From the “Little Dutch Boy” in the Dutch Boy paint commercials to “Darth Vador’s Lieutenant” in Return of the Jedi, Lance Williams has been an international performer, producer, and writer whose credits span three decades. He has performed in foreign as well as domestic films, television, cable, and in numerous national and local commercials.
Before graduating Brigham Young University with a BA in Theatre and Cinematic Arts, Williams was a member of the Professional Film and Television Network presided over by Tad Z. Danielewski. The workshop at BYU was of the same nature as those Danielewski conducted at NBC in New York and at ABC and Paramount in Hollywood.
Williams was also the Associate Producer for Brigham Young University’s Division of Continuing Education, producing many of the programs used by BYU.
As Associate Producer for National Independent Pictures in Hollywood, Williams produced work for network television and feature films. National Independent Pictures also assigned Williams to produce corporate film and video throughout California.
After becoming certified by the Paris Institute, he instructed modeling and acting for the studio at their corporate training facility in Newport Beach. He has taught modeling for Clenne International, UNO Talent, the Division of Continuing Education at Southern Utah University, and Dixie College. He has taught acting for Urban, McCarty and Eastman Agencies, as well as for JF Images (in both their Denver and Salt Lake City offices). He has also taught college level film and acting courses for LDS Business College and Salt Lake Community College.
Williams is also the founder of American International Media, a motion picture and television production company that produced three seasons of Housing the American Dream for Fox affiliate, KSTU-13.
Over the past few years, Williams has produced the feature films Summer of the Eagle, The Creator’s Game, Fielder’s Choice, and most recently, Charly, based on the novel by Jack Weyland. Williams is a published author of three works including Promised Valley, the Novel which is the historic fictional work of the play Promised Valley by Arnold Sundguard and Crawford Gates.
Williams continues as head of The Professional Actors Workshop, where he has trained actors for the film and television market in both California and Utah for more than 20 years. Actors trained under Lance are working in professional roles all over the United States and in several foreign countries. The Professional Actors Workshops is one of the most successful acting organizations in existence today having been established in 1948 by Tad Z. Danielewski. Actors such as Jack Lemmon, Sigourney Weaver, James Earl Jones, Martin Sheen and Woody Allen have all emerged from the Professional Actors Workshop.