Forever known as Happy Days‘ beloved “nerd” Potsie Weber, Anson Williams has amassed a pretty remarkable net worth through directing for television.
Born Anson William Heimlich on September 25, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the man we know as Anson Williams has many talents. He’s an actor, of course, but Happy Days fans will know Anson is a brilliant singer, too – something his Potsie character would also become known for. Williams even received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work on the classic sitcom.
Later in life, however, he would discover another talent: directing. Since his Happy Days, Williams has become a prestigious television director. His work can be seen in Melrose Place (1992-1999), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000), and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003), in which he even appeared as Potsie for a dream sequence.
More recently, TV fans will know Anson Williams’ work through Disney’s Lizzie McGuire (2001-2004), alongside The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2013). He also returned to acting for a Happy Days-themed episode of Boy Meets World.
All considered, Williams must’ve garnered himself a pretty hefty net worth, right? While it’s not as impressive as his Happy Days co-star Ron Howard, it’s nothing to balk at.
Anson Williams’ current net worth sits at $1.8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
‘Happy Days’ Stars’ Net Worth: Who Ranks Highest?
When compared to other Happy Days alum, though, Williams’ net worth does seem to dwindle.
At the time of his death, Mr. C’s beloved Tom Bosley’s net worth sat at $5 million, placing him above Anson Williams. The net worth of matriarch actress Marion Ross,92, doubles this at $10 million currently.
Chachi’s own Scott Baio’s net worth sits at a similar $4 million.
Tragically, Cunningham sibling actress, Joanie’s Erin Moran, died in 2017 at the young age of 56. At the time, her net worth was $50,000.
But Fonzie himself, Henry Winkler, holds a net worth $40 million after a long career in producing, directing, and continued acting.
And then Ron Howard, who would go on to become one of the most celebrated directors and producers of his generation. In kind, his own net worth sits at a remarkable $200 million.
In short: Howard takes this contest by a landslide. No surprises there!
As for Anson Williams himself, modern Happy Days fans are shocked to learn that his Potsie didn’t originate on this classic sitcom. Instead, Potsie came to audiences first in 1972 as part of the television anthology show Love, American Style, which would inspire Happy Days.
In recent years, Anson Williams has slowed down his Hollywood work. His last credited role came in Matthew Perry’s The Odd Couple reboot as “Clayton” in 2016. Later that year, he would be diagnosed with colon cancer, a scare he, thankfully, has since beaten.