Samm-Art Williams, producer of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, dies at 78

Samm-Art Williams, producer of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, dies at the age of 78

Samm-Art Williams, Tony-nominated playwright, actor and director, has died at the age of 78.

Williams, who executive produced NBC’s The fresh prince of Bel-Airthe death was confirmed by his cousin Carol Brown The Hollywood Reporter.

“Mr. Williams’ contributions to American theater and American television will live on, but he will be deeply missed,” he said in a statement.

Williams was known for his Tony-nominated playwriting At homedirected by Douglas Turner Ward and produced on Broadway by the Negro Ensemble Company in 1980.

The show marks its return to Broadway on June 5, under the direction of Kenny Leon.

In addition, his playwright Home received additional critical acclaim, including an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk nomination, an NAACP Image Award, and a North Carolina Governor’s Award.

His further contributions in the field of writing were Welcome to Black River, friends and other plays produced in New York, Los Angeles and beyond.

The late playwright was also an executive producer at Will Smith’s The fresh prince of Bel-Air.

Additionally, Williams also received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Playwriting, and other writing awards during his career.

He was also nominated for two Emmys as a producer Frank’s place in 1988 and Motown returns to the Apollo in 1985.