Williams, 71, played Warren “Potsie” Weber on the popular sitcom that ran from 1974 to 1984. Since the show came to a close, he’s stayed active in Hollywood from behind the camera. In addition, he’s created a simple citric acid spray that acts as a natural wake-up aid.
He recently spoke to Page Six about the product and said it could have helped Woods during his recent accident. Supposedly, after speaking with his cousin who is a famous doctor, he found out that a squeeze of lemon juice can act as a jolt of instant adrenaline. That’s when the idea dawned on him for Alert Drops.
“With Tiger Woods, the forensic experts feel that he fell asleep. I’m so glad he’s going to be OK but he’s bringing attention to this major problem,” Anson Williams explained to Page Six. “If you take this little spray, you’re up, you’re alert, it’s safe, it’s natural. It’s really Dr. Heimlich’s legacy. He was a beautiful human being.”
Anson Williams Inspired By His Cousin Dr. Henry Heimlich
If you’re wondering if Anson Williams’ cousin is THAT Dr. Heimlich, you’d be correct in your assumption. Dr. Henry Heimlich is Williams’ second cousin – Williams’s actual last name is Heimlich, as well. His cousin is most well-known for discovering the technique of abdominal thrusts to stop choking, which is named after him: the Heimlich maneuver.
Williams said that years ago, his cousin suggested a squeeze of lemon juice to stay awake during long drives. That conversation is the inspiration behind Alert Drops.
“I called Henry and I said, ‘Why don’t we put citric acid in a spray,’ and he said, ‘That would solve more lives than the Heimlich maneuver,'” Anson Williams said. “I promised him we’d get it done. He passed away four years ago and he made me promise to get it out.”
Although he didn’t personally create it himself, he did put the idea together and help provide some visibility for the company with his fame.
“When you’re lucky enough to get some visibility, I think it’s very important to pay it forward,” he added.
The former actor has stayed busy through the years in various positions behind the camera. He directed TV shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Lizzie McGuire and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Additionally, he points to Happy Days creator Garry Marshall for being a mentor to the cast. Marshall encouraged them to look into more than just acting.
Williams still thinks of the hit show fondly. New fans continue to discover Happy Days and fall in love with the show. The former Potsie actor credits the cast for its lasting success.
“It keeps coming back and getting new fans,” Williams said of the show. “There’s something about the cast, the chemistry that just hits people’s hearts. There’s a magic to the cast.”