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William Windom

Stage Manager, Performer
( b. Sep 28, 1923 New York City, New York, USA - d. Aug 16, 2012 Woodacre, California, USA ) Male
Mr. Windom won the Emmy for best actor in a comedy series in 1970 for his performance in “My World and Welcome to It,” a whimsical TV show based on Thurber’s humorous essays and fantastic cartoons. He subsequently toured the country with a solo show based on Thurber’s works.

But filmgoers and television viewers may be more likely to associate him with roles that, though also fanciful, had a distinctly darker tone. He teamed up with Rod Serling on episodes of both “The Twilight Zone” (“Five Characters in Search of an Exit” in 1961 and “Miniature” in 1963) and “Night Gallery”; played the president in “Escape From the Planet of the Apes”; and had a memorable role in an early episode of “Star Trek.” He was also a guest star on “The Rookies,” “The Streets of San Francisco” and dozens of other television shows.

Not until 1985 did Mr. Windom find another role that drew on his avuncular side with such success: he appeared in more than 50 episodes of “Murder, She Wrote” as the leading physician of Cabot Cove, Me., and a close friend of Jessica Fletcher, the lead character played by Angela Lansbury.

Mr. Windom found work in the New York theater as well as in radio and on television, making numerous appearances on live dramas in the early 1950s. He also performed for several seasons in summer stock in places like Bucks County, Pa., and the Southbury Playhouse in Connecticut, and he later toured the United States and other countries with one-man shows about Thurber and the World War II journalist Ernie Pyle.

Source: The New York Times



Productions Date of Productions
Viva Madison Avenue!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: William Windom [Jim Leary]
Apr 06, 1960 - Apr 07, 1960
The Greatest Man Alive
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Assistant Stage Manager: William Windom
  • Performer: William Windom [Hospital Aide]
May 08, 1957 - May 11, 1957
Double in Hearts
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Assistant Stage Manager: William Windom
Oct 16, 1956 - Oct 20, 1956
Fallen Angels
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: William Windom [Frederick Starbuck]
Jan 17, 1956 - Aug 11, 1956
The Grand Prize
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: William Windom [John Condon Mitchell]
Jan 26, 1955 - Feb 12, 1955
Mademoiselle Colombe
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: William Windom [Edouard]
Jan 06, 1954 - Feb 27, 1954
A Girl Can Tell
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: William Windom [David]
Oct 29, 1953 - Dec 19, 1953
Alice in Wonderland
[Play, Fantasy, Play with music, Revival]
  • Performer: William Windom [White Rabbit, Man in White Paper]
Apr 05, 1947 - Jun 28, 1947
Yellow Jack
[Play, Drama, History, Revival]
  • Performer: William Windom [McClelland]
Feb 27, 1947 - Mar 15, 1947
A Pound on Demand / Androcles and the Lion
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: William Windom [Retiarius]
Dec 19, 1946 - Feb 22, 1947
John Gabriel Borkman
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: William Windom [Erhart Borkman]
Nov 12, 1946 - Feb 19, 1947
What Every Woman Knows
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: William Windom [Ensemble]
Nov 08, 1946 - Feb 15, 1947
King Henry VIII
[Play, History, Revival]
  • Performer: William Windom [Sergeant of the Guard, Earl of Surrey]
Nov 06, 1946 - Feb 21, 1947
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