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Sun Aug 19, 2012, 05:57 PM

Actor William Windom Dead at 88.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/arts/television/william-windom-everyman-actor-is-dead-at-88.html?_r=1

William Windom, Emmy Winner and TV Everyman, Dies at 88

By ERIC GRODE

Published: August 19, 2012



William Windom, who won an Emmy Award playing an Everyman drawn from the pages of James Thurber but who may be best remembered for his roles on “Star Trek” and “Murder, She Wrote,” died on Thursday at his home in Woodacre, Calif., north of San Francisco. He was 88.

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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 program based on James 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 dozens of other television shows.

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My mother met him once. She said he was a very nice fellow and a gentleman. Cross gently, Bill...

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Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 OP
warrior1 Aug 2012 #1
hlthe2b Aug 2012 #2
Raine Aug 2012 #3
AngryOldDem Aug 2012 #4
Rowdyboy Aug 2012 #28
longship Aug 2012 #5
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2012 #6
kooljerk666 Aug 2012 #8
AnnieBW Aug 2012 #11
MrScorpio Aug 2012 #15
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2012 #17
Kolesar Aug 2012 #27
avebury Aug 2012 #7
BumRushDaShow Aug 2012 #9
Tom_Foolery Aug 2012 #10
napkinz Aug 2012 #12
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2012 #18
dflprincess Aug 2012 #13
HiPointDem Aug 2012 #20
Graybeard Aug 2012 #14
Liberal_Dog Aug 2012 #16
HiPointDem Aug 2012 #19
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2012 #21
HiPointDem Aug 2012 #23
dflprincess Aug 2012 #25
Rowdyboy Aug 2012 #29
joeybee12 Aug 2012 #22
Auggie Aug 2012 #24
Kaleva Aug 2012 #26

Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 05:58 PM

1. Rest in peace.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 06:00 PM

2. Ahh, I always liked him.. He really did seem like a genuinely decent guy.

RIP, Mr. Windom

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 06:22 PM

3. Sad news, I'll always remember him from the TV series with Inger Stevens

(now wouldn't you know I can't think of the name) she was a Swedish girl who looked after his children and he was a Senator or Congressman. It was on in the late 1960's.

Edited to add: LOL I just remembered, it was "The Farmer's Daughter".

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Response to Raine (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 06:26 PM

4. "The Farmer's Daughter"

Me, I'll always remember "My World and Welcome to It." To this day I can't think of James Thurber, or see one of his cartoons, without remembering that show.

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Response to Raine (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 11:17 PM

28. When I was 9 in 1963 Inger Stevens was my first crush

I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen and fell as hard as a 9 year old can.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 06:26 PM

5. Pass peacefully, Commodore Matt Decker.

"The Doomsday Machine" was one of those wonderful Star Trek episodes. Windom played a crotchety incompetent whose self-sacrifice saves the day, and the Earth.

It is a good morality tail, and Windom pulls it off like a master. (Of course, Scotty switching to a second circuit on the transporter helped, too.)

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 06:49 PM

6. Awwwww! I really liked him, too!

I first remember him from "The Farmer's Daughter" on TV, but he was incredibly versatile, appeared on so much on TV, from "All in the Family," to "Love Boat" to "Star Trek..." And he was wonderful as the sensible and crusty Dr. Seth Haslett on "Murder, She Wrote." He even had a major role in the classic film "To Kill a Mockingbird." Godspeed, Mr. Windom. You will be missed.














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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 07:19 PM

8. I remember "The Doomsday Machine"...

 

from when I was 7 years old & ST:TOS was on its first run.

His grief stricken acting while describing the deaths of his whole crew made me cry then & even now,45 years later.

The Farmers Daughter, was one of my favorites growing up, I don't remember it that well but know I used to love it.

And I watch Murder She Wrote a few times a week & he is great as a crotchedy New Englander.

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Response to kooljerk666 (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 09:00 PM

11. That episode always used to freak me out as a kid

Now, it just looks like the Ice Cream Cone of Doom.

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Response to kooljerk666 (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 10:19 PM

15. His acting in that ST episode was dynamite

May he rest in power.

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Response to kooljerk666 (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 01:52 AM

17. I don't remember "The Farmer's Daughter" well, either, but I know I watched it.

He was the young and handsome senator who needed a nanny for his kids, assume he was a widower like many single fathers on TV at that time. And I was also a faithful "Murder, She Wrote" watcher, my grandmother's favorite show, and I wrote the descriptions for CBS programming for the TV listings in the newspapers for the run of the show, so that show was one of mine.

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Response to kooljerk666 (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 10:39 PM

27. "The Doomsday Machine" was my favorite episode

Especially that theme music by Alexander Courage.
I made up my own lyrics:
Damn it, damn it, double damn it
repeat

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 07:15 PM

7. I loved him on Murder She Wrote. nt

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 07:24 PM

9. NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

He hung around so long too and stayed active working, including providing some of his talent to Trek fan films. Was in my favorite TOS - "The Doomsday Machine".

Condolences to the Windom family and R.I.P. Mr. Windom.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 07:35 PM

10. One of the best. Always one of my favorites. RIP n/t

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 09:03 PM

12. Wasn't he in an episode of "All In The Family"?

He was an old friend paying Archie a visit, and Mike discovered that this friend of Archie had wealth but no relationship with his own son.




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Response to napkinz (Reply #12)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 01:55 AM

18. Yes, and I remember that one, too

I looked him up on IMDb and his resume is a mile long, seems like he guest starred on half the shows on TV...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 10:08 PM

13. I always liked him & was wondering what had become of him just the other day.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has been running a great series to mark the 150th Anniversay of the Dakota War and, as it happens his great-grandfather also named William was a Congressman from Minnesota (a Secretary of the Treasury). Windom, MN is named after him. I thought of the actor because his great-grandfather came up in the series as one of the Congressman who sponsored the bill that banished the Dakota and Winnebago (who had nothing to do with the war) from Minnesota (this law is still on the books).

Kind of poetic that he played a Minnesota Congressman in "The Farmer's Daughter" - though I liked him so much the Congressman he played must have been a Democrat

This is a picture of Congressman Willam Windom

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #13)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 02:24 AM

20. interesting. he was also the 33rd sec of the treasury under garfield (short-lived appointment) &

 

the 39th sec of treas. under harrison.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 10:11 PM

14. To Kill A Mockingbird

William Windom was a fine actor and he didn't only play the good guy. In 1962's "To Kill A Mockingbird" he took on the unenviable role of the Prosecutor of the man accused of rape. (Who would have wanted to be on the wrong side of Gregory Peck in that case!)

RIP

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 10:48 PM

16. Very Sad News

I'm a huge TZ,ST and POTA fan, so I remember those roles very well.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 02:12 AM

19. I liked The Farmer's Daughter -- it was the first time I'd seen a staircase chair lift & I was

 

fascinated by that. It seemed very luxurious.

I googled it & it seems I wasn't alone in being taken with the stair lift.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #19)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 04:19 PM

21. That stuck in my mind, too!

As a kid, I loved the idea!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #21)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 04:55 PM

23. it's actually the main thing i remember other than that katy holstrum had a swedish accent.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #23)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 10:30 PM

25. I found the chair lift fascinating too & I remember Katy's Swedish accent.

I also remember one episode that took place back in Minnesota at the Holstrum farm. Everyone but the Congressman had a Swedish accent and was portrayed as hicks. I also remember very clearly that my parents, native Minnesotans (though we were living in upstate New York at the time) did not find the episode amusing at all. I was too young to get offended, but I did know none of the realatives spoke that way (they don't even sound like Marge in "Fargo".)

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #25)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 11:22 PM

29. For years I pronounced wonderful "oonderbar" (my phonetic spelling of Katie's pronunciation)

I had such a crush (I was 9)

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 04:22 PM

22. RIP Mr. Windom

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 05:04 PM

24. Didn't know he won an Emmy -- glad to hear that

Great actor, especially in tortured roles.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 10:36 PM

26. He was one of those actors who you'd easily recognize but may not remember his name.

R.I.P. William Windom. You did well and richly deserve a final standing ovation.

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