William Windom reported dead
William Windom brought a sincerity to characters who often seemed to realize just how crazy the world really is.
This is an actor who was firmly in the geek world. I think many readers will first think of him as Commodore Decker in the original Star Trek episode, The Doomsday Machine (which he would reprise in the fan series, Star Trek New Voyages, nearly forty years later).
Others may remember My World and Welcome to It, the James Thurber-inspired series that mixed animation with live action (for which Windom won an Emmy).
That barely scratches the surface of a career that lasted more than half a century and included many geek classics:
- Lights Out
- The original Twilight Zone (two episodes)
- The Wild Wild West
- The Invaders
- The Mephisto Waltz
- Escape from the Planet of the Apes (playing the President)
- Rod Serling’s Night Gallery
- Now You See Him, Now You Don’t (one of Disney’s Medfield College comedies with Kurt Russell as Dexter Riley)
- Circle of Fear
- The Delphi Bureau
- The Girl with Something Extra (the Sally Field ESP comedy series)
- The Day the Earth Moved
- The Bionic Woman
- The Incredible Hulk
- Fantasy Island
- The Greatest American Hero
- The A-Team
- The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour
- Highway to Heaven
- The Jetsons (the revival series in the 1980s)
- Knight Rider
- Space Rage (a space Western)
- Sky Commanders (Donald F. Glut wrote for this animated series)
- Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
- Batman: The Animated Series
- Goof Troop
- Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman
- Miracle on 34th Street (the Richard Attenborough version)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (as Uncle Chuck)
- Children of the Corn: the Gathering
- Murder, She Wrote
- Fugitive X: Innocent Target
- Raising Dead
William Windom also appeared in many more mainstream productions, notably as the prosecutor in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Good-bye, William Windom…the world is a little less aware of itself without you.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.