|ill Zuckert (Dec 18. 1915 - Jan. 23 1997)|
Height: 6' 1" (1,85 m)
Weight: 220 lbs
(1) Margaret Lottie Wallace (Jul.16 or 17 1936 -
around 1956, divorce)
Children: Richard Zuckert (b. Jun 28.1949)
Meg Faber (b.1952)
(2) Gladys Holland, actress (Jul 7. 1958 - Jan 23.
1997, his death)
Kimberly Mary Joan Zuckert,
actress (aka Kymm) (b. Aug 23. 1964)
Bill Zuckert was born on December 18, 1915 in the Bronx, New York, USA as William Frederick Zuckert Jr. son of William Frederick Zuckert, Sr., an elevator constructor, and Ellen Hughes.
He went through local public schools - "but not very
far." He quit to run an elevator, passed a Civil Service exam, moved to
Washington for six years and found himself in the Office of Indian Affairs -
where he stayed long enough to acquire permanent status. "If the acting
business ever goes bad on me, I can always go back to the Indians. It was
interesting!". In Washington, and neighboring Virginia and Maryland,
Bill began to try out with little-theater groups.
He began his career in 1941 in radio in New York City where his big break came when he won the lead in a dramatic segment of Kate Smith's show (1943). He played Daniel Boone. Ever since he lent his voice to hundreds of dramas over the next two decades. His characterizations ranged from the punch-drunk pugs and whining hoods, to honest judges and crooked political bosses. He excelled also in such vocal gimmicks as laughs and sneezes. His dialects included Irish and Southern.
He served in World War II where he spent nineteen months with
the 25th Special Seabee Battalion on New Guinea. Wending his way back to
civilian life, he began to play both sides of the law on such radio shows as
Gang Busters (1949 - ?) , Treasury Agent, Counterspy,
This Is Your FBI, Official Detective and FBI In Peace and
War ( - 1954 -). Various real-life police officers, working on the shows in
technical capacities, claimed Bill "sounded like all the cops in the
(1954) another Mutual Radio program had Chuck Webster (L) playing with Bill
Zuckert (Picture above bottom left)
With the demise of dramatic radio, Bill moved naturally and easily into live TV in its pioneer days - and interspaced this with work in the theater on-Broadway, off-Broadway, and in stock.
In 1956 he played in Sixth Finger in a Five Finger Glove, a short-lived Broadway comedy where actress Gladys Holland also had a part. They were married Jul 7. 1958.
Peter Iving puts a stellar cast through the paces of True Detective Mysteries (1957): Left to right - announcer Dan McCullough, top radio cop Bill Zuckert (standing), T.D.M. narrator Robert Haag, actress Ethel Everett, actor William Redfield. (Picture below left)
With Sergeant Brad Peters on duty, the game of cops and robbers is decidedly unequal. Bill Zuckert plays this hard-hitting, honest policeman in Mystery Time on ABC radio, (1957-1958) (Picture above right)
"When he's not pursuing male-factors, Bill pursues the
fish at Montauk Point, off Long Island. Otherwise, he's at home at Mombasha
Lake, three miles outside of the town of Monroe, New York. Here he lives in
a comfortable three-bedroom house and his hobbies are gardening, reading and
"the kids" - a seven-year-old son and a daughter going on six. The Zuckerts
have an acre of ground, two dogs, and a wonderful time." (1957)
In 1960 he again took to the stage with Gladys Holland, James
Forster and Carl Low in Bernard Shaw's interlude from his "Man and Superman"
called Don Juan in Hell.
Film roles were scarce. In 1965, while uncredited, Bill did manage to play opposite Steve McQueen in The Cincinnati Kid (1965). Bill played a poker player who got beaten by Steve (in both senses of the word meaning!) (Picture below left)
He went on to star in television, having many guest and character roles. Between 1962 and 1965 he also made four TV-appearances on Perry Mason as Judge Edward Simpson. He was featured in a regular role of faculty member "Art Bradwell" on Mr. Novak (1964-65) - and appeared more or less regularly in the featured role of "General Cross" on Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965). He was co-starred as "Chief Segal" on Captain Nice (1967) and played the sheriff in the Star Trek episode, "Spectre of the Gun." (1968) (Picture above right).
In the Batman episode, "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra" (March 7.1968) David Lewis (R) played Warden Crichton, whilst Bill Zuckert was the Prison Captain. (Picture below left).
Bill Zuckert played opposite Elvis no less then two times. Once uncredited as O'Grady in Kid Galahad (1962) and once as Mayor Gilchrist in The Trouble with Girls (1969) (Picture above right)
|In 1964 he and Gladys Holland, were blessed with a daughter Kymm. Seen here with her father somewhere around 1970. (Picture right)|
He is the only one of the actors in the film Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) to have a very noticeable speaking role and not receive any screen credit at all. He is seen near the beginning of the film flying in a plane with Admiral Husband E. Kimmel (played by Martin Balsam) and commenting on the safety measures at Pearl Harbor. (Picture below top left)
Played Sergeant Velie in easily forgettable murder
mystery Ellery Queen, Don't Look Behind You
this pilot with Peter
Lawford and Harry
Morgan didn't lead to the start of a series.
Zuckert played Tom Cassidy opposite Michael Landon in "100
Mile Walk" a 1974 episode of Little House on the Prairie.
(Picture above bottom left)
Zuckert was an avid aquarist who was active with the Los Angeles Aquarium Society and a member of the Advanced Cichlid Aquarists of Southern California.
His television career spanned four decades with appearances on popular series such as Columbo, St. Elsewhere, Dynasty and Little House on the Prairie.
One of Zuckert’s last movie roles before his death in 1997 was a small one in Ace
Ventura Pet Detective. (Picture above left) His last movie, an independent film,
Together (1996), was produced and directed by Bill Lansford.
On Feb 16. 1996 he was last seen on TV in a Diagnosis Murder
episode called "Living on the Streets Can Be Murder" (Picture
Bill died January 23, 1997 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (cancer and pneumonia). Gladys Holland passed away Oct 21. 2017.
|This actor profile is a part of the Ellery Queen a website on deduction. The actor above played Velie in a Tv-Pilot for an Ellery Queen series.|
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