William Bassett
Born
William Henry Bassett

(1935-12-28) December 28, 1935 (age 86)
OccupationActor
Years active1960–present

William Henry Bassett (born December 28, 1935 in Evanston, Illinois, USA) is an American actor of film and television. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television programs since the 1960s.

Bassett was known for his role in ads for Whataburger.[1][2] He has appeared in films such as Lucky Lady, Return from Witch Mountain, The Karate Kid, Black Eagle, House of 1000 Corpses, Demon Hunter and Black Dynamite, as well as and such television shows as Bewitched; I Dream of Jeannie; Bonanza; The Feather and Father Gang; The Love Boat; Days of Our Lives; Quincy, M.E.; Lou Grant; Dallas; The Young and the Restless; Newhart; General Hospital; Sabrina, The Teenage Witch; 3rd Rock from the Sun; Scrubs; and Arrested Development. Bassett's work as a voice actor includes the video games Metal Gear Solid, Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne, Fallout 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and World of Final Fantasy, along with being the narrator for the documentary Inside: Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Filmography

Anime

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro Counterfeiter / Whispering Councilman Credited as Fred Bloggs
1988 Akira Additional Voices
1992 Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory Yuri Hussler Episode: "A Storm Raging Through"; credited as Fred Bloggs
1995 Catnapped! The Movie Magician Credited as Fred Bloggs
1999 Cowboy Bebop Frog Episode: "Mushroom Samba"; credited as Fred Bloggs
2000 Ah! My Goddess: The Movie Additional Voices Credited as Fred Bloggs
2003–2005 Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex Chief Cabinet Secretary Takakura / Uno / Director 4 episodes; credited as Bill Basset
2004 Appleseed Elder Credited as Frederick Bloggs
2008 Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel Jim Houseman

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1969 A Time for Dying The Southerner
1970 The Grasshopper Aaron Credited as William H. Bassett
1972 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Mr. Pine Uncredited
1972 1776 Thomas Heyward Jr. Uncredited
1974 The Towering Inferno Leasing Agent Credited as William H. Bassett
1975 Lucky Lady Charley
1978 Return from Witch Mountain Operations Officer Credited as William H. Bassett
1979 Old Boyfriends David Brinks
1984 The Karate Kid Mr. Mills
1984 Sam's Son Mr. Turner Credited as William H. Bassett
1985 Creator Dr. Sutter Credited as William H. Bassett
1986 The Naked Cage Jordan
1986 Invaders from Mars NASA Scientist
1988 Black Eagle Dean Rickert
1990 Angel Town Graduate Dean
1993 Ring of Fire II: Blood and Steel Aaron
2001 Soulkeeper Old Bum
2001 Night Class Holden Credited as William H. Basset
2001 The Man with No Eyes Cleetus Short Film
2002 Crazy as Hell Mr. Brennan
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Sheriff Frank Huston Credited as William H. Bassett
2004 Wild Roomies Mr. Seeley
2005 Welcome to September Mr. Taskey
2005 Demon Hunter Cardinal White
2008 Fast Girl Willy
2009 Black Dynamite Captain Yancy
2018 Blood Type Santa Soup Bum

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1960 The Tempest Ferdinand TV Movie; credited as William H. Bassett
1960 The Chevy Mystery Show Dr. Roger Waring Episode: "Dark Possession"; credited as W.H. Bassett
1966 The Journey of the Fifth Horse Rubin / Narvinsky TV Movie; credited as William H. Bassett
1967 The Wild Wild West Lt. Carter Episode: "The Night of the Arrow"; credited as William H. Bassett
1968 Bewitched Prince Charming / Cousin Episode: "Prince of a Guy"
1968 The Second Hundred Years Sergei Episode: "Luke and Comrade Tanya"
1968–1969 I Dream of Jeannie Sam Farrow / Clem 2 episodes
1968–1971 Insight Roman 2 episodes
1968–1988 Days of Our Lives Dr. Walter Griffin / Government Official / Det. Weston / Jerry Barnes / Scott Blake 19 episodes; credited as William H. Bassett
1969 Here Come the Brides Willard 2 episodes; credited as William H. Bassett
1969 The Outcasts Travers Episode: "The Long Ride"
1969 Land of the Giants Ranger Jack Episode: "Home Sweet Home"
1970 Mannix Warren Hoxie Episode: "Medal for a Hero"; credited as William H. Bassett
1970 Bonanza Jed Walker Episode: "Decision at Los Robles"
1970 Nancy Secret Service Agent Turner 4 episodes
1972 Cade's County Howard Tanner Episode: "The Fake"
1972 Another Part of the Forest Bagtry TV adaptation of the play by Lillian Hellman
1972 Mod Squad Gordon Calder Episode: "Kristie"
1973 Search Donald Episode: "Ends of the Earth"; credited as William H. Bassett
1973 The Young and the Restless Pete Walker
1973 The Man of Destiny The Sub-Lieutenant TV Movie
1973 Police Story Psychologist Episode: "Man on a Rack"
1974 Unwed Father Principal TV Movie
1974 The Wild World of Mystery The Collector Episode: "The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer"
1974 The Streets of San Francisco Donald Bateman Episode: "The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague"; credited as William H. Bassett
1974 Harry O Red Kramer Episode: "Forty Reasons to Kill: Part 2"; credited as William H. Bassett
1974 The Rookies Walden Episode: "Take Over"; credited as William H. Basset
1975 My Father's House Airplane Captain TV Movie
1975 Shazam! Bill Ritzi Episode: "Double Trouble"
1976 The Love Boat The First Officer Pilot episode - TV movie
1976 Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident TV Movie
1976 Wonderbug Episode: "The Maltese Gooneybird"
1976 Once and Eagle 4 episodes
1976–1977 The Feather and Father Gang Huffaker 2 episodes; credited as William H. Bassett
1977 ABC Afterschool Special Father Episode: "Very Good Friends"
1977 The Love Boat Josh Episode: "The New Love Boat - The Newlyweds/The Exchange/Cleo's First Voyage"
1977 Never Con a Killer Huff Hufaker TV Movie; credited as William H. Bassett
1977 The Night They Took Miss Beautiful Smitty TV Movie
1978 Perfect Gentlemen Southern Man TV Movie
1978 Keefer The Sergeant TV Movie
1978 The Bastard British Officer Credited as William H. Bassett
1979 Quincy, M.E. Harris Episode: "By the Death of a Child"; credited as William H. Bassett
1979 Lou Grant Alexander Crosley Episode: "Charlatan"; credited as William H. Bassett
1979–1982 The Magical World of Disney Doctor / Lowell Roberts / Policeman 4 episodes; credited as William H. Bassett
1979–1988 Dallas Attorney Gurney / Dr. Paul Hollister 6 episodes; credited as William H. Bassett
1980 The Kids Who Knew Too Much Policeman TV Movie
1981 Thornwell CIC Agent TV Movie; credited as William H. Bassett
1981 Flamingo Road Episode: "Bad Chemistry"; credited as William H. Bassett
1982 The Fall Guy Clark Episode: "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harold"; credited as William H. Bassett
1982 Moonlight Tappan Zee Man TV Movie; credited as William H. Bassett
1983 Hart to Hart Jeff Brogen Episode: "Trust Your Hart"; credited as William H. Bassett
1984 Knots Landing Emissary Episode: "Negotiations"; credited as William H. Bassett
1984 Rituals Phillip Mason #1 3 episodes
1984 Jessie Mr. Shepard Episode: "Trick of Fate"
1985 Cover Up Dr. Stevens Episode: "Murder Offshore"
1985 Hunter Park Bench Bum Episode: "Guilty"; credited as William H. Bassett
1985 Hotel Reese Episode: "Rallying Cry"
1986 Newhart Male Guest Episode: "The Stratford Horror Picture Show"; credited as William H. Bassett
1986 T.J. Hooker Mr. Miller Episode: "Deadly Force"; credited as William H. Bassett
1987 General Hospital Wolfgang Von Schuler 5 episodes; credited as William H. Bassett
1987 Dynasty R.D. Fleming Episode: "The Spoiler"
1989 The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Dr. Watts TV Movie; credited as William H. Bassett
1989 The Hollywood Detective Jerry Brazil TV Movie; credited as William H. Bassett
1990 Mancuso, FBI Episode: "Night of the Living Shred"; credited as William H. Bassett
1990 The New Lassie Arthur Reynolds Episode: "Watch Your Step"
1991 Never Forget Lewis Brandon TV Movie
1994 Spring Awakening Ulf Anderson TV Movie
1995 OP Center Academic #4
1996 Her Costly Affair Ed Baines TV Movie
1997 A Match Made in Heaven Sam Landry TV Movie
1998 The Magnificent Seven Bartender Episode: "Working Girls"
1999 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Uncle Roy Episode: "The Long and Winding Short Cut"; credited as William H. Bassett
1999 3rd Rock from the Sun Bernard Episode: "Dick v. Strudwick"; credited as William H. Bassett
1999 Dharma & Greg Dewey Episode: "Tie-Dying the Knot"; credited as William H. Bassett
1999 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy Ghost Commander Episode: "Beware the Mutiny"; credited as William H. Bassett
2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Alexander Episode: "The Burial"
2000 The Invisible Man Benjamin Scarborough Episode: "Tiresias"; credited as William H. Bassett
2001 The Division Older Man Episode: "The First Hit's Free, Baby"; credited as William H. Bassett
2003 Strong Medicine Spelling Bee Judge Episode: "Seize the Day"
2004 Scrubs Patient Episode: "My Last Chance"; credited as William H. Bassett
2005 Carnivàle Dr. Delichter Episode: "Damascus, NE"; credited as William H. Bassett
2005 Reno 911! Mover Episode: "Clemmy Marries a Dead Guy"; credited as William H. Bassett
2005 Arrested Development Cab Driver Episode: "The Cabin Show"; credited as William H. Bassett
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Swampmonster / Huu 2 episodes; credited William H. Basset

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Metal Gear Solid Jim Houseman English Version; credited as Frederick Bloggs
2000 Diablo II Ormus Credited as Frederick Bloggs
2002 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Additional Voices
2002 Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Antonidas / Cairne Bloodhoof Credited as Frederick Bloggs
2002 Neverwinter Nights Saer Bodkin / Vale Reyer Uncredited
2003 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Cairne Bloodhoof Credited as Frederick Bloggs
2004 Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes Jim Houseman Credited as William H. Basset
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth Additional Voices Credited as William H. Bassett
2008 Fallout 3 Elder Owyn Lyons
2009 Fallout 3: Broken Steel Elder Owyn Lyons
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional Voices
2014 Heartstone: Heroes of WarCraft Archmage Antonidas / Cairne Bloodhoof
2015 Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Khalia English version; credited as William H. Bassett
2016 World of Final Fantasy Ramuh English version; credited as William H. Bassett
2018 Fallout 76 Settler Forager - Wastelanders DLC

References

  1. ^ Janda, Greg (October 14, 2011). "Whataburger's New Ads Won't Be "Just Like You Like It"". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Pack, William (October 5, 2011). "Whataburger ads: Buh-bye Texas voice, hello documentaries". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved December 23, 2013.