William Phipps

William Phipps

96 (passed away Jun. 1st, 2018)
Feb. 4th, 1922
Born in
Vincennes, Indiana, USA

William Phipps' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Sugarfoot TV Show
Tombstone Territory TV Show
Tombstone Territory
Probe TV Show
Cimarron City TV Show
Cimarron City
Rescue 8 TV Show
Rescue 8
Broken Arrow TV Show
Broken Arrow
Temple Houston TV Show
Temple Houston
Johnny Ringo TV Show
Johnny Ringo
Dundee and the Culhane TV Show
Dundee and the Culhane
Boone TV Show
City Detective TV Show
City Detective
Decision TV Show
Five Fingers TV Show
Five Fingers
Sara (1976) TV Show
Sara (1976)
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars TV Show
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Suspicion TV Show
The DuPont Show of the Week TV Show
The DuPont Show of the Week
The Lone Wolf TV Show
The Lone Wolf
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse TV Show
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse
Time Express TV Show
Time Express

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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In the early days of 1950s science-fiction, one of the first people to become identified with the genre was actor William Phipps. Aside from furnishing the voice of Prince Charming in Disney's cartoon classic Cinderella (1950), Phipps also hid his boyish face beneath a beard as the star of Arch Oboler's end-of-the-world melodrama Five (1951); made a token appearance in Oboler's The Twonky (1953); encountered Martians in both Invaders from Mars (1953) and The War of the Worlds (1953); and took on the Abominable Snowman as one of the leads in The Snow Creature (1954). Most notoriously, he even grappled with Moon maidens set on world conquest in the almost indescribable Cat-Women of the Moon (1953). Phipps was born in Vincennes, Indiana, and grew up in St. Francisville, Illinois; he knew from boyhood that he was destined to be an actor and appeared in several plays in grade school and at Eastern Illinois University. Hitchhiking to Hollywood in 1941, he worked on the stage and later in films, beginning with RKO's Crossfire (1947). Over the next 60 years he amassed a long list of film and TV credits; he also did commercials and voiceover work, including the narration for the special 190-minute TV version of David Lynch (I)'s Dune (1984).

  • Served in the Navy for three years during World War II.
  • Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "Attack of the Monster Movie Makers" (McFarland & Co., 1994).

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