William Windom
LOS ANGELES (AP) - William Windom, who won an Emmy Award for his turn in the 1969 TV comedy series "My World And Welcome To It" and went on to score guest appearances on several popular shows, has died.

Windom died Thursday of congestive heart failure at his home in Woodacre, north of San Francisco, his wife Patricia told the Los Angeles Times. He was 88.

Windom won acclaim in the short-lived NBC series for his role as John Monroe, a writer-cartoonist for a New York magazine who relied on his fantasy life to escape a middle-class Connecticut life.

The series was based on the work of the humorist James Thurber and Windom went on to develop a one-man touring act inspired by the same whimsical Americana.

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 W orld War II. He later attended the University of Kentucky, among several other higher-education institutions, and decided to pursue acting.

The easy-going Windom was an in-demand television character actor for decades and scored guest appearances on several American TV staples, including episodes of "Twilight Zone" and "Star Trek" and appeared on more than 50 segments of "Murder, She Wrote" beginning in the mid-1980s. There, Windom played a Maine country doctor opposite series star Angela Lansbury's Jessica Fletcher.

He also played the part of the prosecuting attorney who parries in court with Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch in the 1962 movie "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Married five times, Windom is survived by his wife of 37 years and four children, Rachel, Heather, Hope and Rebel.

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Published by Boston Globe on Aug. 20, 2012.
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I'm watching him right now as Eddie Frasier in an episode of 'All in the Family'. Wonderful, funny actor. I remember watching him in "My World and Welcome To It" when I was 8 years old. I loved him in that. May you Rest in Peace, Mr. Windom.
Deirdre Cavanaugh
March 8, 2017
Mr. Windom. Wish they had made an MSW reunion with you. Watch you a lot on Hallmark Channel everynite!!
mary bryant
April 7, 2016
William wins on was also o tv series swat
sandra omary
October 23, 2014
Wonderful actor and special person. I will forever being thankful.
Don Borza
September 29, 2014
I had breakfast with Mr. Windom in the summer of 1980. He was starring in a show on the campus of ISU Terre Haute, Indiana. The show was Ernie Pyle. He was very friendly and talked about missing his family when he was on the road. My respects to his family.
Nancy Woods
September 17, 2014
Such a great actor. Grew up watching Murder She Wrote and continue to do so now. Doc, you were the best and will be missed. chris. Wyomissing, PA
August 13, 2014
Wiiliam, Seth, loved you on all the shows you did throughout the years. Am very saddened of your passing. One day we will all get to see you again.
Mary Bryant
October 19, 2012
My brother and I met Mr. Windom and his wife in person in Hollywood in Sept. of 1980. He has always been a fine actor!
Scott Nellis
September 25, 2012
Knowing Bill a lot of my life; he will be missed greatly. At 4 years old and Travel Town - I was too shy to put on the conductor hat - he did and made the party.

Bill, you will live forever in our hearts.

Prayers of peace and love to his family, Heather and Hope and Rebel.

We love you.

Love Jason and Robyn Miller
Jason Miller
September 8, 2012
I fell in love with The Farmer's Daughter as a child and followed his career ever since then . What an incredibly gifted man with a perfectly delightful sense of humor. More than that, I've never heard that he was anything but kind, sweet, and thoughtful in real life. My thoughts are with his family.
August 27, 2012
I'll miss you.
Mary Ann Stewart
August 26, 2012
It was comfortable watching him in a role. Sadly, his passing will be largely unmentioned in the media because there are no outrageous scandals associated with his life. Blessings upon him, his family and all in the profession who uphold the restorative values of entertainment.
Mark Ryan
August 26, 2012
Loved Mr. windom on
murder she wrote.
Janet Hamilton
August 25, 2012
I so loved Mr.Windom when he was in the Farmer's Daughter. He influenced me in being able to know how to choose a husband. He will be missed from our presence,but he is in God's Holy presence.
C.SueC. Mathews
August 24, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear the passing of William Windom. I had a chance to meet him in the summer of 1968 while filming of John Frankenheimer's The Gypsy Moths. What a gentleman. As an extra in the film all the stars were so kind including Mr. Windom. He'll be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
William Comley
August 24, 2012
Our prayers and sympathies to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Windom. grew up watching the many characters he played on TV. God bless.
Marcus Rhaney
August 24, 2012
So saddened to hear of Mr. Windom's passing. Loved him at "Seth". He will forever be my favorite. My deepest sympathies to his family.
Diana F.
August 24, 2012
So sad to lose another great actor. I enjoyed him so much in Murder She Wrote. My condolences to the family and pray God comforts you during this difficult time.
August 24, 2012
William Windom was a wonderful actor in the 60s thru the 90's, so good that ME-TV (a Classic TV station)paid him homage my showing a number of his portrails; God Bless you William on your trip home and thanks for all the memories!
E J Zeman Jr
August 24, 2012
He was a wonderful actor. At one time I noticed he was on nearly eery TV show...AND...in his one man Thurber theater. I wrote to him and sent him a Thurber cartoon book. He sent me a very gracious letter. Which I treasured. I am sorry for your loss and wish you and your family well. You all have been an important part of theater history. Honest. Bless you all.
Patricia Moore
August 24, 2012
Thank you for your service to your country
Harold Saunders
August 23, 2012
What a gentleman; what a loss. He served with my uncle in WWII and then went on to entertain us for decades. Never did get together with "Jessica", but waiting for that was half the fun. My sympathies to his family as well as the rest of his many, many fans.
Kay E.
August 23, 2012
My memory is of watching him in the Farmer's Daughter and thinking how handsome he was. Condolences to his family and thanks for the memories Mr.
August 23, 2012
I loved him in the Farmer's Daughter - Congressman Morley and Katie Holstrum. They were great together. Loved him in Murder She Wrote, and also My World and Welcome to it. He also played Amos Krebbs, Ray Krebbs Daddy on Dallas. He was a great character actor. I was sorry to hear of his passing.
Betty T
August 23, 2012
I loved William Windom. I watched the Farmer's Daughter every week and had a big crush on him. I also would never miss My World and Welcome To It it was a great show and was really upset when it went off I often use the phrase in my life. And can't forget being the doc in Murder She Wrote he helped make the show. He will be truly be missed. God bless him and his family.
Maryanna Michael
August 23, 2012
As a teenager in the 60s-70s I always looked forward to seeing Mr. Windom and his show on t.v. My condolences to those he loved that are left behind.
Kendria Ellis
August 23, 2012
He also did The Farmer Daughter. A very fine show for it's time.
Bert March
August 23, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with William Windom's family, friends, and fans. We can all look forward to a time when death and tears of sorrow will be no more and everlasting life at last.
Tom Smith
August 23, 2012
I also remember his role in the tv series The Farmer's Daughter with Inge Stevens!!
August 23, 2012
I am in the habit of checking the obits every morning. I do this, because it is important to me to pay my respects to loved ones who have passed and to to offer my condolences to friends who have lost their loved ones. I sometimes read one of the celebrity obits, but have never read every single comment, until today. I have always admired Mr. Windom as an actor, but had no idea of what a fine man he was. It is obvious from the stories told here, that he was a considerate, sensitive, and modest man. I feel a loss for having not had the opportunity to know him. My codolences to his family and my deepest respect to Mr. Windom.
Cynthia Hebert
August 23, 2012
Thank you for all the enjoyment you provided to me when watching "Murder, She Wrote." Thank you to your family for sharing you with us. My condolences to your friends and family.
Dianna Hartman
August 23, 2012
August 23, 2012
I grew up watching u thanks for the best years of my life.
wendy meyer
August 23, 2012
My friend and I were big fans of the TV series "The Invaders" in which he had a recurring role. He was also encouraging to other artist. He was kind enough to review a play that my brother sent him. a very versatile actor.
Tom Smith
August 23, 2012
I loved him in Murder, She Wrote with Angela Landsbury. My sister did as well. He will be missed and I hope TVLAND will show him in respect so others can see what a Fantastic Actor he was.
Sharon Edmark
August 23, 2012
Everytime I read a "Murder She Wrote" Mystery I hear your Maine dielect, when Seth speaks. You were one of the best, and will be missed.
Bill Burkhead
August 22, 2012
God Bless.....I enjoyed watching you on Murder She Wrote....you will be missed
August 22, 2012
The Windom family is in my thoughts & prayers at this sad time for all of them. I loved William as the loveable Dr. Seth Hazlett.
He will be missed by many people, who never had the pleasure of meeting him.
He's with his Father in Heaven watching over his loved ones.
August 22, 2012
Loved his work. Tribute to him.
August 22, 2012
Greta Leachman
August 22, 2012
I never will forget you and Inger Stevens in the tv show "The Farmer's Daughter". It was one of my favorite shows. Thanks for the memories. RIP William Windom!
William Jackson Jr.
August 22, 2012
to the family of william windom...it is a sad day in Cabot Cove, Maine.I loved watching Dr.Hazlett on Murder She Wrote.He was great.God bless you all.
joan H.
August 22, 2012
TO THE WINDOM FAMILY,AM so sorry to here about my cuz william passing, you all dont know me but he was my grandfather's nephew eddie windom sr.take care and we all love, PAMELA WINDOM
August 22, 2012
I have enjoyed watching Mr. Windom in his many roles in movies and television. I always thought he was an awesome actor. He will truely be missed! My condolences to his family, friends, and fans.
Joseph Pederzolli
August 22, 2012
Inger Stevens and William Windom - what a wonderful team. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families.
Sandi & Ron Palmquist
August 22, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all the family, I just loved him in Murder She Wrote, one of my all time favorite programs. Actors like William Windom are a vanishing breed. God Bless
Sue Voter
August 22, 2012
He loved to play tennis and was a friend to all he met. My condolences to his family. May the memories of joyful times together fill your hearts. R.I.P.
August 22, 2012
May God be with the family at this time.
Brenda. james
August 22, 2012
i just heard of the lost of William Windom I am related to William Mr Windom was so graceous that he stopped in Corvallis Oregon to meet my grandmother. May you find peace in our loving Lord arms. Your long long counsin,Lori Windom-Rictor
lori rictor
August 22, 2012
I had the privilege of seeing Mr. Windom perform his traveling show based on James Thurber stories at Sewickley Academy, near Pittsburgh around 1979. Very memorable.
Rick Xander
August 22, 2012
In 1984 William played a dying man on St. Elsewhere. My own father, who resembled William, had died in 1983 and Williams performance brought me to tears as it felt like I was watching my own father. I wrote a letter to William telling him this and praising his performance. He wrote me back about how humbled he was that he could bring the performance so close and we started a correspondence that lasted several years. William was not only a fine actor but a wonderful human being. I will miss him. My sympathy's to the family of this terrific man.
Dawn Walker
August 22, 2012
My condolences to his wife and children. I remember him best for his "doctor" role on Murder She Wrote. It was a kind and wise character, no doubt like him in real life, and he complimented Angela Lansbury in this, one of my favorite, television programs. I missed "My World,..." so hope they will bring it out and rerun it so I can see it, too. I have seen him on many other appearances and always enjoyed his work.
Loren Litteer
August 22, 2012
My heart goes out to you and your families during this difficult time. The pain can be overwhelming at times, but remember that God of all Comfort has promised that in the near future you will be reunited with your dead loved one not in an unknown heaven but right here on earth under peaceful, righteous conditions.
Dominique Hall
August 22, 2012
My favorite performance of Mr.Windom,s was when he appeared on "Star Trek". He portrayed a star ship comander who was having a nervousw braek down. He was absolutely brilliant.My thoughts and prayers are with hif freinds and family.
August 22, 2012
We met Mr. Windom when he and his wife enrolled in the same Lamaze class in 1970 in Houston, TX. Very nice man, always, and we thank him for so many wonderful portrayals over the year. RIP
Harry & Carol Dimopoulos
August 22, 2012
August 22, 2012
I remember watching William in "My World and Welcome To It" when I was a girl. I totally loved that show, and whenever I think of him, that is the first thing that comes to my mind. The acting world has lost a great man. My condolences to his family and friends.
Carolyn Addona
August 22, 2012
August 22, 2012
I'm sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed his work.
Donna Cody
August 22, 2012
I heard the sad news this week that a very dear friend and army buddy of my father passed away. Some of you may remember him from "Murder She Wrote" or "To Kill a Mockingbird", but to me he was just "Windom" (as my father called him), a wonderful family friend who told the best stories and always came to visit us if he was anywhere near the East Coast. He was kind and generous and always made my children feel special, sending them their own post cards and presents from around the world. I will miss him and our talks, but I know that "Windom" and "Greek" (as he called my father)are together again smiling down on us. May his memory be everlasting!
Tina Aronis
August 22, 2012
I was just speaking to my daughter about William the other day as we watched "To Kill a Mockingbird". I have enjoyed his work in many different productions over the years. I also thank him for his service during WWII. He will be in my prayers, as will his family.
Pat Harding
August 22, 2012
Family of William Windom:

My heartfelt sympathy is being sent to you and all his friends. I pray that this time is not to difficult for you. Thank you for This is my World and Welcome to It. It helped me with my days of childhood. Rest in Peace Mr. Windom.
Reena Buchanan
August 22, 2012
My condolences to the family and friends during this most difficult time. I also remember Mr. Windom as an actor. Please know that God's promise is that he remembers all who sleep in death. May you find comfort in reflecting on your wonderful memories.
Glenda Ford
August 22, 2012
God Bless all of you, he gave me a pleasure as I watched Murder She Wrote over, and over. He made me believe he was a country doctor. May he rest in peace well earned
August 22, 2012
I always enjoyed his work and I'm sorry to see him go. "The Doomsday Machine" has always been my favorite episode of Star Trek, and William's efforts in that were unforgettable. My sympathy to his family.
Ray Major
August 22, 2012
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
August 22, 2012
My sincere sympathy to the family of this fine actor. The obituary forgot to mention his work on the sitcom "The Farmer's Daughter" circa 1964, with Inger Stevens. May he rest in peace.
August 22, 2012
William Windom was an actor whose skill and passion always inspired me. I am very sorry that we have lost him. My sympathy to his family. Rest in peace. --Brian (Janesville, WI)
August 22, 2012
to the Windom Family: My Deepest Heartfelf Symparthy to all of you for your loss. What a great actor, for the days of long ago, and for the memories to all of you to keep in your hears and to treasure.... May your days be of solace to all of you also.... just thanks for his talent and what a class act Mr. William was..... and thank you
so very much Mr. Windom for the MEMORIES!!!!!! Rest in Peace...
August 22, 2012
Never did a bad episode in anything. Great actor, and thanks for your World War II service. Loved him in the first color episode of "12 O'Clock High" called "Gauntlet Of Fire" as Lt. Col. Christy. What original Star Trek junkie can forget him as Commodore Decker in "The Doomsday Machine". As Spock said "He's gone", after he piloted the shuttle craft into the planet killer. Was great in "The Ivy Maze" in the Fugitive series, as well as his 2 appearances in Hawaii Five-0. Condolences to his family and many fans of all of his great TV appearances.
August 21, 2012
God Bless You, mr. William, and your family in this day of sorrow.
August 21, 2012

I always liked Mr. Windom, especially his portrayal of Dr. Seth Hazlett on Murder She Wrote.I remember when I was 2 when the farmers daughter was on TV. I loved that show. and My World And Welcome To It. RIP.Thank you for all the memories. Tell Lucy, Inge,Phyllis, and Bob Hope Hi. I can imagine the party going on. Bless his children during this terrible time.
Pamela Vanover
August 21, 2012
My sincere condolences to the family and fans of mr. Windom, I remember him well heartfelt prayers to the family and may you find comfort in the promise hope for everlasting life in paradise. Pslm 37: 9,10,11
Tina S
August 21, 2012
the prophet-joaquim sends condolences
joaquim-jeuaquim barbosa
August 21, 2012
My sincere sympathy to the family for your loss. May God comfort you during this time. Psalm 121 is a great promise of comfort and help. I so enjoyed your Husband/Father in Star Trek, Columbo and Murder She Wrote. God bless you all!

Kim, Peoria, IL
Kim Sink
August 21, 2012
We will always remember William's visit to Oklahoma - We will miss you and will keep your family in our prayers.
Michael & Dianne
August 21, 2012
Another great actor has left us. Condolences to his family.
August 21, 2012
William Windom was a truly talented actor who could adapt to any role in any genre. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, children and many friends.
August 21, 2012
Mary Green
August 21, 2012
So sad. My heart goes out to you all. He was a favorite, starting with "The Farmers Daughter". There was something very gentle in his spirit that came across in all his work. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Soni Gaub
August 21, 2012

Deep sympathy to all
I have really enjoyed watching your
father in Murder She Wrote. I really
liked this program and still watch when I can. He was so sensible and loveable.
Linda, Iowa
August 21, 2012
I have always love you acting, Always a joy to look at! You will be missed Bill...
Olga Martinez
August 21, 2012
I remember your many roles on television. You were so memberable. RIP.
J Stokes
August 21, 2012
I have always enjoyed Mr Windom in everything performancc I saw him in. Thank GOD for reruns.

Shirlee P., Cincinnati, OH
August 21, 2012
William, You were one of my favorites! I remember you in so many things, but my favorite was Night Gallery's "They're tearing down Tim Reilly's bar", also "Little girl lost". My husband and I were very saddened to hear of your passing. I am glad that you lived a long life. Thank you for all the memories. You will NOT be forgotten!
Regina Erdman
August 21, 2012
Mr. Windom. Great actor and he will be missed. God bless him and his family
william landsman jr.
August 21, 2012
I always liked him. He will be missed.
Debbie Fisher
August 21, 2012
August 21, 2012
I am deeply saddened to learn of your passing. You have been one of my favorite actors and you will be missed. Rest In Peace, William Windom.
Gail Siegel
August 21, 2012
I always liked Mr. Windom, especially Dr. Seth Hazlett on Murder, She Wrote. I can also remember his show My World and Welcome To It when I was a kid. God Bless You, Sir, and my prayers to your family.
Julie Wilcox
August 21, 2012
August 21, 2012
he will be missed he was a good actor but now he with god
ronnie browning
August 21, 2012
Condolences to the family & friends of William Windom. I enjoyed his show "My World & Welcome To It" and his recurring role on "Murder She Wrote." I also thought he was excellent in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and, especially, "The Detective." He was the kind of actor who was, perhaps, not a household name, but one who always gave an outstanding performance. A handsome guy, who it was always a pleasure to see perform on the big screen or small. He was truly a credit to his profession and will be missed.
Nancy Woodwell-Freedman
August 21, 2012
God has another angle today. Mr. Windom will be missed. He will always be Seth from "Murder She Wrote' to me. My condolence to his family.
Wanda Sanders
August 21, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family on the passing of such a wonderful family man and actor. We could never wait to catch an episode of "Murder She Wrote" on Sunday nights. We the fans were lucky to have had him as a great actor, but you were luckier to have had him in your lives. God Bless your entire family
Sindee Funk
August 21, 2012
So sad to hear of Mr. Windom's passing. He was a great actor. I wish there were more like him. Prayer's for those he left behind.
E. H.
August 21, 2012
A very good actor! R.I.P. William.
Daniel Bastian
August 21, 2012
Thank you & others for our freedom & being a wonderful part of our lives. I will miss Seth & Cabot Cove will never be the same. Thoughts/prayers for you & your family.
TJ Grindstaff
August 21, 2012
Mr. Windom, you will be missed! Always one of my favorite actors...I can remember My World and Welcome to It as a kid. Peace to you and your family.
Patricia Cassens
August 21, 2012
I have always loved your performances. None more so than your one-man show as Thurber. I'll always remember the sigh all the women gave when you came out in your tux. RIP dear actor.
louise wisinski
August 21, 2012
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