Rugg Williams is an American actor, producer, writer, development executive and talent manager. He has enjoyed success in television and film. He is well known to television viewers for his portrayal of “Eugene Glendon” on In the Heat of the Night (1988) for four seasons, playing opposite Carroll O’Connor, Howard E. Rollins Jr. and Denise Nicholas. Some of his many other television credits include Dangerous Minds (1996), Family Matters (1989), Silk Stalkings (1991), Hunter (1984), Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories: The Brotherhood/Ghost Watch/The Headless Ghost (1995), a starring role in CBS’ MOW CBS Schoolbreak Special: Crosses on the Lawn (1993), a recurring role on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), Sister, Sister (1994) and Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), to name a few.
He attended the West-Coast American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he performed in such productions as “Picnic”, “A Taste of Honey” and “Othello”. He has since then performed in over sixty stage productions including “The Mighty Gents”, “The Pajama Game”, “Slow Down the Night” and “A Soldiers Play”. The NAACP Theatre Committee and the L.A Weekly Theatre Awards have honored him for his work in Ted Lange’s Tinseltown Trilogy. His most rewarding stage performance would have to be the months spent at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse, in the award-winning play “Mr. Ricky Calls a Meeting”, directed by Sheldon Epps.
Rugg has captured roles in films such as “Good Kids Die Too” (1990), Family Prayers (1993), Biker Boyz (2003) and a cameo appearance in the movie Trippin’ (1999). He has also completed work on three additional features, “Renegade Radio” (1990), Unbowed (1999) and Social Misfits (2001).
In addition, Rugg has written and directed a film short entitled “Lost and Found” (2000) and has written several television pilots in which he is developing along with a catalog of feature films. He is the father of two sons who also happen to have followed in his footsteps. Multi-talented young actor Oren Williams, formally of Chicago Hope (1994) & the film Rebound (2005) with Martin Lawrence, and Zachary Isaiah Williams, from the TV show Romeo! (2003) & the movie Honey (2003) are quickly making a name for themselves in Hollywood, as well.