William Prince


Actor
William Prince

About

Also Known As
William Leroy Prince
Birth Place
Nichols, New York, USA
Born
January 26, 1913
Died
October 08, 1996

Biography

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-loo...

Family & Companions

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

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Guitar (2008)
The Paper (1994)
The Portrait (1993)
The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991)
Steel and Lace (1991)
Blind Chess (1989)
Ferrano
Do You Know the Muffin Man? (1989)
Arthur Richardson
Spontaneous Combustion (1989)
Second Sight (1989)
Vice Versa (1988)
Shakedown (1988)
Assassination (1987)
H H Royce--Lara'S Father
Nuts (1987)
Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun (1986)
Movers And Shakers (1985)
Louis Martin
Spies Like Us (1985)
Fever Pitch (1985)
Murder 1, Dancer 0 (1983)
Found Money (1983)
Moonlight (1982)
Bibb; Mr White
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Reverend Hollis
Love and Money (1982)
The Soldier (1982)
A Matter of Life and Death (1981)
Dr Burgess
A Time For Miracles (1980)
Prefect
City in Fear (1980)
Make Me An Offer (1980)
Milo Spears
Bronco Billy (1980)
Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
5th Justice
The Promise (1979)
The Jericho Mile (1979)
The Cat From Outer Space (1978)
The Gauntlet (1977)
Blakelock
Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye (1977)
Ambassador Joseph P Kennedy
Rollercoaster (1977)
Quinlan
Network (1976)
Family Plot (1976)
Bishop
The Stepford Wives (1975)
The Missiles of October (1974)
Night Games (1974)
Clayton Nikell
Key West (1973)
Blade (1973)
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Colorado man
Sacco and Vanzetti (1970)
Macabre (1958)
[Dr.] Rodney Barrett
Secret of Treasure Mountain (1956)
Robert Kendall
The Vagabond King (1956)
Rene de Montigny
Cyrano de Bergerac (1951)
Christian
Lust for Gold (1949)
Barry Storm
Carnegie Hall (1947)
Tony Salerno, Jr.
Dead Reckoning (1947)
Johnny Drake, also known as John Joseph Preston
Shadow of a Woman (1946)
David MacKellar
Cinderella Jones (1946)
Bartholomew Williams
Objective, Burma! (1945)
Lieutenant Sidney Jacobs
Pillow to Post (1945)
Lt. Don Mallory
The Very Thought of You (1944)
Fred
Destination Tokyo (1944)
Pills
Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Cast (Special)

Chain Letter (1989)
Matthew Barwood
Goldie and the Bears (1985)
Concealed Enemies (1984)
All Over (1976)
Best Friend
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1954)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

War and Remembrance (1988)
George Washington (1984)
Aspen (1977)
Captains and the Kings Part 5 & 6 (1976)
Captains and the Kings (1976)
Sybil (1976)

Life Events

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"

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"

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

Videos

Movie Clip

Dead Reckoning (1947) — (Movie Clip) I’ve Got To Tell Somebody Opening with Humphrey Bogart in flight in a dark but Southern city, John Cromwell directing him to a church where we learn he’s ex-paratrooper Rip and James Bell is sky-diving priest Logan, but the story, for now, is about Johnny (William Prince), in Dead Reckoning, 1947, also starring Lizabeth Scott.
Pillow To Post (1945) - All You Have To Do Is Marry Me! As oil-equipment sales-person Jean in wartime Southern California, Ida Lupino has been hoping to waylay a Lieutenant to pose as her husband so she can secure a cabin at a military trailer park, just about giving up when William Prince as Lt. Mallory happens by, in Pillow To Post, 1945.
Pillow To Post (1945) - Watcha Say? (Louis Armstrong) Ida Lupino as sales-gal Jean is juggling William Prince as soldier Don, posing as her husband so she could get military housing, and Johnny Mitchell as client Slim, who wanted a dinner date, while Louis Armstrong leads his band with Dorothy Dandridge singing a tune by Burton Lane and Ted Koehler, in Pillow To Post, 1945.
Destination Tokyo (1943) - Join Us In Holding Our Breath The climax of a lengthy suspense sequence, Cary Grant as the steely Captain Cassidy guides the U.S.S. Copperfin into Tokyo Bay, through a mine-field, in the draught of a Japanese cruiser, keeping silent, John Ridgely, Warner Anderson, John Alvin among the crew, in DestinationTokyo, 1943.
Pillow To Post (1945) - Winifred's Strange And He's My Brother Ida Lupino is oil well equipment sales gal arriving amid a Southern California military housing crisis, with Anne O’Neal the USO lady, letting herself be mistaken for a military bride, then meeting Mrs. Wingate (Ruth Donnelly) and Lucile (Willie Best), in Pillow To Post, 1945.
Macabre (1958) - Now She's With The Dead Nurse Polly (Jacqueline Scott), with the nanny (Ellen Corby), takes a call which turns out to be about the possibly-missing young daughter of doctor Rod (William Prince), who returns from searching, then has trouble getting the story from her, in horror-monger William Castle’s Macabre, 1958.
Macabre (1958) - Her Own World Of Darkness Doctor Rod (William Prince) and nurse Polly (Jacqueline Scott) search for his daughter, thought buried alive, when they’re caught, then meet the father (Philip Tonge) of his late wife, who recalls his other daughter (Dorothy Morris), who was to be buried that night, Jim Backus the cop, in Macabre, 1958.
Macabre (1958) - For The Next Hour And Fifteen Minutes Notorious horror impresario William Castle opens his first independent feature with his first gimmick, then grim exposition featuring Jim Backus as the police chief, Jonathan Kidd as the undertaker Ed, and William Prince as troubled Dr. Barrett, in Macabre, 1958.
Very Thought Of You, The (1944) - The Japs Obliged Him On-leave soldier Dave (Dennis Morgan), invited home by friendly stranger Janet (Eleanor Parker), observes home-front mendacity, as 4-F brother Cal (John Alvin) bites married sister Molly (Andrea King), the parents (Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi) also at odds, in The Very Thought Of You, 1944.
Dead Reckoning (1947) - Mr. Geronimo Called Just back from France, Murdock (Humphrey Bogart) was introducing Medal Of Honor-winning paratroop pal Johnny (William Prince) to the press when he split, so, narrating in flashback, he follows to a noir-ish Gulf Coast city, looking him up by another name, in Columbia's Dead Reckoning, 1947.
Movers and Shakers - Dinosaur Studio executive Joe Mulholland (Walter Matthau) dedicates a prehistoric memorial to an ailing colleague in Movers and Shakers, 1985.

Trailer

Hollywood Canteen -- (Original Trailer) Half of Hollywood pitches in to help a serviceman and a starlet find love at the Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Cyrano de Bergerac (1951) - (Original Trailer) The Best Actor award went to Jose Ferrer for his portrayal of Cyrano de Bergerac (1951).
Rollercoaster - (Original Trailer) A terrorist spreads a climate of fear by attacking amusement parks across the U.S. in Rollercoaster (1977).
Shadow of a Woman - (Original Trailer) A woman suspects her husband of plotting to kill his son from a previous marriage in Shadow Of A Woman (1946).
Family Plot - (Original Trailer) A phony psychic takes on a pair of kidnappers in Alfred Hitchcock's last movie Family Plot (1976).
Cinderella Jones - (Original Trailer) Joan Leslie has to find and marry a genius to inherit $10 million in Busby Berkeley's musical Cinderella Jones (1946).
Destination Tokyo - (Original Trailer) A U.S. submarine braves enemy waters during World War II in Destination Tokyo (1944) starring Cary Grant & John Garfield.
Pillow to Post - (Original Trailer) A girl (Ida Lupino) pretends to be a war bride to get a hotel room in Washington. Co-starring Sydney Greenstreet.
Very Thought of You, The - (Original Trailer) For the wartime romance The Very Thought Of You (1944), director Delmar Daves shot on location at Cal Tech and the San Diego Navy Yards.
Objective, Burma! -- (Original Trailer) An American platoon parachutes into Burma to take out a strategic Japanese outpost in Objective, Burma! (1945) starring Errol Flynn.

Family

Gorman Prince
Father
Salesman.
Myrtle Prince
Mother
Nurse.
Charlotte Prince
Sister
Survived him.
Nicholas Prince
Son
Mother, Dorothy Huass; survived him.
Jeremy Prince
Son
Mother Dorothy Huass; survived him.
Liza Alldredge
Daughter
Mother Dorothy Huass; survived him.
Dinah Prince
Daughter
Mother Dorothy Huess; survived him.

Companions

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

Bibliography