January 24, 1936 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Bill Bogert|
|Years active||1953 - Present|
William "Bill" Bogert (born January 24, 1936) is an American character actor best known for his semi-regular role of Brandon Brindle on Small Wonder from 1985 to 1989. He also portrayed Kent Wallace, the host of Chappelle's Show's Frontline spoofs. In 1964 he appeared onstage in the touring production of A Man For All Seasons.
Bogert's television guest appearances include Gilmore Girls, Hope & Faith, Chappelle's Show, Law & Order, Ed, Profiler, Spin City, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Melrose Place, Empty Nest, Mr. Belvedere, Growing Pains, Amen, The Wonder Years, Webster, Matlock, Trapper John, M.D., The Colbys, Benson, Knots Landing, Hart to Hart, The Greatest American Hero, Square Pegs, The Fall Guy, Hill Street Blues, Fantasy Island, The Incredible Hulk, M*A*S*H, Alice, The Facts of Life, The Jeffersons, Quincy, M.E., One Day at a Time, Barney Miller, Lou Grant, Eight is Enough, Baretta, McMillan & Wife, Starsky & Hutch, Police Woman, Taxi, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
In 1964, Bogert starred in the "Confessions of a Republican" ad for Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1964 U.S. Presidential election. Bogert was a lifelong Republican, which was a requirement for the casting. He appeared on Don Lemon's CNN news show on March 17, 2016, and also on Rachel Maddow Show on May 2, 2016, to comment on the relevance of the ad to the 2016 election.
In July 2016, during the convention that nominated Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate, Bogert appeared in a reprise of the ad. "He scares me," Bogert said in the ad, echoing his comments about Goldwater 52 years before. 
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1088. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- Hendershot, Heather. What's Fair on the Air?, p. 176 (2011)
- (19 November 2014). Confessions of a Former Republican, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre
- Bill Bogert on Rachel Maddow's show
- Clinton Campaign Recreates 1964 'Confessions of a Republican' Ad for the Trump Era
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