Post by Mike Spadoni on Aug 20, 2012 22:29:03 GMT 1
Emmy winning character actor William Windom, who became familiar to audiences in both TV and film, died of congestive heart failure August 16th at his Woodacre, California home. He was 88 years old. The New York-born Windom's first film role was prosecutor Mr. Gilmer in 1962's "To Kill a Mockingbird." A year later, he co-starred with Inger Stevens in the sitcom "The Farmer's Daughter" (based on the 1947 Loretta Young movie). It ran for three seasons on ABC. In 1969, Windom earned his Emmy playing John Monroe in the comedy "My World And Welcome To It." Based on humorist James Thurber's works, "World" was a rather sophisticated sitcom for its time, as Monroe/Windom--a professional curmudgeon--commented on life, marriage and children. (One of its producers and directors, Danny Arnold, would go on to create "Barney Miller".) Despite glowing reviews (and an Emmy for the series itself), "My World And Welcome To It" lasted just one season on NBC. Windom continued to act in other films, including 1968's "The Detective" with Frank Sinatra. On TV, he became a regular on "Murder, She Wrote" as Doctor Seth Hazlitt. And "Star Trek" fans know Windom for his role as Commodore Decker in the "Doomsday Machine" episode--which he recreated for the Internet fan series "Star Trek: Phase II." William Windom was married five times. He's survived by fifth wife Patricia Tunder.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock