William Sylvester

American film and TV actor William Sylvester left his most enduring cinematic legacy with a brief but crucial expository role in director Stanley Kubrick's epic 1968 space adventure, "2001: A Space Odyssey". Although ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1922

Filmography

Actor (12)

Heaven Can Wait 1978 (Movie)

Nuclear Reporter (Actor)

The Gemini Man 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Busting 1974 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hindenburg 1974 (Movie)

Luftwaffe Colonel (Actor)

Howdy 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Challengers 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lawyer 1969 (Movie)

Paul Harrison (Actor)

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 (Movie)

Dr Heywood Floyd (Actor)

Gorgo 1960 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Stranger Came Home 1954 (Movie)

Philip Vickers (Actor)

Biography

American film and TV actor William Sylvester left his most enduring cinematic legacy with a brief but crucial expository role in director Stanley Kubrick's epic 1968 space adventure, "2001: A Space Odyssey". Although his somewhat remote performance as Dr. Heywood Floyd (a scientist sent early in the film to investigate a magnetic anomaly on the surface of the moon) was all but overshadowed by that of iconic on-board computer HAL 9000, the film's primary antagonist, it nevertheless provided grist for one of the story's central themes: human evolution. Sylvester, a native of Oakland, California, moved to England after WWII, kick-starting his acting career by appearing in dozens of British-made B-films. After finding some success in the horror genre, including lead roles in the monster feature "Gorgo" (1961) and the campy "Devil Doll", Sylvester returned to the United States in the late 1960s to earn his most famous film credit, gradually fading away in the 1970s with minor roles on American TV.

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