William Hudson (actor)

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William Hudson
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William Woodson Hudson Jr.

(1919-01-24)January 24, 1919
Gilroy, California, United States
DiedApril 5, 1974(1974-04-05) (aged 55)
Other namesBill Hudson
Years active1943-1971

William Woodson Hudson Jr. (January 24, 1919 - April 5, 1974) was an American actor best remembered for the role of Ranger Clark in Rocky Jones, Space Ranger and the role of Special Agent Mike Andrews in the Emmy Award nominated spy drama I Led Three Lives.[1]


After appearing uncredited in over a dozen movies Hudson got his break in 1951's Hard, Fast and Beautiful. He appeared in a few other movies and TV shows before being cast as Special Agent Mike Andrews in I Led Three Lives. In 1954, while also still doing I Led Three Lives, Hudson was cast in the television serial Rocky Jones, Space Ranger as Ranger Clark. After his stint as Clark on Rocky Jones Hudsons parts started to be more in the genres of Science fiction, Fantasy, and Monster movies, especially the latter with starring roles in such films as The She Creature, The Amazing Colossal Man and, perhaps most famously, as the husband in 1958's cult classic Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. In 1964 he was cast as the doomed first Captain of the Seaview, John Phillips, in the pilot episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. In 1965 he was back on Voyage as a different character in an episode infamous among fans of the series due to its heavy use of archive footage from the pilot episode (specifically a scene with Hudson and Richard Basehart leaving the Nelson Institute, being chased and attacked by a helicopter and which ended with the death of Hudson's character and the car going off a cliff aflame)[2] giving him the dubious honour of being the only person "killed" on that show twice. In 1966 he was cast as a reporter in the second part of the first Television appearance of Mr. Freeze in a first-season episode of Batman titled "Rats Like Cheese".[3] From then on he had several small parts in various movies and TV shows, his last part being Mr. Dunn in 1971's How's Your Love Life?.

He died at age 55 on April 5, 1974 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California from cirrhosis. He was survived by his twin brother, actor John Hudson.

Partial filmography[edit]

1949 Task Force Lt. Leenhouts Notes
1951 Hard, Fast and Beautiful as Intern Film role
1953-1957 I Led Three Lives (TV series) Special Agent Mike Andrews Recurring role on series
1954 Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (TV series) Ranger Clark Guest role
1956 The She Creature Bob, the ex-fiancé Film role
1957 The Amazing Colossal Man Dr. Paul Linstrom Film role
1954-1958 Death Valley Days (TV series) Various roles 3 episodes
1955 Mister Roberts Olson Film role
Air Strike Lt. John Smith Film role
1957 My Man Godfrey Howard Film role
The Man Who Turned to Stone Dr. Jess Rogers Film role
1958 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Harry Archer Film role
1964-1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV series) Different guest roles 2 episodes)
1971 How's Your Love Life? Mr. Dunn Final acting role


  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045397/awards Awards list for I Led Three Lives at IMDb.com
  2. ^ http://www.iann.net/voyage/voy2.htm EPISODE GUIDE, section EPISODE 43 - "The X-factor" (December 5, 1965)
  3. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0519498/ Rats Like Cheese at IMDb.com

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