Lance C. Williams is an acting instructor, producer, and former actor. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As a child, Williams was the “Little Dutch Boy” in the Dutch Boy Paint commercials. As an adult, he appeared in Return of the Jedi as Darth Vader’s lieutenant, among other roles.
Behind the camera, Williams was head of The Professional Actors Workshop, one of the most successful acting organizations established in 1948 by Tad Z. Danielewski. Williams has trained actors for the film and television market in both California and Utah for more than 20 years. He was certified by the Paris Institute and instructed modeling and acting for the studio at their corporate training facility in Newport Beach. He has taught modeling for Clenne International, UNO Talent, the Division of Continuing Education at Southern Utah University, and Dixie College. He has taught acting for Urban, McCarty and Eastman Agencies, as well as for JF Images. He has also taught college level film and acting courses for LDS Business College and Salt Lake Community College. He sits on the advisory board for the Salt Lake Film Society.
He was a producer with Omega Concept Productions for five years. He then founded the Artists International Media, a motion picture and television production company. He produced the feature films Summer of the Eagle, The Creator’s Game, Fielder’s Choice, and Charly, based on the novel by Jack Weyland.
Williams published three books: Promised Valley, the Novel (the fictional work of the play Promised Valley by Arnold Sundguard and Crawford Gates).
Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre and cinematic arts from Brigham Young University. While at BYU, he was the associate producer for the university’s Division of Continuing Education (1981–1984). He earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.