Golden Globe Award
The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual ceremony at which the awards are presented is a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year in the Academy Awards; the eligibility period for the Golden Globes corresponds to the calendar year. The 76th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television in 2018, were held on January 6, 2019; the 77th Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 5, 2020. In 1943, a group of writers banded together to form the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and, by creating a generously distributed award called the Golden Globe Award, they now play a significant role in film marketing; the 1st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best achievements in 1943 filmmaking, were held in January 1944, at the 20th Century-Fox studios. Subsequent ceremonies were held at various venues throughout the next decade, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
In 1950, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the decision to establish a special honorary award to recognize outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. Recognizing its subject as an international figure within the entertainment industry, the first award was presented to director and producer, Cecil B. DeMille; the official name of the award thus became the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Beginning in 1963, the trophies commenced to be handed out by one or more persons referred to as "Miss Golden Globe", a title renamed on January 5, 2018 to "Golden Globe Ambassador"; the holders of the position were, the daughters or sometimes the sons of a celebrity, as a point of pride, these continued to be contested among celebrity parents. In 2009, the Golden Globe statuette was redesigned; the New York firm Society Awards collaborated for a year with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to produce a statuette that included a unique marble and enhanced the statuette's quality and gold content.
It was unveiled at a press conference at the Beverly Hilton prior to the show. Revenues generated from the annual ceremony have enabled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to donate millions of dollars to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals; the most prominent beneficiary is the Young Artist Awards, presented annually by the Young Artist Foundation, established in 1978 by Hollywood Foreign Press member Maureen Dragone, to recognize and award excellence of young Hollywood performers under the age of 21 and to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically or financially challenged. The qualifying eligibility period for all nominations is the calendar year from January 1 through December 31. Voice-over performances and cameo appearances in which persons play themselves are disqualified from all of the film and TV acting categories. Films must be at least 70 minutes and released for at least a seven-day run in the Greater Los Angeles area, starting prior to midnight on December 31.
Films can be released on pay-per-view, or by digital delivery. For the Best Foreign Language Film category, films do not need to be released in the United States. At least 51 percent of the dialogue must be in a language other than English, they must first be released in their country of origin during a 14-month period from November 1 to December 31 prior to the Awards. However, if a film was not released in its country of origin due to censorship, it can still qualify if it had a one-week release in the United States during the qualifying calendar year. There is no limit to the number of submitted films from a given country. A TV program must air in the United States between the prime time hours of 11:00 p.m.. A show can air on basic or premium cable, or by digital delivery. A TV show must either be made in the United States or be a co-production financially and creatively between an American and a foreign production company. Furthermore and non-scripted shows are disqualified. For a television film, it cannot be entered in both the film and TV categories, instead should be entered based on its original release format.
If it was first aired on American television it can be entered into the TV categories. If it was released in theaters or on pay-per-view it should instead to be entered into the film categories. A film festival showing does not count towards disqualifying. Actors in a TV series must appear in at least six episodes during the qualifying calendar year. Actors in a TV film or miniseries must appear in at least five percent of the time in that TV film or miniseries. Active HFPA members need to be invited to an official screening of each eligible film directly by its respective distributor or publicist; the screening must take place in the Greater Los Angeles area, either before the film's release or up to one week afterwards. The screening can be a regular screening in a theater with a press screening; the screening must be cleared with the Motion Picture Association of America so there are not scheduling conflicts with other official screenings. For TV programs, they must be available to be seen by HFPA members in any common format, including the original TV broadcast.
Entry forms for films need to be received by the HFPA within ten days of the
William Broderick Crawford was an American stage, film and television actor cast in tough-guy roles and best known for his Oscar and Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Willie Stark in All the King's Men and for his starring role as Dan Mathews in the television series Highway Patrol. Until filming All the King's Men, Crawford's career had been limited to "B films" in supporting or character roles, he realized he did not fit the role of a handsome leading man, once describing himself as looking like a "retired pugilist". He excelled in roles playing villains and authoritarian figures. Crawford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Lester Crawford and Helen Broderick, who were both vaudeville performers, as his grandparents had been. Lester appeared in films in the 1930s. Helen Broderick had a career in Hollywood comedies, including a memorable appearance as Madge in the classic musical Top Hat and as Mabel Anderson in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Swing Time. Young William joined his parents on the stage.
After graduating from high school in Franklin, Crawford was accepted by Harvard College where he enrolled. However, after only three weeks at Harvard he dropped out to work as a stevedore on the New York docks. Crawford returned to vaudeville and radio, which included a period with the Marx Brothers in the radio comedy show Flywheel and Flywheel, he played his first serious character as a footballer in She Loves Me Not at the Adelphi Theatre, London in 1932. Crawford was stereotyped as a fast-talking tough guy early in his career and played villainous parts, he gained fame in 1937 as Lenny in Of Men on Broadway. He began working in films. Crawford made his film debut for Sam Goldwyn in Woman Chases Man, he was in Start Cheering at Columbia but missed out on reprising his stage performance as Lenny in the film version of Of Mice and Men, losing it to Lon Chaney Jr. Crawford signed a contract with Paramount, he appeared in some "B"s, Sudden Money and Undercover Doctor. He had a good role in the prestigious Beau Geste.
After appearing in Island of Lost Men, Crawford had a Beau Geste style role in The Real Glory. He appeared in two films for Tay Garnett, Eternally Yours and Slightly Honorable. Crawford moved over to Universal, where he was given his first starring role, in the "B", I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby, he had support parts in. He went back to Paramount for Texas Rangers Ride Again returned to Universal for The Black Cat, Tight Shoes, Badlands of Dakota. Crawford had one of the leads in South of North to the Klondike, he supported Edward G. Robinson in Larceny, Inc. and George Raft in Broadway, co-starred with Robert Stack in Men of Texas and Constance Bennett in Sin Town. During World War II Crawford enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. Assigned to the Armed Forces Network, he was sent to Britain in 1944 as a sergeant, he served as an announcer for the Glenn Miller American Band, he was one of two announcers on Miller's weekly program I Sustain The Wings, prior to Miller and the band being shipped to England.
He returned to films with roles in a film noir and Slave Girl with Yvonne de Carlo. Crawford made The Flame for Republic, The Time of Your Life for James Cagney's company, he went back to Paramount for Sealed Verdict and had a co-starring role in Bad Men of Tombstone for the King Brothers. At Warner Bros Crawford was in A Kiss in the Dark with David Niven and Jane Wyman and Night Unto Night with Ronald Reagan and Viveca Lindfors, he was in Monogram's Anna Lucasta with Paulette Goddard. In 1949, Crawford reached the pinnacle of his acting career when he was cast as Willie Stark, a character inspired by and patterned after the life of Louisiana politician Huey Long, in All the King's Men, a film based on the popular novel by Robert Penn Warren; the film was a huge hit, Crawford's performance as the bullying, yet insecure Governor Stark won him the Academy Award for Best Actor. The film was made by Columbia, he co-starred with Glenn Ford in Convicted starred in another hit'A'-list production with William Holden and Judy Holliday, Born Yesterday, directed by George Cukor.
Crawford starred in a crime drama. Under the direction of Phil Karlson he starred based on a novel by Sam Fuller. MGM borrowed him to play the villain in Lone Star, opposite Clark Ava Gardner, he went to Warner Bros. to star in a comedy, You're Killing Me. Crawford returned to Columbia to star in some Westerns, Last of the Comanches, The Last Posse. 20th Century Fox borrowed him to co-star with Gregory Peck in Nunnally Johnson's Night People. Crawford was reunited with Glenn Ford in Human Desire, directed by Fritz Lang. Edward Small used him in Down Three Dark Streets and New York Confidential. In 1955, Crawford assumed the starring role as Rollo Lamar, the most violent of convicts in Big House, U. S. A.. In the film, Crawford's character is a hardened convict so violent he commands the obedience of the most violent and psychotic prisoners in the prison yard, including those portrayed by such famous tough-guy actors as Charles Bronson, Ralph Meeker, William Talman, Lon Chaney, Jr.. Stanley Kramer cast him in a good
Television, sometimes shortened to tele or telly, is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome, or in color, in two or three dimensions and sound. The term can refer to a television set, a television program, or the medium of television transmission. Television is a mass medium for advertising and news. Television became available in crude experimental forms in the late 1920s, but it would still be several years before the new technology would be marketed to consumers. After World War II, an improved form of black-and-white TV broadcasting became popular in the United States and Britain, television sets became commonplace in homes and institutions. During the 1950s, television was the primary medium for influencing public opinion. In the mid-1960s, color broadcasting was introduced in most other developed countries; the availability of multiple types of archival storage media such as Betamax, VHS tape, local disks, DVDs, flash drives, high-definition Blu-ray Discs, cloud digital video recorders has enabled viewers to watch pre-recorded material—such as movies—at home on their own time schedule.
For many reasons the convenience of remote retrieval, the storage of television and video programming now occurs on the cloud. At the end of the first decade of the 2000s, digital television transmissions increased in popularity. Another development was the move from standard-definition television to high-definition television, which provides a resolution, higher. HDTV may be transmitted in various formats: 1080p, 720p. Since 2010, with the invention of smart television, Internet television has increased the availability of television programs and movies via the Internet through streaming video services such as Netflix, Amazon Video, iPlayer and Hulu. In 2013, 79 % of the world's households owned; the replacement of early bulky, high-voltage cathode ray tube screen displays with compact, energy-efficient, flat-panel alternative technologies such as LCDs, OLED displays, plasma displays was a hardware revolution that began with computer monitors in the late 1990s. Most TV sets sold in the 2000s were flat-panel LEDs.
Major manufacturers announced the discontinuation of CRT, DLP, fluorescent-backlit LCDs by the mid-2010s. In the near future, LEDs are expected to be replaced by OLEDs. Major manufacturers have announced that they will produce smart TVs in the mid-2010s. Smart TVs with integrated Internet and Web 2.0 functions became the dominant form of television by the late 2010s. Television signals were distributed only as terrestrial television using high-powered radio-frequency transmitters to broadcast the signal to individual television receivers. Alternatively television signals are distributed by coaxial cable or optical fiber, satellite systems and, since the 2000s via the Internet; until the early 2000s, these were transmitted as analog signals, but a transition to digital television is expected to be completed worldwide by the late 2010s. A standard television set is composed of multiple internal electronic circuits, including a tuner for receiving and decoding broadcast signals. A visual display device which lacks a tuner is called a video monitor rather than a television.
The word television comes from Ancient Greek τῆλε, meaning'far', Latin visio, meaning'sight'. The first documented usage of the term dates back to 1900, when the Russian scientist Constantin Perskyi used it in a paper that he presented in French at the 1st International Congress of Electricity, which ran from 18 to 25 August 1900 during the International World Fair in Paris; the Anglicised version of the term is first attested in 1907, when it was still "...a theoretical system to transmit moving images over telegraph or telephone wires". It was "...formed in English or borrowed from French télévision." In the 19th century and early 20th century, other "...proposals for the name of a then-hypothetical technology for sending pictures over distance were telephote and televista." The abbreviation "TV" is from 1948. The use of the term to mean "a television set" dates from 1941; the use of the term to mean "television as a medium" dates from 1927. The slang term "telly" is more common in the UK; the slang term "the tube" or the "boob tube" derives from the bulky cathode ray tube used on most TVs until the advent of flat-screen TVs.
Another slang term for the TV is "idiot box". In the 1940s and throughout the 1950s, during the early rapid growth of television programming and television-set ownership in the United States, another slang term became used in that period and continues to be used today to distinguish productions created for broadcast on television from films developed for presentation in movie theaters; the "small screen", as both a compound adjective and noun, became specific references to television, while the "big screen" was used to identify productions made for theatrical release. Facsimile transmission systems for still photographs pioneered methods of mechanical scanning of images in the early 19th century. Alexander Bain introduced the facsimile machine between 1843 and 1846. Frederick Bakewell demonstrated a working laboratory version in 1851. Willoughby Smith discovered the photoconductivity of the element selenium in 1873; as a 23-year-old German university student, Paul Julius Gottlieb Nipkow proposed and patented the Nipkow disk in 1884.
This was a spinning disk with a spiral pattern of holes in it, so each hole scanned a line of the image. Although he never built a working model
Edward Albert Heimberger, known professionally as Eddie Albert, was an American actor and activist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1954 for his performance in Roman Holiday, in 1973 for The Heartbreak Kid. Other well-known screen roles of his include Bing Edwards in the Brother Rat films, traveling salesman Ali Hakim in the musical Oklahoma!, the sadistic prison warden in 1974's The Longest Yard. He starred as Oliver Wendell Douglas in the 1960s television sitcom Green Acres and as Frank MacBride in the 1970s crime drama Switch, he had a recurring role as Carlton Travis on Falcon Crest, opposite Jane Wyman. Edward Albert Heimberger was born in Rock Island, the oldest of the five children of Frank Daniel Heimberger, a realtor, his wife, Julia Jones, his year of birth is given as 1908, but this is incorrect. His parents were not married when Albert was born, his mother altered his birth certificate after her marriage; when he was one year old, his family moved to Minnesota.
Young Edward secured his first job as a newspaper boy. During World War I, his German name led to taunts as "the enemy" by his classmates, he joined the drama club. His schoolmate Harriet Lake graduated in the same class. Finishing high school in 1926, he entered the University of Minnesota; when he graduated, he embarked on a business career. However, the stock market crash in 1929 left him unemployed, he took odd jobs, working as a trapeze performer, an insurance salesman, a nightclub singer. Albert stopped using his last name professionally, since it invariably was mispronounced as "Hamburger", he moved to New York City in 1933, where he co-hosted a radio show, The Honeymooners – Grace and Eddie Show, which ran for three years. At the show's end, he was offered a film contract by Warner Bros. In the 1930s, Albert performed in Broadway stage productions, including Brother Rat, which opened in 1936, he had lead roles in Room Service and The Boys from Syracuse. In 1936, Albert had become one of the earliest television actors, performing live in one of RCA's first television broadcasts in association with NBC, a promotion for their New York City radio stations.
Performing on early television, Albert wrote and performed in the first teleplay, The Love Nest, written for television. Done live, this production took place November 6, 1936, originated in Studio 3H in the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in New York City and was broadcast over NBC's experimental television station W2XBS. Hosted by Betty Goodwin, The Love Nest starred Albert, The Ink Spots, Ed Wynn, actress Grace Brandt. Before this time, television productions were adaptations of stage plays. Albert landed the starring role in the 1938 Broadway musical The Boys from Syracuse when he met Burl Ives, who had a small role in the play; the two briefly shared an apartment in the Beachwood Canyon community of Hollywood after Ives moved west the following year. In 1938, Albert made his feature-film debut in the Hollywood version of Brother Rat with Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman, reprising his Broadway role as cadet "Bing" Edwards; the next year, he starred in On Your Toes, adapted for the screen from the Broadway smash by Rodgers and Hart.
Prior to World War II, before his film career, Albert had toured Mexico as a clown and high-wire artist with the Escalante Brothers Circus, but secretly worked for U. S. Army intelligence, photographing German U-boats in Mexican harbors. On September 9, 1942, Albert enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and was discharged in 1943 to accept an appointment as a lieutenant in the U. S. Naval Reserve, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for his actions during the invasion of Tarawa in November 1943, when, as the pilot of a Coast Guard landing craft, he rescued 47 Marines who were stranded offshore, while under heavy enemy machine-gun fire. During the war years, Albert returned to films, starring in ones such as The Great Mr. Nobody, Lady Bodyguard, Ladies' Day, as well as reuniting with Reagan and Wyman for An Angel from Texas and co-starring with Humphrey Bogart in The Wagons Roll at Night. After the war, he resumed appearing in leading roles, including 1947's Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman, opposite Susan Hayward.
From 1948 on, Albert guest-starred in nearly 90 television series. He made his guest-starring debut on an episode of The Ford Theatre Hour; this part led to other roles such as Chevrolet Tele-Theatre, Lights Out, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Studio One, Philco Television Playhouse, Your Show of Shows, Front Row Center, The Alcoa Hour, in dramatic series The Eleventh Hour, The Reporter, General Electric Theater. In 1959, Albert was cast as businessman Dan Simpson in the episode "The Unwilling" of the NBC Western series Riverboat. In the story line, Dan Simpson attempts to open a general store in the American West despite a raid from pirates on the Mississippi River who stole from him $20,000 in merchandise. Debra Paget is cast in this episode as Lela Russell; the 1950s had a return to Broadway for Albert, including roles in Miss Liberty and The Seven Year Itch. In 1960, Albert replaced Robert Preston in the lead role of Professor Harold Hill, in the Broadway production of The Music Man. Albert performed in regional theater.
He created the title role of Reuben in 1955 in Boston. He performed at The Mun
Robert Coote was an English actor. He played aristocrats or British military types in many films, created the role of Colonel Hugh Pickering in the long-running original Broadway production of My Fair Lady. Coote was educated at Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex, he began his stage career at the age of 16, performing in Britain, South Africa, Australia before arriving in Hollywood in the late 1930s. He played a succession of pompous British types in supporting roles, including a brief but memorable turn as Sgt. Bertie Higginbotham in Gunga Din, his acting career was interrupted by his service as a squadron leader in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He played Bob Trubshawe in Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death, chosen for the first-ever Royal Film Performance on 1 November 1946, before he returned to Hollywood, where his films included The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Forever Amber, The Three Musketeers, Orson Welles' Othello. In 1956, Coote created the role of Colonel Pickering in the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady, which he reprised in the musical's 1976–77 Broadway revival.
He originated the role of King Pellinore in the Broadway production of Camelot. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance as Timmy St. Clair in the NBC TV series The Rogues. In 1966, Coote appeared with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in an episode of The Honeymooners entitled "The Honeymooners in England", broadcast on CBS-TV from Miami. In his last feature film performance, Coote portrayed one of the critics dispatched by Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood, his final role was on television, playing orchid nurse Theodore Horstmann in the 1981 NBC-TV series Nero Wolfe, starring William Conrad in the title role. In most film and TV adaptations of Nero Wolfe mysteries and since, Horstmann has been a minor character, but Coote's Horstmann got considerable screen time in the series; the veteran British character actor died in his sleep at the New York Athletic Club in November 1982, at the age of 73. Coote was a close friend of actor David Niven, sharing a house with Niven for a time in the late 1930s and living in a flat over Niven's garage for several years after the Second World War.
Robert Coote on IMDb Robert Coote at the Internet Broadway Database Robert Coote at Find a Grave Robert Coote performances in Theatre Archive, University of Bristol
Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas was a Greek American film and television actor and singer whose career spanned four decades. Noted for his resonant, deep voice and bald head, Savalas is best known for his role as Lt. Theo Kojak in the police drama series Kojak, he released the one-hit wonder song, "If", which became a UK number one single in 1975. Savalas' movie roles include Birdman of Alcatraz — where he was nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor — The Greatest Story Ever Told, Battle of the Bulge, The Dirty Dozen, as super villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Kelly's Heroes and Escape to Athena; the second of five children, Telly Savalas was born Aristotelis Savalas on January 21, 1922, in Garden City, New York, to Greek American parents Christina, a New York City artist, a native of Sparta, Nick Savalas, a Greek restaurant owner. One set of grandparents originated from Greece, in the Peloponnese. Savalas and his brother Gus sold newspapers and shined shoes to help support the family.
Savalas only spoke Greek when he entered grade school, but learned English. He attended Cobbett Junior High School in Massachusetts, he won a spelling bee there in 1934, though through an oversight he did not receive his prize until 1991, when the Boston Herald newspaper and local school principal decided to award it to him. Savalas entered Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, New York, graduated in 1940. After graduation from high school he worked as a lifeguard, but on one occasion was unsuccessful at rescuing a man from drowning, an event that would haunt Savalas for the remainder of his life; when he entered Columbia University School of General Studies, Savalas took courses including English language and psychology, graduating in 1948. Savalas served three years in the U. S. Army during World War II, in which he received a Purple Heart. After the war he worked for the U. S. State Department as host of the Your Voice of America series at ABC News. In 1950, Savalas hosted a radio show called "The Coffeehouse in New York City".
Savalas began as an executive director and senior director of the news special events at ABC. He became an executive producer for the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, where he gave Howard Cosell his first job in television. In the fall of 1959 Savalas directed Scott Vincent and Howard Cosell in "Report to New York," WABC-TV's first local TV news program. Savalas did not consider acting as a career until asked if he could recommend an actor who could do a European accent, he did but as the friend in question could not go, Savalas himself went to cover for his friend and ended up being cast on "And Bring Home a Baby," an episode of Armstrong Circle Theatre in January 1958. He appeared on two more episodes of the series in 1959 and 1960, one acting alongside a young Sydney Pollack, he was in a version of The Iceman Cometh. Savalas became in much demand as a guest star on TV shows, appearing in Sunday Showcase, Diagnosis: Unknown, Dow Hour of Great Mysteries, Naked City, The Witness, The United States Steel Hour, The Aquanauts.
He was a regular on the short-lived NBC series Acapulco with James Coburn. Savalas made his film debut in Mad Dog Coll, his work had impressed fellow actor Burt Lancaster, who arranged for Savalas to be cast in the John Frankenheimer directed The Young Savages. Pollack worked on the film as an acting coach. In one of his most acclaimed performances, Savalas reunited with Lancaster and Frankenheimer for Birdman of Alcatraz, where he was nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor; the same year, he appeared as a private detective in Cape Fear, The Interns, reprising his role from the latter film in The New Interns. Savalas guest starred in a number of TV series during the decade including The New Breed, The Detectives, Ben Casey, The Twilight Zone and Arrest and Trial among others. Savalas shaved his head to play Pontius Pilate in The Greatest Story Ever Told and kept his head shaven for the rest of his life, he reunited with J. Lee Thompson in John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!, was one of many names in Genghis Khan.
He was part of an all-star cast in The Dirty Dozen, playing Archer Maggott, in a role Jack Palance turned down. He reunited with Burt Lancaster and Sydney Pollack in the Western The Scalphunters, featured in the comedy Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell — noted as one of his favourite roles — and the all-star action movie Mackenna's Gold, his third film for J. Lee Thompson. Savalas attributed his success to "his complete ability to be himself."After continued supporting roles in films such as The Man from the Diners' Club, Love Is a Ball and Johnny Cool, Savalas' first leading role in film was in the British crime comedy Crooks and Coronets. The same year he appeared in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld, he continued to appear in films during the 1970s including Kelly's Heroes, Clay Pigeon, several European features such as Violent City, A Town Called Bastard, Horror Express, L'assassino... È al tel
John Williams (actor)
John Williams was an English stage and television actor. He is remembered for his role as Chief Inspector Hubbard in Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder, as the chauffeur in Sabrina, as portraying the second "Mr. French" on TV's Family Affair. Born in Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1903, Williams was educated at Lancing College, he began his acting career on the English stage in 1916, appearing in Peter Pan, The Ruined Lady, The Fake. In 1924 he moved to New York, he would appear in over 30 Broadway plays over the next four decades, performing on stage with many notable performers, such as Claudette Colbert in A Kiss in the Taxi 1925, with Helen Hayes in Alice Sit by the Fire in 1946, with Gertrude Lawrence in Pygmalion in 1946. In 1953, Williams won a Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor for his role as Chief Inspector Hubbard in Dial M for Murder on Broadway; when Alfred Hitchcock adapted the play to film in 1954, he cast Williams in the same role. Williams first appearance in a Hollywood film was in director Mack Sennett's The Chumps in 1930 appearing in more than 40 films.
Two other examples are Hitchcock's The Paradine Case starring Gregory Peck, in which Williams portrays a barrister, To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, in which his character is an insurance company representative. Williams made more than 40 guest appearances on television shows as well, he played in several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents including "The Long Shot", "Back for Christmas", "Whodunit", "Wet Saturday", "The Rose Garden", the three-part episode "I Killed the Count", "The Three Dreams of Mr. Findlater", "Banquo’s Chair". Three of these episodes, "Back for Christmas", "Wet Saturday", "Banquo’s Chair", were directed by Hitchcock himself. In 1963, Williams played William Shakespeare in The Twilight Zone episode "The Bard"; that same year he guest-starred on the sitcom My Three Sons, portraying a stuffy precise English butler. He was part of the regular cast for the 1967 season of the family comedy Family Affair, he appeared as well on Night Gallery in the series' 1971 episode "The Doll".
One of Williams' last performances was in 1979, playing alongside fellow actor Lorne Greene in a two-part episode of Battlestar Galactica titled "War of the Gods". Williams gained notice too as the star of a telecast commercial for 120 Music Masterpieces, a four-LP set of classical music excerpts from Columbia House; this became the longest-running nationally seen commercial in U. S. television history, for 13 years from 1971 to 1984. The commercial began with a brief selection of orchestral music being played. Williams began the sales promotion with the following: I'm sure you recognise this lovely melody as'Stranger in Paradise', but did you know that the original theme is from the Polovetsian Dance No. 2 by Borodin? So many of the tunes of our well-known popular songs were written by the great masters—like these familiar themes... Williams died at the age of 80 on 5 May 1983, in La Jolla, California, it was reported at the time of his death. He was cremated and there was no funeral. Alfred Hitchcock Presents "The Long Shot" "Back for Christmas" "Whodunit" "Wet Saturday" "The Rose Garden" "I Killed the Count" "The Three Dreams of Mr. Findlater" Family Affair, as Nigel "Niles" French.
9 episodes. Replaced Sebastian Cabot while he was recovering from an injury to his wrist; the Twilight Zone, "The Bard" Combat!, "Furlough" The Wild Wild West, "The Night of the Bleak Island" Mission: Impossible, "Lover's Knot" Night Gallery, "The Doll", with Henry Silva, "The Caterpillar" Columbo "Dagger of the Mind" Battlestar Galactica, "War of the Gods" – Parts 1 & 2 Council Member Columbia House – 120 Music Masterpieces TV commercial for recordings of classical music John Williams at the Internet Broadway Database John Williams on IMDb John Williams at the TCM Movie Database John Williams at Find a Grave Later version of 120 Music Masterpieces / 30 Piano Masterpieces ad campaign produced in 1971