Person Details

Birthday: 1922-01-31 20:35:21

Death: 1995-01-25 20:35:21

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Oakland, California, USA

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Movie Involvements: 28

TV Involvements: 1


Most Famous Work

Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

2001: A Space Odyssey
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8

2001: A Space Odyssey

(1968) Dr. Heywood Floyd
The Hindenburg
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6

The Hindenburg

(1975) Luftwaffe Colonel
Gorgo
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5

Gorgo

(1961) Sam Slade
2001: The Making of a Myth
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6

2001: The Making of a Myth

(2001) Dr. Heywood R. Floyd (archive footage) (uncredited)
Busting
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6

Busting

(1974) Mr. Weldman
Portrait of Alison
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6

Portrait of Alison

(1955) Dave Forrester
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
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6

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

(1973) Tom Henderson
Give Us This Day
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6

Give Us This Day

(1949) Giovanni

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2001 Dr. Heywood R. Floyd (archive footage) (uncredited)
1980 TV Interviewer
1979 N/A
N/A
1977 N/A
N/A
1976 N/A
Leonard Driscoll
N/A
1975 Luftwaffe Colonel
N/A
1974 N/A
Mr. Weldman
1973 Tom Henderson
1971 N/A
1970 Brad York
N/A
1969 N/A
1968 Burt Hickey
Paul Carver
Trumpeter
Dr. Heywood Floyd
1967 N/A
1965 N/A
N/A
Paul Baxter
1964 Mark English
Gordon Lonsdale
Paul Gregory
1963 N/A
N/A
1962 Foots Fortunati
1961 Rick Hogan
Sam Slade
Layton / Steve Ross
1959 Hermann
1958 John Kevin
1957 Alec Douglas
1955 Dave Forrester
1954 Philip Vickers
Jim Barnes
1953 Texas
Jimmy
"Mac" Baker
Len Turner
1950 American Soldier (uncredited)
1949 Giovanni
Year Character Movie/Tv

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