William Prince Biography (1913-1996)

Full name, William LeRoy Prince; born January 26, 1913, in Nichols, NY; son of Gorman (in sales) and Myrtle (a nurse; maiden name, Osborne) Prince; married Dorothy Huass, October 27, 1934 (divorced, 1964); married Augusta Dabney (an actress); children: two sons, two daughters (first marriage). Addresses: OFFICE--Fred Amsel and Associates, 6310 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 407, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Full name, William LeRoy Prince; born January 26, 1913, in Nichols, NY; diedOctober 8, 1996, in Tarrytown, NY. Actor. After he wrote a letter pleading for an audition, Prince set his prolific acting career in motion. He began appearing in theater productions immediately after leaving college, quitting hissenior year at Cornell University to join the tour of The Taming of the Shrew. Prince toured with a few companies during the late 1930s but earned his chance for success when he wrote a letter to Eva Le Gallienne, pleading for an audition in Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! He was given the role of Richardand received positive reviews for his portrayal. Prince's career received aneven greater boost in 1942 when he appeared in the play The Eve of St. Mark and was subsequently offered a movie contract. In the 1940s, Prince starred inthe films Destination Tokyo and Objective Burma before landing the role of Christian in a 1950 film production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Prince earned morefame on the stage in 1951 with the play I Am a Camera, in which he starred opposite Julie Harris. Prince also made the transition to the new medium of television in the 1950s and appeared on several shows, most notably playing thetitle character on Young Doctor Malone from 1958 to 1963. Toward the end of his acting career, Prince appeared in several Edward Albee plays, including The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1963) and with Angela Lansbury in Listening (1977).

radio announcer, actor
Birth Details
January 26, 1913
Nichols, New York, United States
Death Details
October 8, 1996
Tarrytown, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Servant to York, Richard II, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1937.
  • page, Hamlet, St. James Theatre, 1938.
  • John of Lancaster, Henry IV, Part I, St. James Theatre, 1939.
  • Richard, Ah! Wilderness, Guild Theatre, New York City, 1941.
  • Dan Proctor, Guest in the House, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1942.
  • Callaghan Mallory, Across the Board on Tomorrow Morning, Belasco Theatre,New York City, 1942.
  • Private Quizz West, The Eve of St. Mark, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1942.
  • David Rice, Judy O'Connor, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, then Copely Theatre, Boston, MA, 1946.
  • John Lawrence, John Loves Mary, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1947.
  • David Gibbs, Forward the Heart, 48th Street Theatre, New York City, 1949.
  • Orlando, As You Like It, Cort Theatre, 1950.
  • Christopher Isherwood, I Am a Camera, Empire Theatre, New York City, 1951.
  • Captain Tom Cochran, Affair of Honor, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1956.
  • Dr. Jonas Lockwood, Third Best Sport, Ambassador Theatre, New York City,1958.
  • Dr. Robert Leigh, The Highest Tree, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1959.
  • Alec Grimes, Venus at Large, Morosco Theatrae, New York City, 1962.
  • Charles Marsden, Strange Interlude, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1963.
  • Henry Macy, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1963.
  • Bob McKellaway, Mary, Mary, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1964.
  • Father Arnall and Preacher, Stephen D., East 74th Street Theatre, New York City, 1967.
  • William Marshall, The Little Foxes, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1967.
  • Arthur, Mercy Street, American Place Theatre, St. Clement's Church Theatre, New York City, 1969.
  • James Tyrone, Long Day's Journey into Night, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD,1970.
  • Gracie, The Silent Partner, Actors Studio, New York City, 1972.
  • Davies, The Caretaker, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1973.
  • Charlie, Seascape, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 1975.
  • He, Counting the Ways, and Man, Listening, both Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1976.
  • Weller Martin, The Gin Game, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1979.
  • title role, The Man Who Had Three Arms, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1983.
  • Mazzini Dunn, Heartbreak House, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1983.
  • Also appeared in The Eternal Road, Manhattan Opera House, New York City,1937; In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1973; and in summer theatre productions at the Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA, 1937, and the Playhouse Theatre, Eagles Mere, PA, 1940.
  • Credits;MAJOR TOURS
  • Servant to York, Richard II, U.S. cities, 1937-38.
  • Bob McKellaway, Mary, Mary, U.S. cities, 1964.
  • FILM DEBUT--Pills, Destination Tokyo, Warner Brothers, 1943.
  • As himself, Hollywood Canteen, Warner Brothers, 1944.
  • Fred, The Very Thought of You, Warner Brothers, 1944.
  • Lieutenant Jacobs, Objective Burma!, Warner Brothers, 1945.
  • Lieutenant Don Mallory, Pillow to Post, Warner Brothers, 1945.
  • Bart Williams, Cinderella Jones, Warner Brothers, 1946.
  • David MacKellar, Shadow of a Woman, Warner Brothers, 1946.
  • Tony Salerno, Jr., Carnegie Hall, United Artists, 1947.
  • Johnny Drake, Dead Reckoning, Columbia, 1947.
  • Barry Storm, Lust for Gold, Columbia, 1949.
  • Christian, Cyrano de Bergerac, United Artists, 1950.
  • Robert Kendall, Secret of Treasure Mountain, Columbia, 1956.
  • Rene, The Vagabond King, Paramount, 1956.
  • Dr. Rodney Barrett, Macabre, Allied Artists, 1958.
  • William Thompson, Sacco and Vanzetti (also known as Sacco e Vanzetti), UMC, 1971.
  • Colorado man, The Heartbreak Kid, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972.
  • Powers, Blade, Pintoff, 1973.
  • artist, The Stepford Wives, Columbia, 1975.
  • Bishop, Family Plot, Universal, 1976.
  • Edward George Ruddy, Network, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists (MGM/UA), 1976.
  • Mr. Cooper, Fire Sale, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977.
  • Blakelock, The Gauntlet, Warner Brothers, 1977.
  • Quinlan, Rollercoaster, Universal, 1977.
  • Olympus, The Cat from Outer Space, Buena Vista, 1978.
  • George Calloway, The Promise (also known as Face of a Stranger), Universal, 1979.
  • Edgar, Bronco Billy, Warner Brothers, 1980.
  • Reverend Hollis, Kiss Me Goodbye, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.
  • Ambassador Paultz, Love and Money, Paramount, 1982.
  • Credits; President of the United States, The Soldier (also known as Codename
  • The Soldier), Embassy, 1982.
  • Mitchell, Fever Pitch, MGM/UA, 1985.
  • Louis Martin, Movers and Shakers, MGM/UA, 1985.
  • Mr. Keyes, Spies Like Us, Warner Brothers, 1985.
  • H.H. Royce, Assassination, Cannon, 1987.
  • Clarence Middleton, Nuts, Warner Brothers, 1987.
  • Also appeared in Roughly Speaking, Warner Brothers, 1945; and in Vice Versa, Columbia, 1988.
  • Peter Guilfoyle, The Mask, ABC, 1954.
  • Richard Adams, Justice, NBC, 1955-56.
  • Dr. Jerry Malone, Young Dr. Malone, NBC, 1958-63.
  • Jason Cook, The American Girls, CBS, 1978.
  • Also Ken Baxter, Another World, NBC; judge, Where the Heart Is,CBS; Russell Barry, A World Apart, ABC.
  • MINI-SERIES Jay Regan, Captains and the Kings, NBC, 1976.
  • Robert Wheeler, The Best of Families, PBS, 1977.
  • Judge Kendrick, Aspen (also known as The Innocent and the Damned), NBC, 1977.
  • Alex Spaulding, The Rhinemann Exchange, NBC, 1977.
  • William Fairfax, George Washington, CBS, 1984.
  • Credits;PILOTS
  • Senator, Key West, NBC, 1973.
  • Clayton Nichols, Night Games, NBC, 1974.
  • Thomas Marshall Bibb/Mr. White, Moonlight, CBS, 1982.
  • Asa Lamar, Joe Dancer: Murder One, Dancer 0, NBC, 1983.
  • Credits;EPISODIC
  • "The Second Oldest Profession," Philco Playhouse, NBC, 1950.
  • "Pretend I Am a Stranger," Philco Playhouse, NBC, 1951.
  • "Night of the Vulcan," Philco Playhouse, NBC, 1951.
  • "A Man and His Conscience," Armstrong Circle Theatre, NBC, 1952.
  • "A Volcano Is Dancing Here," Armstrong Circle Theatre, NBC, 1952.
  • "Two Prisoners," Armstrong Circle Theatre, NBC, 1953.
  • "Babylon Revisited," Theatre for You, 1953.
  • Modern Romances, NBC, 1956, 1957, and 1958.
  • True Story, NBC, 1957.
  • "John Doe 154," Armstrong Circle Theatre, NBC, 1957.
  • "The Meanest Crime in the World," Armstrong Circle Theatre, CBS, 1958.
  • "All the King's Men," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958.
  • The Nurses, CBS, 1964.
  • Also The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre, NBC; Starlight Theatre, CBS; "The Waxworks," Suspense, CBS.
  • Credits;MOVIES
  • Willard Dorsett, Sybil, NBC, 1976.
  • Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye, NBC, 1977.
  • O.A.U. chairman, The Jericho Mile, ABC, 1979.
  • Harrison Crawford II, City in Fear, ABC, 1980.
  • Supreme Court justice, Gideon's Trumpet, CBS, 1980.
  • Milo Spears, Make Me an Offer, ABC, 1980.
  • prefect, A Time for Miracles, ABC, 1980.
  • Dr. Burgess, A Matter of Life and Death, CBS, 1981.
  • George Peterson, Found Money (also known as My Secret Angel), NBC, 1983.
  • Archbishop Stefan Corro, Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun, NBC,1986.
  • Credits;SPECIALS
  • Mortimer Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace, CBS, 1949.
  • Bert Jefferson, "The Man Who Came to Dinner," The Best of Broadway, NBC,1954.
  • "An Enemy of the People," NET Playhouse, PBS, 1966.
  • "Father Uxbridge Wants to Marry," New York Television Theatre, PBS, 1970.
  • "All Over," Great Performances, PBS, 1978.

Further Reference


  • Los Angeles Times, October 11, 1996, p. A22.
  • New York Times, October 10, 1996, p. D23.
  • Washington Post, October 14, 1996, p. B4.

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