|William van der Bilt|
|Full name||William van der Bilt I|
|Occupation||Businessman and socialite|
|Family|| William van der Bilt II |
William "Tripp" van der Bilt III
(grandson, via William)
Nathaniel "Nate" Archibald
(grandson, via Anne)
(son-in-law, via Anne)
|Romances||Unnamed woman (wife)|
|Portrayed by||James Naughton|
|First appearance||"The Grandfather"|
William van der Bilt I is a recurring character in the Gossip Girl television series.
William van der Bilt is very proud of his family's political heritage and tries to convince Nate to follow the family business, having already convinced Tripp to do so. William appears to care for his family but is not above manipulating them to further his own agendas, such as when he asks Blair Waldorf to "talk" to Nate about going to Yale instead of Columbia.
Previously, he had refused to help Nate's mother when the Captain was charged with embezzlement, leading to a falling-out between his grandson and himself. In The Grandfather Nate reconnects with his Vanderbilt family and his grandfather exerts his considerable influence over him, contributing to tensions with Vanessa and Blair. So far Nate has resisted William's suggestions regarding his future political career.