Van Zandt Jarvis Williams (February 27, 1934 – November 28, 2016) was an actor best known for his television role as Britt Reid/the Green Hornet and his earlier leading role as Kenny Madison in both Warner Bros. television detective series Bourbon Street Beat (1959) and its sequel, Surfside 6 (1960). He teamed for one season with the late Bruce Lee as his partner Kato, in the television series The Green Hornet, broadcast on ABC during the 1966–67 season.
Williams married his wife, Viki Flaxman in 1959. Together they had three children. He had five grandchildren. He had twin daughters from a previous marriage. In 1988, Williams owned houses in Sun Valley, Idaho, Fort Worth, and Hawaii. He said it was the fruits of good investments. Pat Priest (The Munsters), Williams’ longtime friend and neighbor, said he was her mentor. He later worked as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, and suffered singed lungs and back injuries as a result. His favorite pastime was hunting geese, duck, elk, and other big game. Producer Kevin Burns revealed on December 5, 2016, that Williams died on November 28, 2016 from renal failure at the age of 82 in Scottsdale, Arizona.