William Lanteau

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William Lanteau
William Lanctot

November 17, 1922
DiedNovember 3, 1993 (aged 70)
Known forCharacter actor

William Lanteau (born William Lanctot) was an American character actor. Among his best known roles are Charlie the mail carrier in On Golden Pond[1] and Chester, the mayor,[2] in Newhart.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. His first television appearance was in 1954 in an episode of Goodyear Television Playhouse. He later appeared in over eighty different television shows, among them The Donna Reed Show, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, The Andy Griffith Show, Here's Lucy, No Soap, Radio, Centennial and Amen. He also appeared in the movies Li'l Abner (1959), The Honeymoon Machine (1961), Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Hotel (1967), From Noon till Three (1976), On Golden Pond (1981) and Cold Steel (1987). He died of complications from heart surgery on November 3, 1993.


Year Title Role Notes
1959 Li'l Abner Available Jones
1960 The Facts of Life Airline Clerk
1961 The Honeymoon Machine Tommy Dane
1962 That Touch of Mink Leonard Uncredited
1964 Sex and the Single Girl Sylvester
1967 Hotel Mason
1976 From Noon till Three Reverend Cabot
1981 On Golden Pond Charlie Martin
1987 Cold Steel Sam Modine


  1. ^ The Associated Press (6 November 1993). "William Lanteau, 70, Character-Role Actor". New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. 1001054. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  2. ^ {{cite web |url=http://www.avclub.com/article/how-the-second-season-of-newhart-proves-sitcoms-ne-201118 |website=The A.V. Club |title=How the second season of Newhart proves sitcoms need time to learn |last=VanDerWerff |first=Emily |date=2 December 2014 |access-date=16 September 2019 |publisher=[[Onion, Inc.]|work=The A.V. Club}}

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