William Lanteau

While best known for his work on the popular TV sitcom "Newhart," character actor William Lanteau got his start in theater. After serving in the Army during World War II, Lanteau took to the stage, making it onto ... Read more »
Born: 11/12/1922

Filmography

Actor (27)

Coach 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don't Touch My Daughter 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Newhart 1982 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Doodle's 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Moving Target 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Cheers 1985 (Tv Show)

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Sutters Bay 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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No Soap, Radio 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Bungle Abbey 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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On Golden Pond 1981 (Movie)

Charlie Martin (Actor)

Happily Ever After 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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From Noon Till Three 1976 (Movie)

Reverend Cabot (Actor)

Hotel 1967 (Movie)

Mason (Actor)

The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

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Papa G.I. 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

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Sex and the Single Girl 1964 (Movie)

Sylvester (Actor)

The Honeymoon Machine 1961 (Movie)

Tommy Dane (Actor)

The Facts of Life 1960 (Movie)

Airline Clerk (Actor)

Li'l Abner 1958 (Movie)

Available Jones (Actor)

CHiPs (TV Show)

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First You Cry (TV Show)

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The Art of Crime (TV Show)

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The Harness (TV Show)

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This Girl For Hire (TV Show)

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Very Good Friends (TV Show)

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Biography

While best known for his work on the popular TV sitcom "Newhart," character actor William Lanteau got his start in theater. After serving in the Army during World War II, Lanteau took to the stage, making it onto Broadway by 1949 as part of the cast of the long-running farce "At War With the Army." A few years later, his well-established theater career led to his television debut on the anthology series "Goodyear Playhouse," which aired theatrical productions and adaptations for home-viewing audiences. Over the years, he scored one-off roles in a number of popular shows, including the science-fiction anthology series "The Twilight Zone," the fish-out-of-water comedy show "Green Acres," and the Boston bar-set sitcom "Cheers." He joined Bob Newhart's latest TV series in 1982, and went on to appear in 35 episodes over eight seasons as Mayor Chester Wanamaker. After "Newhart" wrapped in 1990, Lanteau landed a handful of TV roles before retiring. Though most prolific in his TV work, having appeared in more than 60 television programs, he earned roles in a few noteworthy films, including the Tony Curtis/Natalie Wood romantic comedy "Sex and the Single Girl" and the Oscar-winning Henry Fonda/Katharine Hepburn drama "On Golden Pond." The well-respected character actor died in 1993 from complications after heart surgery. He was 70 years old.

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