Monday, August 20, 2012

William Windom Dead at 88

William Windom & Steve Kanaly in DALLAS
William Windom, actor in numerous television, stage and film productions, died on Thursday at his home in Woodacre, California, north of San Francisco. He was 88.

His soap appearances included roles in FLAMINGO ROAD, THE YELLOW ROSE and DALLAS, where he played Amos Krebbs, Ray's alleged father (see photo).

The steadfast Windom, a native of New York City, began his acting career there in 1946 (as a member of the American Repertory Theatre) where he remained through 1961. He appeared in 18 Broadway plays and five off-Broadway productions, including "Henry VIII", Twelfth Night," Androcles and the Lion," "Time Remembered," "Candie," "The World of Susie Wong," and "Come Blow Your Horn."

Windom won an Emmy Award in 1970 for his work in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT.

“A lot of people today think the first thing they saw is the first thing that ever happened, and that means STAR TREK or MURDER, SHE WROTE,” he told The New York Times. “But the thing I’m most proud of is playing ‘Richard III’ in Biarritz.”

Below is a clip of Windom in a 1986 episode of SUPER PASSWORD. DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Leann Hunley was the other celebrity guest star.


  1. This one hurts. I loved him in many things, but mostly as Doc Hazlitt on Murder, She Wrote. He is going to be missed, big time.

  2. Rest In Peace, Wonderful William. You Were Tops!

    Brian :-)