William Sylvester

William Sylvester

Highest Rated: 92% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Lowest Rated: 20% Devil Doll (1964)

Birthday: Jan 31, 1922

Birthplace: Not Available

American film and TV actor William Sylvester left his most enduring cinematic legacy with a brief but crucial expository role in director Stanley Kubrick's epic 1968 space adventure, "2001: A Space Odyssey." Although his somewhat remote performance as Dr. Heywood Floyd (a scientist sent early in the film to investigate a magnetic anomaly on the surface of the moon) was all but overshadowed by that of iconic on-board computer HAL 9000, the film's primary antagonist, it nevertheless provided grist for one of the story's central themes: human evolution. Sylvester, a native of Oakland, California, moved to England after WWII, kick-starting his acting career by appearing in dozens of British-made B-films. After finding some success in the horror genre, including lead roles in the monster feature "Gorgo" (1961) and the campy "Devil Doll," Sylvester returned to the United States in the late 1960s to earn his most famous film credit, gradually fading away in the 1970s with minor roles on American TV.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 56% Busting Mr. Weldman (Character) - 1974
71% 58% Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Tom Henderson (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Syndicate Burt Hickey (Character) - 1968
92% 89% 2001: A Space Odyssey Dr. Haywood R. Floyd (Character) $1.3M 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Treasure of Kenya Burt Hickey (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hand of Night Paul Carver (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beast of Morocco Paul Carver (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 11% Devils of Darkness Paul Baxter (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring of Spies Gordon Lonsdale (Character) - 1964
20% 28% Devil Doll Mark English (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man in the Dark Paul Gregory (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Corner Paul Gregory (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Incident at Midnight Vince Warren (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Information Received Rick Hogan (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Offbeat Layton/Steve Ross (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 38% Gorgo Sam Slade (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Tide at Noon Alec Douglas (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 20% Postmark for Danger Dave Forrester (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet What Every Woman Wants Unknown (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stranger Came Home Philip Vickers (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yellow Balloon Len Turner (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet House of Blackmail Jimmy (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 53% Appointment in London Major Mac Baker (Character) - 1953

TV

Credit
87% No Score Yet Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon .Elliot Markham (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1972 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Unknown (Guest Star) 1970-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saint Ralph Damien (Guest Star) 1965-1966

QUOTES FROM William Sylvester CHARACTERS

Dr. Heywood Floyd says: I'm really not at liberty to discuss this

Dr. Heywood Floyd says: I'm really not at liberty to discuss this.

Joe Ryan says: [During a scuba dive, the men glimpse Gorgo and hurriedly return to the boat] What did you see, Sam?

Sam Slade says: I don't know. But whatever it was, I never want to see it again.

Dr. Heywood Floyd says: Is there anything else special that you would like for your birthday?

Floyd's Daughter says: A bush baby.

Dr. Heywood Floyd says: A bush baby. Well, we'll have to see about that.

Dr. Heywood Floyd says: [Learning about the monolith] Deliberately buried. Huh!

Dr. Heywood Floyd says: [Referencing the monolith] Its origin and purpose are still a total mystery.