Bassett, William 1935–

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Bassett, William 1935–

(Bill Bassett, W. H. Bassett, Willam H. Bassett, William H. Bassett, Fred Bloggs, Frederick Bloggs)


Born December 28, 1935, in Evanston, IL; son of Mark Seymour and Elly Christine (maiden name, Elisius) Bassett; married Patricia Anne Dorsey, August 13, 1962 (divorced, May, 1982); children: Wendy Irene, Katherine Tudor. Education: Northwestern University, B.S., 1957. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Buddhist. Avocational Interests: Computer programming.


Actor. Los Angeles Repertory Company, member; provides voice for Whataburger radio and television commercials.


Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors:

Ovation Award nomination, 2000, for King Lear.


Film Appearances:

(As William H. Bassett) Aaron, The Grasshopper (also known as The Passing of Evil and Passions), National General Pictures, 1970.

(Uncredited) Thomas Heyward, Jr., 1776, Columbia Pictures Corp., 1972.

(As William H. Bassett) Leasing agent, The Towering Inferno, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974.

Charley, Lucky Lady, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975.

(As William H. Bassett) Operations officer, Return from Witch Mountain, Buena Vista, 1978.

David Brinks, Old Boyfriends, AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1979.

(English version; as Fred Bloggs) Additional voices, Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (animated; also known as Arsene Lupin and the Castle of Cagliostro, Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro, and The Castle of Cagliostro), 1979.

Prince Escalus, Romeo & Juliet, Century Home Video, 1982.

Lord Marshal, Richard II, 1982.

The Tragedy of King Richard II, 1982.

Alonso, The Tempest, Century Home Video, 1983.

Mr. Mills, The Karate Kid, Columbia Pictures, 1984.

Mr. Turner, Sam's Son, Invictus, 1984.

Dr. Sutter, Creator (also known as The Big Picture), Universal, 1985.

NASA scientist, Invaders from Mars, Cannon Pictures, 1986.

Jordan, The Naked Cage (also known as Wild Cage and The Cage), 1986.

Dean Rickert, Black Eagle, Taurus Entertainment, 1988.

Graduate dean, Angel Town, 1989.

Aaron, Ring of Fire II: Blood and Steel (also known as Rage: Ring of Fire II), 1993.

Beat the Turtle Drum, New Kid Home Video, 1997.

(English version; as Fred Bloggs) Voice of Magician, Totsuzen! Neko no kuni banipal witt (animated; also known as Catland Banipal Witt, Catnapped!, and Catnapped! The Movie), 1998.

(English version; as Fred Bloggs) Additional voices, Aa! Megamisama! The Movie (animated; also known as Ah! My Goodness!: The Movie), 2000.

Mr. Seeley, Roomies, Woodlawn Holdings, Inc., 2000.

Old bum, Soulkeeper, First Look Pictures Releasing, 2001.

(English version) Additional voices, Akira (animated; also known as Akira: The Second Edition), 2001.

Cleetus, The Man With No Eyes, 2001.

Mr. Brennan, Crazy As Hell, DEJ Productions, 2002.

(As William H. Bassett) Sheriff Drake Huston, House of 1000 Corpses, Lions Gate Films, 2003.

(English version; as Frederick Bloggs) Voice, Appurushido (animated; also known as Appleseed), Toho Company, 2004.

Mr. Seeley, Roomies (also known as Wild Roomies), American World Pictures, 2004.

Mr. Taskey, Welcome to September, 2005.

Cardinal White, Demon Hunter, Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Turner, Nancy, NBC, 1970.

Dr. Walter Griffin, Days of Our Lives (also known as DOOL and Days), NBC, 1977-78.

Pete Wilson, The Young and the Restless (also known as Y&R), 1982-83.

Wolfgang Von Schuler, General Hospital, ABC, 1987.

(English version; as Fred Bloggs) Additional voices, Kido senshi Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (animated; also known as Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory), 1991.

Voice of Old Man, Kokaku kidotai: Stand Alone Complex (animated; also known as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Kokaku kidotai: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig), Cartoon Network, 2002.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Once an Eagle, NBC, 1976.

Academic number four, OP Center (also known as Tom Clancy's "OP Center"), ABC, 1995.

Television Appearances; Movies:

(As William H. Bassett) Antonio, The Tempest (also known as George Schaefer's "Showcase Theatre: The Tempest"), 1960.

(As William H. Bassett) Rubin/Narvinsky, The Journey of the Fifth Horse, 1966.

Bagtry, Another Part of the Forest, PBS, 1972.

Sub-Lieutenant, The Man of Destiny, 1973.

Principal, Unwed Father, 1974.

Airplane captain, My Father's House, 1975.

First Officer, The Love Boat, ABC, 1976.

Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident, NBC, 1976.

(As William H. Bassett) Josh, The New Love Boat (also known as The Love Boat III), 1977.

(Uncredited) Huff Hufaker, Never Con a Killer (also known as The Feather & Father Gang), 1977.

Smitty, The Night They Took Miss Beautiful, 1977.

Southern man, Perfect Gentlemen, 1978.

The sergeant, Keefer (also known as Behind the Lines), 1978.

The Bastard (also known as The Kent Chronicles), syndicated, 1978.

Policeman, The Kid Who Knew Too Much, 1980.

Dr. Watts, The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (also known as The Hillside Stranglers), 1989.

(As William H. Bassett) Jerry Brazil, The Hollywood Detective, 1989.

Lewis Brandon, Never Forget, 1991.

Ulf Anderson, Spring Awakening, CBS, 1994.

Ed Baines, Her Costly Affair (also known as Consensual Relations), NBC, 1996.

Sam Landry, A Match Made in Heaven, 1997.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Father, "Beat the Turtle Drum," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1977.

Father, Very Good Friends, ABC, 1977.

Voice, The Roman Empire in the First Century, PBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Lowell Roberts, Beyond Witch Mountain, CBS, 1982.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As W. H. Bassett) Dr. Roger Waring, "Dark Possession," The Chevy Mystery Show (also known as Sunday Mystery Hour), 1960.

(As William H. Bassett) Lieutenant Carter, "The Night of the Arrow," The Wild, Wild West, CBS, 1967.

Prince Charming, "Prince for a Day," Bewitched, ABC, 1968.

Clem, "U.F.Oh Jeannie," I Dream of Jeannie, NBC, 1968.

Sam Farrow, "Jeannie for the Defense," I Dream of Jeannie, NBC, 1969.

(As William H. Bassett) "Wives for Wakendo," Here Come the Brides, 1969.

"The Deadly Trade," Here Come the Brides, 1969.

Travers, "The Long Ride," The Outcasts, 1969.

(As William H. Bassett) Ranger Jack, "Home Sweet Home," Land of the Giants, 1969.

(As William H. Bassett) Jed Walker, "Decision at Los Robles," Bonanza (also known as Ponderosa), 1970.

"Medal for a Hero," Mannix, CBS, 1970.

Roman, "The Immigrant," Insight, 1971.

(As William H. Bassett) Howard Tanner, "The Fake," Cade's County, CBS, 1972.

"Kristie," The Mod Squad, 1972.

(As William H. Bassett) Donald, "Ends of the Earth," Search, 1973.

Red Kramer, "Forty Reasons to Kill: Part Two," Harry O, ABC, 1974.

(As William H. Bassett) Bill Ritzi, "Double Trouble," Shazam!, 1975.

(As William H. Bassett) Huffaker, "Murder at F-Stop II," The Feather and Father Gang, 1977.

(As William H. Bassett) Alexander Crosley, "Charlatan," Lou Grant, 1979.

(As William H. Bassett) Dr. Paul Hollister, "The Silent Killer," Dallas, CBS, 1979.

(As William H. Bassett) Dr. Paul Hollister, "Secrets," Dallas, CBS, 1979.

"Bad Chemistry," Flamingo Road, 1981.

(As William H. Bassett) Dr. Hollister, "Changing of the Guard," Dallas, CBS, 1982.

Clark, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harold," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1983.

(As William H. Bassett) Jeff Brogen, "Trust Your Hart," Hart to Hart, 1983.

Emissary, "Negotiations," Knots Landing, 1984.

Dr. Stevens, "Murder Offshore," Cover Up, 1985.

"Guilty," Hunter, 1985.

(As William H. Bassett) "The Stratford Horror Picture Show," Newhart, CBS, 1986.

Mr. Miller, "Deadly Force," T. J. Hooker, ABC, 1986.

R. D. Fleming, "The Spoiler," Dynasty, ABC, 1987.

(As William H. Bassett) "Night of the Living Shred," Mancuso, FBI, 1990.

Bartender, "Working Girls," The Magnificent Seven, CBS, 1998.

Uncle Roy, "The Long and Winding Short Cut," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina), ABC, 1999.

Dewey, "Tie-Dying the Knot," Dharma & Greg, ABC, 1999.

Ghost Commander, "Beware the Mutiny," Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Fox, 1999.

(English version; as Fred Bloggs) Voice of Domino Walker, "Mushroom Samba," Kauboi bibappu (animated; also known as Cowboy Bebop), 1999.

(As William H. Bassett) Bernard, "Dick v. Strudwick," 3rd Rock from the Sun (also known as 3rd Rock and Life As We Know It), NBC, 1999.

"The Burial," Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, 2000.

(As William H. Bassett) Benjamin Scarborough, "Tiresias, " The Invisible Man (also known as I-Man), 2000.

Older man, "The First Hit's Free, Baby," The Division (also known as Heart of the City), 2001.

Spelling bee judge, "Seize the Day," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2003.

Patient, "My Last Chance," Scrubs, NBC, 2004.

(As William H. Bassett) Dr. Delichter, "Damascus, NE," Carnivale, HBO, 2005.

(As William H. Bassett) Mover, "Clemmy Marries a Dead Guy," Reno 911!, Comedy Central, 2005.

(As William H. Bassett) Cab driver, "The Cabin Show," Arrested Development, Fox, 2005.

(As William H. Basset) Voice of Huu and swamp monster, "The Swamp," Avatar: The Last Airbender (animated), Nickelodeon, 2006.

Also appeared in Hotel; Hunter; Knot's Landing; Quincy; Lou Grant.

Stage Appearances:

Understudy Geoffrey Colwyn-Stewart, George Dillon, and Mr. Webb, Epitaph for George Dillon, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1958.

Detective Grindet, Moonbirds, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1959.

I.R.A. officer, The Hostage, One Sheridan Square, New York City, 1961.

(As William H. Bassett) Rubin and Captain Ivan Narvinsky, The Journey of the Fifth Horse, Theatre at St. Clement's Church, New York City, 1966.

Also appeared as Palmer, Cries from the Mammal House, Limelight Playhouse; in King Lear, Los Angeles Repertory Company, Met Theatre.

Stage Work:

Assistant stage manager, Epitaph for George Dillon, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1958.


Video Games:

(English version; as Frederick Bloggs) Voice of Jim Houseman, Metal Gear Solid (also known as MGS), 1998.

(As Frederick Bloggs) Voice of Jim Houseman, Metal Gear Solid: Integral, 1999.

(As Frederick Bloggs) Voice of Ormus, Diablo II, 2000.

Voice, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Electronic Arts, 2002.

(As Frederick Bloggs) Voice, WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, 2002.

(As Frederick Bloggs) Voice, WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne, Blizzard Entertainment, 2003.

(As William H. Basset) Voice of Jim Houseman, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, Konami Digital Entertainment America, 2004.