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William Windom

William Windom

Birthday: 28 September 1923, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Height: 179 cm

A man of all mediums, this veteran, Manhattan-born character actor was named after his great-grandfather, Lincolnesque Congressman William Windom. Born in 1923, the son of Paul Windom, an architect, a ...Show more

William Windom
I used to be known in those days as 'Willie the Weeper.' Whenever they needed someone to break down Show more I used to be known in those days as 'Willie the Weeper.' Whenever they needed someone to break down on a show confessing a murder or infidelity, anything where something happened to this guy and we watch him disintegrate on camera, they would say, 'Get Windom - bring in Willie the Weeper!' Hide
I maintain that 90 percent of what you do in this world whether it's bagels you eat, clothes you wea Show more I maintain that 90 percent of what you do in this world whether it's bagels you eat, clothes you wear, adults you meet when you're little, plays you go to or are in, 90 percent is horsecrap. Five percent is just godawful and you wish you could forget it, five percent is memorable, so you better enjoy the horsecrap because nine out of ten hours in your life are gonna be spent in horsecrap. So fine, but don't go around giving it first prizes! The first prizes are too valuable -- they're really for only for that five percent -- of people, food, clothing, time, weather, age -- whatever you want to name in your life. Hide
Likable plus 45 cents gets you a cup of coffee. They want something that's effectively the same. As Show more Likable plus 45 cents gets you a cup of coffee. They want something that's effectively the same. As an actor, you make money by having them know exactly who you are and what you're gonna do and that's what they come back to see again in one form or another. I'm not a star; there are only about 25 stars in the whole world. You run into trouble even with people like Liv Ullmann, a fine actress, but how many people in Africa ever heard of or care about Liv Ullmann? It's good acting, wonderful, so who cares? Bring on Mickey Mouse. Hide
[When asked by Johnny Carson on a 1971 show, why his classy series My World and Welcome to it was no Show more [When asked by Johnny Carson on a 1971 show, why his classy series My World and Welcome to it was not renewed] He said simply: "We couldn't beat Gunsmoke, we could not beat Gunsmoke". Hide
"You have a nice time because people are very nice, basically. I travel a lot and I see a great many Show more "You have a nice time because people are very nice, basically. I travel a lot and I see a great many of them in all parts of the country and it's always a treat. Everybody has something worthwhile to offer, for at least ten seconds, maybe ten hours, maybe ten years, whatever, but they all have that spark that's worthwhile." (on being interviewed all over the world) Hide
There are two essentials, two and two only, to have any performance in the world in any medium. One Show more There are two essentials, two and two only, to have any performance in the world in any medium. One is the audience and two is the author. The rest fills in. The two essentials are someone to have the idea to say it and someone to hear it. Without either one of those two, you have nothing. Hide
William Windom's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (37)
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Commodore Decker
Commodore Decker

The President
The President

Dr. Seth Hazlitt, Attorney Sam Breen
Dr. Seth Hazlitt, Attorney Sam Breen

Neil
Neil

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