William Redfield

William Redfield

  • Highest Rated: 100% A New Leaf (1971)
  • Lowest Rated: 57% For Pete's Sake (1974)
  • Birthday: Jan 26, 1927
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of a Manhattan orchestra conductor and a former Ziegfeld Follies girl, little Billy Redfield made his Broadway bow at age 9 in Swing Your Lady. Billy launched his radio career around the same time, and made his earliest movie appearance in 1939. As adult actor William Redfield, he was one of the original founders of the influential Actors Studio. While his film assignments of the 1950s and 1960s were unremarkable (as Captain Owens in 1966's Fantastic Voyage, for example, he played third fiddle to the special effects and Raquel Welch's diving suit), he remained a much-in-demand stage performer, and also proved a delightful raconteur on such TV chatfests as The Tonight Show. His reminiscences of the ups and downs of the acting profession were candid and perceptive without ever descending into maliciousness; many of his best anecdotes were self-deprecatory, notably his oft-repeated tale about being saddled in the 1956 film The Proud and the Profane with some of the worst movie dialogue ever written. An ever-busy TV performer, Redfield played the title role in the 1953 DuMont Network series Jimmy Hughes, Rookie Cop, and the following year was seen as Bobby Logan in The Marriage, the first live network series to be regularly broadcast in color. A talented writer, Redfield co-created the popular Wally Cox TV sitcom Mister Peepers, penned the stage play A View with Alarm, and published the 1965 volume Letters From an Actor, a candid memoir of his experiences while playing Guildenstern in the John Gielgud-directed 1964 staging of Hamlet, which starred Richard Burton. Not long after making his final film appearance as pensive mental patient Harding in the Oscar-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 49-year-old William Redfield died of leukemia.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Mr. Billion (The Windfall) Leopold Lacy 1977
94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Harding 1975
65% Death Wish Sam Kreutzer 1974
57% For Pete's Sake Fred Robbins 1974
60% The Hot Rock Lt. Hoover 1972
No Score Yet Such Good Friends Barney Halstead 1971
100% A New Leaf Beckett 1971
No Score Yet Dragon Country Actor 1970
94% Fantastic Voyage Capt. Bill Owens 1966
No Score Yet Duel at Diablo Sgt. Ferguson 1966
71% Morituri Baldwin 1965
No Score Yet Hamlet Guildenstern 1964
95% The Connection Jim Dunn 1961
No Score Yet I Married a Woman Eddie Benson 1958
60% Conquest of Space Cooper 1955
No Score Yet Conquest of Space Actor 1954
No Score Yet Back Door to Heaven Charley Smith 1939

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Arthur Hoover Gordon Borden
  • 1976
  • 1972
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
Dr. Stern Chuck
  • 1975
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Floyd Unger
  • 1974
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Adam
  • 1965
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Joe
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Fontaine Richard Fred Logan
  • 1961
  • 1958
  • 1957

QUOTES FROM William Redfield CHARACTERS

Randle Patrick McMurphy
Harding, give him one of your cigarettes.
Harding
But it's my last one.
Randle Patrick McMurphy
That's a fucking lie. Now just give him one.