William Windom

Actor
Veteran character lead of theater, film and television since the 1950s, William Windom long excelled at playing harried businessmen, discontented suburbanites, and other middle-class guys under pressure. In his ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1923 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (111)

Dopamine 2003 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

JAG 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1968 - 1980, 1985 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 1968 - 1980, 1984 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1968 - 1980, 1984 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1968 - 1980, 1984 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Providence 1968 - 1980, 1985 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek 1966 - 1980, 1984 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1968 - 1980, 1985 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1968 - 1980, 1985 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1968 - 1980, 1985 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

True Crime 1999 (Movie)

Neil-- The Bartender (Actor)

G.I. Joe: The Ernie Pyle Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980, 1985 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miracle on 34th Street 1994 (Movie)

C F Cole (Actor)

Sommersby 1993 (Movie)

Reverend Powell (Actor)

Dennis the Menace: Dinosaur Hunter! 1992 (Movie)

Mr Wilson (Actor)

Insects: The Ruling Class 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Committed 1991 (Movie)

Doctor Quilly (Actor)

Parenthood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Street Justice 1989 (Movie)

Father Burke (Actor)

Funland 1988 (Movie)

Funland Owner (Actor)

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

Russ Bainbridge (Actor)

Sky Commanders 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night 1987 (Movie)

of Puppetino (Voice)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

Chairman (Actor)

Dead Aim 1986 (Movie)

McWhorter (Actor)

Means and Ends 1986 (Movie)

Burt (Actor)

Moscow Bureau 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Jetsons 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Dirty Work 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Rage 1985 (Movie)

Governor Tovah (Actor)

Grandview, U.S.A. 1984 (Movie)

Bob Cody (Actor)

Off Sides 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Why Me? 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Plane Out 1982 (Movie)

James Caldwell (Actor)

100 Years of Golden Hits 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Quick and Quiet 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Separate Ways 1981 (Movie)

Huey (Actor)

Landon, Landon & Landon 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Brothers and Sisters 1978 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Actor

Goodbye Franklin High 1977 (Movie)

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Mean Dog Blues 1977 (Movie)

Victor Lacey (Actor)

Seventh Avenue 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Heck's Angels 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Echoes of a Summer 1975 (Movie)

Doctor Hallett (Actor)

The Abduction of Saint Anne 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl With Something Extra 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Pursuit 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Now You See Him, Now You Don't 1972 (Movie)

Professor Lufkin (Actor)

Second Chance 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Escape 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From the Planet of the Apes 1971 (Movie)

the President (Actor)

Is There a Doctor in the House? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

My World... and Welcome to It 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Young and the Family 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man 1971 (Movie)

Arthur Eaton (Actor)

Brewster McCloud 1970 (Movie)

Weeks (Actor)

Fools' Parade 1970 (Movie)

Roy K Sizemore (Actor)

The Gypsy Moths 1969 (Movie)

V John Brandon (Actor)

The Mephisto Waltz 1969 (Movie)

Dr West (Actor)

U.M.C. 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Prescription: Murder 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Detective 1968 (Movie)

Colin McIver (Actor)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

Texas Jack Vermillion (Actor)

The Farmer's Daughter 1963 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)

Captain Harry Spaulding (Actor)

One Man's Way 1963 (Movie)

Rev Clifford Peale (Actor)

Cattle King 1962 (Movie)

Harry Travers (Actor)

For Love or Money 1962 (Movie)

Sam Travis (Actor)

To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 (Movie)

Gilmer--Prosecuting Attorney (Actor)

A Great American Tragedy (TV Show)

Actor

A Taste of Evil (TV Show)

Actor

Assault on the Wayne (TV Show)

Actor

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Ambition (TV Show)

Actor

Bridger (TV Show)

Actor

Chance of a Lifetime (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Escape (Movie)

Doctor Henry Walding (Actor)

Flamingo Road (TV Show)

Actor

Fugitive X: Innocent Target (TV Show)

Actor

Hunters of the Reef (TV Show)

Actor

Journey From Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Leave 'Em Laughing (TV Show)

Actor

Marriage: Year One (TV Show)

Actor

Off Sides (Movie)

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Once an Eagle (TV Show)

Actor

Pink Panther and Sons (TV Show)

Voice

Pursuit (Movie)

Robert Phillips (Actor)

Side Show (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the Earth Moved (TV Show)

Actor

The Homecoming (TV Show)

Actor

The New Healers (TV Show)

Actor

The Rules of Marriage (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

There Must Be a Pony (TV Show)

Actor

Velvet (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Veteran character lead of theater, film and television since the 1950s, William Windom long excelled at playing harried businessmen, discontented suburbanites, and other middle-class guys under pressure. In his maturity, Windom became comfortably ensconced in roles as venerable authority figures - fathers, judges, clergymen and other professionals. 1960s-era sitcom cultists remember his Emmy-winning portrayal of John Monroe, an anxiety-ridden cartoonist who shifted back-and-forth between the real world and the animated realm of his sketchpad, on "My World... and Welcome to It" (NBC, 1969-1970). This charming show was based on the writings and drawings of humorist James Thurber whom Windom later portrayed on stage in two one-man shows. Windom remained a frequent presence on TV through the decades in guest spots (memorably as a vengeful starship captain in "The Doomsday Machine" episode of "Star Trek"), TV-movies and in the recurring role of Dr. Seth Hazlitt on CBS's long-running mystery hit "Murder, She Wrote."

Windom began acting on stage regularly in the 40s as a member of the American Repertory Company. His subsequent Broadway credits include "Androcles and the Lion," "The World of Suzie Wong," and "Come Blow Your Horn." Windom made his feature debut as the prosecuting attorney in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962) and went on to alternate between film, TV and theater. His feature credits include "The Detective" (1968) as a closeted, self-hating murderer of gay men, Robert Altman's "Brewster McCloud" (1970), and "Escape From the Planet of the Apes" (1972) as the president. In later years, Windom appeared in supporting roles in two John Hughes comedies, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" (1987) and "She's Having a Baby" (1988), as well as the Jodie Foster/Richard Gere drama "Sommersby" (1993).

Relationships

Patricia Veronica Tunder

Wife

Paul Windom

Father

Isobel Wells Windom

Mother

Heather Windom

Daughter

Hope Windom

Daughter

Juliet Windom

Daughter

Rachel Windom

Daughter

Rebel Windom

Son

Russell Windom

Son

EDUCATION

Williams College

Williamstown , Massachusetts 1942

Columbia University

New York , New York 1946

Biarritz American University

1945

Fordham University

Bronx , New York 1946

The Citadel

Charleston , South Carolina 1943

University of Kentucky

Lexington , Kentucky 1943

Antioch College

Yellow Springs , Ohio 1943

Milestones

1979

Starred in the one-man show "Ernie Pyle II

1976

Starred in the one-man show "Ernie Pyle I"

1975

Starred in the one-man show "Thurber II"

1972

Starred in the one-man show "Thurber I"

1962

Feature debut, the prosecuting attorney in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

1958

Starred on NBC's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "Dial 'M' For Murder"

1950

Performed on the early NBC anthology drama series, "Masterpiece Playhouse"

TV series debut in a starring role, "The Farmer's Daughter"

Played the recurring role of Dr. Seth Hazlitt on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)

Performed with the American Reperatory Theater

Served with 508th parachute infantry of the U.S. Army

Starred on the series "My World and Welcome to It"

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