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William Windom
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    (September 28, 1923-August 16, 2012)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Portrayed Rep. Glen Morley in 'The Farmer's Daughter' (1963-66), Commodore Matt Decker in the Star Trek episode 'The Doomsday Machine' (1967), John Monroe in 'My World and Welcome to It' (1969-70), Dr. Seth Hazlitt in Murder, She Wrote (1985-96) and Frank Buckman in 'Parenthood' (1990-91)
    Appeared in the films 'To Kill A Mockingbird' (1962), 'The Americanization of Emily' (1964), 'The Detective' (1968), 'Brewster McCloud' (1970), 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes' (1971), 'The Man' (1972), 'She's Having a Baby' (1988), 'Sommersby' (1993), 'True Crime' (1999) and 'Yesterday's Dreams' (2005)
    He attended future actress Margaret Hamilton's kindergarten class until he was expelled for misbehavior.
    His great-grandfather and namesake was a Congressman from Minnesota, which is also the role he played in 'The Farmer's Daughter.'
    He portrayed Don Murray's father in 'One Man's Way' (1964) despite being only five years older.
    He was married five times, divorced four.
    He named his youngest daughter Rebel.
    He was a paratrooper during WWII.
    He won an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy for 'My World and Welcome to It.'
    He performed on stage in one-man shows as James Thurber and Ernie Pyle.
    He bought an island in Windom, Minnesota (a town named for his great-grandfather), and turned it into a wildlife refuge.
    He was a chess enthusiast who was twice profiled in 'Chess Life' magazine.

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