Paul Williams, one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world today, is an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter and president and chairman of the Board of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).
As a passionate recovery advocate, he is one of the most public faces of the recovery movement, speaking all over the world. He also is a certified drug rehabilitation counselor and coauthor of the upcoming book, Gratitude and Trust: Recovery Is Not Just for Addicts (cowritten with Tracey Jackson).
A composer, singer-songwriter, actor, philanthropist, and recovery advocate, Williams has written many chart-topping songs throughout his career and is perhaps best known for 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," the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays," as well as his contributions to films, such as writing the lyrics to "Evergreen," the love theme from A Star Is Born, for which he won an Academy Award, and "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie. He also composed the enormously popular opening theme for The Love Boat television series.
He also has had high-profile acting roles, appearing in Smokey and the Bandit, Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise (which Williams also co-scored, receiving an Oscar nomination in the process), Battle for the Planet of the Apes, as well as television, theater, and voice-over work for animation. He was a guest on The Tonight Show nearly 50 times, and is the star and focus of the 2006 documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive.
A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Paul Williams has been nominated for six Oscars with one win, eight Grammys with two wins, six Golden Globe nominations with two wins, plus two Emmy nominations.