William Windom (actor)

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William Windom
William Windom 1972.JPG
Born(1923-09-28)September 28, 1923[citation needed]
DiedAugust 16, 2012(2012-08-16) (aged 88)
Years active1950–2006
  • Carol Keyser
    (m. 1947; div. 1955)
  • Barbara Joyce
    (m. 1958; div. 1963)
  • Barbara Goetz Clare
    (m. 1963; div. 1968)
  • Jacqulyne Hopkins
    (m. 1969; div. 1975)
  • Patricia Tunder
    (m. 1975)
Awards1970 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

William Windom (September 28, 1923 – August 16, 2012) was an American actor. He played a wide variety of roles in both film and television during a near 60-year career, but is perhaps best known for his role as cartoonist John Monroe in the short-lived comedy My World and Welcome to It (1969–1970) winning him a Primetime Emmy Award, and his recurring role as Dr. Seth Hazlitt starring alongside Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996).

Windom was also known for his prolific work in television appearing in such shows as Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Columbo, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Magnum, P.I., Newhart, and L.A. Law. He also provided the voice of Uncle Chuck in Sonic the Hedgehog.

Windom also appeared in feature films such as the Academy Award-winning To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Detective (1968), and Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) and in several John Hughes films, Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), She's Having a Baby (1988), and Uncle Buck (1989), and Clint Eastwood's True Crime (1999).

Early life[edit]

Windom was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of Isobel Wells (née Peckham) and Paul Windom, an architect.[3][citation needed] He was the great-grandson of the United States Secretary of the Treasury of the same name, whom the actor physically resembled. He attended Williams College before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He participated in the Army Specialized Training Program where he studied at The Citadel, Antioch College and the University of Kentucky.[3]

Windom then became a paratrooper with Company B, 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. While stationed in Frankfurt during the Allied occupation of Germany he enrolled in Biarritz American University in France and became involved in drama.[3][4]


Playbill: Windom Plays Thurber

During his early screen career in the 1950s, Windom appeared in TV series including Omnibus and Robert Montgomery Presents, and continued his guest-starring roles in series during the 1960s such as the "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone, that he claimed was his West Coast television debut. He played The Major, one of the five characters who are in an unidentified place, which is revealed at the end of the episode. He reported some years later that Richard Widmark was originally offered the role, but when Widmark learned that the pay was only to be $1,000 for the week, he turned it down. Actress Susan Harrison, who played The Ballerina, got first billing, while Windom got second. Windom said that Murray Matheson, who played The Clown, should have received billing ahead of both of them.

His first leading role in television came in the sitcom The Farmer's Daughter (1963–1966), a series (based on the 1947 film) about a young Minnesota woman (played by Inger Stevens) who becomes the housekeeper for a widowed congressman (Windom), which ran for three seasons.

Windom's first role in film was alongside Gregory Peck in the Oscar-winning To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) as Horace Gilmer, the prosecutor of Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), to Peck's defense lawyer Atticus Finch.

He continued in American television appearances, including The Donna Reed Show, Gunsmoke and Star Trek (playing Commodore Matt Decker, commander of the doomed USS Constellation in the popular 1967 episode "The Doomsday Machine", a role he would reprise nearly 40 years later for Star Trek: New Voyages). He played a recurring role (3 episodes) in "The Invaders" in 1967.

In 1968, Windom starred alongside Peter Falk and Gene Barry in the TV movie Prescription: Murder, the pilot for the TV series Columbo. He would guest star in another edition of the series (titled "Short Fuse") in 1972. In 1971 he played a supporting role alongside Jimmy Stewart, George Kennedy and Kurt Russell in the Columbia production "Fools' Parade".

Windom starred with Frank Sinatra in the film The Detective (1968), playing a homophobic killer, a role that received great reviews from The New York Times. The following year, he had the lead role as cartoonist John Monroe in the sitcom My World and Welcome to It. Although the series only aired for one season, he won the 1970 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

After the cancellation of the series, Windom toured the country for a time in a one-man Thurber show. After the run was completed, he filmed the pilot for a new series Is There a Doctor in the House? with Rosemary Forsyth.[5] The pilot was written with both actors in mind for the two starring roles, and while it was well received by the critics and in viewership ratings in both its first run and a re-run in the summer of 1971, it was not picked up for a series.

After a host of roles in film, TV movies and guest appearances in TV series during the 1970s and 1980s, Windom joined the series Murder, She Wrote in 1985 as Dr. Seth Hazlitt. His initial appearance was in October 1985. (He had previously appeared as a guest star playing another character in April 1985.) The producers enjoyed his work, and consequently invited him to return at the beginning of the second season to take on the role permanently. Windom briefly left the show in 1990 to work on the first television version of Parenthood (based on the 1989 film of the same name), playing the role of patriarch Frank Buckman (played by Jason Robards in the film and, later, Craig T. Nelson in the second TV version). The show was ultimately canceled after 12 episodes and Windom returned to Murder, She Wrote as a semi-regular for the remainder of the run of that series.[citation needed] In all, Windom appeared in 53 episodes of Murder, She Wrote, second only to the show's main star, Angela Lansbury.

Windom continued to appear in film and TV guest roles during the 1990s and 2000s, with appearances in the films Sommersby (1993), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), and Clint Eastwood's True Crime (1999), and episodes of series, including Ally McBeal (2000) and The District (2001), before making his final acting appearance in the 2005 drama Yesterday's Dreams.

Personal life[edit]

Bill married his first wife, Carol Keyser, in New York in August 1947. They worked together and he also worked for her father selling insurance for three years. They divorced in December 1955. In 1958 He married actress Barbara Joyce in Edgartown, Massachusetts. She was six years older than Bill. However, he soon moved to California and remained there for work. Bill said the marriage lasted just three years, but the divorce was not finalized until 1963. A few weeks later, he married his third wife, Barbara Clare. She was the granddaughter of MGM founder Louis B. Mayer and 11 years Bill's junior. Bill became stepfather to Barbara's two daughters from a previous marriage. His first child, Rachel, was born in 1964. Bill and Barbara divorced in 1968. In August 1969 he married his fourth wife Jacqulyn D. Hopkins, 19 years his junior. They had two daughters, Heather Juliet in 1970 and Hope Teresa in 1973.[6]

In 1974, Bill met Patricia (Fehrle) Tunder while shooting a TV movie; she was working for the production company. Almost a year later, he filed for divorce from Jacqulyn in July 1975.[7]

Bill and Patricia, 12 years his junior, married the end of 1975 on New Year's Eve.[8] In 1978 Bill welcomed his final child, a son named Rebel Russell.[9]

Windom was a tournament chess player, a sailor, a tennis player and a life member of the USCF.[10]


Windom died on August 16, 2012, at the age of 88 at his home in Woodacre, California from congestive heart failure.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1962 To Kill a Mockingbird Horace Gilmer - Prosecutor Film debut
1963 Cattle King Harry Travers
1963 For Love or Money Sam Travis
1963 One Man's Way Rev. Clifford Peale
1964 The Americanization of Emily Captain Harry Spaulding
1967 Hour of the Gun Texas Jack Vermillion
1968 The Detective Colin MacIver
1968 The Angry Breed Vance Patton
1969 The Gypsy Moths John Brandon
1970 Brewster McCloud Haskell Weeks
1971 The Mephisto Waltz Dr. Roger West
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes The President
1971 Fools' Parade Roy K. Sizemore
1972 Now You See Him, Now You Don't Prof. Lufkin
1972 The Man Arthur Eaton
1975 Stevie, Samson and Delilah Narrator
1976 Echoes of a Summer Dr. Hallet
1978 Mean Dog Blues Victor Lacey
1978 Goodbye, Franklin High Clifford Armer
1981 Separate Ways Huey Block
1983 Last Plane Out James Caldwell
1984 Prince Jack Ferguson
1984 Grandview, U.S.A. Bob Cody
1985 Space Rage Gov. Torah
1985 Means and Ends Burt
1987 Funland Angus Perry
1987 Planes, Trains and Automobiles Mr. Bryant Uncredited
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Puppetino (voice)
1987 Dead Aim McWhorter
1988 She's Having a Baby Russ Bainbridge
1989 Uncle Buck Mr. Hatfield (voice)
1991 Committed Dr. Magnus Quilly
1993 Sommersby Reverend Powell
1994 Miracle on 34th Street C.F. Cole
1996 Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering Doc Rob Larson
1999 True Crime Neil, the bartender
2000 The Thundering 8th Old Joe
2001 Early Bird Special Fred
2002 Raising Dead Chief Silton
2003 Dopamine Tom - Rand's Father
2003 Dismembered Police Capt. Hart
2005 Yesterday's Dreams Herb Radford Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1949 Philco Television Playhouse Tybalt/Dennis 2 episodes
1950 Lights Out Performer Episode: The Heart of Jonathan O'Rourke
1950 Masterpiece Playhouse King Richard III Episode: "Richard III"
1950-51 Martin Kane, Private Eye Performer 1 episode
1950-51 Famous Jury Trials Performer 1 episode
1950 Studio One Pilgrim Episode: "The Scarlet Letter"
1950-51 Cameo Theatre Performer Various episodes
1950-51 Tom Corbin, Space Cadet Performer 1 episode
1951 The Plainclothesman Performer 1 episode
1951-57 Robert Montgomery Presents Various Roles 4 episodes
1954-1955 The Secret Storm Performer Various episodes
1955 Appointment With Adventure Dan Vance Episode: "Relative Strangers"
1955 Omnibus Various 2 episodes
1957 Hotel Cosmopolitan Performer Various episodes
1958 Dial M for Murder Max Halliday Television Movie
1960 Play of the Week Bob Episode: "Seven Time Monday"
1960 Guestward, Ho! Performer Episode: "The Christmas Spirit"
1961-62 Surfside 6 Shrewdie McDoug/Robby Brooks 2 episodes
1961-62 The Donna Reed Show Ed Perkins/David Adams 2 episodes
1961 The Twilight Zone The Major Episode: "Five Characters in Search of an Exit"
1961-72 Gunsmoke Lee Sharkey/Paul Hill/Ira Spratt 3 episodes
1961 Armstrong Circle Theatre Performer Episode: "Black Market Babies"
1961 The Detectives Sutter Episode: "Tobey's Place"
1961 The New Breed Warren Giles Episode: "The Compulsion to Confess"
1961 Checkmate Peter Morell Episode: "Through a Dark Glass"
1961 Cheyenne Dennis Carter Episode: "Legacy of the Lost"
1961 Ben Casey Dr. Bill Owen Episode: "The Sweet Kiss of Madness"
1962-63 77 Sunset Strip Calvin Otterman/Cuthbert Carmichael 2 episodes
1962 Mrs. G. Goes to College Ernie Episode: "Goodbye Mr. Howell"
1962 Bus Stop Ed Henderson Episode: "The Ordeal of Kevin Brooke"
1962 Follow the Sun Meredith St. John Episode: "A Ghost in Her Gazebo"
1962 Thriller Lou Walters Episode: "Man of Mystery"
1962 Kraft Television Theatre Vincent Fuller Episode: "In Close Pursuit"
1962 The Gallant Men Private Jake Miller Episode: Pilot
1962 The Lucy Show Henry Taylor Episode: "Lucy Digs Up a Date"
1962 Seven Times Monday Bob Television Movie
1962 Stoney Burke Reese Ludlow Episode: "A Matter of Pride"
1963-66 The Farmer's Daughter Congressman Glen Morley 101 episodes
1963 Combat! Captain Lew Anders Episode: "Off Limits"
1963 The Twilight Zone Dr. Charles Wallman Episode: "Miniature"
1963 Empire Lawrence Rowan Episode: "Hidden Asset"
1966 The F.B.I. Anton Christopher Episode: "The Assassin"
1966 Twelve O'Clock High Lt. Col. Bill Christy Episode: "Gauntlet of Fire"
1966 The Wild Wild West Ben Victor Episode: "The Night of the Flying Pie Plate"
1966 Iron Horse Colin McCrory Episode: "Town Full of Fear"
1967 Mission: Impossible Deputy Premier Milos Pavel Episode: "The Train"
1967 Run for Your Life Ralph Wilson Episode: "The List of Alice McKenna"
1967 The F.B.I. David Roger "Davey" Spiers Episode: "By Force and Violence"
1967 The Fugitive Professor Fritz Simpson Episode: "The Ivy Maze"
1967 Mission: Impossible Alex Cresnic Episode: "The Widow"
1967 Star Trek Commodore Matt Decker Episode: "The Doomsday Machine"
1967 The Invaders Maj. Rick Graves Episode: "Doomsday Minus One"
1967 Custer Clark Samson Episode: "Under Fire"
1967 Gentle Ben James Harkness Episode: "Jennifer"
1967 Dundee and the Culhane Robert Campbell Episode: "The Thy Brother's Keeper Brief"
1967 The Invaders Michael Tressider Episode: "Summit Meeting"
1967 Judd, for the Defense Ira Creighton Episode: "Commitment"
1968-70 The Name of the Game Charlie Ross/Mr. John Price Episode: 2 episodes
1968-72 Ironside Eldon Chase/Judge Van Buren Episode: 2 episodes
1968 Mannix Calvin Norris Episode: "The Girl in the Frame"
1968 The F.B.I. Howard Converse Episode: "The Nightmare"
1968 Columbo Burt Gordon Episode: Prescription: Murder
1968 Bonanza Marshal Passmore Episode: "Star Crossed"
1969 The Virginian Joss Cardine Episode: "Halfway Back from Hell"
1969-70 My World and Welcome to It John Monroe 26 episodes
1969 Mannix Nils Sanderson Episode: "Shadow of a Man"
1969-74 Hawaii Five-O Ossie Connors/Harlan Henderson 2 episodes
1969-76 Medical Center Raymond Hanson/Nick McCrae/Dr. Nolan/Dr. Gillette/Mr. Crail 5 episodes
1969 The Mod Squad Fred Williams Episode: "Hello Mother, My Name Is Julie"
1969 Lancer Claude Buttermere Episode: "The Great Humbug"
1969 The Outcasts Lafe Partman Episode: "The Stalking Devil"
1969 The Outsider Bernard Christie Episode: "Service for One"
1969 CBS Playhouse Art Richardson Episode: "Shadow Game"
1969 My Friend Tony Phil Wiser Episode: "The Shortest Courtship"
1969-70 My World and Welcome to It John Monroe 26 episodes
1970-72 Love, American Style Charlie/Harrison/Hubert 3 episodes
1970-76 Insight God/Mr.Clark/Todd 3 episodes
1970 House on Greenapple Road Paul Durstine Television movie
1970 The Forty-Eight Hour Mile Bernard Christie Television movie
1971 The Virginian Foster Bonham Episode: "The Politician"
1971 That Girl Joseph Nelson Episode: "That Script"
1971 Mission: Impossible Stu Gorman Episode: "Blues"
1971 Big Fish, Little Fish William Baker Television Movie
1971 Assault on the Wayne Captain Frank Reardon Television Movie
1971 Alias Smith and Jones Jeremiah Daley Episode: "Wrong Train to Brimstone"
1971 Men at Law Dr. Simon Branby Episode: "Let the Dier Beware"
1971 Is There a Doctor in the House? Dr. Tim Newley Television Pilot
1971 All in the Family Eddie Frazier Episode: "Success Story"
1971 Escape Dr. Henry Walding Television Movie
1971 Cannon Harry Kendrix Episode: "Death Chain"
1971 A Taste of Evil Harold Jennings Television Movie
1971 Marriage: Year One Warren Duden Television Movie
1971 Cade's County Frank Leonard Episode: "Violent Echo"
1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Sam Mason Episode: "Ask Me Again Tomorrow"
1971 Night Gallery Randy Lane Episode: "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar"
1971 Robert Young Presents the Family Performer 1 episode
1971 The Man and the City Congressman Ralph Lawson Episode: "The Deadly Fountain"
1971 The Waltons Charlie Snead Episode: "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story"
1971 Jamison's Kids Performer Pilot episode
1972-76 The Streets of San Francisco Russell "Russ" Rankin/John Kovic/Msgr. Carruthers 3 episodes
1972 Columbo Everett Logan Episode: "Short Fuse"
1972 Second Chance Stan Petryk Television Movie
1972 The Jimmy Stewart Show Mike Carruthers Episode: "Old School Ties"
1972 The New Healers Mr. Farrigan Television Movie
1972 Banacek Harry Wexler Episode: "Projet Phoenix"
1972 Ghost Story Charlie Pender Episode: "The Summer House"
1972 The Rookies Frank Queenlin Episode: "Time Is the Fire"
1972 A Great American Tragedy Rob Stewart Television Movie
1972 Pursuit Robert Phillips Television Movie
1972 Night Gallery Prof. Putnam Episode: "Little Girl Lost"
1972 The F.B.I. Elias Devon Episode: "The Jug Marker"
1973-74 The Girl with Something Extra Stuart Kline 2 episodes
1973 The Partridge Family Uncle Erwin Episode: "Bedknobs and Drumsticks"
1973 Mission: Impossible Paul Mitchell Episode: "The Fighter"
1973 The Girls of Huntington House Sam Duton Television Movie
1973 Winesburg, Ohio Dr. Reefy Television Movie
1973 The Flip Wilson Show Self 1 episode
1973 The Delphi Bureau Broker Episode: "The Terror Broker Project"
1973 Dr. Simon Locke/Police Surgeon Delbert Norman Woodward Episode: "Losers, Weepers"
1973 Tenafly Weyburn Episode: "The Cash and Carry Caper"
1973 Griff Christopher Woods Episode: "The Last Ballad"
1973 Hawkins Joe Hamilton Episode: "A Life for a Life"
1974-75 Petrocelli Alan Brewster/Alex Mayberry 2 episodes
1974-77 McMillan & Wife Whalen/Ted Hoffenstein 2 episodes
1974-77 Police Woman Ted Adrian/Silky Chamberlain 2 episodes
1974 Chopper One Marklund Episode: "The Drop"
1974 Murder in the First Person Singular Alfred Emerson Television Movie
1974 The Day the Earth Moved Judge Tom Backsler Television Movie
1974 Male Menopause: The Pause That Perplexes Performer PBS Special
1975-81 Barney Miller George Webber/Voice of Cellmate Episode: 3 episodes
1975 The Abduction of Saint Anne Ted Morrisey Television Movie
1975 Lucas Tanner Ed Michaelson Episode: "Shattered"
1975 Journey from Darkness Dr. Cavaliere Television Movie
1975 Mannix George Kane Episode: "Hardball"
1975 S.W.A.T. Ross Collins Episode: "A Coven of Killers"
1975 Guilty or Innocent:
The Sam Sheppard Murder Case
Walt Adamson Television Movie
1975 Doctors' Hospital Dr. Ralph Keyes Episode: "Surgeon, Heal Thyself"
1976 Bridger Sen. Daniel Webster Television Movie
1976 Doc Dr. Pike Episode: "Come Scrub with Me"
1976 Richie Brockelman:
The Missing 24 Hours
Arthur Springfield Television Movie
1976 The Bionic Woman Warfield Episode: "Black Magic"
1976 Gibbsville Charlie Paxton Episode: "Saturday Night"
1976 The Feather and Father Gang General Northrup Episode: "Two-Star Killer"
1976 Once an Eagle Gen. Duke K Pulleyne Miniseries
1976 The Tony Randall Show Hamilton Kiss Episode: "Case: Money vs. Stature"
1976 Heck's Angels Col. Gregory Heck Pilot Episode
1977 Seventh Avenue John Meyers Miniseries
1977 Hunter Josef Patel Episode: "The Lysenko Syndrome"
1977 Quincy, M.E. Arthur Brandeis Episode: "The Hot Dog Murder"
1977 Family Howard Stone Episode: "An Endangered Species"
1977 The Wonderful World of Disney Phil Wainwright Episode: "The Bluegrass Special"
1977 The Oregon Trail Packy Devlin 2 episodes
1977 Kojak K.C. Milano Episode: "Once More from Birdland"
1978 Hunters of the Reef Panama Cassidy Television Movie
1978 W.E.B. Paul Brisbane Episode: "Good Night and Good Luck"
1979-82 Trapper John, M.D. Harry Duvall/Theodore Rankin 2 episodes
1979-83 The Love Boat Bill Kelly/Harold Wallingford 3 episodes
1979 Brothers and Sisters Larry Krandall 12 episodes
1979 Blind Ambition Richard Kleindienst Miniseries
1980 Portrait of a Rebel:
The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger
Mons. Soldini Television Movie
1980 Landon Landon & Landon Ben Landon Pilot episode
1980 Dallas Amos Krebbs 2 episodes
1981 Walking Tall Matthew Whittaker Episode: "The Protectors of the People"
1981 Quick & Quiet Thaddeus Charles "T.C." Cooper Pilot episode
1981 The Incredible Hulk Sgt. Jack Keeler Episode: "East Winds"
1981 Foul Play Franklin Mills Episode: "Play It Again Tuck"
1981 100 Years of Golden Hits Thomas Edison TV Special
1981 A House Divided Gov. Thomas Bennett, jr. Episode: "The Denmark Vesey Rebellion"
1981 One Day at a Time Mr. Tiller Episode: "Caveat Emptor"
1981 Leave 'em Laughing Smiley Jenkins Television Movie
1981 Side Show Byron Gage Television Movie
1981 Flamingo Road Charlie Banks Episode: "The Stranger"
1982-83 Matt Houston Dr. Walter Belkamp 2 episodes
1982 Fantasy Island Bill Ackland Episode: "Daddy's Little Girl/The Whistle"
1982 Desperate Lives Dr. Jarvis Television Movie
1982 The Rules of Marriage George Olsen Television Movie
1982 Hart to Hart Charles Baines Episode: "With This Hart, I Thee Wed"
1982 The Suzanne Sommers Show Landlord Unaired Pilot episode
1983 The Greatest American Hero Henry Williams Episode: "Live at Eleven"
1983 The A-Team Al Massey Episode: "Mexican Slayride"
1983 Mama's Family Woody Miller Episode: "Mama's Boyfriend"
1983 The Tom Swift and
Linda Craig Mystery Hour
Bronco Mallory Television Movie
1983 The Facts of Life Pete Dawson Episode: "Store Games"
1983 Lottery! Arthur Episode: "Boston: False Illusion"
1983 Automan Judge Alexander Farnsworth Episode:Staying Alive While Running a High Flashdance Fever
1984 St. Elsewhere Charlie Halloran Episode: "In Sickness and in Health"
1984 Simon & Simon Dr. Lloyd - Chief of Surgery Episode: "Under the Knife"
1984 Why Me? General Television Movie
1984 Reading Rainbow Self Episode: "Hot Air Henry"
1984 The Yellow Rose Mayor Virgil Mapes Episode: Far Side of Fear
1984 Off Sides (Pigs vs. Freaks) Mayor Malcolm Wallwood Television Movie
1984 Pink Panther and Sons Dr. Marcus Wealthy/Ticket Seller (voice) Episode: Rocko's Last Round
1984 Velvet Government Official Television Movie
1984 Hot Pursuit Performer Episode: "Twilight Home"
1984 Hunter Commissioner Larry Crenshaw Episode: "The Hot Grounder"
1985-96 Murder, She Wrote Sam Breen/Dr. Seth Hazlitt Recurring Role; 53 episodes
1985 Highway to Heaven Rev. David Stearns Episode: "A Child of God"
1985 Surviving: A Family in Crisis Dr. Madsen Television Movie
1985 Hotel Uncle Ray Episode: "Anniversary"
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick James Maxwell Episode: "Surprise on Seagull Beach"
1985 Dirty Work Cmdr. Leevanhoek Pilot
1985 The Jetsons Saturn Cyclops Episode: "Elroy in Wonderland"
1985 Airwolf Lou Stappleford Episode: "Eagles"
1985 Knight Rider Wayne Altfield Episode: "Knight Racer"
1985 Glitter Performer 1 Episode
1986 Magnum, P.I. Captain James T. Lyle Episode: "All Thieves on Deck"
1986 Comedy Factory Herb Medlock Episode: "Moscow Bureau"
1986 There Must Be a Pony Lee Hertzig Television Movie
1987 Mathnet Judge Herman Hoffman Episode: "The Trial of George Frankly"
1987 Square One Television Judge Hoffman 3 episodes
1987 Newhart Lew Brooney Episode: "Good-Bye & Good Riddance, Mr. Chips"
1987 Sky Commanders 'Cutter' Kling (voice) 2 episodes
1987 Dennis the Menace Mr. George Wilson Television Movie
1989 Have Faith Alex Episode: "Letters from Home"
1990-91 Parenthood Frank Buckman 12 episodes
1990 His & Hers Doug's Father Episode: "Just Plain Bill"
1990 The Return of Tom Sawyer
and Huckleberry Finn
Judge Thatcher Television Movie
1990 Amen Nick St. Nicholas 2 episodes
1991 Babes Darryl Kloner Episode: "All Bummed Out"
1991 The Fanelli Boys Ernie 2 episodes
1991 Chance of a Lifetime Dr. Edelman Television Movie
1992 L.A. Law Charles Flanagan Episode: "Diet, Diet My Darling"
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Ethan Clark (voice) Episode: "Prophecy of Doom"
1992 Goof Troop Uncle Bob Episode: "Major Goof"
1992 Camp Candy voice 1 Episode
1993-94 Sonic the Hedgehog Uncle Chuck (voice)[11] 25 episodes
1993 Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman Hamilton Cobb Television Movie
1994 Murphy Brown Ross Bowen Episode: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
1995 Burke's Law Dale Montrose Episode: "Who Killed the Tennis Ace?"
1996 Fugitive X: Innocent Target Uncle Billy Television Movie
1996 Working Guy Stockdale Unaired Pilot
1998 Boy Meets World Ned Episode: "Ain't College Great?"
1999 Judging Amy Prof. Barnett Episode: "Witch Hunt"
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul Judge Episode: "Rescued"
2000 Ally McBeal Henderson Porter Episode: "The Man with the Bag"
2001 Providence Harold Joyce Episode: "The Invisible Man"
2001 The District Harlan Kirby Sr. Episode: "Bulldog's Ghost"
2002 JAG Fmr. Chief of Naval Operations Episode: "Need to Know"
2004 Star Trek: New Voyages Commodore Matt Decker Episode: "In Harm's Way"


Year Title Role Venue
1942 The Royal Family Oscar Wolfe Connecticut College For Women
1945 Richard III Richard III American University, Biarritz France
1946 Richard III Richard III Fordham University, New York City
1946 King Henry VIII Earl of Surrey International Theatre, Broadway
1946 What Every Woman Knows Ensemble
1946 John Gabriel Borkman Erhart Borkman
1946 Androcles and the Lion Retiarius
1947 Yellow Jack Pvt. McClelland
1947 Alice in Wonderland The White Rabbit/Man in the Paper Hat Majestic Theatre, Broadway
Boston Opera House
1947 Dream Girl cast The Cape Playhouse
1947 The Marquise cast The Cape Playhouse
1947 Joan of Lorraine poet The Cape Playhouse
1948 The Voice of the Turtle Bill Page The Brookfield Center, CT
1948 My Sister Eileen janitor The Brookfield Center, CT
1949 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Fordham University, New York City
1949 The Jailor's Wench cast The Cape Playhouse
1950 Light Up the Sky author Southbury Playhouse, CT
1950 Blithe Spirit Dr. Bradman Southbury Playhouse, CT
1950 It's a Wise Child cast Southbury Playhouse, CT
1950 Meet the Wife boyfriend Southbury Playhouse, CT
1950 The Three-Cornered Moon cast Southbury Playhouse, CT
1950 The Vinegar Tree cast Southbury Playhouse, CT
1950 Your Uncle Dudley man in love with niece Southbury Playhouse, CT
1950 When the Bough Breaks Bob Sanford The Master Institute Theatre
1951 Charm Joe the drug clerk Southbury Playhouse, CT
1951-1953 Bell, Book and Candle Nicky Holroyd, a warlock National Tour
1953 A Girl Can Tell David, a voice on the telephone Royale Theatre, Broadway
1954 Claudia David Putnam Playhouse, CT
1954 The Starcross Story cast The Royale Theatre, Broadway
1954 Mademoiselle Colombe Edouard Longacre Theatre, Broadway
1954 Sabrina Fair the Frenchman Scandaga Theatre, New York
1954 My Three Angels Snake Man Putnam Playhouse, CT
1954 Affairs of State cast Theatre in the Round, NY
1954 The Automobile Man physicist The Bucks County Playhouse, PA
1954 I Am a Camera lead Theatre in the Round, NY
1954 Private Lives Elyot Theatre in the Round, NY
1954 Voice of the Turtle cast Theatre in the Round, NY
1955 The Grand Prize John Condon Mitchell Plymouth Theatre, Broadway
1955 The Heiress Morris Townsend Tent Theatre, PA
1955 Mrs. Gibbon's Boys Rodla Bucks County Playhouse, PA
1955 The Shoemaker's Children cast Bucks County Playhouse, PA
1955 You Never Can Tell Valentine Olney Theatre, MD
1956 Fallen Angels Frederick Starbuck Playhouse Theatre, Broadway
1956 Double in Hearts Asst. Stage Manager John Golden Theatre, Broadway
1956 Candide stagehand not a cast member The Martin Beck Theatre, NYC
1957 Career Sam Lawson The Seventh Avenue Playhouse, NYC
1957 The Anniversary Waltz lead Grant Lee Theatre
1957 Hotel Paradiso cast The Henry Miller Theatre, Broadway
1957 The Greatest Man Alive Hospital Aide Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway
1957 No Laughing Matter Jean Louis East Hampton, NY
1957 Of Time Remembered understudy for Richard Burton The Morosco Theatre, Broadway
1958 Twelfth Night Duke Orsino NY Shakespeare Festival, Belevedere Lake Theatre, NYC
1958 The World of Suzie Wong understudy, Robert Lomax The Broadhurst Theatre, NYC
1959 U.S.A. cast Martinique Theatre, NYC
1960 Viva Madison Avenue! Jim Leary Longacre Theatre, Broadway
1960 Drums Under the Window Adam and Cockney officer Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC
1960 The Rules of the Game Guido Venanzi Gramercy Arts Theatre, NYC
1960-62 U.S.A. cast UCLA Theatre Group
1961 Come Blow Your Horn cast Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC
1961-62 The Child Buyer narrator UCLA Theatre Group
1961-62 Period of Adjustment George Haverstick UCLA Theatre Group
1969 The Bertolt Brecht Festival cast California
1970s-90s Thurber one-man show around the world
1970s-90s Thurber II one-man show around the world
1970s-90s Ernie Pyle one-man show around the United States
1970s-90s Ernie Pyle II one-man show around the United States
1997 On Golden Pond Norman Thayer Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, CA
1999 Camping with Henry and Tom Thomas Edison Mt. Gretna Playhouse, PA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1970 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series My World and Welcome to It Won


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