|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)
Richard Zuckert (b. Jun 28.1949)
Meg Faber (b.1952)
(2) Gladys Holland, actress (Jul 7. 1958 -
Jan 23. 1997, his death)
Daughter: Kimberly Mary Joan Zuckert,
actress (aka Kymm) (b. Aug 23. 1964)
Above right: Publicity shot for Bill
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
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.
On Feb. 2, 1960, he performed Off-Broadway at the
Theatre de Lys in a double bill "farce" The Gay Apprentice/Too Close for
Comfort. (8) That same year he also 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).
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).
|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 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.
Bill died January 23, 1997 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (cancer and pneumonia). Gladys Holland passed away Oct 21. 2017.
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