Andy Williams, the crooner best known for his version of Oscar-winning song “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” has passed away at the age of 84, his publicist announced Wednesday (Sept. 26). Williams died after a battle with bladder cancer in his Branson-area home.
Williams began performing on various variety shows in the 1950s, including “The Jonathan Winters Show” and “The Dick Clark Show,” finally getting his own show, “The Andy Williams Show,” in 1957, which lasted until 1971 in various formats.
Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa in 1927 and began first performing with his three older brothers in church. The singing quartet landed a regular spot on Des Moines’ WHO radio and were quickly discovered by Hollywood.
Over the years, Williams became known for his annual Christmas special and his recording of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” has been used in everything from “Home Alone 2” to “Bad Santa.”
Williams had been performing in Branson since 1992, even continuing to do shows after his 2011 cancer diagnosis. He is survived by his second wife, Debbie (pictured above), and his three children from his first marriage, Robert, Noelle and Christian.