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Remembering William Windom: Veteran character actor dead at 88
TV Media Insights ^ | August 19, 2012 | Marc Berman

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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KEYWORDS: hollywood; mamasfamily; murdershewrote; obit; obituary; rip; startrek; ttiuwp; williamwindom; windom
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1 posted on 08/19/2012 9:00:07 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

vast majority will ask “who?”


2 posted on 08/19/2012 9:04:01 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: EveningStar

Star Trek’s Matt Decker.

Oh that guy!


3 posted on 08/19/2012 9:05:34 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
vast majority will ask “who?”

Not me. Like many, I remember him most as Commodore Decker in The Doomsday Machine. And, another WWII vet. RIP.

4 posted on 08/19/2012 9:06:52 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Ho, ho, hey, hey, I'm BUYcotting Chick-Fil-A)
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To: EveningStar

5 posted on 08/19/2012 9:07:11 AM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: EveningStar

He played the CEO who Neil Page was pitching to in PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES.


6 posted on 08/19/2012 9:07:53 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: EveningStar

A great actor in the 60s and 70s. I had no idea he was still alive in 2012.


7 posted on 08/19/2012 9:08:32 AM PDT by vladimir998
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I remember him as the senator in “The Farmer’s Daughter” with Inger Stevens.


8 posted on 08/19/2012 9:09:33 AM PDT by Kipp
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

I am terrible with names, lol


9 posted on 08/19/2012 9:09:33 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: EveningStar

Commodore Mathew Decker in original Star Trek series.


10 posted on 08/19/2012 9:09:48 AM PDT by ChiefJayStrongbow
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To: EveningStar

Another one of those old actors that I thought was already dead.


11 posted on 08/19/2012 9:13:37 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


12 posted on 08/19/2012 9:16:45 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: EveningStar

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.


13 posted on 08/19/2012 9:18:36 AM PDT by Free_SJersey (Celebrate Diversity------------ Divide and Conquer?)
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


14 posted on 08/19/2012 9:20:22 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: GeronL; TwelveOfTwenty; ChiefJayStrongbow
That's the first thing I thought of. :)

I also remember My World and Welcome to It.

15 posted on 08/19/2012 9:20:43 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

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.


16 posted on 08/19/2012 9:20:48 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: Kipp
I remember him as the senator in “The Farmer’s Daughter” with Inger Stevens.
I remember Inger Stevens ... hubba, hubba.
17 posted on 08/19/2012 9:21:49 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: EveningStar
James Thurber expy character in My World and Welcome to It,
18 posted on 08/19/2012 9:21:59 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: EveningStar; GeronL; TwelveOfTwenty; ChiefJayStrongbow

19 posted on 08/19/2012 9:22:22 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

Company B, 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, European theatre of operations.


20 posted on 08/19/2012 9:22:54 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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21 posted on 08/19/2012 9:23:32 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: JoeDetweiler
That's the first thing I thought of. :)

Me too! Loved that show.

22 posted on 08/19/2012 9:26:15 AM PDT by ProfoundBabe ("Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other." - OW Holmes)
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To: EveningStar
Commodore Matt Decker
23 posted on 08/19/2012 9:28:20 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: Old Sarge

I wonder if the Captain Queeg parallel was Windom’s idea?


24 posted on 08/19/2012 9:31:04 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Free_SJersey

I loved that show. It seemed like whenever I thought a program was good it got cancelled.


25 posted on 08/19/2012 9:31:23 AM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: EveningStar

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.


26 posted on 08/19/2012 9:32:26 AM PDT by greene66
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To: EveningStar

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”.


27 posted on 08/19/2012 9:40:37 AM PDT by holymoly (WTF? Is this thing double posting again!?)
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To: heylady

“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.”


28 posted on 08/19/2012 9:41:48 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: EveningStar

He was great on Murder, She Wrote. RIP.


29 posted on 08/19/2012 9:46:58 AM PDT by MamaB
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To: Kipp

He was also a regular on “Murder She Wrote”.


30 posted on 08/19/2012 9:49:06 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: Kipp

“I remember him as the senator in “The Farmer’s Daughter” with Inger Stevens.”

I though he was Congressmen Morley on that sho!


31 posted on 08/19/2012 9:49:55 AM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: EveningStar
Great actor, RIP.

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.


32 posted on 08/19/2012 9:56:37 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Free_SJersey
That was the first connection I thought of too. Very good show and Windom was one of those character actors whose face everyone remembers from countless films and TV shows.

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.

33 posted on 08/19/2012 9:58:00 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Kipp

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!”


34 posted on 08/19/2012 10:00:24 AM PDT by peggybac
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To: jimmyo57

“I remember him as the senator in “The Farmer’s 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.”


35 posted on 08/19/2012 10:03:55 AM PDT by Kipp
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To: Old Sarge

Back when Star Trek was entertaining.


36 posted on 08/19/2012 10:04:20 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: krb
Recently started watching "Murder She Wrote" via live-streaming. Enjoy his character, and remember him from "My World and Welcome to It ." Always liked him.

RIP Mr. Windom.

37 posted on 08/19/2012 10:21:18 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Free_SJersey

I always remembered him from that show.


38 posted on 08/19/2012 10:21:30 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: EveningStar

He was a very good actor...but I thought he was already dead! Kind of like John Astin.


39 posted on 08/19/2012 10:23:47 AM PDT by mancini
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To: Old Sarge

“They say there’s no Devil, Jim, but there is. I’ve seen it ... straight out of Hell”

Remember that episode, Trekkers?


40 posted on 08/19/2012 10:25:39 AM PDT by teflon9 (Political campaigns should follow Johnny Mercer's advice--Accentuate the positive.)
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To: EveningStar

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_New_Voyages:_Phase_II

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.


41 posted on 08/19/2012 10:30:02 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: EveningStar

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.”


42 posted on 08/19/2012 10:34:12 AM PDT by 04-Bravo
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To: EveningStar

William Windom and Collin Wilcox - To Kill a Mockingbird


43 posted on 08/19/2012 10:34:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: BenLurkin

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.

JMO.


44 posted on 08/19/2012 10:40:40 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: teflon9

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”.


45 posted on 08/19/2012 10:42:28 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: EveningStar
The Planet Killer finally caught up with him.
RIP

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!)

46 posted on 08/19/2012 10:48:06 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Free_SJersey

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. :-)


47 posted on 08/19/2012 11:35:22 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: JoeProBono
William Windom and Collin Wilcox - To Kill a Mockingbird

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.

48 posted on 08/19/2012 1:12:20 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: Lancey Howard

I hated the clown in that episode.


49 posted on 08/19/2012 1:14:46 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: GeronL
My immediate reaction was that William Windom died a long time ago, as indeed he did. The famous William Windom died in 1891--he was Secretary of the Treaury in President Benjamin Harrison's administration. The actor was his great-grandson.

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.

50 posted on 08/19/2012 1:50:32 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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