Nebraska Authors

Paul Williams

AKA: Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr.

Born 1940 Omaha, NE (USA)

Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Paul Williams was born in Omaha, Nebraska, son of Paul Williams, Sr., who worked for Kiewit Construction in Omaha. Williams also lived in Bennington, Nebraska during his grade school years, then moved to California to live with family in Long Beach, California. Williams is known for his work with Jim Henson's Muppets as well as many music performers who have recorded his songs over the decades.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Bennington, NE
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA

Author Of

  • Music and Audio
  • Nonfiction


Songwriter; Addiction; Memoirs


Attended Grade School in Bennington, NE
Woodrow Wilson Classical High School, CA


President of ASCAP

Places Worked

President and Chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 125 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans
Grammy for Song of the Year and an Academy Award for Best Original Song, "Evergreen" from A Star is Born


Songwriters Hall of Fame


The Muppet Movie. 1979.
The Muppet Christmas Carol. 1992.
Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. with Tracey Jackson, 2015.

Paul Williams has written many songs and has an extensive list of movie and television credits, not included on this list.

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