It is over — once more — for “Glad Days” star Anson Williams, 70, and his spouse of greater than 30 years.
On June 10, TMZ reported that the actor who performed gullible singer Warren “Potsie” Weber on the beloved sitcom for a decade within the late ’70s and early ’80s had filed divorce papers to finish his marriage to Jackie Gerken per week earlier in Los Angeles.
It is the second time in lower than a yr that Anson has sought to finish their union. He first filed for divorce in September 2019.
However as TMZ stories, just some weeks later in October 2019, he returned to court docket to ask a decide to dismiss his submitting, presumably so he and Jackie might attempt to work issues out. They married in 1988 and reportedly had 4 youngsters collectively. He additionally reportedly has a toddler along with his first spouse, Lorrie Mahaffey, to whom he was married from 1979 to 1986.
Final September, Anson cited “irreconcilable variations” as the rationale for the cut up and instructed TMZ in a press release, “Regardless of greatest efforts to work issues out or make allowances, and as tough as it’s, typically you must do what’s greatest for everybody.”
Throughout his 10-year run on “Glad Days” from 1974 to 1984, Anson earned a Golden Globe nomination for greatest supporting actor. After its run, he went on to change into a really profitable TV director, helming episodes for dozens of exhibits together with “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the “Star Trek” TV franchises, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Baywatch,” “Charmed,” “The Secret Lifetime of the American Teenager” and plenty of extra.
In 2019, he briefly returned to performing, subbing for shut buddy and “Glad Days” co-star Don Most (who performed Ralph Malph) in a Delaware Theatre Firm manufacturing of the Dan Clancy play “Middletown.” In an interview selling the play, he instructed WHYY radio how comfortable he’s that he and his outdated “Glad Days” co-stars have remained shut because the present ended greater than three a long time in the past. “It is actually uncommon,” Anson stated. “We have been by way of marriages, divorces, deaths, exhausting instances, good instances. It is like we’re households that keep collectively by way of thick and skinny for 4 a long time. We’re all only a telephone name away.”
Anson can be a profitable businessman outdoors of Hollywood. He developed Alert Drops, an all-natural spray with lemon substances meant to assist drowsy drivers keep awake. He received the thought for the product after he fell asleep on the wheel whereas driving residence after a day of engaged on a present in a sweltering desert within the ’80s.
He was suggested by his second cousin — Heimlich maneuver namesake Dr. Henry Heimlich — to hold lemon slices with him if he frightened he’d go to sleep behind the wheel. “The citric acid within the lemon acts on the limbic nerve on the tip of the tongue, producing a reflex motion that causes the physique to launch adrenaline and also you’re immediately awake,” Anson defined to WHYY.