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Also Known As: Died: August 16, 2012
Born: September 28, 1923 Cause of Death: Congestive Heart Failure.
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Veteran character lead of theater, film and television since the 1950s, William Windom long excelled at playing harried businessmen, discontented suburbanites, and other middle-class guys under pressure. In his maturity, Windom became comfortably ensconced in roles as venerable authority figures - fathers, judges, clergymen and other professionals. 1960s-era sitcom cultists remember his Emmy-winning portrayal of John Monroe, an anxiety-ridden cartoonist who shifted back-and-forth between the real world and the animated realm of his sketchpad, on "My World... and Welcome to It" (NBC, 1969-1970). This charming show was based on the writings and drawings of humorist James Thurber whom Windom later portrayed on stage in two one-man shows. Windom remained a frequent presence on TV through the decades in guest spots (memorably as a vengeful starship captain in "The Doomsday Machine" episode of "Star Trek"), TV-movies and in the recurring role of Dr. Seth Hazlitt on CBS's long-running mystery hit "Murder, She Wrote."Windom began acting on stage regularly in the 40s as a member of the American Repertory Company. His subsequent Broadway credits include "Androcles and the Lion," "The World of Suzie Wong," and...

Veteran character lead of theater, film and television since the 1950s, William Windom long excelled at playing harried businessmen, discontented suburbanites, and other middle-class guys under pressure. In his maturity, Windom became comfortably ensconced in roles as venerable authority figures - fathers, judges, clergymen and other professionals. 1960s-era sitcom cultists remember his Emmy-winning portrayal of John Monroe, an anxiety-ridden cartoonist who shifted back-and-forth between the real world and the animated realm of his sketchpad, on "My World... and Welcome to It" (NBC, 1969-1970). This charming show was based on the writings and drawings of humorist James Thurber whom Windom later portrayed on stage in two one-man shows. Windom remained a frequent presence on TV through the decades in guest spots (memorably as a vengeful starship captain in "The Doomsday Machine" episode of "Star Trek"), TV-movies and in the recurring role of Dr. Seth Hazlitt on CBS's long-running mystery hit "Murder, She Wrote."

Windom began acting on stage regularly in the 40s as a member of the American Repertory Company. His subsequent Broadway credits include "Androcles and the Lion," "The World of Suzie Wong," and "Come Blow Your Horn." Windom made his feature debut as the prosecuting attorney in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962) and went on to alternate between film, TV and theater. His feature credits include "The Detective" (1968) as a closeted, self-hating murderer of gay men, Robert Altman's "Brewster McCloud" (1970), and "Escape From the Planet of the Apes" (1972) as the president. In later years, Windom appeared in supporting roles in two John Hughes comedies, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" (1987) and "She's Having a Baby" (1988), as well as the Jodie Foster/Richard Gere drama "Sommersby" (1993).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dopamine (2003) Tom
2.
 True Crime (1999) Neil-- The Bartender
3.
 Fugitive X: Innocent Target (1997) Uncle Billy
4.
 Miracle on 34th Street (1994) C F Cole
5.
 Sommersby (1993) Reverend Powell
6.
 Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993) Hamilton Cobb
7.
8.
 Committed (1991) Doctor Quilly
9.
 Chance of a Lifetime (1991) Dr Edelman
10.
 Street Justice (1989) Father Burke
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1972:
Starred in the one-man show "Thurber I"
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Starred on the series "My World and Welcome to It"
1962:
Feature debut, the prosecuting attorney in "To Kill a Mockingbird"
1950:
Performed on the early NBC anthology drama series, "Masterpiece Playhouse"
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Played the recurring role of Dr. Seth Hazlitt on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)
:
TV series debut in a starring role, "The Farmer's Daughter"
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Performed with the American Reperatory Theater
1979:
Starred in the one-man show "Ernie Pyle II
1975:
Starred in the one-man show "Thurber II"
1958:
Starred on NBC's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "Dial 'M' For Murder"
:
Served with 508th parachute infantry of the U.S. Army
1976:
Starred in the one-man show "Ernie Pyle I"
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Education

Williams College: Williamstown, Massachusetts - 1942
Antioch College: Yellow Springs, Ohio - 1943
University of Kentucky: Lexington, Kentucky - 1943
The Citadel: Charleston, South Carolina - 1943
Biarritz American University: - 1945
Fordham University: Bronx, New York - 1946
Columbia University: New York, New York - 1946

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wife:
Patricia Veronica Tunder.

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father:
Paul Windom.
mother:
Isobel Wells Windom.
daughter:
Rachel Windom.
daughter:
Heather Windom.
daughter:
Juliet Windom.
daughter:
Hope Windom.
son:
Rebel Windom.
son:
Russell Windom.
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