Remembering William Windom

Emmy winning actor William Windom passed away Saturday at the age of 88.  Windom passed away of congestive heart failure, according to his wife.

Windom had a long career in Hollywood.   Fans may recognize him from his role on the original Star Trek’s “The Doomsday Machine.”  Windom played Commodore Matt Decker in the episode.  Windom was also part of two episodes of The Twilight Zone.  Windom guest starred on dozens of TV shows over the course of his career.

Windom won the Emmy for best actor in a comedy series in 1970 for his performance in My World and Welcome to It, a whimsical TV show based on Thurber’s humorous essays and fantastic cartoons. He subsequently toured the country with a solo show based on Thurber’s works.

Born in New York City on Sept. 28, 1923, Windom was named after his great-grandfather, a Minnesota congressman and former U.S. Treasury secretary. He attended Williams College in Massachusetts before joining the Army as a paratrooper in World War II. He later attended the University of Kentucky, among several other higher-education institutions, and decided to pursue acting.

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 Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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.


  1. Will says

    Might also be worth noting that Windom returned to the role of Commodore Decker in Star Trek: New Voyages film IN HARM’S WAY.

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