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Paul Williams


Paul Hamilton Williams (b. 19 September 1940, Omaha, Neb.) is an American song writer and actor.

Williams is known for writing and co-writing popular songs performed by a number of acts in the 1970s, including Three Dog Night's An Old Fashioned Love Song Helen Reddy's You and Me Against the World, and the Carpenters' We've Only Just Begun and Rainy Days and Mondays. Williams is also known for his musical contributions to films, including the Academy Award-nominated song Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie, and penning the lyrics to the #1 chart-topping song Evergreen, the love theme from the Barbra Streisand film A Star Is Born, for which he won a Grammy for Song of the Year and an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Williams had a variety of high-profile acting roles, such as Little Enos Burdette in the action-comedy Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and the villainous Swan in Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise (1974), which Williams also co-scored, receiving an Oscar nomination in the process.

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