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William Newman (actor)

American actor (1934-2015)

William Newman
William MacLeod Newman

(1934-06-15)June 15, 1934
DiedMay 27, 2015(2015-05-27) (aged 80)
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1965–2006
Spouse(s)Julia Taylon (1960–?, divorced; 1 child)
Margaret Ramsey (1983–2015, his death; 2 children)

William MacLeod Newman (June 15, 1934 – May 27, 2015) was an American film, television and theater actor. His professional credits include Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993.


Newman was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 15, 1934.[1] He moved to Seattle, Washington, with his family in 1937.[1] Newman graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle in 1952 and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in 1956.[1] He was the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, which allowed Newman to study advanced writing at Columbia University from 1958 to 1960.[1] Newman also served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the late 1950s and early 1960s.[1] Newman married the former Julia Tayon circa 1960.[1] He later married Margaret Ramsey.[1] He had three children: Liam, Katherine, and Matthew, who died in a fall in 1976.[1] Newman became a Quaker in 1989.[1] In 1965, Newman was hired as an actor at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.[1] He acted at various theater companies throughout the country during his career, including the Baltimore Center Stage, the Minneapolis Guthrie Theater, the Denver Center Theater, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.[1] He also served as an artist-in-residence at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.[1]

Newman also appeared in numerous film and television roles. His film credits included Brubaker (1980), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Silver Bullet (1985), Act of Vengeance (1986), Playing for Keeps (1986), The Mosquito Coast (1986), Funny Farm (1988), Monkey Shines (1988), Hero (1992), Leprechaun (1993), The Stand (1994), Jury Duty (1995), Tom and Huck (1995), The Craft (1996), Santa with Muscles (1996), Brown's Requiem (1998), For Love of the Game (1999) and Teacher's Pet (2000).[1] Newman also appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), opposite Robin Williams and Sally Field.

In 1991, Newman was cast as Kalin Trose in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, The Host.[2] His last television credit was an episode of My Name Is Earl in 2006.[2]

Newman died from vascular dementia at the Hayes Manor Retirement Residence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 27, 2015, at the age of 80.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Squirm Quigley
1980 Brubaker Dunfield - Prison Board
1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice Man from Home Town
1984 Billions for Boris OTB Cashier #2
1985 Silver Bullet Virgil Cuts
1986 Playing for Keeps Joshua
The Mosquito Coast Captain Smalls
1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow French Missionary Doctor
Funny Farm Gus Lotterhand
Monkey Shines Doc Williams
Chattahoochee Jonathan
1992 Hero Millionaire
1993 Leprechaun Sheriff Cronin
Fearless Elderly Man
Mrs. Doubtfire Mr. Sprinkles
1995 Jury Duty Judge D'Angelo
Pie in the Sky Funeral Guest
Tom and Huck Doctor Jonas Robinson
1996 The Craft Street Preacher
Santa with Muscles Chas
No Easy Way Restaurant Patron
1997 Touch Court Clerk
1998 Brown's Requiem Augie
1999 For Love of the Game Fitch
2000 Devil in the Flesh 2 Dr. Thompson
2006 Shadow: Dead Riot Male Guard
Year Title Role Notes
1979 Ryan's Hope FBI Agent Episode #1.1103
Episode #1.1104
1983 Chiefs Mac McKibbon Part 2
1986 The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James Sheriff Timberlake TV movie
Act of Vengeance Ezra Morgan TV movie
1987 A Special Friendship Quaker TV movie
1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan Episode #1.1
Episode #1.2
1989 Dinner at Eight Alf TV movie
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Kalin Trose Episode: "The Host"
Matlock Bink Episode: "The Witness Killings" Part 1 and 2
1992 Homefront Mechanic Episode: "No Man Loyal and Neutral"
Eerie, Indiana Father Episode: "Mr. Chaney"
Desperate Choices: To Save My Child Dr. Edwards TV movie
Knots Landing Judge Allen Rifkin / Judge Allan Rifkin 2 episodes
1993 Mad About You The Waiter Episode: "The Wedding Affair"
Picket Fences Arthur Episode: "Be My Valentine"
The Odd Couple: Together Again Sylvester TV movie
1994 Dead Man's Revenge Doctor TV movie
The Stand Dr. Soames miniseries
All-American Girl Customer #1 Episode: "Mommie Nearest"
1995 Something Wilder Episode: "The Ex Files"
VR.5 Episode: "Simon's Choice"
Pig Sty Priest Episode: "Leap Into an Open Grave"
Wounded Heart Jedediah TV movie
Women of the House Dave 5 episodes
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Abner Foley Episode: "Halloween III"
1996 The Drew Carey Show Hammond Episode: "Drew Gets Motivated"
Goode Behavior Episode: "Goode Golly, Miss Molly"
1997 Party of Five Mr. Langen Episode: "Promises, Promises"
1999 The King of Queens Herb Episode: "Crappy Birthday"
L.A. Doctors Harvey Feingold Episode: "Where the Rubber Meets the Road"
Dharma & Greg Reverend Greeves Episode: "The Very Grateful Dead"
Diagnosis: Murder Chester Chumley Episode: "Gangland: Part 1"
2000 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Cal Caprita Episode: "Bazooka Joe"
2001 Popular Dr. Meyer Episode: "The Brain Game"
Angel Old Demon Man Episode: "Over the Rainbow"
Philly Judge Fuller Pilot episode
2001-2002 The Tick The Cape 3 episodes
2005 Days of Our Lives Bookstore Clerk Episode #1.10180
2006 My Name Is Earl Episode: "Larceny of a Kitty Cat", (final appearance)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "William MacLeod Newman (1934 - 2015) obituary". New York Times. 2015-06-01. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  2. ^ a b "Remembering Guest Star William Newman, 1934-2015". Startrek.com. 2015-06-04. Retrieved 2015-06-25.

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