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Also Known As: William Leroy Prince Died: October 8, 1996
Born: January 26, 1913 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Nichols, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Prince was a forthright stage actor with a fine string of Broadway credits who never found a niche in 1940s Hollywood but worked in TV for decades and in his senior years had kept busy in features. He made it to Broadway in the 30s and soon joined actor-impresario Maurice Evans' company for well-received versions of "Henry IV", "Richard II" and an unabridged "Hamlet". Tall and hearty-looking, he made it to leading roles in the early 40s with "Guest in the House" and Maxwell Anderson's "The Eve of St. Mark". Prince's success in the latter led to a Hollywood contract at Warner Bros., where he debuted in the war adventure "Destination Tokyo" (1943). He then played romantic leads in films toplining established names, as with the comedy "Pillow to Post" (1945), starring Ida Lupino. Prince soon found himself in a modest featured role in the noir "Dead Reckoning" (1947), though, but was part of the memorable crew of the superior war film, "Objective Burma" (1945).Prince returned to Broadway for the hit comedy "John Loves Mary" and in 1950 did "As You Like It" opposite Katharine Hepburn. His occasional film roles were still bland, as with "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1950), as the handsome but dull lover who has...

Prince was a forthright stage actor with a fine string of Broadway credits who never found a niche in 1940s Hollywood but worked in TV for decades and in his senior years had kept busy in features. He made it to Broadway in the 30s and soon joined actor-impresario Maurice Evans' company for well-received versions of "Henry IV", "Richard II" and an unabridged "Hamlet". Tall and hearty-looking, he made it to leading roles in the early 40s with "Guest in the House" and Maxwell Anderson's "The Eve of St. Mark". Prince's success in the latter led to a Hollywood contract at Warner Bros., where he debuted in the war adventure "Destination Tokyo" (1943). He then played romantic leads in films toplining established names, as with the comedy "Pillow to Post" (1945), starring Ida Lupino. Prince soon found himself in a modest featured role in the noir "Dead Reckoning" (1947), though, but was part of the memorable crew of the superior war film, "Objective Burma" (1945).

Prince returned to Broadway for the hit comedy "John Loves Mary" and in 1950 did "As You Like It" opposite Katharine Hepburn. His occasional film roles were still bland, as with "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1950), as the handsome but dull lover who has his ugly friend write love letters for him. A prolific TV career included roles as the hapless Mortimer in a 1949 "Arsenic and Old Lace" and an upright small-town journalist in a 1954 "The Man Who Came to Dinner". Prince also co-starred with Gary Merrill in one of TV's first mystery programs, "The Mask" (1954). Feature work, apart from the campy William Castle favorite, "Macabre" (1958), ended in the late 50s. Broadway continued to be his most creative outlet in the 50s and 60s, with Prince relished roles as writer Christopher Isherwood in "I Am a Camera" (1952), opposite Julie Harris, and in Edward Albee's "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" (1963).

Work on TV soaps ("Another World", "Where the Heart Is", "A World Apart") and in the title role of the popular medical drama "Young Dr. Malone" (1958-63) kept Prince busy if unchallenged in the 60s and 70s. TV-movies and miniseries ("Key West" 1973, "Aspen" 1977, "George Washington" 1984, "Chain Letter" 1989) had subsequently featured the seasoned actor in small roles as authority figures. After a 12-year absence Prince returned to features with "Sacco and Vanzetti" (1970), and while the films and his roles had varied in size and quality, several had been more colorful than the ordinary consorts he once played. His many credits included "Network" (1976), "The Soldier" (1982, as the President), "Nuts" (1987) and "The Paper" (1994, as Michael Keaton's father). A fat part and especially fine work came as the crooked police commissioner who assigns Clint Eastwood a suicide mission in "The Gauntlet" (1977). And, as has always been the case, Prince found his most vivid outlets on the stage, reteaming with Albee for "The Man Who Had Three Arms" (1983).

Prince's second wife, since 1964, was actress Augusta Dabney, who played opposite him on "Young Dr. Malone", kept busy on soaps including "General Hospital" and "Loving", and played Prince's wife in "The Paper" and the TV-movie "The Portrait" (1993).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Guitar, The (2008)
2.
 Paper, The (1994) Henry'S Father
3.
 The Portrait (1993) Hubert Hayden
4.
 Taking of Beverly Hills, The (1991) Mitchell Sage
5.
 Steel and Lace (1991)
6.
 Second Sight (1989) Cardinal O'Hara
7.
 Spontaneous Combustion (1989) Olander
8.
 Do You Know the Muffin Man? (1989) Arthur Richardson
9.
 Blind Chess (1989) Ferrano
10.
 Vice Versa (1988) Avery
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Acted with the Barter Theater Troupe
:
Made Broadway debut as one of 90 extras in Max Reinhardt's production, "The Eternal Road"
1937:
Joined Maurice Evans' acting company; acted for two years in productions of "Henry IV" (as John of Lancaster), "Richard II" (as a servant to York) and an unabridged version of "Hamlet" (as a page); also toured with a production of "Richard II" in the same capacity
1941:
Played Richard in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's comedy-drama, "Ah! Wilderness" at the Guild Theater in NYC
1942:
Enjoyed a notable Broadway success as Private Quizz West in the production of the Maxwell Anderson play, "The Eve of St. Mark"
1943:
Signed by Warner Brothers; made feature film debut in the war drama, "Destination Tokyo", starring Cary Grant and John Garfield
1947:
Left Warner Bros.; free-lanced in films for the next few years (date approximate)
1947:
Returned to Broadway in the hit comedy, "John Loves Mary"
1949:
Played Mortimer Brewster in an hour-long TV presentation of the Broadway comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace"
1950:
Last film for six years, "Cyrano de Bergerac"; played second lead in adaptation which starred Jose Ferrer
1950:
Acted opposite Katharine Hepburn in a production of the Shakespeare comedy, "As You Like It"
1952:
Returned to Broadway in the production, "I Am a Camera", playing the leading male role of writer Christopher Isherwood opposite Julie Harris
1954:
Played Bert Jefferson in a one-hour NBC adaptation of the Broadway comedy, "The Man Who Came to Dinner"
1954:
First TV series, "The Mask", an ABC mystery series in which he and Gary Merrill played lawyer brothers
1956:
Returned to features in the operetta adaptation, "The Vagabond King"
1958:
Again left films after playing the leading role in the cult William Castle horror thriller, "Macabre"
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Played the title role in the NBC serial drama, "Young Dr. Malone"
1963:
Acted in the Broadway production, "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe", by Edward Albee; played Henry Macy
1964:
Toured major US cities in a stage production of the hit comedy, "Mary, Mary"
1970:
Returned to feature film work: made rare non-US film credit, the Italian-made crime film, "Sacco and Vanzetti"
:
Played Russell Barry on the ABC serial drama, "A World Apart"
1983:
Returned to Broadway in one of the three roles in another Edward Albee play, "The Man Who Had Three Arms", but play closed in 12 days
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Acted on Broadway in the revival of the George Bernard Shaw drama, "Heartbreak House"
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Education

Cornell University: Ithaca , New York - 1930 - 1934

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wife:
Dorothy Huass. Married October 27, 1934; divorced 1964; mother of his four children.
wife:
Augusta Dabney. Actor. Played opposite Prince on TV series "Young Dr. Malone"; later acted together on a number of TV shows and feature films; survived him.

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father:
Gorman Prince. Salesman.
mother:
Myrtle Prince. Nurse.
sister:
Charlotte Prince. Survived him.
son:
Nicholas Prince. Mother, Dorothy Huass; survived him.
son:
Jeremy Prince. Mother Dorothy Huass; survived him.
daughter:
Liza Alldredge. Mother Dorothy Huass; survived him.
daughter:
Dinah Prince. Mother Dorothy Huess; survived him.
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