William Sylvester1922 — 1995 Age: 72 years old
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.
Tuesday, January 31, 1922, Oakland, California, USA
Wednesday, January 25, 1995
1950 They Were Not DividedAmerican Soldier (uncredited) 1953 Albert R.N.Texas 1954 What Every Woman WantsJim Barnes 1954 A Stranger Came HomePhilip Vickers 1961 GorgoSam Slade 1964 Devil DollMark English 1964 Blind CornerPaul Gregory 1965 Devils of DarknessPaul Baxter 1968 2001: A Space OdysseyDr. Heywood Floyd 1968 The SyndicateBurt Hickey 1973 Don't Be Afraid of the DarkTom Henderson 1974 BustingMr. Weldman 1975 The HindenburgLuftwaffe Colonel 1978 Heaven Can WaitNuclear Reporter 2001 2001: The Making of a MythDr. Heywood R. Floyd (archive footage) (uncredited)Limited to the 15 most popular items