William Windom Net Worth

William Windom was an American actor known for his roles as Commodore Decker on Star Trek Original Series’ second-season episode The Doomsday Machine.

He made his mark as an actor through roles on NBC anthology series such as Philco Television Playhouse, Studio One Omnibus Night Gallery. Additionally he regularly appeared in My World and Welcome to It as well.

Early Life and Education

William Windom made his film debut with Maureen Stapleton and Henry Jones in The Farmer’s Daughter, an initial short-lived sitcom aimed at families. Since then he has appeared in multiple TV series including Columbo with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as co-stars; Brewster McCloud; Dallas; Fantasy Island; Facts of Life; Mission Impossible Kojak and Hawaii Five-0 among many more.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes was one of his signature works alongside Jon Lormer and James Earl Jones, and television movies The Americanization of Emily and The Man were produced featuring him. Additionally, guest roles were often made appearances such as All in the Family, Facts of Life, Gunsmoke One Day at a Time and The Waltons among many other projects.

Professional Career

Windom became one of the most sought-after guest stars during the late 60s and 1970s television eras, appearing on popular series such as Gunsmoke (co-starring with K.L. Smith), Twilight Zone, Fugitive, Dallas, Barney Miller etc.

He created numerous teleflicks, such as the original Prescription Murder and collaborated with Richard Levinson and William Link on Columbo behind-the-scenes. Windom was widely known for his quirky humor; often rolling his own cigarettes and shaving with one of two straight razors (one belonging to his legendary grandfather, and the other given him by actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr).

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy count among his other collaborators, while he even played a homosexual character in 1968’s In Sinatra’s Hands film.

Achievement and Honors

Windom was honored to serve in the United States Army during World War II as part of the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper, earning both the Combat Infantryman Badge and Good Conduct Medal in addition to receiving both a Bronze Star and Honorable Service Medal for his efforts.

Windom was featured as a star on many renowned television programs throughout his career, such as All in the Family, The Facts of Life, Dallas and Kojak. Additionally he made guest appearances on Gunsmoke, The Fugitive Dallas Columbo (again), Twilight Zone.

He co-starred with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in the 1969 episode of CBS Playhouse entitled Shadow Game. Additionally, he made appearances in numerous other movies like Escape From Planet of Apes and Planes Trains Automobiles.

Personal Life

Bill Windom hails from an impressive family. His great-grandfather served as Secretary of State while his grandmother was an influential socialite. Additionally, his mother Isobel (known affectionately by friends as Lady) worked as a journalist at Smithsonian Institution.

Windom was known to flub lines, forget marks and make jokes on set of The Farmer’s Daughter; nevertheless he enjoyed working alongside its cast and crew such as director Don Taylor, writer Abby Mann and producers Norman Lear (All in the Family/The Facts of Life/Rod Serling/Aaron Spelling).

In the 1970s, he appeared as a guest star on multiple TV series such as The Gypsy Moths, Brewster McCloud and Fantasy Island as well as making appearances in Mission: Impossible and various films.

Net Worth

Windom was no stranger to Broadway theater, having made appearances such as Mademoiselle Colombe and Look to the Lilies on that stage. Additionally, he took part in the 1968 movie version of Star Trek playing Commodore Decker alongside William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

Actor George Latimer had an illustrious career on television shows such as Gunsmoke (with K.L. Smith and Mary McCormack), The Fugitive, Columbo, Twilight Zone, All in the Family Barney Miller Dallas Fantasy Island Facts of Life The Love Boat Kojak among many others.

He worked with directors and producers such as Don Taylor, Rod Serling and Norman Lear; writers Abby Mann and Stephen J. Cannell; actors James Brolin, Gary Cole Roger Perry Clyde Kusatsu Nehemiah Persoff were among his collaborators.

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