Meet Fred “The Hammer” Williamson Saturday March 30, 2024 at Collectorabilia Con!

Former Oakland Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs football star who rose to prominence as one of the first African-American male action stars of the “blaxploitation” genre of the early 1970s, who has since gone on to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer! Burly, yet handsome 6′ 3″ Williamson first came to attention in the TV series Julia (1968) playing love interest, Steve Bruce. However, his rugged, athletic physique made him a natural for energetic roles and he quickly established himself as a street wise, tough guy in films including That Man Bolt (1973), Black Caesar (1973), and Mean Johnny Barrows (1976). Talented Williamson established his own production company “Po ‘Boy Productions” in 1974, which has produced over 40 movies to date. Like many young American stars of the 1960s and ’70s, Williamson was noticed by Italian producers who cast him in a slew of B-grade action movies that occupied a lot of his work in the 1980s. From the late ’80s onwards, much of his work has been of the “straight to video” fare (often playing police officers), but none could deny he has kept actively busy in movies and TV for over three decades, both in front of and behind the camera. More recently, indie director Robert Rodriguez cast him alongside FX guru Tom Savini as two vampire killing bikers, in his bloody action film From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), and he has most recently appeared on screen (displaying his wonderful comedy skills) playing grumpy Captain Dobey in Starsky & Hutch (2004).

Fred Williamson “The Hammer” nailed Super Bowl One

On March 5, 1938 Fred Williamson was born in Gary, Indiana.

•Birth Name: Frederick Robert Williamson

•Nickname: “The Hammer”


•Position: Defensive Back / Wide Receiver

•Height: 6’3” •Weight: 219

•College: Northwestern

•Drafted: Undrafted

•NFL/AFL Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers (1960), Oakland Raiders (1961–1964) and Kansas City Chiefs (1965–1967)
*Signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League during the 1968 season, but never played in a league game.

•NFL/AFL Stats: •Games: 104 •Interceptions: 36 •Interception Yards: 479 •Touchdowns: 2 •Fumbles Recovered: 1

•Awards & Highlights: 3-time AFL All-Star All-AFL (1961, 1962, 1963) and American Football League Champion (1966)

•Partial Filmography: M.A.S.H (1970), The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972), Hammer (1972), Black Caesar (1973), The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973), Hell Up In Harlem (1973), Three the Hard Way (1974), Boss Nigger (1975), Bucktown (1975), Take a Hard Ride (1975), The Inglorious Bastards (1978), Vigilante (1982), 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982), Black Cobra (1987), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Starsky & Hutch (2004) and VFW (2019)

•Legacy: Inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame (1996)

Fred Williamson Saturday March 30, 2024 at Collectorabilia

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