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William Sylvester

Actor
Died January 25, 1995 (72 years)
William Sylvester (January 31, 1922 – January 25, 1995) was an American TV and film actor. His most famous film credit was Dr. Heywood Floyd in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968). Born in Oakland, California and married at one time to the British actress Veronica Hurst, he moved to England after the Second World War and became a staple of British B films at a time when American and Canadian actors were much in demand in order to give indigenous films some appeal in the US.

As a result, he gained top billing in one of his very first films, House of Blackmail (1953), directed by the veteran filmmaker Maurice Elvey, for whom he also made What Every Woman Wants the following year. He also starred in such minor films as The Stranger Came Home (1954, for Hammer), Dublin Nightmare (1958), Offbeat (1960), Information Received (1961), Incident at Midnight, Ring of Spies and Blind Corner (all 1963). There were also lead roles in four British horror films: Gorgo (1960), Devil Doll (1963), Devils of Darkness (1964) and The Hand of Night (1966). Among his many TV credits were a 1959 BBC version of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (playing Mark Antony), The Saint, The Baron, The High Chaparral, Harry O and The Six Million Dollar Man.

His later films included You Only Live Twice (1967) and, back in the USA after his prominent role for Kubrick, Busting (1973), The Hindenburg (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He died in Sacramento, California in 1995, aged 72.
Movies & Shows on Plex
  • Bonanza
  • The Saint
  • Gorgo
  • Danger Man
Known For
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Gorgo
  • Devil Doll
  • Devils of Darkness
  • Riding with Death
  • Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
  • Beast of Morocco
  • The Devil Inside
  • Man in the Dark
  • Ring of Treason
  • Busting
  • Postmark for Danger
  • The Yellow Balloon
  • House of Blackmail
  • Raiders in the Sky
  • Dublin Nightmare
  • Break to Freedom
  • What Every Woman Wants
  • Incident at Midnight
  • Information Received
  • The Lawyer
  • Whirlpool

Filmography

2001
2001: The Making of a Myth · as Dr. Heywood R. Floyd (archive Footage) (uncredited)
1980
First Family · as Tv Commentator Howard
1979
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series) · as Lt. General Preston Myers
1978
B.J. and the Bear (TV Series) · as Mr. Barclay
1978
Heaven Can Wait · as Nuclear Reporter
1977
1977
1976
Quincy, M.E. (TV Series) · as Joe Crawford
1976
Gemini Man (TV Series) · as Leonard Driscoll
1976
Riding with Death · as Leonard Driscoll
1975
The Hindenburg · as Luftwaffe Colonel
1975
1975
Switch (TV Series) · as Ellis
1975
Caribe (TV Series) · as Inspector Morane
1974
Get Christie Love (TV Series) · as Gleason
1974
Busting · as Mr. Weldman
1974
The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series) · as Admiral Prescott
1973
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark · as Tom Henderson
1973
The Magician (TV Series) · as Peter Hayden
1973
Harry O (TV Series)
1972
Banacek (TV Series) · as Dr. Stahl
1971
Cannon (TV Series)
1970
San Francisco International Airport (TV Series) · as Colonel Wilkins
1970
The Lawyer · as Paul Harrison
1970
McCloud (TV Series)
1969
Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series) · as Paul Berwick
1968
The Syndicate · as Burt Hickey
1968
Beast of Morocco · as Paul Carver
1968
2001: A Space Odyssey · as Dr. Heywood Floyd
1967
The High Chaparral (TV Series) · as Lafe Croswell
1967
You Only Live Twice · as Pentagon Official
1966
The Baron (TV Series) · as Nick
1965
The F.B.I. (TV Series) · as Tom Barber
1965
Green Acres (TV Series)
1965
The Troubleshooters (TV Series) · as Al Stevens
1965
Devils of Darkness · as Paul Baxter
1964
Man in the Dark · as Paul Gregory
1964
Devil Doll · as Mark English
1964
Ring of Treason · as Gordon Lonsdale
1963
1963
Incident at Midnight · as Vince Warren
1962
The Saint (TV Series) · as Foots Fortunati
1961
Ghost Squad (TV Series) · as Stephen Brett
1961
Information Received · as Rick Hogan
1961
Gorgo · as Sam Slade
1961
The Devil Inside · as Layton / Steve Ross
1960
Danger Man (TV Series) · as James Carpenter
1959
Bonanza (TV Series) · as Horace Kingston
1959
Whirlpool · as Hermann
1959
The Edgar Wallace Mysteries (TV Series) · as Vince Warren
1958
Dublin Nightmare · as John Kevin
1957
Television World Theatre (TV Series) · as Dr. Edmund 'ned' Darrell
1957
High Tide at Noon · as Alec Douglas
1957
Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series) · as Mr. Simmons
1956
Armchair Theatre (TV Series) · as Ed Norman
1955
Postmark for Danger · as Dave Forrester
1955
ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) · as Ben Hubbard
1955
ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) · as Judson
1954
Lassie (TV Series) · as Captain Matt Taylor
1954
The Unholy Four · as Philip Vickers
1954
What Every Woman Wants · as Jim Barnes
1953
Break to Freedom · as Texas
1953
House of Blackmail · as Jimmy
1953
1953
The Yellow Balloon · as Len Turner
1953
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Presents (TV Series) · as Henry Jefferson
1950
They Were Not Divided · as American Soldier (uncredited)
1950
Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series) · as Dr. David Coleman
1949
Give Us This Day · as Giovanni

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