Skip to comments.Remembering William Windom: Veteran character actor dead at 88
Posted on 08/19/2012 8:59:56 AM PDT by EveningStar
William Windom, the recognizable character actor who had a career on the small screen spanning seven decades, passed away today at age 88.
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vast majority will ask “who?”
Star Trek’s Matt Decker.
Oh that guy!
Not me. Like many, I remember him most as Commodore Decker in The Doomsday Machine. And, another WWII vet. RIP.
He played the CEO who Neil Page was pitching to in PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES.
A great actor in the 60s and 70s. I had no idea he was still alive in 2012.
I remember him as the senator in “The Farmer’s Daughter” with Inger Stevens.
I am terrible with names, lol
Commodore Mathew Decker in original Star Trek series.
Another one of those old actors that I thought was already dead.
He was in a show in the Sixties that was based on the subtle humor of James Thurber. It was only on for one season, but I thought it was great. Of course, I was only a dumb teenager so what would I have known. I think it was named after one of Thurber’s books, “ My Life and Welcome To It”.
Good actor who should have been bigger.
I also remember My World and Welcome to It.
I did not remember the name, but I remember “My World and Welcome To It.” One of the best series ever to appear on TV, in my humble opinion.
Company B, 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, European theatre of operations.
Me too! Loved that show.
I wonder if the Captain Queeg parallel was Windom’s idea?
I loved that show. It seemed like whenever I thought a program was good it got cancelled.
He probably “guest-starred” in more tv-series back in the 1960s-80s than ANY other actor. Gunsmoke, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, absolutely everything. In fact, I saw him just a few weeks ago in an episode of “The FBI,” playing a commie assassin.
His performance in “Star Trek” (The Doomsday Machine) was superb.
IIRC As originally concieved, the character of Commodore Matt Decker was to be loosely based on that of Capt. Ahab, with the planet killer in the role of Moby Dick.
William Windom made the character somewhat more tragic and sympathetic.
IMO One of the best episodes of “Star Trek”.
“I loved that show. It seemed like whenever I thought a program was good it got cancelled.”
Yeah! I know the feeling! Had it when they cancelled “My Mother, The Car.”
He was great on Murder, She Wrote. RIP.
He was also a regular on “Murder She Wrote”.
“I remember him as the senator in The Farmers Daughter with Inger Stevens.”
I though he was Congressmen Morley on that sho!
Yes, Windom was seemingly in everything on TV. I remember him from an old Twilight Zone epidose as "the major" who found himself in a barrel with four other characters and tried to figure out how to escape.
Thurber's work reflected that uniquely off balance (best example: Jonathan Winters) Ohio sense of humor and his house in Columbus is a museum and literary gathering place. Personal connection was fellow membership (60 years removed) in the Strollers acting group on the OSU campus. Windom made something of a stage career afterwards playing Thurber in one man shows. I did not know till now that he was a paratroop infantryman with the 82nd Airborne in Europe.
I remember thinking how cool the stair lift was that Inger rode up and down the stairs in. I wanted one for my house but my mom said, “No!”
I remember him as the senator in The Farmers Daughter with Inger Stevens.
I though he was Congressmen Morley on that sho!
You’re absolutely right. (My memory’s obviously faulty.) But now that you mention it, I can hear Inger Steven’s voice , in here lilting Swedish accent, saying “Congressman.”
Back when Star Trek was entertaining.
RIP Mr. Windom.
I always remembered him from that show.
He was a very good actor...but I thought he was already dead! Kind of like John Astin.
“They say there’s no Devil, Jim, but there is. I’ve seen it ... straight out of Hell”
Remember that episode, Trekkers?
For a real mind-blower, William Windom appeared in a made-for-Internet-only version of Star Trek, The Original Series, called Star Trek: Phase II, in which he reprised his role as Commodore Decker.
Paramount, which holds the rights to the Star Trek franchise, agreed to the production, as long as it was entirely non-profit.
It is still in production, making about one episode a year.
He was the guest star in my favorite episode of “Night Gallery.” The title of the episode was “They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar.”
William Windom and Collin Wilcox - To Kill a Mockingbird
I am glad to admit I wrote a script for “Voyager”. The writer core was borrowed from NextGen thru DS9 to ST:V, but Enterprise just blew it.
There was once when I saw James Doohan at one of the cons. he was asked which episode of the Originals was his personal fave.
He replied, “Doomsday Machine”.
Trivia bit: Decker from Star Trek: the Motion Picture was originally intended to be the son of the Planet Killer's Decker. (Source: how the hell should I remember where I heard something 30+ years ago? It's true, I tell you!)
I remember that show too. I agree he should have been bigger. I knew who he was at once when reading his name. But, I am a teenager from the 60’s too. :-)
Yup,he was the prosecutor in what is one of the very finest English language films ever made,To Kill A Mockingbird.I also remember him in the original Star Trek...the good one.
I hated the clown in that episode.
Actually, the only reason I know about the earlier Windom is that I once met someone who had written his Ph.D. dissertation about him.
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