William Redfield

William Redfield

Highest Rated: 100% A New Leaf (1971)

Lowest Rated: 56% For Pete's Sake (1974)

Birthday: Jan 26, 1927

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

William Redfield was a prolific stage actor over the middle part of the 20th century, though he is most known for his role as Harding, the bespectacled, professorial mental patient in the multiple Oscar-winning drama "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Redfield made his Broadway debut as a child of just nine, and a few years later, he made his first on-screen appearance with a supporting part in the 1939 crime drama "Back Door to Heaven." He then returned to the theater for a decade before making his television debut, appearing on three episodes of "Actor's Studio," a pioneering ABC series in which plays were performed for TV. Redfield proceeded to appear on at least an episode of most of the major TV playhouse programs throughout the '50s and into the '60s, among them "Kraft Theatre" and "The United States Steel Hour." In 1964, Redfield had the proud and memorable experience of playing Guildenstern to Richard Burton's title character "Hamlet" in a televised version of the Broadway production, which was co-directed by acting legend John Gielgud. In the '70s, Redfield had key supporting roles in the film comedies "A New Leaf" (with Walter Matthau and Elaine May), "The Hot Rock," with Robert Redford and George Segal and "For Pete's Sake," starring Barbra Streisand. A year after making his small but memorable appearance in "Cuckoo's Nest," which starred Jack Nicholson, Redfield died from leukemia at age 49.

Highest rated movies

A New Leaf
The Connection
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Fantastic Voyage
The Hot Rock
Death Wish
Conquest of Space




94% 96% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Harding (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear on Trial Stan Hopp (Character) - 1975
56% 51% For Pete's Sake Fred Robbins (Character) - 1974
68% 69% Death Wish Sam Kreutzer (Character) - 1974
78% 69% The Hot Rock Lt. Hoover (Character) - 1972
100% 83% A New Leaf Beckett (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 33% Such Good Friends Barney Halsted (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker Jonathan's Father (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Companions in Nightmare Richard Lyle (Character) - 1968
91% 67% Fantastic Voyage Captain Bill Owens (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 57% Duel at Diablo Sgt. Ferguson (Character) - 1966
75% 71% Morituri Baldwin (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Instant Love Gary Wills (Character) - 1964
95% 81% The Connection Jim Dunn (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Million Dollar Incident Philbin (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 0% I Married a Woman Eddie Benson (Character) - 1958
60% 26% Conquest of Space Roy Cooper (Character) - 1955


No Score Yet 100% The Bob Newhart Show Arthur Hoover (Guest Star) 1972 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1972-1973 1975
No Score Yet 100% The Odd Couple Floyd Unger (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet 20% Bewitched Adam Newlarkin (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet 90% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1957-1958 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Joe Lime (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Cannon (Character) 1954 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Bill (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1950-1952