William Sylvester

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Age: 92
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

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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.

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Movie Character Year
Popcorn House of Blackmail Jimmy 1956
Hmcyxd9et4ak5rwwkg85momn2bt High Tide at Noon Alec Douglas 1957
Popcorn Dublin Nightmare John Kevin 1958
Popcorn Whirlpool Hermann 1959
Popcorn The Devil Inside Layton / Steve Ross 1961
Dtzmz1w117gav2ffvuhgxnzjrkc Gorgo Sam Slade 1961
Tq1i9my44mlfd0yppaxfhzlsa3l Information Received Rick Hogan 1961
3hjxwnolytiazelj6ahkshmv4tm Devil Doll Mark English 1964
Ojietownpycqhbulvancafcaa2j Devils of Darkness Paul Baxter 1965
Xa2zu0rqeckgivgtza3xxtq24yc 2001: A Space Odyssey Dr. Heywood R. Floyd 1968
Vnnop34txtdjrrvgzg4r6qrotgb The Hindenburg Luftwaffe Colonel 1975