October 23rd, 2010 12:53 EST
Perry Williams Discusses Climate Change, Global Warming and Pollen the Ring of Harmony on the AP
Born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1950, Francis T. Perry Williams is dedicated to making a positive impact on others. He began his career in the entertainment industry, where he worked as a writer and actor for several television sitcoms. He later transitioned into the fitness arena to become a personal trainer to the stars. Today, Williams continues to motivate and inspire others as an environmental advocate and author.
A resident of California since 1960, Williams earned a bachelor`s degree in drama and a minor in art and music from San Diego State University, where he wrote, directed and acted in several plays. Williams moved to Los Angeles after his graduation in 1978 to pursue a career in film, and soon after landed a job at Paramount Studios as a production assistant.
Williams enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood throughout the 1980s. He appeared in a several sitcoms in including "Happy Days," "Bosom Buddies," "Mash" and "Laverne and Shirley." In addition to his acting gigs, Williams has experience behind the scenes as a contributing writer for "Laverne and Shirley."
Always interested in fitness and health, Williams stayed in shape with regular workouts at the original Gold`s Gym in Venice Beach, which quickly became known as "The Mecca of Bodybuilding" and gained cult status in the late 70s. Film execs quickly took notice of Williams` dedicated commitment to personal fitness and started paying him for private lessons. He decided to leave his acting career to become a certified personal trainer.
Williams continued to write during his 25 years as a as a personal fitness trainer. Several years ago, after reading an article about people cutting into thousand-year-old redwood trees in Northern California, he was inspired to teach others about the importance of living green. "It was then that I knew I had to do something to protect nature and the environment," Williams says. "I decided to focus my creative energy on reaching out to younger generations, to teach them how to respect the world around them and live in harmony with nature."
Williams has recently released his first book, Pollen and the Ring of Harmony (Bridgeway Books, April 2008), which encourages environmental awareness in young adults. Written for sci-fi fans, the book tells the story of Pollen, an alien visitor from outer space on a mission to save Earth from human destruction with the power of his mysterious, living ring. Accompanied by a group of friends he makes along the way, Pollen journeys across America to deliver a message to the president and the world - the Earth is about to be destroyed, and unless humans learn to live in harmony with nature and each other, even the powerful ring won`t be able to stop it.
Williams, who has adopted an eco-friendly lifestyle, currently resides in Venice Beach, Calif., where he works as a private fitness trainer at Gold`s Gym.