 11 Folgen
  “Nu biste platt “ Kinder-Talkshow vier Sendungen (NDR)
  “This is my Australia“ in Australien, Reisesendung (ntv 1999 / 2000)
  “Disney’s Dschungelfieber“ Erstsendung 1997, weitere sieben Folgen 1997 / 98 (Super RTL)
  The making of “A Bugs Life“, Pixar Studios Richmond California, Buena Vista 1998, RTL

 
  Fernsehmoderationen u.a.
  “Supermodel of the world“ aus dem “Star Search Theater“
  Hollywood / Los Angeles (Premiere-TV)
  “Ich bin ein Ausländer“ Rockkonzert aus der Deutschlandhalle
  “rrraus. Die Deutschen und ihre Ausländer“
  Co-Moderation mit Fritz Pleitgen (WDR / ARD)
  “Harlem Story“ (WDR / ARD)
  “Prix Jeunesse“ (BR / ARD / EUROVISION)
  “Willkommen in München“ (BR / ARD / EUROVISION)
  “Jazz Festival Kansas City“ (SFB / ARD)
  “Verleihung des Grimme-Preises 1996“ (WDR/3-Sat)
  “Rock for Bosnia“ (WDR)
  “EMIL-Preis“ Kinderfilmfest 1996 (WDR)
  “Fünf Jahre Kabel 1“ (Kabel 1)

 
  TV-Gast u.a
  “Mai Revue 1985“(ARD)
  “Punkt Punkt Punkt“ 100 Sendungen (Sat 1)
  “Alfredissimo“ (WDR / ARD)
  “Zimmer Frei“ (WDR)
  “Dingsda“(BR / ARD);
  wiederholte Einladung in Talkshows wie
  “Schreinemarkers live“(Sat1)
  “Talk im Turm“ (Sat 1), “Boulevard Bio“(ARD)
  “Live aus der alten Oper“ (ZDF)
  “NDR Talkshow“
  “Ruge 19:10“, (ARD)
  “Sabine Christiansen“(ARD 2000)
  “Hans Meiser“ (RTL 2000)
  “Schwerpunkte“(Phoenix 2000)
  “Brisant“(ARD 2000)
  “Genießen erlaubt“ 5 Sendungen (BR) Okt.-Dez. 98/99 + 2000 Co-Moderation mit Alfons Schubeck
  „Münchner Runde“ BR 2009
  „DAS“ NDR 2012
  „alpha-forum“ BR(Portrait) 2012
  „Landesschau Baden-Würtemberg“ SWR Fernsehen 2015

 
  Eigene Hörfunksendungen u.a.
  “CD-Chartbreak“ zwei Jahre wöchentliche Syndicated Radio-Show
  für PSR, Radio Regenbogen und Radio Fritz Berlin
  „Relax FM 92,4“ München, Frühshow 10 Sendungen monatlich

 
2007 eigenes Musical
  „MARTIN LUTHER KING - THE KING OF LOVE“

 
2002-2017 Theatertourneen mit „Theatergastspiele Kempf:
  „I Have a Dream – Die Martin Luther King Story“, Titelrolle (2002 - 2005)
  “The Ray Charles Story”, Titelrolle (2005 - 2008)
  “Endlich frei – Die Nelson Mandela Story” , Titelrolle (2008 - 2012)
  „Die Harry Belafonte Story“, Titelrolle (seit 2012)
  „Onkel Toms Hütte“, Titelrolle (seit 2015)
  „Hautnah“, Titelrolle (seit 2015)

 
2009-2017 Special Guest Schauspieler, Sänger, Moderator
  “SWEETSOULMUSICREVUE” (seit 2009)
  „Bluesbrothers - Im Namen des Herren“ Luisenburgfestspiele Wunsiedel (2011 - 2012)

 
1996 bis 2017 Live-Konzerte mit Big-Bands u.a.
  "HR Bigband"
  "WDR Bigband"
  "NDR Bigband"
  "NRW Polizeiorchester"
  “Blechschaden“
  “LE-Big-Band“
  “André Carol Bigband“
  "Lumberjack Big Band"

 
  Live-Konzerte
  “Juke & the Blue Joint“
  „Bluesnight Band“
  “Jörg Seidel Trio”
  “Two Voices-One Soul and a Bigband” mit Julia Nigel und Lumberjack Big Band

 
2000-2017 „Tour für Toleranz“
  über 100 Schulen

 
Discographie: “All you need is a friend“ (1993) Ariola
  “Hair“ (mit Nina Hagen, Udo Lindenberg und Uwe Ochsenknecht)
  “Musical-Stars singen Weihnachtslieder“, Titel:
  “Denn es ist Weihnachtszeit“ (Mary’s Boychild) (1996)
  "Juke & The Blue Joints meets Ron Williams" (1997)
  “Together bewegen wir die Welt“ Polymedia (1998)
  ,,Open your Heart“ Deshima Music (2000)
  „Gotta Do The Right Thing“ mit Bluesnight Band (2006)
  Accoustic Music (2006)
  “MARTIN LUTHER KING THE KING OF LOVE” Sony/BMG (2007)
  “Jazzin` up the Soul” mit Jörg Seidel Trio (2008)

 
CD-ROM Spiele: “Caribbean Disaster“ DJ Radio Ron, Ikarion (1994)
  “Tuneland“ Präsentator “Howie der Bär“, 7 th level (1995)
  “Die Abenteuerwelt der Wörter“, “Howie der Bär“ 7 th level (1996)
  Arcade Frenzy "Little Mermaid“ I+II,Sebastian die Krabbe“Bowne Global (2000)

English Biography

RON WILLIAMS – Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Entertainer

Ron Williams, born in Oakland, California, USA. He graduated from Oakland Technical Highschool, turning down a scholarship to study law at Dartmouth University, he joined the Army. After training as a Military Policeman he served in Virginia. Transferred to Germany

he was stationed in Stuttgart where he retrained as an Information Specialist  (print-journalist) and as a radio announcer for the Armed Forces Network, AFN. After serving three years he was discharged. He remained in Germany, planning to travel and see more of Europe, before returning home.

Learning the language quickly, even a German dialect or two(!), he took on various jobs:

A sales-driver for Coca-Cola, a private chauffeur, and as a butler, learning more about Germany and its culture.

His first introduction to German show-business was as a soloist with the SDR-Radio Bigband and the Horst Jankowsky Jazz-Chorus in Stuttgart which made him change his mind about returning home. Then followed a  FIRST  in Germany. He joined the ranks of German satirical performers, being the only American to ever do so, performing two seasons as a member of the ensemble of  Stuttgart`s “Kleines Renitenztheater”. His impersonations of legendary German politician and Chancellor Willy Brandt, or Stuttgart`s famous long-time serving Lord-Mayor Arnulf Klett (in the Schwabian dialect!) are unforgettable, making his mark as an impersonator for the first time before German audiences.

Moving from political Satire to numerous stage, tv- and film roles, he`s since become a recognizable face and voice throughout German speaking Europe: For 7 years as the TV-Host for the music-magazine “Musik-Szene” (ARD/WDR/ORF) and as Host and Anchor for the monthly English language TV-magazine “Focus on Europe” which was broadcast worldwide by Deutsche Welle / PBS USA for 7 years. Unforgettable, his parody as the satirical “voice” of  President Ronald Reagan in numerous TV- Radio-shows and stage-performances; and on his own Saturday Night TV-Show “Ronabend” (ARD/WDR). He`s had over 800 television appearances including over 300 of his own shows..

He`s also the dubbing-voice for cartoon characters like “Sebastian the Crab” in Disney`s  “Arielle the Mermaid”, as “Francisco Flaminco” in the National Geographic`s “GEO KIDS”, as “Howie the Bear” on  the CD-Rom “Tuneland”. “Oogie Boogie” in Tim Burtons “Nightmare before Christmas” is just one of his many dubbing roles.

As a singer-entertainer with over 40 years of performances he`s gained a large audience of admirers young and old, singing the Blues, Soul and R & B with different bands, or Swing,

Jazz with numerous Big-Bands. He continues to win new fans doing galas, concerts, club- and festival gigs.

In 2002 he discovered as he puts it “the role of my life” – Dr. Martin Luther King jr.

As a young soldier at the Provost Marshal School in Fort Gordon, Georgia he trained to be a military policeman. There and later while on duty in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, he personally experienced the ugly effects of racism in and out of uniform.

“In the early sixties, we young blacks, especially being from liberal California, had to hold back a lot of anger, while in the deep south. I initially saw Malcolm X, the radical Black Muslim leader as a hero, advocating the use of force if necessary as means to an end.  

Only later did I recognize, understand and accept Dr. Martin Luther King jr.`s philosophy – that a change in America`s racial policies can only succeed through the path of non violence.”

In the prize winning stage-play “I Have A Dream – The Martin-Luther-King Story” by German playright Gerold Theobalt, he was critically acclaimed  portraying King  in over 300 performances from 2002 until 2005 in theatres throughout German speaking Europe. 

In 2005 playing the title role in the very successful stage production of  the Ray Charles Story – “Play it Again Ray !” he again found a dream role cementing his reputation as an exceptional singer/performer. 

2007/08/09 he continues to excite audiences as “Ray” on tour in five European countries.

In February 2007 the Musical Story “Martin Luther King - The KING OF LOVE” had its world premiere in the famous Berlin landmark, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche. “KING OF LOVE” is Ron Williams` personal tribute to Dr. King. Writing the libretto and lyrics and playing the lead role, he bows deeply to this icon of the American civil rights movement. 

Directed by Italian director Fernando Scarpa and with a cast of  23 actors, singers and dancers “KING OF LOVE” shows us that King’s dream of peaceful coexistence between different races, cultures and religions will only be possible when love, mutual respect, reason and tolerance are the principals for our actions, whether political or personal.

A critical success, it played for four weeks in Berlin and is scheduled to continue.

January 2009-2011 Ron Williams on Tour in Germany, Austria, Switzerland in the title role in the stage play by Gerold Theobald “Endlich frei – Die Nelson Mandela Story” (“Free At Last”)

2012-2015 Ron Williams on Tour in Germany, Austria, Switzerland in the title role in the stage play by Gerold Theobald “Die Harry Belafonte Story” 

2013 he joins “Queen Esther Marrow`s Harlem Gospel singers” an her 50th Stage Jubileum Tour as Special-Guest

When time allows, he visits German high schools with his “Tour for Tolerance”. A two-hour “face to face confrontation” where he discusses with pupils the problems: Neo-nazism, school-violence, intolerance and Xinophobia. Starting in 2001 until today, he`s visted over  100 schools all over Germany.

In 2004 Ron Williams received Germany`s highest civilian honor, the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdientkreuz am Bande) from the German President Dr. Horst Köhler for his commitment in the struggle against racism and Xinophobia.

The politically committed Ron Williams serves as patron for several projects and organisations:

2000: Patronage for the “Kinderkulturkarawane”, a project that together with UNICEF, brings third world-children every year to Germany where they build bridges of intercultural understanding with their talent and performances (www.y.kultur-und-medien.com)

2006: Patronage for “Stiftung Leben ohne Rassismus” (Life without Racism Foundation) www.NRWgegenDiskriminierung.de

2008: Patronage for  the „Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium“ Frankenthal www.augustinus-gymnasium-weiden.de

2012: Patronage for  „Geschwister Gummi Stiftung“  www.diakonie-kulmbach.de

2013 Patronage for the„Augustinus-Gymnasium“ Weiden

Contact:

Ron Williams c/o Grizi Künstlermanagement, Libellenstrasse 9, 80939 Munich, Germany

e-mail. grizi.kuenstlermanagement(at)t-online.de              www.ron-williams.de