Taylor Kinney has paid respect to his Chicago Fire co-star, Treat Williams, who died unexpectedly.
The actor from Hair and Everwood died on Monday in a motorcycle accident. He was 71.
Williams portrayed Kinney’s on-screen father, Benny Severide, in the NBC firefighter drama from 2013 through 2018.
His thoughts and prayers are with Treat’s family, Kinney, 41, who portrays Lt. Kelly Severide, spoke in an exclusive statement.
He played his father on Chicago Fire and was a father figure to everyone on set, he said of the actor. He’ll remember their chats and his incredible ability to light up a room fondly. They all extend their condolences; he will be missed.
Williams posted a picture with Kinney and co-stars Miranda Rae Mayo (Stella Kidd) and Kim Delaney in 2018 after wrapping production on the program after five years.
“Finished my #ChicagoFire episodes. Miranda Rae Mayo, Taylor Kinney, and Kim Delaney Great actors all,” he captioned the photo on Twitter at the time.
Former Everwood and White Collar co-stars have also paid homage to Williams.
For six seasons, he portrayed Matt Bomer’s on-screen father Sam Phelps on White Collar. He was so thrilled that he agreed to play his father on White Collar, and he jumped in and made every day on set a joy, said the 45-year-old Bomer on Instagram on Monday.
The Normal Heart actor went on to praise Williams’ patience and compassion, saying, He taught him in the most wonderful way—through patient example. He’s one of the few performers he has worked with who has always kept in touch with him, even years after they’ve finished.
Treat, he was a wonderful actor and even better individual, and he will miss you. He considers himself very fortunate to have known him. His thoughts are with their wife and children. Rest in peace! He said this at the conclusion of the message.
Barry McPherson, Williams’ 15-year agent, confirmed his death on Monday evening.
He was killed this afternoon, McPherson stated. When an automobile cut him off, he was about to turn left or right. He is completely heartbroken. He was the sweetest person. He was really gifted.
He was a performer’s performer. The film industry adored him. Since the late 1970s, he has been the beating heart of Hollywood. He was really pleased with his performance this year. Treat has been pleased with the job he has given him. He’s had a well-rounded career, he continued.
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