Goodwin in 1951
|Born||William Nettles Goodwin
July 28, 1910
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Died||May 9, 1958
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California|
|Occupation||Radio announcer and actor of film and television|
|Spouse(s)||Philippa Hilber (b. 1918- d. 1996)|
Sara Goodwin Mizen
William Nettles Goodwin, known as Bill Goodwin (July 28, 1910 - May 9, 1958), was for many years the announcer and a recurring character of the Burns and Allen radio program, and subsequently The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television from 1950-1951. Upon his departure, he was replaced by Harry von Zell.
A native of San Francisco, California, Goodwin attended the University of California. He acted in stage productions on the West Coast before he began working in radio in 1930. His initial work on the air was at a station in Portland, Oregon. It was followed by stints at stations in Sacramento, California, and Los Angeles, California.
Goodwin was known for frequently promoting the item sold by the sponsor of the show (Swan Soap or Maxwell House Coffee, among others, on radio; Carnation Evaporated Milk on television). He was effective on radio in doing "integrated commercials," (the first announcer to do so) in which the advertisement was deftly woven into the show's storyline. Goodwin was best known for his amiable and fun-loving personality, for his persona on air as a 'ladies' man,' and for joking around about George Burns's appearance and age. Ironically, he died more than thirty-seven years before George Burns.
In 1945, Goodwin was the "featured comedian" as a regular on The Frank Sinatra Show. In 1947, he had his own program. The Bill Goodwin Show, a situation comedy, was also known as Leave It to Bill. It ran April 26-December 13, 1947.
Goodwin was the host of television shows, including Colgate Theatre, It Pays to Be Married, Penny to a Million and Dollar a Minute. His last job as announcer was for NBC Radio's The Bob Hope Show (1953–1955). Not long before his death, Goodwin appeared as Ed Weston in two episodes of the short-lived CBS sitcom, The Eve Arden Show.
He played the role of Sherman Billingsley in The Stork Club (1945) and that of the hotel detective in Hitchcock's Spellbound (also 1945) and appeared with Doris Day in Tea for Two (1950). His last major role was as the narrator for the animated television cartoon Gerald McBoing-Boing.
Walk of Fame
- Wake Island (1942)
- Bathing Beauty (1944)
- Incendiary Blonde (1945)
- Spellbound (1945)
- The Stork Club (1945)
- To Each His Own (1946)
- House of Horrors (1946)
- The Jolson Story (1946)
- So This Is New York (1948)
- Mickey (1948)
- It's a Great Feeling (1949)
- Jolson Sings Again (1949)
- Tea for Two (1950)
- The First Time (1952)
- The Atomic Kid (1954)
- Lucky Me (1954)
- The Opposite Sex (1956)
- Bundle of Joy (1956)
- Going Steady (1958)
- Palm Springs Cemetery District, "Interments of Interest"
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- "Bill Goodwin". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
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- "Bill Goodwin Dies of Heart Attack". Desert Sun. May 9, 1958.