‘Golden Voice’ Ted Williams Embracing His Newfound Fame
First Published: January 6, 2011 12:53 PM EST Credit: Access Hollywood
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Three days ago Ted Williams, the YouTube sensation with the “golden voice,” was panhandling on the side of an Ohio highway. On Thursday, Access Hollywood caught up with the 53-year-old on the brink of stardom.
“If I would have hit a million dollar lottery, the feeling has to be the same,” Ted told Access on Thursday morning in New York, where was appearing on NBC’s “Today” show. “That’s how I feel, like I just hit a lottery, you know. I want to scream! It’s those kind of feelings.”
Williams said a slew of offers have been pouring in since his YouTube video — filmed by a videographer for The Columbus Dispatch — went viral.
“The Kraft deal, I just found out about. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, the Cleveland Cavaliers, I’ve had some offers in Honolulu. A guy is going to my fly me and my family to Honolulu and do some [voice work] there. ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show,’ Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon tonight. There’s a gentlemen that offered me a part playing of Wolfman Jack in a remake of ‘American Graffiti,’” he explained.
Going further, if Hollywood were to come knocking looking to make a movie about his own life, Ted has a few leading men in mind.
“Terrence Howard, or after his second re-election, President Obama, no I’m just teasing,” Ted said with a laugh. “A lot of people have been telling me that I look like President Obama from a side view.”
Despite the glitzy offers, Ted — who revealed he has nine children — is hoping for stability and more family time the most.
“Out of all of these offers, I could be satisfied with maybe a $30,000 a year job and an apartment of my own and to hell with the rest,” he said. “My kids… they’re still in Columbus, Ohio, I just want to be around them. They can benefit from the fruits of anything that comes up.”
Earlier in the morning, he compared his overnight success to another star that gained fame in the blink of an eye .
“It’s just outrageous how this has all come to be. I thought God blessed in increments, and he just gave me one big deluge of blessings. I feel like a million-dollar lottery winner, or Dorothy landing in Oz, or Susan Boyle; she must have felt the same way,” Ted said on the “Today” show.
A rep from Kraft told Access that Ted’s first commercial will debut on ESPN on Sunday night during the first ever Kraft Fight For Hunger Bowl.
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