Dark, wavy-haired, boyishly earnest, Williams Ragsdale graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, studying religion and humanities before deciding to buckle down and become an actor. The acting bug began to tempt the handsome young actor while appearing in a few college plays and musicals on the sly.
His parents actually gave him a graduation present in the form of tuition for the Drama Studio London’s American school at Berkeley, California. His first taste of success came on stage playing Eugene, Neil Simon’s autobiographical protagonist, in both Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound. Reminding one easily of a young Jack Lemmon, Ragsdale’s appeal came in a cute, accessible package and he clinched this likable image after being cast in the hugely successful teen horror flick Fright Night (1985) as a typical high school student convinced that vampires are living next door. Other less notable entries, including the sequel Fright Night Part 2 (1988) and Mannequin: On the Move (1991), came his way as a result. Since then, TV has been his medium of choice, with the cult series favorite Herman’s Head adding to his momentum, not to mention brief runs in such series as American Pie, Brother’s Keeper (1998) and Grosse Point (2000).