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Donald Williams

Biography

Astronaut who all served on two Space Shuttle missions, initial seeing that pilot, then seeing that spacecraft commander. He flew on 330 fight missions being a pilot. He was the spacecraft commander on Space Shuttle Atlantis when it deployed the Galileo spacecraft that could trip to Jupiter. He wedded and acquired two children. He’s a previous astronaut like star Neil Armstrong.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth February 13, 1942
Died February 23, 2016
Place Of Birth Indiana
Height 1.9 m
Profession Astronaut
Education Washington and Lee University School of Law, Syracuse University
Nationality American
Spouse Joy Bucher
Children Gary Williams, Tim Williams
Awards Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Single Record of the Year, Academy of Country Music Awards Cliffie Stone Icon Award
Music Groups Pozo-Seco Singers
Movies The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, Blood Rites
Star Sign Aquarius

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1His greatest popularity is not in the United States, but in Europe, where in 1980 he was awarded the title Country Music Star of the Decade. In the United States, he was the Country Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year award in 1978.
2Some of his other big No. 1 country hits included "You're My Best Friend" and "Turn Out the Light and Love Me Tonight" (1975); "Til the Rivers all Run Dry" and "Say it Again" (1976); "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend" and "I'm Just a Country Boy" (1977); "Tulsa Time" and "It Must Be Love" (1979); "Love Me Over Again" (1980); "If Hollywood Don't Need You" (1983); "Stay Young" and "That's the Thing About Love" (1984); and "Heartbeat in the Darkness" (1986). Some big No. 2 hits of his were "She Never Knew Me" (1976); "Good Ole Boys Like Me" (1980); "Walking a Broken Heart" (1985) and "Back in My Younger Days" (1990). His No. 3 hits were "Rake and Ramblin' Man" (1978); "Lay Down Beside Me" (1979); "If I Needed You" (1981, duet with Emmylou Harris); "Listen to the Radio" and "Mistakes" (1982); and "We've Got a Good Fire Goin'" (1986).
3His 1974 hit, "I Wouldn't Want to Live if You Didn't Love Me," was the first of 17 No. 1 hits on Billboard's country chart. His best two known No. 1 hits were "I Believe in You" (1980) and "Lord I Hope This Day is Good" (1982).
4Has a long string of hits on Billboard magazine's country singles chart. His first hit, in 1973, was "The Shelter of Your Eyes."
5Before making it big as a country performer, was a member of the Pozo-Seco Singers, a 1960s folk group, with Susan Taylor and Lofton Cline.
6Country singer and songwriter.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wendell Baker Story2005performer: "Love Is on a Roll"
The Spin Cycle2004Short performer: "It Must Be Love"
Smokey and the Bandit II1980performer: "To Be Your Man', "Tulsa Time" / writer: "To Be Your Man' - as D. Williams
Gettin' Down1979performer: "I'm Just a Country Boy" - uncredited
A Real American Hero1978TV Movie performer: "Walking Tall"
The Driver1978performer: "Help Yourselves To Each Other" - uncredited
Top of the PopsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1978
The Porter Wagoner Show1974TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!1997TV MovieThe Balladeer (voice)
Likely Stories, Vol. 31983TV SeriesThe President
W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings1975Leroy

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hee Haw1975-1989TV SeriesHimself
Nashville on the Road1976-1983TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bilder aus Amerika1982TV Series documentaryHimself - Musician
Don Williams in Concert1981TV MovieHimself - Performer
Smokey and the Bandit II1980Himself
12th Annual Country Music Association Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
12th Annual Music City News Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Val Doonican Music Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1978TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1977TV SeriesHimself
11th Annual Country Music Association Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
Disco1977TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1977TV SeriesHimself - Country Vocalist / Himself - Medical Student
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
The Porter Wagoner Show1974TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Mel Tillis Time1974TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Country Legends2001VideoHimself - Performer

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Country Duo/Group Performance· Alison Krauss


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