When Kermit sang "The Rainbow Connection" in The Muppet Movie, it was Paul Williams (and Kenny Ascher) who wrote the song.
Paul Williams has accomplished much in life, but when it comes to his daily two mile run, he takes what he considers his tortoise-like his pace in stride. "As usual, there are people walking by me while I run," he chuckles, "I'm not the fastest out there, but it keeps me healthy."
Williams' life is full of contradictions, accomplishments, and finding a silver lining in what others would consider failure or disappointment. You may not immediately recognize his name, but the singer-songwriter and actor has left a huge footprint on popular culture. Among his long list of credits, he wrote "Rainy Days and Mondays" for The Carpenters.
"That song has one of my favorite lines I've ever written and also my least favorite," he says, beaming about "What I've got they used to call the blues" while cringing over "Hangin' around / Nothin' to do but frown." He has a lyrics credit for "Evergreen," the Academy Award-winning theme to the Barbara Streisand film A Star Is Born, and starred as Little Enos in Smokey and the Bandit (Billy Bob Thornton told Williams that in the South they consider the movie a documentary.). Most famously, he co-wrote the songs for the classic film The Muppet Movie with Kenny Ascher.More »