In the role that won him an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy series, William Windom played John
But for Windom, the program marked the start of a long-term relationship with Thurber's whimsical Americana. The actor subsequently developed a one-man show based on Thurber's writings that he toured across the United States.
Windom died Thursday of
With his genial features, affable manner and extensive theater training, Windom was an in-demand television character actor for decades. He chalked up scores of guest credits, including episodes of "Twilight Zone" and
In addition to performing in more than a dozen plays, he found work in summer stock, radio and television. He also began landing film roles, among them the part of the prosecuting attorney who parries in court with
Married five times, Windom is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia, and four children, Rachel, Heather, Hope and Rebel; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles.