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William Redfield



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mr. Billion (The Windfall)
  • Leopold Lacy
1977
95% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Harding
1975
67% Death Wish
  • Sam Kreutzer
1974
57% For Pete's Sake
  • Fred Robbins
1974
63% 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
93% Fantastic Voyage
  • Capt. Bill Owens
1966
No Score Yet Duel at Diablo
  • Sgt. Ferguson
1966
No Score Yet Morituri
  • Baldwin
1965
No Score Yet Hamlet
  • Guildenstern
1964
93% The Connection
  • Jim Dunn
1961
No Score Yet I Married a Woman
  • Eddie Benson
1958
No Score Yet Conquest of Space
  • Cooper
1955
No Score Yet Conquest of Space
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet Back Door to Heaven
  • Charley Smith
1939

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