R.J. Williams

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Seems like some signals got crossed. I saw this child actor on Season 2 Episode 1 of Star Trek: Next Generation (1988), and wanted to find out if he had done anything as an adult that I might recognize. However, while the page lists his birth date in 1978, it cites biographical information and credits going back to 1963.

I suspect this page contains information representing two (or more) people. I have no idea how to address getting this fixed. Any suggestions?

In the meantime, given the difficulty of sanity-checking anything on this garbled IMDB page, I suppose I will have to ignore IMDB, and rely on Wikipedia and the rest of the web to find what I want to find.
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M: The data at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0931493/ is probably not incorrect, just incomplete.

The "1963" role for R.J. Williams actually indicates that he was on the series "General Hospital", which debuted in 1963. IMDb does not have any information about which episodes he was on, though, so his character name is given as "Rowdy (1989-1991)". That is an old style of character name, from before IMDb tried to have separate pages for every episode of a TV series, and indicates that he was on the show from 1989 to 1991. But since no actual episode dates are known for him, his entry appears under the premiere year for the show, which was 1963 for "General Hospital".

His role on "The Young and the Restless", which debuted in 1973, for which he is listed as playing "Brooks Prentiss #2 (1981)", is presumably a similar situation. (Nowadays IMDb doesn't want the actors who play a soap opera role in succession to be numbered as #1, #2, etc., but they did until about ten years ago.)

The statement in his biography, "Born and raised in Southern California, R.J. Williams began his acting career as a series regular on The Young and the Restless (1973)," is not an error; in prose like this, Y&R would always have the (1973) after its title to indicate the year when the series debuted. However, it might be preferable if the sentence were phrased, "R.J. Williams began his acting career in 1981 as a series regular on The Young and the Restless (1973) ..."

The "full episode support" that IMDb implemented in 2006 works well for shows such as "Star Trek: TNG" where all the episodes have been continuously available for some time, and thus cast credits for all episodes have been, or at least can be, entered into the database. For soap operas, it doesn't work as well due to the massive number of episodes, many of which have been lost or are at least no longer available to the public.

I hope this helps.