William Windom
press photo of William Windom for "My World and Welcome to It" in 1972
Born(1923-09-28)September 28, 1923
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
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 was known as a character actor of the stage and screen. He is well known for his recurring role as Dr. Seth Hazlitt alongside Angela Lansbury in the CBS mystery series Murder, She Wrote.

Windom made his television debut in 1949 in the NBC anthology series The Philco Television Playhouse. He continued acting in shows such as Studio One, Masterpiece Playhouse, Omnibus, and Kraft Television Theatre. During this time, he also appeared on The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, and Star Trek. He then gained acclaim in his television career for his portrayal of cartoonist John Monroe in the short-lived NBC sitcom My World and Welcome to It (1969–1970), winning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

He then guest-starred in various programs, including Columbo, Night Gallery, Marcus Welby M.D., and Quincy M.E. before gaining acclaim for his recurring role on the CBS mystery series Murder, She Wrote (1986-1996), portraying Dr. Seth Hazlitt of Cabot Cove opposite Angela Lansbury. During this time, he also appeared on other programs, including St. Elsewhere, Magnum, P.I., Newhart, L.A. Law, and Murphy Brown, and voiced Uncle Chuck in Sonic the Hedgehog. His final television appearances include roles in Ally McBeal and The District.

Windom is also known for his film roles in the Academy Award-winning movie To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Americanization of Emily (1964), The Detective (1968), Brewster McCloud (1970), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), She's Having a Baby (1988), Uncle Buck (1989), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), and True Crime (1999).

Early life

Windom was born in Manhattan in New York City, the son of Paul Windom, an architect, and Isobel Wells (née Peckham).[1] He was a descendant of the United States Secretary of the Treasury of the same name. He attended Williams College and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He participated in the Army Specialized Training Program, studying at The Citadel, Antioch College, and the University of Kentucky.[1]

Windom 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 theater.[1][2]


His screen career began in the 1950s. Windom appeared in various TV series, including Omnibus and Robert Montgomery Presents. He continued guest-starring in series during the 1960s including playing The Major in "Five Characters in Search of an Exit", a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone; Windom considered this guest appearance as his West Coast television debut. He later reported that Richard Widmark was originally offered the role, but when Widmark learned that the pay was only to be $1,000, he turned it down.[citation needed] Actress Susan Harrison, who played the Ballerina, got first billing, while Windom got second.

His first leading role 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 became the housekeeper for a widowed congressman (Windom). It ran for three seasons.

Playbill: Windom Plays Thurber

Windom's first role in film was alongside Gregory Peck in the Oscar-winning movie To Kill a Mockingbird (1962); he played Horace Gilmer, the prosecutor of Tom Robinson (Brock Peters).

He appeared on The Donna Reed Show, Gunsmoke, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible (four episodes), and Ironside.

In Star Trek, he played Commodore Matt Decker, commander of the doomed USS Constellation, in the 1967 episode "The Doomsday Machine", a role he reprised nearly 40 years later for Star Trek: New Voyages. He played a recurring role (three episodes) in "The Invaders" in 1967. In 1968, Windom guest-starred on Ironside in the episode "Trip to Hashbury."[3]

Also in 1968, Windom starred alongside Peter Falk and Gene Barry in the TV movie Prescription: Murder, the pilot for the TV series Columbo. He starred in another episode 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 appreciated in 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.

In 1971, Windom guest-starred as a victim of blackmail on Cannon in the episode "Death Chain". In 1975, he guest-starred as George Kane, a desperate drug dealer, in the series finale of Mannix in the episode "Hardball".

In 1980, he appeared as Amos Krebbs, the alleged father of Ray Krebbs, on the hit primetime television drama Dallas on the episode "The Fourth Son".

Windom toured the country in a one-man James Thurber show. Afterward, he filmed the pilot for a new series Is There a Doctor in the House? with Rosemary Forsyth that was not picked up by a network.[citation needed]

Windom joined Murder, She Wrote in October 1985 as Dr. Seth Hazlitt. He had previously appeared on the series as a guest star playing another character in April 1985. The producers invited him thereafter to return at the beginning of the second season in a continuing role. 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--a role played by Jason Robards in the film and, later, Craig T. Nelson in the second TV version. The show was cancelled after 12 episodes and Windom returned to Murder, She Wrote as a semiregular.[citation needed] Windom appeared in 53 episodes of Murder, She Wrote, second only to Lansbury.

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

Personal life

Windom married Carol Keyser in New York City in August 1947. They worked together and he worked for her father selling insurance for three years. They divorced in December 1955. In 1958, he married actress Barbara Joyce. She was six years older than Windom. He soon moved to California for work. Windom said the marriage lasted three years, although the divorce was not finalized until 1963. A few weeks later, he married his third wife, Barbara Clare. She was the granddaughter of MGM's founder, Louis B. Mayer, and 11 years Windom's junior. He became stepfather to Barbara's two daughters. His first child, Rachel, was born in 1964. Windom and Barbara divorced in 1968. In October 1969, he married his fourth wife, Jacqulyn D. Hopkins, 19 years his junior. They had two daughters: Heather Juliet (1970) and Hope Teresa (1973).[4]

In 1974, Windom met Patricia (Fehrle) Tunder while shooting a TV movie; 12 years his junior, she was working for the production company at the time. Almost a year later, in July 1975, he filed for divorce from Jacqulyn.[5] Windom married Patricia in 1975.[6] In 1978, Windom welcomed his final child, a son named Rebel Russell.[citation needed]

Windom was a tournament chess player, a sailor, a tennis player, and a life member of the United States Chess Federation.[7]


Windom died on August 16, 2012, at age 88 at his home in Woodacre, California, from congestive heart failure.[1]



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"
1968 The Virginian the doctor saison 6 épisode 11: "To bear witness"
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 Various roles 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"
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 Homecoming: A Christmas Story Charlie Snead Television Movie
1971 Jamison's Kids Performer Pilot episode
1972-76 The Streets of San Francisco Various roles 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 Somers 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)[8] 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 Brookfield Theatre for the Arts
1948 My Sister Eileen janitor Brookfield Theatre for the Arts
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, Southbury, Conn.
1950 Blithe Spirit Dr. Bradman Southbury Playhouse, Southbury, Conn.
1950 It's a Wise Child cast Southbury Playhouse, Southbury, Conn.
1950 Meet the Wife boyfriend Southbury Playhouse, Southbury, Conn.
1950 The Three-Cornered Moon cast Southbury Playhouse, Southbury, Conn.
1950 The Vinegar Tree cast Southbury Playhouse, Southbury, Conn.
1950 Your Uncle Dudley man in love with niece Southbury Playhouse, Southbury, Conn.
1950 When the Bough Breaks Bob Sanford The Master Institute Theatre
1951 Charm Joe the drug clerk Southbury Playhouse, Southbury, Conn.
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, Connecticut
1954 The Starcross Story cast 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, Connecticut
1954 Affairs of State cast Theatre in the Round, New York City
1954 The Automobile Man physicist Bucks County Playhouse, Pennsylvania
1954 I Am a Camera lead Theatre in the Round, New York City
1954 Private Lives Elyot Theatre in the Round, New York City
1954 Voice of the Turtle cast Theatre in the Round, New York City
1955 The Grand Prize John Condon Mitchell Plymouth Theatre, Broadway
1955 The Heiress Morris Townsend Tent Theatre, Pennsylvania
1955 Mrs. Gibbon's Boys Rodla Bucks County Playhouse, Pennsylvania
1955 The Shoemaker's Children cast Bucks County Playhouse, Pennsylvania
1955 You Never Can Tell Valentine Olney Theatre Center, Maryland
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 Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway
1957 Career Sam Lawson Seventh Avenue Playhouse, New York City
1957 The Anniversary Waltz lead Grant Lee Theatre
1957 Hotel Paradiso cast Henry Miller Theatre, Broadway
1957 The Greatest Man Alive Hospital Aide Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway
1957 No Laughing Matter Jean Louis East Hampton, New York
1957 Of Time Remembered understudy for Richard Burton Morosco Theatre, Broadway
1958 Twelfth Night Duke Orsino New York Shakespeare Festival, Belevedere Lake Theatre, New York City
1958 The World of Suzie Wong understudy, Robert Lomax Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway
1959 US cast Martinique Theatre, New York City
1960 Viva Madison Avenue! Jim Leary Longacre Theatre, Broadway
1960 Drums Under the Window Adam and Cockney officer Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City
1960 The Rules of the Game Guido Venanzi Gramercy Arts Theatre, New York City
1960-62 US cast UCLA Theatre Group
1961 Come Blow Your Horn cast Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway
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, California
1999 Camping with Henry and Tom Thomas Edison Mt. Gretna Playhouse, Pennsylvania

Awards and nominations

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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