William Windom (1923-2012)

Actor William Windom, who won a 1970 Emmy Award for My World and Welcome to It, which the network cancelled due to low ratings despite critical acclaim, passed away on Thursday (August 16th) at the age of 88. It is difficult to say what role was his most famous one. Aside from My World and Welcome to It, Windom starred in The Farmer’s Daughter alongside Inger Stevens on ABC from 1963 to 1966, appeared in more than 50 episodes of Murder, She Wrote and guest-starred in dozens of television programs dating back to 1949, including The Donna Reed Show, nThe Invaders, That Girl, Hawaii Five-O, Medical Center, Barney Miller, Murphy Brown and JAG. Perhaps his most memorable guest spots were episodes of Star Trek (“The Doomsday Machine”) and The Twilight Zone (“Five Characters in Search of an Exit” and “Miniature”). Windom also starred in Brothers and Sisters on NBC in 1979, one of three short-lived attempts to recapture the success of Animal House and the first television version of Parenthood on NBC in 1990. And he played the president in Escape from the Planet of the Apes.

Obituaries can be found at The New York Time and The Los Angeles Times. My article about My World and Welcome to It can be found here.

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