), I used to be a star back then. For the tv show Medical Center he made 5, total. Bill once did a tv interview in Washington, D.C. and, for reasons unknown, wanted to do it while standing in a pond. This was the last year the show was shot in New York City before moving to California. Bill, luckily, didnt suffer any physical injuries during his service. When he was living on the east coast, he and a friend sailed along New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Share this on: . It required the men to enlist with the Army, complete 13 weeks of basic training and have an IQ above 110 (more than required for officers) before being assigned to a college. Marriage: x xxx xxxx . By the 1980s these numbers were in the 6 digits. Bill earned $1000 for it. We obtain this information from publically accessible sources and endeavor to make sure it's correct. She lived in the cabin she and Bill built in Carmel and volunteered countless hours at local nursing homes. He kept in touch and visited some of the close friends he made. The role had been written for Robert Ryan, but Windom's powerful portrayal made any possible comparisons redundant. Bill was away during his one-man shows when the tile installer arrived. Because My World was Bills first starring vehicle he got the star treatment. Also if he wasnt an actor hed be a tree surgeon because theyre useful. ), Earn money, even if its at McDonalds. Bill became quite popular during his time on The Farmers Daughter. Fans would write into newspapers asking if he and Inger were an item. This little bit of trivia was featured in several newspapers around the country. President Benjamin Harrison . They didnt put an ad in the trades the way people do quite often, they just let it goto Hell with it, they didnt care., Dull, dull, dull drek. (On his Glen Morley character), Not bad television.(talking about his show My World), For my epitaph, I want, Cut!dammit Windom! (because he always horsed around during his shoots), Its a two-way bridge in my mind. Unfortunately NBC did not archive the episodes and taped over them. However, Taylor said the happy ending always existed and research shows the original story by Rod Serling and a further revision done long before filming, included the happy ending. Description. In 1942, Bill was invited to co-star in a play produced by The Wig and Candle Club at the Connecticut College for Women; this was the schools theater group. His first motion picture role was that of Mr. Gilmer, the prosecutor in 1962's Academy Award-winning 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. During one of his Countdown shows in 2010 Olbermann mentioned that Bill sent him a personal note because Olbermann used to read from Thurber at the end of the shows. Patricia kept the home fires burning while Bill traveled for his shows. Gabrielle later returned to California but, on a visit to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico with her youngest daughter, she was heartbroken by the poverty. The 508th was known as The Red Devils. His first patch was in 1972 from Cottey College For Women in Nevada. Bill also said in one year he made $16,000 in NYC but $1000 in one week in California. Windom married Carol Keyser in New York in August 1947. However, she was listed in New York census and travel records as Elliot Windom when the family traversed the Atlantic when Bill was a little boy. Bills mother, Isobel Wells (nee Peckham), was the daughter of a southern socialite from Alabama. Bill once said he cried at Swan Lake but he was a good machine gunner. His zodiac sign is Libra. They had three children whom Bill loved and they enjoyed their life on the beach. The two remained married until his death in 2012. When William Douglas Windom was born on 20 April 1859, in Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States, his father, William Windom, was 31 and his mother, Ellen Towne Hatch, was 28. Bill told a reporter the one role he always wanted was the boss in Death of A Salesman because that was the ultimate heavy role. William Windom was born on Manhattan, New York, United States 28 Sep 1923 in and her current age 96 years 8 months 27 days . If you mess up or dont do it right, of if youre slow or sloppy the bull will get you., The Stage is like dancing with a girl. One time he donated one of his boats to the Sea Scouts at Newport Beach. Its a novel about the inner workings of Hollywood. Now that Im in my 50s, no one under 30 can act., I got parts in a couple of shows and thought show business was a breeze, but after that I fell flat on my face and ended up selling insurance., Its a good life. She and Bill were making names for themselves in various tv projects in the Big Apple. Don Taylor decided to hire Bill and no one knew until the big wigs watched the first daily rushes and said the story was really good and why didnt anyone choose a well-known actor? It was for William Windom Vs. Abraham Lincoln. Richard III was Bills favorite heavy role. Now what can one really do for Richard the III?. Bill said, I felt forced down their throat. , For the United States Secretary of the Treasury (and this actor's great-grandfather), see, 1970 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, NY Shakespeare Festival, Belevedere Lake Theatre, NYC, "William Windom, Emmy Winner and TV Everyman, Dies at 88", "The 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment(PIR) Trooper Pictures during World War II", "Is There a Doctor in the House? name=William Windom image_width=200px order=33rd United States Secretary of the Treasury 39th title= United States Secretary of the Treasury term_start= March 8, 1881 term_end= November 13, 1881 March 7, 1889 - January 29, 1891 predecessor=John Sherman Charles S. Fairchild Bill blames Gunsmokes popularity for the reason My World failed. Sadly, Doctor did not sell when it first aired or when it was repeated in the summer. His other notable movies include "Cattle King" (1963), "The Detective" (1968), "Brewster McCloud" (1970), and "The Man" (1972). He signed up for the acting program because he wanted to meet girls. Work. (advice to young actors), Television is getting better all the time, but its a slow, gradual process. In 1947, Bill married his first wife, Carol Keyser, who was a dancer/actress. Bill worked hard perfecting the Thurber show. William Windom pictured in 1972. Also a tournament chess player, Windom is survived by his fifth wife, Patricia Tunder Windom. He also played in similar tournaments around the state and in New York City. Windom died on August 16, 2012, at the age of 88 at his home in Woodacre, California from congestive heart failure. William Windom was a wonderful actor in the 60s thru the 90's, so good that ME-TV (a Classic TV station)paid him homage my showing a number of his portrails; God Bless you William on your trip . He is most remembered for To Kill a Mockingbird. Both Windom and I felt vindicated.. She was working in the theatre across from Bills in the musical Oklahoma! and was also an understudy in his play Alice in Wonderland. Carol originally held the record for most appearances by an actress in color films. He wondered whether it was suicide or an accident but he said, it happens.. Of the famous episode Bill said, Its the only piece of film I ever bought since moving to Hollywood in 1961. It was during this time that Bill began working with Jimmy Stewart on a few projects. Bill, like the John Monroe character, really had a poodle and a bloodhound at home. , In 1974, Windom met Patricia (Fehrle) Tunder while shooting a TV movie; 12 years his junior, she was working for the production company at the time. Not exactly the right movie for the song. There is also a town named Windom after the elder relative as well as a street in Washington, D.C. One year Bill rode in a celebratory parade in Winona and was joined by wife, Barbara. Small part, played the bartender. (on Clint Eastwood), The girl who played the little red-neck [the alleged rape victim Mayella Ewell] and I were working together at night in a play in L.A.(Tennessee Williams Period of Adjustment). He was a very serious attorney. Bill had a beautiful photo taken of him on his favorite outrigger at sunset. Bill attended the academy for 5 years and was his class secretary. He was best man at Zimbalists wedding in 1956. Bill later donated his heads to Universal Studios and they were later thrown away. This site is. Bill was always happy to give to a worthy cause. A relative close to the couple mentioned that Bill was like a big kid and didnt take anything too seriously while Barbara liked things done in a certain way. Always like to play against him. The shortlived sitcom won Windom an Emmy award and led to his touring one-man show on Thurber. Im not drunk, got a tux and can travel. He was referring to the fact that his show just got cancelled and he was making a plea for work. He appeared on several popular shows, including "Combat!" He then gained acclaim in his television career for his portrayal of cartoonist John Monroe in the short-lived NBC sitcom My World and Welcome to It (19691970) winning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. However a couple was sitting at the bottom and Bill jumped over them and cracked his head open. Bill joked that he shot it at German and Japanese freighters by using black powder and toilet paper. The Farmers Daughter, My World and Welcome To It and Murder, She Wrote all featured plot lines where Bills characters either played chess or discussed the game of chess. He came forward to claim Ingers estate but had no legal marriage certificate. The writer of the episode, Norman Spinrad, said he had to tone down the character of Decker because he would upstage Captain Kirk. Bill was not only a father of 4 and stepfather of 2 but he was also a Godfather to two girls. Bill felt that actors should learn by doing and observing and not by taking classes. William Windom's most popular book is Ghost Story. I was honored. Bill was a great story teller. He was part of the schools second freshman class. She and Bill began working together as early as 1956. They were clearly visible in the 1980s especially during his time on Murder, She Wrote . Over the years he seemed to add to the necklace. I grew up watching him on The Farmers Daughter He was so nice.. Bill said he and Inger had great on-screen chemistry and that she was a nice woman and good actress. Besides being a former dancer and actress Pat is also a writer and painter. They marched in a massive parade through the streets of New York City, where Bill decided to take up permanent residence. He is perhaps best known for his work on television, including guest appearences on The Twilight Zone; playing the character on Glen Morley, a congressman for Minnesota like his own great-grandfather and namesake in the Farmer's Daughter. The New York Times, citing his wife Patricia, reported that Windom died at the age of 88 from congestive heart failure at his home in California. Then, in the tv show Matt Houston, Bill made an appearance in a season 1 episode called The Good Doctor. Now I have to do something to make the scene interesting because Im just sitting there. He also spent time on the road, just like Inger, promoting the show. (CONT.) One article pointed out that Bill didnt like to wear jewelry. Bill even created his own, unique club called The Seven Cs. This stood for The Carbon Creek Corinthian Chess, Canoe and Conundrum Club. He said the motto was Free Booze and No Dues. Bill even recalled a story about a young farm boy who came out with hot coffee for the soldiers to fill their canteens. Windom became slier and stockier throughout the years. Meanwhile, his film debut came when he was picked to star on "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962). It was there that he started acting, and he continued on his return to the US. When it came to junk mail/spam calls, Bill found ways to get back at these companies.  In 1978, Windom welcomed his final child, a son named Rebel Russell. . He married Jane Hutcheson on 8 June 1885, in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States. I got the medics.. He also got $350 for the Gremlin. It wasnt a very good movie, but fun to do. (his role in HBOs Attack of the 50ft. I dont care how old he gets or how old he sometimes says he is. Often times hed make multiple appearances on a single series. "I go too far and then let the director bring me back where he wants me. When already 13 years into his long career in television, Windom made his big-screen debut in one of his best films, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), in which he played the smirking prosecutor who knows that he just has to play the race card to win against Gregory Peck, defending a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. We don't have a biography for William Windom yet. He showed up to the set and began the scene and Bill said: My God! 1975) Patricia Tunder ( m. 1975) Death date: August 16, 2012 Died: August 16, 2012, Woodacre, CA In 1971 Bill appeared on The Johnny Carson show. She died in 1988 at the age of 89. I wanted to show my children their old man at his best! Don Taylor had directed Bill on several projects including the most dramatic episode of The Farmers Daughter called Past Perfect. Acting was a way to make money and have fun and Bill had such a quirky personality it just worked. Sometimes he would walk around college campuses wearing another schools sweater, as a joke. He played a wide variety of roles in both film and television during a near 60 year career, but is perhaps best known for his roles in two sitcoms: as Glen Morley, a fictional congressman in The Farmer's Daughter (1963-1966), and his Emmy Award winning role as cartoonist John Monroe in the short-lived comedy My World and Welcome to It (1969-1970). The scene was supposed to be a Welcome Home party Bills character was imagining. He was hands-on with the crew, hands-off with the actors. William Windom portrayed a wide variety of roles in both film and television throughout his career that spanned about six decades. Wow! Oysters. However, there was a rumor that Shatner treated Bill harshly during their Broadway days. Bill also took the man out to lunch several times as the man was running out of money. The creators of My World planned on doing a movie after the show was cancelled. Finally Peck says to me out of the side of his mouth,(imitating Mr. Peck)Hey Bill, do you think this would be too much? At which point his elbow slips off the table like he has fallen asleep. (on the set of To Kill a Mockingbird), There are two essentials, two and two only, to have any performance in the world in any medium. End of show. Bill could only say his lines if someone spoke to him first. I maintain that 90 percent of what you do in this world whether its the bagels you eat, clothes you wear, adults you meet when youre little, plays you go to or are in, 90 percent is horse crap. Bill mentioned that his father was a heavy drinker, rather frail and he died of cirrhosis in 1955. Windom in My World and Welcome to It Born (1923-09-28)September 28, 1923 New York, New York, United States Died August 16, 2012(2012-08-16)(aged 88) Woodacre, Marin County California, United States Cause of death Congestive heart failure Resting place Cremated Occupation Actor Years active 1950-2006 Spouse(s) Carol Keyser (1947-1955) His grandfather and uncle were also named William however, Bill did not have a middle name. However, Bill laid on the top bunk and only his feet were visible. One day, in December, someone convinced Bill to take some photos with the fake heads. Two years later he was serving in Europe as a paratrooper. For example, in a photo from the early 2000s Bills dog tag had five lines of information. When he was in Alice in Wonderland he was playing a game while waiting for his cue to go on stage (he played the White Rabbit and Man in the paper hat). In the book, Liz: An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor by C. David Heymann, Burton was in Rome filming Cleopatra when he invited Tunder to be with him and even offered her a small role. While Bill was living in New York City the director from Biarritz invited Bill to perform at a seminar at Fordham University. Sadly Bills appearance is gone forever. It may well be that the American actor William Windom, who has died aged 88 of congestive heart failure, appeared as a guest star in more TV series than anyone else in the history of the medium. Windom briefly left the show in 1990 to work on the first television version of Parenthood, based on the 1989 film of the same name, playing the role of patriarch Frank Buckman--a role played by Jason Robards in the film and, later, Craig T. Nelson in the second TV version. Then when theres a lull in the conversation bring up the subject. Barbara Clare later met a poet and they remained partners until her death. with Rosemary Forsyth that was not picked up by a network.. Ironically he played a crusty New England doctor and the show was shot in Mendocino, CA. You learn to giggle, have a little fun, make people laugh, and it takes you a long way. (Talking about being bullied during school). Bill also knew California was where to make the big bucks. She now offers life coaching and she gives past life readings. His characters often smoked a pipe or cigar. Hes very informal; Hes the kind who would come to a formal dinner in loafers. Well this goes on for several days as we film the scene over and over. As he got older he realized his trophies for sailing and tennis and chess were more important. Spouse: Doris A Taylor. Its not unmeaningless. One of Bills favorite Thurber quotes. Bills insurance office was in the Sardi Building in New York. Bills only lead series (to air a full season) was My World He said Inger was the lead on The Farmers Daughter (he did have second billing) and he was only a co-star on Brothers & Sisters, Murder, She Wrote, and Parenthood. Bill was given the opportunity to lead in two other tv series: Is There a Doctor in the House? and Hecks Angels but they never made it past the pilot airing. The last shot shows life-sized mannequins/dolls of the five characters. Sheldon Leonard was the executive producer of My World and he also wanted Bill for the role. 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He had a wife to support and for three years he became an insurance broker working for his father-in-law. Bill even said his dad was a lot like Thurbersimilar humor and appearance (hard drinker, embittered, a good artist and frail). Windom was born in New York City and educated at Williams College, Massachusetts. . Carol Keyser went on to marry two more times and had no children of her own. The Girl with Something Extra was a comedy about the relationship between a normal man and a wife who happens to have a paranormal power: newly married couple John Burton (played by John Davidson) and Sally Burton (played by Sally Field), and their misadventures after John discovers that Sally has ESP. . Bill said he was so happy about this because he could dress like a regular boy (instead of being dressed in knickers) and play around without being coddled about his asthma. At the time of his death he survived by his large extended friends and family. 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