Ashley Williams made screen debut in 1993 movie ‘Indian Summer’

Actress Ashley Williams, who plays Jim Gaffigan’s wife on The Jim Gaffigan Show, made her screen debut playing a camper at Camp Tamakwa in a flashback scene in the 1993 movie Indian Summer.

Williams played Ida Heinken in the brief flashback and then later in a film strip the former campers watch. Ida, it turns out, was quite popular with the guys for not such a great reason – her nickname was “Sure Thing.”

Ashley was a teenager at the time, but her older sister Kimberly Williams-Paisley was part of the ensemble cast as Gwen, who is engaged to one of the campers who return to the camp for a reunion weekend by invitation from their old camp director Unca Lou Handler (played by Alan Arkin).

The movie was filmed on location at the real Camp Tamakwa in Algonquin Park, Ontario. In Ashley’s flashback scene, she wears a Camp Tamakwa ringer t-shirt under salmon overall shorts with black and white polka dots. On the filmstrip, she’s seen waving from the dock at camp.

“Am I the only person in the room who didn’t sleep with Ida Heinken?” Jennifer Morton (Elizabeth Perkins) asks when she sees her. “Pretty much,” Brad Berman (Kevin Pollak) says.

Ashley is in good company with a group of actors who made their screen debuts at fictional summer camp. Check out a list of some of the others HERE.


Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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